AmeriFlux - Water Cycle Postdoc

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Berkeley, California (US)
Commensurate with experience
Mar 18, 2021
Apr 17, 2021
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AmeriFlux - Water Cycle Postdoc
Organization: CE-Climate & Ecosystems

Berkeley Lab’s Climate & Ecosystems Division in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area (EESA) has an opening for a Postdoctoral scholar in the AmeriFlux Management Project (AMP). The postdoc will lead and conduct collaborative research on water fluxes using AmeriFlux data, and will play a key role in the theme for network action on water fluxes (the Year of Water Fluxes).  Possible directions of research include evapotranspiration synthesis; coupled carbon and water fluxes; validation and/or synthesis of flux and remote sensing observations; model-data integration; and application of machine learning or artificial intelligence. The postdoc will work most closely with Dennis Baldocchi (UC Berkeley) and Margaret Torn.

What You Will Do:

  • Co-lead AmeriFlux theme Year for Water Fluxes activities, including planning workshops and interacting with scientists and stakeholders from participating communities.
  • Lead and conduct collaborative research related to water fluxes using AmeriFlux data
  • Help lay the groundwork for the next theme year on remote sensing
  • Participate in AMP and AmeriFlux meetings and workshops
  • Submit manuscripts to peer-reviewed journals.
  • Participation in LBLs safety culture
  • Commitment to LBL’s values of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accountability

What is Required:

  • A Ph.D. (or equivalent) in biogeochemistry, ecohydrology, environmental engineering, biometeorology, Earth sciences or related field is required before starting position
  • Demonstrated quantitative and computational skills
  • Demonstrated written and verbal communications skills
  • Domain knowledge in a relevant field such as ecology, ecosystem science, ecohydrology, or land-atmosphere interactions.
  • Strong interest in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the AmeriFlux community
  • Demonstrated ability to publish research in relevant journals
  • An ability to work independently and in an integrated team environment

Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience with remote sensing techniques
  • Proficient coding skills in at least one of R, Matlab, Python, Fortran
  • Numerical skills
  • Knowledge of ecophysiology and plant biochemistry

For full consideration, please submit your application by April 15th, 2021, and include CV, contact information for three references, and PDFs of 1-3 of your papers.  The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.


  • This is a full-time, M-F, exempt from overtime pay (monthly paid), 2-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 3 years of paid postdoctoral experience.
  • Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.
  • 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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