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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doctorate RA - Tropical Vegetation Dynamics in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 312147

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Division: Atmospheric Sciences & Global Change

Group: Earth Systems Measurements & Data

Job Description

The Plant Physiological Ecology lab within the Earth System Measurements and Data Group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is soliciting applications for a postdoctoral fellow to study the physiological response of tropical forest trees to environmental change. This position is part of DOE’s Next Generation Ecosystem Experiment-Tropics project, which is a multi-institutional effort to understand the fate of tropical forests under future conditions. The successful applicant will specifically study the carbon and water relations of tropical forest trees, ultimately to understand the mechanisms that regulate the growth and survival of these trees under variable conditions. The successful applicant will work with a diverse, creative, and welcoming group of students, other postdocs, and staff and faculty from within the lab at PNNL to across other DOE labs and federal and academic institutions. Field sites currently include locations in Panama and Brazil, with additional possible work in Australia. The successful applicant will have a field and lab work component, pending COVID-restrictions and may also engage in modeling the carbon and water balance, and ultimately survival, of the forests.

Qualifications, Skills, and/or Training Necessary for Position:

  • PhD awarded within the last five years.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, willingness to work both independently and within a collaborative team environment, proven experience publishing in peer-reviewed journals.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have received a PhD within the past five years (60 months) or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong interest in plant physiological ecology

  • Experience with field measurements such as sapflow, water potential, gas exchange, and other appropriate experience

  • Experience with physiologically-relevant lab measurements

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

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Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Earth System Measuremts & Data

Opening Date: 2021-05-25

Closing Date: 2021-06-23