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Columbia University, Research Scientist in Cloud Physics

The Center for Climate Systems Research in the Earth Institute of Columbia University invites applicants for a Postdoctoral Research Scientist position in cloud physics, satellite observations and global atmospheric modeling at its Morningside campus in New York City. Appointment is full-time for a two-year period, with the possibility of extension for a third year. Appointment is made annually and is contingent upon funding and performance.

Our team research goals are to reduce the uncertainty in model climate sensitivity due to low-cloud feedback contributions and to propose new guidance for model development in specific parametrizations (turbulence and convection). For this purpose, the successful applicant will evaluate the representation of stratocumulus and cumulus clouds and their feedbacks in global climate models against active and passive sensor satellite observations and study their link with climate sensitivity. This work will be performed within the framework of a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration climate sensitivity task force, which gathers a large panel of scientists from diverse institutes, and could potentially foster additional collaborations. The successful applicant will be expected to lead peer-reviewed publications and present his/her results regularly at scientific meetings.

Minimum Qualifications

A PhD in atmospheric sciences or related field and a strong background in cloud-climate related research is required.

Preferred Qualifications

Expertise in cloud physics, cloud-climate feedbacks; familiar with satellite observations and climate model outputs; experience with data visualization, statistical/mathematical analysis and handling of large datasets.

Excellent command of the English language (verbal and written) and strong communication skills are desired.

Additional Information

The anticipated target start date for this position is February 1, 2021

This position is appointed annually for up to two years, with the possibility of extension for a third year contingent upon performance and funding.

Search will remain open for at least 30 days from date of posting and will continue until the position is filled.

Columbia University benefits offered with this Officer of Research appointment.

Application Information

Submit your application, including a cover letter, which should detail past research experience and future interests, current CV, and the names, phone numbers and email addresses of three references. We accept online applications only.

For information on how to apply for this position, please see the Columbia University Human Resources posting.

EEO Statement

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

Posted 2020-12-02.

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