Environmental Geophysics Postdoctoral Scholar (Climate & Ecosystem Sciences)

Berkeley Lab

Berkeley, CA, US

Position Summary:

Berkeley Lab’s Climate & Ecosystem Sciences Division has an opening for a Environmental Geophysics Postdoctoral Scholar. The Postdoctoral Scholar will develop and implement new methodologies for improved understanding and quantification of shallow subsurface processes, including fluxes across bedrock-soil-land surface-vegetation compartments, using geophysical and hydrological datasets. These developments will be applied in a mountainous watershed in the Upper Colorado River Basin and in the Alaskan Arctic Tundra. The Postdoctoral Scholar will work with a multi-disciplinary group of scientists to improve predictive understanding of multi-scale terrestrial system functioning, including hydrology driven biogeochemical processes.


What You Will Do:

  • The function of the applicant will be to perform research on advancing acquisition, processing, data assimilation and inversion techniques for advanced monitoring and quantification of complex critical zone processes. Essential are the understanding of surface and subsurface hydrological processes and the enthusiasm for improving understanding of such processes. Duties will include bringing innovative ideas, developing novel approaches and publishing the results.


What is Required:

  • The applicant is required to have a PhD in environmental sciences, geophysics or hydrology. Also required is an outstanding record of original and high-quality research and publications.

  • The applicant is expected to have demonstrated experience in the development of new methodologies for improved understanding and quantification of shallow subsurface processes using geophysical and hydrological datasets. Essential for this position is expertise in geophysics, hydrology and/or soil physics with a particular emphasis on geophysical and hydrological data inversion and assimilation approaches and/or quantification of surface-subsurface water-heat-gas fluxes. Desired skills include familiarity with hydrogeophysical techniques, soil physics, remote sensing approaches, various geophysical methods (ERT, EM, GPR, Seismic) and statistical or inversion methods for data analyses.  

  • Enthusiasm for working with a team to improve understanding and prediction of field scale terrestrial system behavior is required.


The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.



  • This is a full time, 2 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 3 years paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.

  • Full-time (paid monthly), exempt 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 may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.

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