Biogeochemistry - Postdoctoral Researcher
Physical Life Sciences | livermore, CA | 01/11/2024
Job Code: PDS.1 Post-Dr Research Staff 1
Organization: Physical and Life Sciences
Position Type: Post Doctoral
Security Clearance: None/Position does not require US citizenship (assignments longer than 179 days require a federal background investigation)
Drug Test: Required for external applicant(s) selected for this position (includes testing for use of marijuana)
Medical Exam: Not applicable
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We have an opening for a Biogeochemistry Postdoctoral Researcher to investigate soil-based CO2 removal as a negative emissions pathway. You will design and execute field experiments using state-of-the-art flux monitoring equipment to assess the ability of deeply rooted and perennial grasses to enhance soil carbon sequestration. You will investigate the processes driving flux observations, specifically the relationships between plant, soil, and microbial characteristics, using field and laboratory soil biogeochemistry measurements. This position is part of a larger project to assess the capacity of soils in California to sequester carbon and the effect of land management interventions on soil carbon sequestration and will involve participation in team sampling and analysis. You will be a part of the Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry group in the Atmospheric, Earth & Energy Division.
- Investigate soil-based CO2 removal under deeply rooted and perennial grasses as a negative emissions pathway.
- Design and execute a field study using state-of-the-art soil gas flux chambers and eddy covariance data to assess the exchange of carbon between the soil and atmosphere.
- Conduct quality control checks, flux computation, data partitioning, uncertainty analysis, and statistical analyses of environmental data.
- Identify relationships between plant types, microbial processes, and soil carbon cycling.
- Conduct field sampling and laboratory analysis of soil carbon pools and calculate fluxes.
- Publish your results in peer-reviewed journals and participate in scientific conferences.
- Collaborate with scientists in a multidisciplinary team environment to evaluate the effects of different plan cultivars and soil treatments on soil-based CO2 removal.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Ability to perform fieldwork (collect gas flux, soil, biomass, and pore water samples) and experience with the measurement, analysis, and interpretation of CO2 gas flux from soils in the field.
- Knowledge of terrestrial carbon cycling and methods for quantifying the impact of plant and microbial processes on carbon dynamics.
- Experience with statistical analysis of environmental data.
- Ability to perform independent research and use a scientific approach to solve problems.
- Effective ability to collaborate with a team of scientists of diverse backgrounds.
- Proficient verbal and written communication skills, as evidenced by published results and presentations.
Qualifications We Desire
- Experience maintaining and troubleshooting equipment in a field setting.
- Experience manipulating and analyzing large observational datasets.
- Programming experience in R, MATLAB, Python, or similar.
- Experience with stable isotopes or radioisotopes.
- Interest in science outreach and community engagement.
All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.
This is a Postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of extension to a maximum of three years, open to those who have been awarded a PhD at time of hire date.
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