Plant/Soil Postdoctoral Fellow

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Berkeley, California (US)
Sep 01, 2017
Oct 01, 2017
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Plant/Soil Postdoctoral Fellow - 83451
Organization: CE-Climate & Ecosystems

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Position Summary:
Berkeley Lab’s Climate & Ecosystems Division has an opening for a Postdoctoral Fellow. The Postdoctoral Fellow will develop novel approaches to study plant-root-soil interactions under dynamic and future climatic conditions using a combination of below ground (geophysics, hydrology and geochemistry) and above ground remote sensing technologies (e.g. hyperspectral imaging). The Postdoctoral Fellow will work with a multi-disciplinary group of scientists to improve the understanding of the interactive feedback between plant growth, root development and changes of soil and climatic conditions.
What You Will Do:
• Develop the scientific basis for an advanced plant root phenotyping technology using geophysical methods.
• Develop an understanding of the link between below ground root development/adaption and above ground plant growth and productivity under a range of soil and climatic conditions.
• Present results and publish in peer-reviewed journals.
• Work in an integrated multi-disciplinary team environment.
What Is Required:
• Ph.D in Environmental Sciences, Geophysics, Hydrogeology, Biogeochemistry or relevant related field.
• Outstanding record of original and high-quality research.
• Demonstrated experience and enthusiasm for understanding the dynamics of the plant-soil biomes.
• Expertise in soil, plant or environmental sciences with a particular emphasis on at least one of the following domains: near surface geophysics, soil-plant interaction, lab and field scale soil biogeochemistry and hydrology, and surface-subsurface interactions.
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Familiarity with hydrogeophysical methods, geochemistry, soil physics and mechanics, plant genetics and physiology, remote sensing, statistical methods.
An interest and spirit in working with a multi-disciplinary team.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.

• This is a full time, 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.
• 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.

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