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Current Open Position(s)

Two Postdoctoral Research Associates to advance understanding and model representation of leaf and canopy processes in tropical forests

We are seeking two post-docs interested in improving understanding and model representation of leaf and canopy level processes that regulate the exchange of carbon, water and energy in tropical forests to enable improved projection of the response of canopy processes to climate change. The successful candidates will join a small, highly collaborative and supportive group at BNL and work with other scientists as part of the multi-institutional Next Generation Ecosystem Experiments - Tropics project (ngee-tropics.lbl.gov). The post-docs will work under the joint supervision of Shawn Serbin and Alistair Rogers. These positions are full time, 1 year, appointments with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs.

For additional information about each position, and to apply, applicants should visit the BNL careers website (jobs.bnl.gov) and search for job #1555 and #1556. We are now considering applications and the positions will remain open until a suitable candidate has been identified. To ensure full consideration please apply before March 31st.


Summer Undergraduate Internship
Investigating plant growth using physiology and remote sensing

We need to increase food production by 70% by the year 2050 to meet global food demand. Increasing crop yield is a key goal for ensuring food security but this must be accomplished in a changing climate where elevating yield will become more challenging. In order to improve yield we must first understand the factors limiting growth in plants, and the ways in which plants respond to different environmental conditions. The use of high-throughput techniques such as remote sensing to monitor plant traits non-destructively throughout their life cycle is a valuable way in which plant breeders can increase the speed of crop breeding. Join BNL scientists for a plant science research project in the field, where you will be measuring plant traits using a suite of technologies to enable remote sensing approaches that can be used to accelerate physiological breeding. You will also have the opportunity to analyse data using the software package R. To express your interest in joining our friendly, productive team for the summer, contact Dr Angela Burnett (aburnett@bnl.gov)

Supervisor Dr. Angela Burnett

For more information about the Department of Energy ‘Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships’ (SULI) program, and to apply, visit https://science.energy.gov/wdts/suli/


Summer Undergraduate Internship
Investigating plant stress using physiology and remote sensing

Join BNL scientists in the TEST Group for a plant science research project, where you work to link fundamental physiological and biochemical properties of plants to leaf reflectance to enable remote sensing approaches that can be used to detect stress. To express your interest in joining our friendly, productive team for the summer, contact Alistair Rogers (arogers@bnl.gov).

For more information about the Department of Energy ‘Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships’ (SULI) program, and to apply, visit https://science.energy.gov/wdts/suli/


Research Collaborator: Open Source Software Developer

We are looking for a University undergraduate or postgraduate student with an interest in using their skills to help us with software development. The Open Source Developer will be responsible for assisting in a number of activities including the design and development of command-line tools, web, and database applications for scientific and ecological research. For example, tasks might include development of automated scientific data processing workflows and analysis. The research collaborator would be eligible for a daily stipend and would have the opportunity to work in a collaborative research environment with scientists in the TEST group who are working on a range of projects including research in the Arctic and tropics, and the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems for ecological research.

Essential duties and required skills

  • Documenting code with Doxygen or similar
  • Experience with python
  • Code version control through GitHub or similar collaborative coding environments

Desirable skills

  • Background in biological sciences
  • Experience with R, C/C++, Fortran

There is no set start and end point for the position and we can be flexible to accommodate your schedule but we are looking to identify a suitable person shortly. To be considered for this opportunity please send your CV to Dr. Alistair Rogers, arogers@bnl.gov or Dr. Shawn Serbin, sserbin@bnl.gov.