Atmospheric Science Postdoctoral Scholar

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Berkeley, California (US)
Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.
Mar 29, 2018
Apr 28, 2018
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Atmospheric Science Postdoctoral Scholar - 84756

Organization: CE-Climate & Ecosystems


The Climate & Ecosystem Sciences Division ( at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) seeks an Atmospheric Science Postdoctoral Scholar to research land-atmosphere interactions across multiple scales. This position is part of an interdisciplinary project to advance fundamental understanding and modeling of soil moisture-vegetation-precipitation feedbacks affecting the statistics of drought and heavy precipitation extremes. Research topics include the role of soil moisture, surface heat fluxes, and cold-pools in convective initiation, land-surface and boundary-layer influences on the timing and intensity of deep convection on diurnal to multiday timescales, and regimes or preferred modes of multiscale land-atmosphere interactions. The successful candidate will join a highly collaborative and effective team solving fundamental problems in climate and atmospheric science.


To be considered, please attach to your online application in PDF form: 

• CV

• One-two page application letter describing research interests and relevant experience

• Contact information for three references

• One-two publications, via Berkeley Lab’s jobs portal


What You Will Do:

• Design, conduct, and publish research on clouds and related land-atmosphere interactions.

• Analyze and interpret complex atmospheric model experiments and observational datasets, in terms of atmospheric physics and dynamics.

• Combine observations from DOE Atmospheric Radiation Measurement program (ARM) facilities and AmerFlux, and cloud-resolving model experiments, to advance DOE’s Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM).

• Publish peer-reviewed journal articles, and communicate findings to peers.

• Contribute to reports and communications with program managers that fund this work.


What Is Required:

• PhD (earned within 2 years) in Atmospheric Science, or related field, with equivalent research experience.

• Expertise in atmospheric modeling, and working knowledge of remote sensing, or vice versa.

• Strong background and interest in atmospheric physics and dynamics.

• Established record of publication and presentation.

• Ability to work independently in a collaborative environment.

• Excellent written and oral communication skills.


Additional Desired Qualifications:

• Data assimilation or observation/remote-sensing simulators.

• Familiarity with terrestrial ecosystem science or land-atmosphere interactions research.


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 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.

• 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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