Hydrologic Earth Research Scientist

Berkeley Lab

Berkeley, CA, US




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Position Summary:

Berkeley Lab’s Energy Geosciences Division has an opening for a Career-Track Hydrologic Earth Research Scientist with expertise in integrated hydrologic modeling, impacts of climate on hydrologic and biogeochemical fluxes, and risk assessment. The successful candidate will be expected to work on an array of watershed and subsurface modeling projects with implications for risk assessment and risk management, ranging from the transport of contaminants in the environment to the mitigation of climate change effects on the water-energy budget. The position requires a solid working knowledge of human health risk and risk of failure calculations (including probabilistic risk assessment, PRA), and the implementation of risk calculations in both natural and anthropogenic-altered hydrologic systems. Approaches include physically based numerical simulations, uncertainty reduction via data-smoothing techniques, and Monte Carlo simulations. The candidate should ideally have experience in identifying and interpreting heterogeneous geologic patterns and spatio-temporal hydrologic patterns across a number of scales.


What You Will Do:

  • Develop and apply hydrologic flow and transport models to quantify contaminant and solute fluxes, concentrations, and other metrics important in environmental and human health risk assessment.

  • Assess the impact of short and long term climate change on catchment scale hydrologic and biogeochemical fluxes.

  • Collaborate with geochemists to improve predictive capabilities for biogeochemical fluxes.

  • Design and perform hydrologic numerical experiments including land-atmosphere interactions for the purpose of environmental prediction, validation, and/or to test new theories.

  • Perform benchmarking of reactive and non-reactive transport models to build confidence in interoperability and for the development of numerical simulators.

  • Implement geostatistical principles to characterize heterogeneous trends (such as auto- and cross- correlations and transition probabilities) in high-resolution spatial data.

  • Synthesize large datasets with the use of high-performance computing.

  • Identify and develop new research areas and proposals.

  • Engage as a member of a large, multidisciplinary research team that includes geochemists, hydrologists, and computational scientists.

  • Author peer-reviewed journal articles and technical reports.


Additional Responsibilities as needed:

  • Experience in identifying and interpreting heterogeneous geologic patterns and spatio-temporal hydrologic and geochemical patterns across a number of scales.


What Is Required:

  • PhD in hydrology, civil or environmental engineering, or geochemistry.

  • Expertise in applying coupled land-surface and integrated (groundwater-surface water) hydrologic models.

  • Expertise in geostatistical techniques and probabilistic risk assessment.

  • Expertise in high performance computing including parallel simulation and large dataset analysis and manipulation.

  • Ability to identify and develop new research areas and proposals.

  • Ability to collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of scientists.

  • Ability to author peer-reviewed journal publications and technical reports.


Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • Over 3 years of postdoctoral experience.

  • Have International research exposure.


The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on March 17, 2017.



  • This is a full time, 5 year, career-track term appointment that may be converted to career based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs.

  • Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.

  • Salary is commensurate with experience.

  • This position is contingent on the successful completion of a background check.

  • Work will be primarily performed at: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.


Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. Berkeley Lab is in compliance with the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4.  Click here to view the poster and supplement: “Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.”