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Columbia University, Research Scientist in Satellite Remote Sensing Data Analysis

The Center for Climate Systems Research in the Climate School at Columbia University invites applicants for a Research Scientist position. This appointment is full-time and located at the Columbia University Morningside campus.

The Research Scientist will conduct satellite remote sensing data analyses that will help evaluate the performance of global climate model parameterizations, diagnose their dependence on atmospheric state, and constrain their predictions of cloud feedbacks and climate sensitivity. The Research Scientist will use active remote sensing data from the CALIPSO and CloudSat satellites to study the properties of tropical shallow cumulus and stratocumulus clouds and extratropical and polar mixed-phase clouds in a variety of large-scale environments. The goal is to use these analyses to advance understanding of cloud processes and evaluate simulations of clouds in the GISS global climate model and to assess the fidelity of the model’s projections of cloud changes in climate warming scenarios. The candidate will be expected to perform original research, present the results of the research at scientific meetings, and publish first-author papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Demonstrated experience in the following areas is required: extensive expertise in cloud physics, remote sensing of clouds, cloud-climate feedbacks, climate models, and a willingness to become involved in cloud parameterization evaluation; extensive experience with active remote sensing cloud datasets and emerging issues in the science of cloud feedback.

Applicants should have established a high-impact, multidisciplinary research program; demonstrated a record of significant research contributions through publications in peer-reviewed journals and success in raising external funding; and be able to contribute broadly to research at CCSR and GISS.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Successful applicants must possess a PhD. in atmospheric science or a similar field and have at least 7 years of post-PhD related experience
  • At least 5 years of experience working with model and observational data in an academic or modeling group setting.
  • Extensive expertise in cloud physics, remote sensing of clouds, cloud-climate feedbacks, climate models and a willingness to become involved in cloud parameterization evaluation are required.
  • Strong mathematics and programming skills are also a requirement.
  • Extensive experience with active remote sensing cloud datasets and emerging issues in the science of cloud feedback and will be interested in bridging the gap between observations and modeling in meaningful ways.

Application Information:

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 2022-03-09.

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