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Columbia University Associate Research Scientist in New York, New York

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Job Requisition Number 0000766

Field(s) of Specialization Climate, Atmospheric science, Statistics

Position Title Associate Research Scientist

Department EIL Lamont Divisions

Location Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Summary Description

The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) invites applications for an Associate Research Scientist position in subseasonal to seasonal (S2S) climate prediction, to be located at the Lamont Campus of Columbia University. The primary responsibilities will be to develop S2S climate prediction at regional scales, including calibrated probabilistic forecast tools and products using dynamical model output from multi-model databases, and further develop IRI’s climate research on S2S scales. Topics will include identifying features/locations/episodes of enhanced S2S predictability, and prediction of user-relevant variables such as monsoon onset date. Initial focus will be over Africa and possibly Latin America. The Associate Research Scientist is expected to actively engage in the interdisciplinary research and publications as well as fund-raising activities.

Minimum Degree Required


Minimum Qualifications

Applicants must have a PhD degree in climate, atmospheric science, statistics, or related field.

At least 2 years of postdoctoral experience is required, as well as a strong publication record.

The successful candidate will have experience in S2S or seasonal forecasting research using multi-model ensembles, as well as expertise in the dynamics of variability of the coupled climate system at S2S or seasonal scales.

Demonstrated proficiency in scientific programming languages such as Python, R or Matlab is required.

Excellent communications skills, both verbal and written are essential.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with Python is preferred.

Conversational French and/or Spanish would be an advantage.

Additional Information

Appointments are made on a fiscal year basis and are eligible for renewal each July 1, contingent upon performance and funding.

Search will remain open for at least 30 days after the ad appears and will continue until the position is filled.

Columbia University benefits accompany this Officer of Research appointment.

This position is located in Rockland County, NY at the Lamont Campus of The Earth Institute at Columbia University.

Prospective candidates must apply online.

The successful candidate will form part of IRI’s multidisciplinary team of scientists engaged in its mission to enhance society’s capability to understand, anticipate and manage the impacts of climate in order to improve human welfare and the environment, especially in developing countries. The IRI is a catalyst for the research, creation and provision of science-based outcomes that address climate risk. Our approach is based on collaborative partnerships with local, national, regional, international, public and private institutions facilitating the open exchange of ideas, information, and technology between many disciplines and regions.

RAPS posting date 05/31/2019

Search Closing Date

Special Instructions to the Applicant

Submit your application, CV, statement of interest (up to 2 pages).

Proposed Start Date 09/01/2019

EEO Statement

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer —Race/Gender/Disability/Veteran.

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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Personal Statement

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