Postdoctoral Researcher (Climate & Ecosystem) via AGU

Berkeley, CA, US

ostdoctoral Researcher (Climate & Ecosystem) – 83804

Organization: CE-Climate & Ecosystems

Berkeley Lab (LBNL, addresses the world’s most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab’s scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

Position Summary:

Berkeley Lab’s Climate & Ecosystems Division ( has an opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher. This postdoctoral researcher position focuses on improving our understanding of local to global carbon fluxes by integrating recent theoretical advances, existing eddy covariance data, mechanistic modeling, and a large volume of remote sensing data. The project is in large part motivated by implications of a potential ‘Kok’ effect (i.e. light inhibition of leaf-level respiration) for existing eddy covariance partitioning methods. This position is funded under a recent NASA award, and the researcher will work closely with collaborators at JPL and Stanford.

The successful candidate will focus on the following areas: 1.) the integration of new published theory on photosynthesis (the PR evolutionary optimality model) into an existing carbon flux framework with detailed radiative transfer, including optimization and uncertainty analysis and comparisons to independent remote-sensing products; 2.) hypothesis testing of the Kok effect and its implications for eddy covariance (EC) flux partitioning; and 3.) a multi-scale investigation into the drivers of variability in carbon fluxes using atmospheric CO2 data, transport models, and geostatistical inversion and regression approaches. Analyzing and quantifying the implications of updated knowledge for interactions between the atmosphere and terrestrial biosphere will be important components of the research.

You as the ideal candidate will be expected to be highly creative, have strong numerical and critical thinking skills, experience working with large datasets, and a working familiarity with the processes governing the global terrestrial carbon cycle. 

Berkeley Lab is a renowned center of scientific expertise in many facets of climate-related fundamental and applied science. This position offers an excellent environment for working with a highly skilled interdisciplinary team and will require strong motivation and excellent oral and written communication skills. You will collaborate with researchers at both national and international institutes.

Please contact Dr. Trevor F. Keenan ([email protected]) with any questions regarding the position or application process.

What You Will Do:

Application of quantitative analytical methods to large datasets.

• The formulation and testing of hypotheses.

• Critical appraisal of ecological and physiological theory.

• Model development and implementation.

• Presentation of results at scientific meetings.

• Publishing of results in scientific journals.

• Working as part of a multi-institutional team.

What is Required: 

• PhD in plant physiology, ecology, or a related field (Preferably less than 3 years paid postdoctoral experience).

• Proficient coding skills in at least one of: R, Matlab, Python, Fortran.

• Knowledge of ecophysiology and plant biochemistry.

• Experience working with data relevant to plant states, traits and rates.

• Both numerical and communication skills.

• Evidence of ability to publish results in relevant journals.

• An ability to work in an integrated team environment.

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on June 24, 2017.


• This is a full time1 year postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs. You must have less than 4 years paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.

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

• This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.

• Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.

• 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.

How To Apply

Apply directly online at and follow the on-line instructions to complete the application process.

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