Earth Research Scientist

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Berkeley, California (US)
Salary is commensurate with experience.
Sep 06, 2018
Oct 06, 2018
Career Level
Education Level
Relocation Cost
No Relocation
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Earth Research Scientist - 85542

Organization:  CE-Climate & Ecosystems


Berkeley Lab’s Earth and Environmental Sciences Area (EESA, has an exciting opening for an Earth Research Scientist to join the AmeriFlux Management Project (AMP,


This role will build new data processing and synthesis capabilities for the AmeriFlux Network.  The AmeriFlux network is a coordinated set of more than 150 sites across the Americas measuring fluxes of CO2, water, energy in terrestrial ecosystems.  AMP works with AmeriFlux scientists to ensure the quality and availability of ecosystem measurements necessary to understand terrestrial ecosystems and their relationship to the Earth system. Data processing and analytics for this data are active research topics, with a lively community of interdisciplinary scientists and overarching impact ranging from fundamental biological processes to global scale climate change. The project will involve development of data processing and analysis methods for carbon flux data, and their validation on data sets collected at several types of ecosystems under a variety of climatic conditions. 


As part of our Climate Sciences Department, this position will join a dynamic interdisciplinary team based at LBNL and will work closely with carbon flux researchers at LBNL, UC Berkeley, and across the Americas. LBNL is a renowned center of scientific expertise in many facets of climate-related fundamental and applied science.  


We seek talented individuals with training in Biometeorology, Ecosystem Ecology, and Terrestrial/Earth system modeling, and a strong aptitude for and interest in Computational Science.


What You Will Do:

• Join the research and development team processing data collected using eddy covariance and related methods. 

• Data processing is under development for high frequency instrument data to model-ready end-products. 

• Develop solutions to be applied across all AmeriFlux sites, helping to improve and create new data products for the community. 

• Develop and code new and existing carbon flux data processing methods for quality assurance, data corrections, and product generation.

• Create and validate uncertain and sensitive quantification methods.

• Evaluate the processing techniques and results.

• Data analysis to improve cross-site comparability.

• Collaborate with tower teams to identify site specific conditions requiring attention in data processing methods and models.

• Work in a multidisciplinary team environment, including backgrounds in Biology, Ecology, Earth Sciences, Statistics, and Computer Science.

• Author peer-reviewed journal articles and contribute to grant proposals.


What is Required: 

• Ph.D. or equivalent work experience in an appropriate scientific discipline.

• Postdoctoral research experience, is preferable, in field measurements and/or analysis and interpretation of complex and diverse datasets.

• Experience with writing and/or adapting scientific software. 

• Established record of peer reviewed publications.

• Excellent written and oral communication skills.

• Ability to work with and collaborate with other staff.


What We Prefer:

• Previous research activities focused on carbon flux data collection and analysis.

• Experience with scientific programming languages such as R, Python, or MatLab.

• Experience with integration of large data sets from different sources.

• Experience with land models or earth system models and their required inputs.


The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on September 29, 2018.



• This is a full time, M-F, exempt from overtime pay (monthly paid), 1 year, Career-Track (Term) appointment.  This position has the possibility of extension annually for up to five years and/or promotion to a career appointment, based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs.

• Salary is commensurate with experience.

• 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 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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