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Los Alamos National Laboratory Vegetation Modeling Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico

Vacancy Name: IRC73345


Job Title Vegetation Modeling Postdoc

Location Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name EES-14/Earth System Observations

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What You Will Do

The Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is seeking applications from diverse postdoctoral candidates with expertise in modeling vegetation dynamics under various environmental conditions (e.g., coastal, temperate, tropics and arctic) for Fall 2019. The successful candidate will improve the current state-of-the-art dynamic vegetation model, the DOE-sponsored Functionally Assembled Terrestrial Simulator (FATES), to better represent vegetation responses to water/salinity stress and the interactions between vegetation and natural disturbances such as fire, sea level rise and insects; parameterize and evaluate the model with observations from field or remote sensing; and test hypotheses related to vegetation responses to changes in future environmental conditions. The successful candidate will work within a multi-disciplinary team of plant physiologists, ecologists, hydrologists, geomorphologists and applied mathematicians from LANL and other national laboratories. Applications will be reviewed as received.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated experience in using models to predict and understand vegetation dynamics under different environmental conditions.

  • Proven quantitative analysis skills with experience in one or more of the following programing and analysis languages: Fortran, Python, C, Matlab and R)

  • Proven ability to work in a highly collaborative team setting

Desired Skills:

  • Demonstrated diverse research experience with a preference for individuals with experience and knowledge of Earth System modeling.

  • Demonstrated experience of the analysis and incorporation of data and observations for model development and testing.

  • Demonstrated experience of model development

  • Demonstrated experience on high performance computing

  • Demonstrated scientific excellence as evidenced by submission and publication of authored publications in refereed journals.

Education: A Ph.D. in ecology, environmental science, and Earth System Modeling or a closely related field. The candidate must have completed all Ph.D. requirements by commencement of the appointment and be within 5 years of completion of the Ph.D.

Notes to Applicants:

In addition to applying online, please send a curriculum vitae, digitized copies of transcripts, names of three references, and a one-page cover letter detailing qualifications, research interests, and a proposed research topic to Chonggang Xu (cxu@lanl.gov) and Joel Rowland (jrowland@lanl.gov). Please include “Vegetation Modeling Postdoc Search” in the email subject line. Applications will be reviewed as received. The expected start date is between Sep 2019-Jan 2020 but is flexible depending on candidate’s time schedule.

Candidates may be considered for a Director's Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious Marie Curie, Richard P. Feynman, or J. Robert Oppenheimer. For general information related to the Postdoc Program, salary and benefits go to: http://www.lanl.gov/careers/career-options/postdoctoral-research/index.php

Additional Details:

Position does not require a security clearance. Selected candidates will be subject to drug testing and other pre-employment background checks.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

Equal Opportunity:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regards to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

Where You Will Work

Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.

This two year postdoc position is in the Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) Division at LANL working to improve predictions of vegetation dynamics under future environmental condition changes. In the EES division, we combine our capabilities in field and laboratory measurements with analysis and modeling on high-performance computers to understand and predict environment systems (e.g., reveal climate change drivers and ecosystem impacts, model and predict subsurface movement, and predict wildland and urban fires). This postdoctoral position will focus on the predictive understanding of the vegetation dynamics in the coastal, tropical and arctic regions. This postdoctoral position will require the candidate to integrate and communicate with other field ecologists and modelers within LANL and across different national labs, and aid in uncertainty quantification and sensitivity analysis of models and model outputs.

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Req ID: IRC73345