Vegetation Modeling Postdoc

Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos, New Mexico
Aug 21, 2018
Oct 20, 2018
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Vegetation Modeling Postdoc

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos, New Mexico

The Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is seeking applications from diverse postdoctoral candidates with expertise in modeling vegetation dynamics under various environmental conditions (e.g., coastal, tropics and arctic) for spring 2019. The successful candidate will improve the current state-of-the-art dynamic vegetation model, the DOE-sponsored Functionally Assembled Terrestrial Simulator (FATES), to better represent vegetation responses to water/nutrient limitations and salinity stress; parameterize and evaluate the model with observations from field or remote sensing; and test hypotheses related to vegetation responses to changes in future environmental conditions. The successful candidate will work within a multi-disciplinary team of plant physiologists, ecologists, hydrologists, geomorphologists and applied mathematicians from LANL and other national laboratories. Applications will be reviewed as received.


  • Ph.D. in Ecology, Environmental Science, Earth System Modeling or a closely related field within the past five years (or soon to be completed)
  • Demonstrated experience in using models to predict and understand vegetation dynamics under different environmental conditions
  • Proven quantitative analysis skills with experience in one or more of the following programing and analysis languages: Python, C, Matlab and R
  • Proven ability to work in a highly collaborative team setting


  • Diverse research experience with a preference for Earth System modeling
  • Demonstrated experience in the analysis and incorporation of data and observations for model development and testing
  • Demonstrated experience in model development and high-performance computing
  • Scientific excellence as evidenced by publication in refereed journals

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