Earth System Dynamic Vegetation Modeler - 92365

Berkeley Lab’s Climate & Ecosystems Sciences Division has an opening for a Career Track Scientist position.

 

Date posted

Apr. 23, 2021 12:00 am

Application deadline

May 23, 2021 12:00 am

Organization

Berkeley Lab, Climate & Ecosystems Sciences Division

Location

  • United States

Job description

Berkeley Lab’s Climate & Ecosystems Sciences Division has an opening for a Career Track Scientist position.  As a terrestrial modeler, you will focus on vegetation dynamics, including successional, competitive, and demographic processes, at regional to global scales, with a focus on analyses and model validation in the E3SM Earth System Model using the FATES (Functionally Assembled Terrestrial Ecosystem Simulator) demographic model. The position also calls for expertise in model benchmarking and validation, experience with large observational datasets, process-based methods for land-surface modeling, uncertainty quantification, and data assimilation, and land-atmosphere interactions and feedbacks. We seek interdisciplinary expertise and interest in diverse terrestrial systems. Berkeley Lab is a renowned center of scientific expertise in many facets of climate-related fundamental and applied science. To help achieve a state-of-the-art demographic Earth System Model new benchmarking and calibration methods are needed that have not been thoroughly tested in prevailing ‘big-leaf’ unstructured land models without dynamic vegetation. 

This is a full-time, one-year, career-track term appointment that may be renewed to a maximum of five years and that may be converted to a career based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs.

What You Will Do:

  • Use state-of-the-art regional- to global-scale coupled dynamic vegetation models.
  • Develop numerical representations of complex inter-related terrestrial ecosystem processes suitable for site, regional, and global scale models.
  • Global and regional model benchmarking and validation against large observational and empirical datasets.
  • Apply state-of-the-art parameter and model structural uncertainty and calibration methods.
  • Develop and use coupled atmosphere and land-surface models to characterize biogeophysical feedbacks.
  • Work as a member of a large multidisciplinary research team. 
  • Author technical reports and publish in peer-reviewed journal articles.
  • Present results in group project meetings, seminars, and/or conferences.

Additional Responsibilities as needed:

  • Assist in or independently prepare proposals; begin to obtain independent funding.
  • May lead or manage small independent projects or projects under the PI’s mentorship. 
  • May participate on committees that serve the Lab and/or scientific community.
  • Supervise technical staff including the mentoring of students and/or Postdocs.

What is Required:

  • Two to five years of experience, past highest degree (Ph.D.) or equivalent work experience.
  • Experience in ecosystem model benchmarking and validation. 
  • Experience using land-surface biogeochemical models and ecosystem model development.
  • Strong coding and mathematical skills. 
  • Excellent written and oral presentation skills.
  • Record of timely publications.
  • Ability to develop representations of complex inter-related terrestrial ecosystem processes suitable for global-scale models.
  • Ability to analyze the coupled atmosphere and land-surface models to characterize feedbacks.
  • Ability to work creatively, independently, and productively.
  • Participation in preparation of proposals.

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