The NGEE-Tropics project in LBNL’s Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division is seeking a NGEE-Tropics Data Postdoctoral Scholar to investigate processes associated with the large-scale forest-atmosphere exchange of carbon, water, and energy in Amazonia. A central focus of this work is the study of mechanistic process-level controls on these exchanges and how they respond to moisture and temperature stress. The opportunity is highly integrative, involving large and diverse datasets, many spanning multiple decades from multiple sites, including tower-based eddy covariance fluxes, meteorology, soil hydrology, and plant ecophysiology. Results will greatly improve our understanding of how processes operating from the deep-soil to upper-canopy impact forest-atmosphere interactions in tropical forests.

What You Will Do:
– Process and analyze large complex datasets with the NGEE-Tropics data team including climate variables, eddy covariance, soil hydrology, and plant ecophysiology.
– Apply ecological and plant physiological theory to explore mechanistic process controls on the large-scale exchange of carbon, water and energy for Amazon forests under moisture and temperature stress.
– Collaborate with the FATES and E3SM modeling communities on model development, testing, and applications involving Amazon syntheses datasets.
– Investigate forest-atmosphere feedbacks at different times scales (hourly to decadal).
– Publish results in high-quality journals and contribute to proposals involving tropical biosphere-atmosphere interactions.

What is Required:
– PhD in relevant field (e.g. climate science, ecology, plant physiology, forestry, geography).
– Data intensive processing and analysis (e.g. Python, R, Matlab, EddyPro).
– Solid background in ecological, plant physiological, and biogeochemical theory.
– Interest in the application and testing of state-of-the-art land-surface models.
– Record of publishing research in peer-reviewed journals.
– Desire to work within an integrated, multi-institution team whose activities span from field research to Earth system model development.

Additional Desired Qualifications:
– Tropical field research experience.
– Model development skills.
– Fluency in Portuguese.
– 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.

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