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Columbia University, Associate Research Scientist in Tropical Convection Modeling

The Center for Climate Systems Research in the Earth Institute of Columbia University invites applicants for an Associate Research Scientist appointment to study the representation of tropical convection in the NASA ModelE3 climate model.

The Associate Research Scientist will assess the mechanisms of convectively coupled equatorial waves (CCEWs) and the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO) versus combined analysis of satellite measurements and reanalysis data. The overarching goal will be assessing and improving the fidelity of ModelE3 to simulate CCEWs and the MJO. In collaboration with the GISS climate model development team, the Associate Research Scientist will collect satellite and reanalysis data, and will design, perform, and analyze single parameter perturbation experiments on various configurations of ModelE3 to develop a better understanding of the relationship between parameter settings and the simulation fidelity of CCEWs and the MJO. The Associate Research Scientist will also support ongoing development of convective and anvil cloud parameterizations for improved representation of large-scale tropical convection. The Associate Research Scientist will perform original research, present novel results at scientific meetings, publish first-author papers in peer-reviewed journals, and contribute to climate model development.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. atmospheric science or related field and at least two years post Ph.D. relevant experience is required.
  • Strong mathematics and programming skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a vital member who leads the project.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Theoretical knowledge about convectively coupled equatorial waves and the MJO.
  • Expertise with GCM studies and satellite data analysis.
  • Coding skills in MATLAB, Phyton, and Fortran.

Application Information:

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 2021-11-17.

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