Employment

The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) is located on the Lamont Campus of Columbia University in Palisades, NY, just 20 miles north of the Morningside Campus in New York City.

Our mission is to enhance society’s capability to understand, anticipate and manage the impacts of seasonal climate fluctuations in order to improve human welfare and the environment, especially in developing countries. In this context, we undertake fundamental research that is informed and advanced with problem focused projects in South and South East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and in Latin America, partnering with appropriate experts for the problem and region.

Available Administrative positions at IRI will be posted through the Jobs at Columbia portal, under department 6010 – EIL Lamont Divisions, or department 6061 – EIM Centers and Divisions.

Available Research Positions at IRI will  be posted on RAPS,  the applications site for academic positions at Columbia University, under 6061- EIM Centers & Divisions

Current Open Positions:

Postdoctoral Research Scientist – [posted June 02, 2017]

Applications are now invited for a postdoctoral position at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), the Earth Institute of Columbia University in Palisades, NY to work on the Flagship 4 (Climate Services and Safety Nets) of the Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS) grant.

The project seeks to examine gender and climate services to understand how climate services and agricultural insurance can meet the differing needs of women farmers; incorporate those insights into efforts to scale up climate services; and test the degree to which these services can be gender transformative by improving control of resources and participation in decision-making. Current evidence will be synthesized, and new knowledge and evidence will be generated to inform the design and implementation of gender-equitable services.

CCAFS is currently undertaking a review of gender and climate services research to chart the next steps for its research and programming. The Postdoctoral Research Scientist will carry forward the results of the gender and climate services review to explore the ingredients and factors for developing gender-transformative climate services that empower women, increase their control of productive assets, and improve their participation in decision making. The research will require travel in East and West Africa and possibly South Asia.

Associate Research Scientist – Seasonal and Sub-Seasonal Climate Forecasting [posted June 01, 2017]

The primary responsibilities will be (1) to work on further developing IRI’s global multi-model seasonal forecasting system through recalibration methods, and (2) to work on existing project to develop seasonal and sub-seasonal climate forecasts for agricultural applications over India.

Associate Research Scientist – Climate Scientist [posted May 18, 2017]

The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) is seeking an outstanding climate scientist to develop a research program in heat-wave early warning systems. Tasks will include climate research to analyze the synoptic conditions causing heat-waves and the predictability of heat-waves at all time-scales, as well as interaction with experts from affected sectors to develop evidence for the impacts of heat-waves, and to assist in the co-design of early warning systems. In addition to research, tasks will involve the provision of guidance and assistance in the development of early-warning systems in operational settings, and the provision of assistance in raising awareness of heat-wave issues; these tasks will involve working with National Meteorological Services and other operational climate centers, the World Meteorological Organization, and stakeholders from impacts communities.

As an Associate Research Scientist, the successful candidate will be expected to obtain funding through grants related to heat-wave dynamics and early warning systems, and in collaboration with other IRI project activities. Approximately one-half of salary must be covered by external grants in the first year.

Intermediate Systems Analyst/Programmer – Data Library Group [posted Jul 16, 2016]

Supports the IRI Climate Data Library by enhancing the look and feel of the Data Library interface and augmenting the capabilities of the Data Library by connecting it seamlessly to other data information services such as Google Earth Engine, Google Maps, or ESRI GIS products.