Microbial Soil - Earth Research Scientist

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Berkeley, California (US)
Salary will be predetermined based on range determined by collective bargaining agreement
Mar 07, 2018
Apr 06, 2018
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Microbial Soil - Earth Research Scientist - 84639

Organization: CE-Climate & Ecosystems


Berkeley Lab is seeking to hire a Microbial Soil Research Scientist.  As part of the Earth and Environmental Science Area of Berkeley Lab, the Research Scientist will integrate modern analyses in microbial ecology, physiology, biogeochemistry and reactive transport modeling to develop improved reactive transport models and further develop dynamic energy budget models of microbial guilds for a wide range of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. This position requires expertise in coding, microbial ecology, physical and environmental processes, carbon biogeochemistry and nutrient cycling, in addition to experience with the development and application of reactive transport models and/or current dynamic energy budget trait-based (DEB-TB) modeling.



• Perform mathematical parameterization of microbial community traits to recreate existing microbial community dynamics and to predict how communities respond to future climate change.

• Perform mathematical modeling of intracellular allocations of resources in order to improve understanding of the flow of resources within members of microbial communities, and subsequent mediation of resource cycles in the environment.

• Develop mathematical/numerical approaches to couple DEB-TB models to large-scale models of resource cycles (e.g. reactive transport models) in engineered and natural settings (e.g. open ponds, subsurface).

• Lead projects and project tasks, including technical scope, budget, etc.

• Publish scientific findings in peer-reviewed journals.



• Ph.D degree in hydrology, ecology, biology, environmental engineering, computer science or related field (or equivalent work experience).

• Postdoctoral experience in reactive transport modeling, or dynamic energy budget trait-based modeling is highly desirable. 

• Knowledge of conventional and novel bioenergy systems. Demonstrated experience in the development and application of complex/advanced numerical models for the investigation of the interaction between fine scale biogeochemical processes and large-scale resource cycling. Demonstrated ability to acquire, analyze and interpret large datasets, for subsequent integration into numerical models and/or model testing.

• Demonstrated ability to communicate scientific findings through the development of scientific manuscripts, and publications in high-quality peer-reviewed journals.

• Ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with members of a large, multi-disciplinary research team.



• Salary will be predetermined based on range determined by collective bargaining agreement

• Career Appointment - Non-exempt from overtime

• Worksite - Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA

• 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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