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Columbia University Postdoctoral Research Scientist in New York, New York

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Job Requisition Number 0000962

Field(s) of Specialization Arctic Ecology

Position Title Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Department EIL Lamont Divisions

Division Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory

Location Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Summary Description

The Boelman Lab, focused on Arctic Ecology, at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University seeks a Postdoctoral Research Scientist to participate in the following research project:

A collaborative NASA-funded project that will quantify the socio-ecological consequences of changing snow- and ice-scapes across much of Alaska and northwestern Canada. This project is part of the Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) and is in collaboration with the Liston Lab (Hydrology and Atmospheric Science) at Colorado State University, the Prugh Lab (Wildlife Ecology) at the University of Washington, and the Brinkman Lab (Human Dimensions of Wildlife) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. We will quantify past, present-day, and future spatiotemporal dynamics of snow- and ice-scapes throughout the ABoVE Study Domain via a data-model fusion approach and future climate scenarios. This will provide a suite of cold-season environmental variables that we will then modify to create Societally-Relevant Environmental Variables (S-REVs) used to quantitatively evaluate recent and projected changes to natural resources and subsistence opportunities (i.e. related to moose surveys and hunting), winter transportation networks (i.e.related to trafficability and safety), and carbon cycling. The Postdoc will work with the Liston Lab to develop S-REVs relevant to winter travel conditions, as well as with the Brinkman Lab and previously identified winter road engineers/operators and to quantify relationships between S-REVs and trafficability and safety along winter travel networks. There may also be opportunities to combine questions and datasets from this project with those from other NASA and NSF-funded projects both within and outside the Boelman Lab. Applicants with experience in large spatial analyses are encouraged to apply.

Minimum Degree Required


Minimum Qualifications

A PhD is required in Earth Science, Ecology, or a related field. Candidates should have experience large spatial analyses. Strong programming (e.g., R) and/or GIS skills are required. Applicants must have an excellent command (verbal and written) of the English language, be organized and meticulous, and possess strong interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications

Additional Information

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

The start date for this position is flexible but a start in the fall 2019 is preferred. The position is a full-time 1-year appointment with a competitive salary and benefits package, and the opportunity of renewal contingent on progress and funding.

Columbia University benefits accompany this Officer of Research appointment.

Search will stay open for 30 days after the ad appears and will continue until the job is filled.

RAPS posting date 08/12/2019

Search Closing Date

Special Instructions to the Applicant

We accept online applications only.

Proposed Start Date 09/30/2019

EEO Statement

Columbia University is Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

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Required Documents

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Cover Letter

  • List of References

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