Last review date:Wednesday, Nov 6, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: Monday, Nov 25, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.
There is an opening for a postdoctoral scholar position in the group of Dr. Keenan in the Department of Environmental, Science & Policy Management at UC Berkeley. This individual will participate in the NSF-funded PREEVENTS project, aimed at advancing efforts to understand and forecast flash droughts. The work will be focused on three characteristic features of flash droughts: (1) the role of land surface memory, such that observations of vegetation and soil moisture status can provide early indications of flash drought risk; (2) evaporative demand as a leading driver of flash drought onset; (3) the central role of vegetation in flash drought development through its influence on soil moisture and heat fluxes. To do so, the postdoctoral researcher will use eddy-covariance observations, remote sensing, and land surface models to improve our understanding of local to global drought and ecological forecasting.
Specific Duties of the Position will include:
The application of quantitative analytical methods to large datasets
The formulation and testing of hypotheses
Critical appraisal of ecological and physiological theory
Model development and implementation
Presentation of results at scientific meetings
Publishing of results in scientific journals
Working as part of a multi-institutional team
Mentoring graduate and undergraduate students
BASIC QUALIFICATIONS (at the time of application)
PhD (or equivalent international degree) or enrolled in a PhD degree program (or equivalent international degree)
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS (by start date)
PhD (or equivalent international degree)
The candidate should have no more than four years of post-degree research experience
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS (by start date)
Demonstrated quantitative and computational skills
Demonstrated written and verbal communications skills
Domain knowledge in ecology, ecosystem science or ecophysiology
Demonstrated ability to produce scientific results and to publish papers in international peer- reviewed journals
Ability to work independently and as part of a larger team
Proficient coding skills in at least one of: R, Matlab, Python
Knowledge of ecophysiology and plant biochemistry
Experience working with data relevant to ecosystem states, traits and rates
Demonstrated numerical and communication skills
Demonstrated ability to work in an integrated team environment
APPOINTMENT This position reports to Dr. Trevor Keenan. The initial appointment is 100% for one (1) year with the possibility of an extension, based on satisfactory performance and availability of funding. Anticipated start date is Fall 2019.
SALARY AND BENEFITS The annual salary range for this position is $50,760 to $59,100. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Generous benefits are included (http://vspa.berkeley.edu/postdocs)
Contact information of three references is required, only those of finalists will be contacted. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality: http://apo.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html. The recruitment will remain open until filled.
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The department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their work.
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