CASCADE Climate Statistics Postdoctoral Scholar

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

United States

November 7, 2021


The Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) invites applications for a CASCADE Climate Statistics Postdoctoral Scholar to join a project aimed at understanding observed changes in extreme weather: the Calibrated and Systematic Characterization, Attribution, and Detection of Extremes (CASCADE) project. Research within CASCADE advances our understanding of climate extremes and enhances our ability to attribute and project changes in extremes.

In this exciting role, you will work closely with a team that is developing novel statistical and ML/AI methodologies for characterizing extreme weather events and their corresponding climatology. The work will focus on developing and/or utilizing advanced extreme value analysis and methods for a variety of weather processes and phenomena, including precipitation, temperature, and storm systems (e.g., atmospheric rivers, extratropical cyclones, tropical cyclones, and fronts). Furthermore, characterizing correlated and multivariate extremes (both over space and for multiple variables) is of particular interest. The long-term goal of this effort is to understand how natural variability and external forcings (e.g., greenhouse gasses) interact to modulate weather systems associated with extreme events.

This is an excellent environment for working with a highly skilled interdisciplinary team in the Climate Sciences Department. Berkeley Lab is a renowned center of scientific expertise in many facets of climate-related fundamental and applied science.

What You Will Do:

  • Develop advanced methods for characterizing extreme weather events using statistical and/or ML/AI methods.
  • Evaluate temperature and precipitation statistics, from an event-focused perspective, in observations and climate model output.
  • Use advanced Earth System Models to test hypotheses about how natural variability and external forcing interact to modulate extreme weather systems.
  • Author technical reports and peer-reviewed journal articles.
  • Work collaboratively in a large multidisciplinary research team.
  • Successfully contribute to an active intellectual environment.
  • What is Required:

  • Ph.D. in statistics, applied mathematics, or computer science.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform comprehensive statistical and/or ML/AI analyses making use of different subsets of simulations, evaluation datasets, and advanced analysis techniques.
  • Investigation of the connections between atmospheric phenomena and their underlying physics and dynamics.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with R and other programming languages.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communications skills for presentation of research.
  • Ability to work effectively in a large and integrated team.
  • This position will remain open until filled. For full consideration, please apply by November 7, 2021.


  • This is a full-time, two year (2), 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 three (3) years of paid postdoctoral experience.
  • Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post- degree.
  • This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.
  • Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.
  • Based on University of California Policy - SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program and U.S Federal Government requirements, Berkeley Lab requires that all members of our community obtain the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they are eligible. As a condition of employment at Berkeley Lab, all Covered Individuals must Participate in the COVID-19 Vaccination Program by providing proof of Full Vaccination or submitting a request for Exception or Deferral. Visit for more information.

    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.

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