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

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311859

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Division: Atmospheric Sciences & Global Change

Group: Earth System 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 position modeling vegetation dynamics and their underlying mechanisms in coastal ghost forest formation. The successful applicant will lead this effort using the new demographically and hydraulically enabled Functionally Assembled Terrestrial Ecosystem Simulator (FATES-Hydro), and potentially other models, to test hypotheses about the mechanisms and rate of change of coastal ghost forest formation under current and future conditions. This work will rely heavily on site-specific field-data from coastal systems experiencing rapid forest losses, and the successful applicant has the option to actively participate in the fieldwork.

This position is part of a large, multi-institutional research project in coastal ecosystems, for which PNNL is looking to hire several post-docs with complementary skills in coastal science, biogeochemistry, data sciences, and land surface modeling. The successful applicant will work in a collaborative team environment with scientists from within the Plant Physiological Ecology lab, across PNNL, and other laboratories, federal institutions, and universities.

PNNL’s Coastal Observations, Mechanisms, and Predictions Across Systems and Scales (COMPASS) project is a multi-institutional endeavor focused on understanding and predicting the transformations and fluxes of carbon and nutrients as they are exchanged across terrestrial-aquatic interfaces. Field- and lab- based understanding is developed in close integration with modeling needs and advances. Research spans both seawater- and freshwater-influenced coasts. PNNL is committed to developing scientific excellence and diversity in STEM fields and we encourage applications from candidates that will foster a culturally rich and inclusive environment.

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

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

  • Background in plant or land-surface modeling,

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

Desired qualifications:

  • Strong interest in plant physiological ecology.

  • Experience with model-data integration, model forecasting, field-ecology techniques, meta-analyses, or data synthesis.

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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Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Earth System Measuremts & Data

Opening Date: 2021-03-23

Closing Date: 2021-04-21