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Dynamic Land-Use Ecosystem Modeler Postdoctoral Scholar

Berkeley CA

Dynamic Land-Use Ecosystem Modeler Postdoctoral Scholar - 90698

Organization: CE-Climate & Ecosystems


Berkeley Lab’s Climate & Ecosystems Division (https://eesa.lbl.gov/our-divisions/climate-ecosystem-sciences/) has an opening for a Dynamic Land-Use Ecosystem Modeler. 


What You Will Do:

• Develop modeling capabilities for representing different land-use types within a dynamic vegetation model with plant demography. 

• Work with different approaches for model interfacing and coupling between three land models (GCAM, ELM, FATES). 

• Ensure consistency of land use and land cover between GCAM, ELM, and FATES. 

• Evaluate how ecosystems shifting from natural vegetation to a variety of managed land will impact: carbon stocks, land-subsurface processes, land-atmosphere interactions, and trace gas emissions.

• Test hypotheses for predicting carbon cycle, water cycle, and societal feedbacks from varying forest management under climate change in E3SM; resulting in a peer-reviewed publication(s).

• Explore implications of simulating different energy futures, comparable to different SSPs, with E3SM-GCAM and FATES; resulting in a peer-reviewed publication(s).


What Is Required:

• Ph.D. in ecology, earth sciences, or related field.

• Experience in dynamic and demographic modeling, and/or experience in or knowledge of Integrated Assessment Models (IAMs).

• Experience using land-surface biogeochemical models and ecosystem model development.

• Strong coding and mathematical skills. 

• Some experience with gridded datasets for Earth scale models. 

• Ability to collaborate with colleagues and advisors at multiple institutions. While this position is located at LBNL, it will involve close collaboration with researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

• Excellent written and oral presentation skills.


The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.



• This is a full time, 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 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.

• 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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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups presently considering scientific research careers.

Posted July 30, 2020

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