NEW Postdoc Position

Postdoctoral position in carbon-nitrogen modeling


Summary:  A joint postdoctoral position is available between Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the University of California at Irvine (UCI). We expect the candidate to develop and test a mechanistic next generation nitrogen model for global vegetation modeling within the Community Land Model framework ( The nitrogen model will be calibrated and tested against different sources of data using advanced data assimilation approaches. The successful applicant will work within an interdisciplinary team of staff scientists, postdocs and graduate students from LANL, NCAR and UCI.  The candidate will be located at Los Alamos but is expected to regularly visit NCAR and UCI to work with other project scientists, including Rosie Fisher (NCAR, and Jasper Vrugt (UCI,


Required skills: A PhD in ecology, environmental science, earth systems science, hydrology, or closely related field. Proficient in computer modeling and simulation using amongst others C, Fortran, MATLAB, R or Python, and demonstrated ability to publish high quality peer-reviewed papers. Effective written and oral communication skills, and willingness to work in a team environment. 


Desired skills: Knowledge of physiological or ecosystem ecology, data assimilation and Fortran programming. 


This position is for three years, pending review after the first year. Strong candidates may be considered for a Director's Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious J. Robert Oppenheimer, Richard P. Feynman or Frederick Reines Fellowships. For general information please refer to the LANL Postdoctoral Program page (


To apply please send a resume and a short statement of your future research goals to Chonggang Xu ( We will begin our review by September 10. This advertisement will still be valid after September 10 ­if the position is not filled.


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