Tropical Forest Vegetation Dynamics Postdoctoral Scholar

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Berkeley, California (US)
Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.
Oct 23, 2018
Nov 22, 2018
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Tropical Forest Vegetation Dynamics Postdoctoral Scholar - 85640

Organization: CE-Climate & Ecosystems


Berkeley Lab’s Climate & Ecosystems Division ( has an opening for a Tropical Forest Vegetation Dynamics Postdoctoral Scholar. The incumbent will be a part of the NGEE-Tropics project ( which is DOE-funded effort to bring together observational and theoretical approaches to build, inform, and test the representation of tropical forests within Earth system models. For this position, we are interested in exploring how site-level and remote sensing observations of forest processes across key spatial gradients in climate and soils across the tropics can be used to develop and constrain models of forest dynamics, and how these model developments can inform projections of forest responses and feedbacks to climate change. You will combine observational synthesis, ecological theory, and numerical model development to explore the dynamics of tropical forests responding and feeding back to climate. 


What You Will Do:

• Apply the FATES ( model, a size- and age-structured dynamic vegetation model for use in Earth system models, across site-level, regional, and pan-tropical domains.

• Test FATES model sensitivity to uncertainty in plant traits, climate, disturbance regime, and soils.

• Conduct statistical analyses of plant trait, forest census, carbon flux, and remote sensing data, and comparison to model results.

• Develop FATES process representations as needed to capture key observed patterns.

• Explore model parameter and structural uncertainty in governing feedback processes from tropical forests.


What Is Required:

• Recent Ph.D. in relevant field (e.g., climate science, ecology, plant physiology, forestry).

• Proficient coding skills in, at a minimum, data analysis languages (Python, R, matlab, etc), and ideally, in compiled languages such as Fortran.

• Knowledge of and interest in carbon cycle, ecohydrology, and ecological science concepts.

• Experience with analysis of both observational and model-derived datasets.

• Ability to understand and use state-of-the-art land-surface models.

• Evidence of ability to publish research results in peer-reviewed journals.

• Ability and desire to work within an integrated, multi-institution team whose activities span from field research to Earth system model development.


Additional Desired Qualifications:

• Experience working with size-structured or individual-based vegetation models.

• Experience working in tropical forest ecology.

• Availability to travel for meetings at partner institutions.


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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