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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Coastal Wetland Modeling

Date: Sep 24, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 8707 


Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the largest US Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security.


We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate who will support the Plant-Soil Interactions Group in the Environmental Sciences Division (ESD), Biological and Environmental Systems Directorate (BESSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The position will focus on spatial analysis and modeling of coastal wetland processes.


This position is part of an ongoing project to incorporate coastal wetland processes into the E3SM Earth system model.  As part of the research team, you will synthesize spatial data on vegetation, hydrology, and biogeochemistry to configure and evaluate model simulations of estuarine wetland ecosystems subject to gradients in freshwater and saltwater influences. This project is an exciting opportunity to work with an interdisciplinary team to build new processes into an Earth system scale model and build connections within the DOE and academic research communities.


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Conduct model simulations of hydro-biogeochemical cycles and vegetation interactions in estuary regions
  • Use synthesis and/or machine learning approaches to develop spatial datasets for coastal wetland model configuration and evaluation
  • Communicate model developments and research results through group meetings and conference presentations
  • Publish results in peer-reviewed journal articles
  • Work closely with an integrated team of computational modelers along with collaborators who use experimental and observational methods


Basic Qualifications:

  • A PhD in environmental science, Earth science, environmental modeling or a related field completed within the last 5 years
  • Understanding of hydrological, biogeochemical, and ecological processes in coastal wetland ecosystems
  • Programming experience in Fortran, python, R, or related language
  • Evidence of strong written and oral communication skills
  • Experience working independently on scientific research and technical projects


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working in or modeling coastal wetland ecosystems
  • Experience developing, running, and/or evaluating ecosystem or land surface models
  • Experience in spatial data analysis, GIS, or machine learning techniques
  • Experience developing scientific or technical software using collaborative development tools such as Github
  • Interest in working collaboratively in a team science environment
  • Record of publication in the peer-reviewed literature
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative teams across the laboratory 
  • Ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever changing needs


Applicants cannot have received their Ph.D. more than five years prior to the date of application and must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment. The appointment length will be for up to 24 months with the potential for extension. Initial appointments and extensions are subject to performance and the availability of funding.


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