Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s (LBNL) Climate & Ecosystems Division has an opening for a Microbial Modeling Postdoctoral Scholar to join the team.

Primarily based at Berkeley Lab and part of the Department of Energy (DOE) supported multi-institution project led by Lawrence Livermore National Lab studying algal-bacterial interactions in the context of algal bioenergy feedstock production, we are searching for a postdoctoral researcher with experience in the area of trait-based ecology and microbial modeling.

In this exciting role, you will have expertise in aquatic microbial ecology and modeling of algal and/or microbial dynamics and activity. You will work with a published trait-based model to further develop a trait-based representation of the interactions between algae and bacteria, as well as trophic interactions with other organisms including fungi and protists. 

This role involves deep integration with researchers at other institutions as part of our multi-disciplinary team particularly those at other National Labs (Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Sandia) and collaborators at leading universities including UC Berkeley and MIT. You will be expected to work closely with experimentalists and other teams of modelers and will have a key integrative role.

What You Will Do:

  • Further develop dynamic energy budget-based models of algal-bacterial interactions to represent detailed algal-bacterial resource exchange, stress response/mitigation, and trophic interactions. 
  • Lead hypothesis-driven research effort on algal-microbial interactions using trait-based modeling.
  • Provide input to the design and execution of laboratory and mesocosm experiments.
  • Incorporate trait-based models into the Computational Fluid Dynamics framework to represent energy and mass transfer, and dynamics of algal-bacterial interactions.
  • Develop or use methods to evaluate and calibrate models against a diverse range of observations.

What Is Required:

  • Recent Ph.D. (approximately within 2 years) in ecology, microbiology, biogeochemistry, biophysics, bioengineering, or a related discipline.
  • Experience in mathematical modeling of biological systems and in methods for model evaluation against diverse data as well as uncertainty quantification.
  • Knowledge of algal and/or microbial physiological and metabolic traits and their ecological relevance as well as some knowledge of genomic trait analysis.
  • Strong background in mathematics and statistics.
  • Innovative and self-motivated with a collaborative mindset.

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.


  • This is a full time, 2 year, postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs. You must have less than 3 years paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.
  • Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
  • This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.
  • Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.
  • This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
  • Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.

Learn About Us:

Working at Berkeley Lab has many rewards including a competitive compensation program, excellent health and welfare programs, a retirement program that is second to none, and outstanding development opportunities.  To view information about the many rewards that are offered at Berkeley Lab- Click Here.

Berkeley Lab (LBNL) addresses the world’s most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab’s scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. Berkeley Lab is in compliance with the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4.  Click here to view the poster and supplement: “Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.”

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups presently considering scientific research careers.


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