Climate Interaction Postdoctoral Fellow (Climate & Ecosystems)

Berkeley, CA, US

Position Summary:

Berkeley Lab’s Climate & Ecosystems Division has an opening for a Climate Interaction Postdoctoral Fellow. This position is for a scientist with expertise in analyzing terrestrial biogeochemical and hydrological processes and their climate interactions, with a focus on Earth System Models (ESMs). The position offers an excellent environment for working with a highly skilled interdisciplinary team. You will also have opportunities to collaborate with researchers across our multi-institution DOE-funded project. We are interested in developing methods to evaluate, against observations, process-level and emergent ESM responses that affect climate, and to standardize the benchmarking approaches for broader community use. Analyzing and quantifying uncertainty in feedbacks between the atmosphere and terrestrial biosphere will be important components of the research.


What You Will Do:

  • Develop methods to benchmark land models against a diverse range of observations.

  • Work in an integrated team environment.

  • Focus on several groups of biogeochemical and climate feedback processes.


What Is Required:

  • Recently PhD graduate.

  • Understanding and use of state-of-the-art land-surface biogeochemical models.

  • Ability to develop representations of complex inter-related terrestrial ecosystem processes suitable for ESMs.

  • Ability to develop and use coupled atmosphere and land-surface models to characterize feedbacks.

  • Ability to develop methods to benchmark land models against a diverse range of observations.

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.



  • Berkeley Lab understands the postdoctoral experience in a research environment is unique. We are committed to the growth and development of early career researchers in pursuit of becoming next generation scientists and engineers. Read about the excellent postdoctoral benefits at Berkeley Lab.

  • This is a 1 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.

  • Salary will be predetermined based on student/postdoctoral step rates.

  • This position requires completion of a background check.


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