Employment Opportunities

Columbia University: Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Cloud Physics

The Center for Climate Systems Research in the Earth Institute of Columbia University seeks applicants for an Associate Research Scientist (ARS) appointment in cloud physics. This appointment is full-time and located at the Columbia University Morningside campus.

The Postdoc will work on the topic of cloud and aerosol physics over Antarctica in collaboration with modelers and observationalists at NASA GISS, the University of Leicester, Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Laboratory, which is supported by the Department of Energy's Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) program. The focus of this project will be use of measurements obtained during the ARM West Antarctic Radiation Experiment (AWARE), specifically to evaluate and improve the representation of cloud properties by the NASA GISS ModelE3 climate model. Observed and simulated cloud properties will be considered within the context of the aerosol and meteorological environment over the West Antarctic Ice Sheet using ancillary AWARE, renalaysis and satellite measurements. The Postdoc will be responsible for preparing long-term lidar and radar measurements for use with a newly developed ground-based lidar-radar simulator for ModelE3, running ModelE3 baseline and sensitivity test simulations, preparing comparisons of aerosol and meteorological conditions with existing reanalysis and satellite data sets, and contributing to model improvement efforts that will be guided by project results.

Minimum qualifications: A PhD degree in atmospheric science or a related field is required. Past experience with cloud, precipitation, or climate modeling, or observations is required.

Appointment will be for 1 year, with continuation pending funding and progress. Search will remain open for at least 30 days after the ad appears and will continue until the position is filled.

The position will be based on the Columbia University Morningside campus.

Columbia University comprehensive benefits is offered with this Officer of Research appointment.

We accept online applications only.

For information on how to apply for this position, including required application documents, please see the Columbia RAPS recruitment posting.

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

Posted 2018-02-14. Open until filled.

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