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Environmental Geophysics Postdoctoral Scholar
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California
Date Posted 10/08/2020
Admin-Occupational and Environmental Safety
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s (LBNL) Climate & Ecosystems Division has an opening for an Environmental Geophysics Postdoctoral Scholar to join the team.

In this exciting role, you will develop novel methodologies for improving the quantification and understanding of heat and water fluxes in the Arctic and snow-dominated environments using sensor networks and remote sensing data. You will work with a multi-disciplinary group of scientists to advance the predictive understanding of subsurface and surface hydro-biogeochemical dynamics. Your focus will be on:

  • Developing novel methodologies for integration of time-series of soil, snow, surface, and atmospheric properties at sensor network locations into inverse modeling and/or assimilation approach to improving the estimation of heat and water fluxes.

  • Coupling sensor network information with remote sensing data to provide improved prediction of subsurface fluxes at relevant scales using mechanistic and/or machine learning models. The methodology will be used to improve the prediction of how current and future changes in snow and/or permafrost dominated environments will change water and energy fluxes, land-atmosphere exchanges, and related biogeochemical fluxes.


    What You Will Do:

    • Advance the integration of hydrological and geophysical data in physically-based models or machine learning algorithms for extracting key information and quantifying and predicting hydrological processes.

    • Couple multiple types of data to improve spatiotemporal resolution and coverage of parameter estimations and predictions.

    • Engage as a member of a large, multidisciplinary research team that includes geochemists, hydrologists, and computational scientists.

    • Author peer-reviewed journal articles.


    What Is Required:

    • Ph.D. in environmental engineering/science, hydrology, geophysics, geology, electrical engineering, and computer science, or equivalent discipline; or equivalent work experience.

    • Peer-reviewed publications and international research exposure.

    • Understanding of surface and subsurface geophysical and hydrological processes.

    • Demonstrated experience in the development of new methodologies for improved understanding and quantification of shallow subsurface processes. 

    • Familiarity with modeling and inverse-modeling of hydrological properties and/or data-driven prediction of hydrological processes.

    • Ability to author peer-reviewed journal publications.

    • Ability to bringing innovative ideas and developing novel approaches. 


    Required Materials (Please attach to your online application):

    • Curriculum vitae

    • Publication list

    • Statement of research experience and interests (Optional, 2-page maximum)

    • Cover letter (2-page maximum)

    • List of three references

    The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.



    • This is a full time, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay, 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.

    • 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.

    Learn About Us:

    Working at Berkeley Lab has many rewards including a competitive compensation program, excellent health and welfare programs, a retirement program that is second to none, and outstanding development opportunities.  To view information about the many rewards that are offered at Berkeley Lab- Click Here.


    Berkeley Lab ( LBNL) addresses the world’s most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab’s scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.


    Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. Berkeley Lab is in compliance with the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4.  Click here to view the poster and supplement: "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law." Berkeley Lab is committed to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA) and strives to hire individuals who share these same values and commitments.


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



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