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. All positions will be based here,

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 EIL Lamont Divisions.

All positions must be applied for online on the respective websites. The Job title will hold the link to the online application.

Current Open Positions:

Associate Research Scientist

The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) invites applicants for an Associate Research Scientist position in the field of applied climate prediction on subseasonal to decadal (S2D) time scales, for agriculture and food systems. Large strides have recently been made on developing forecasts that span the gap between weather and climate, but much has yet to be done to improve these forecasting capabilities and to integrate advances in seamless forecasts into actionable information for agricultural and food system decision makers.

Responsibilities will include: (a) research on agriculturally relevant S2D sources of climate variability and predictability, (b) development of S2D climate forecast tools to enhance food security in developing countries, using dynamical model output from multi-model forecast databases, © interdisciplinary research to advance climate forecast applications for agriculture and food security management, working with agricultural and partner institutions.

The successful candidate will form part of IRI’s multidisciplinary team of scientists engaged in its mission to enhance society’s capability to understand, anticipate and manage the impacts of climate in order to improve human welfare and the environment, especially in developing countries. The IRI is a catalyst for the research, creation and provision of science-based outcomes that address climate risk. Our approach is based on collaborative partnerships with local, national, regional, international, public and private institutions facilitating the open exchange of ideas, information, and technology between many disciplines and regions. The Associate Research Scientist is expected to actively engage in the interdisciplinary research and publications as well as fund-raising activities.

The position will be located at the Lamont Campus of Columbia University in Palisades, New York.

Apply online at the Columbia University Jobs site


Staff Associate III – Data Library

The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) located in Palisades, New York, is seeking a Staff Associate III to join its busy team! The successful candidate will join the Data Library team at IRI to support the use and operation of the Data Library to accomplish the objectives of IRI projects and the mission of the institution to reduce the risk of climate variability and climate change in society.

General responsibilities include working collaboratively with other members of the Data Library team and the IRI IT staff to develop, maintain, and install Linux software that is used in the everyday operations of the IRI Data Library and Data Library installations around the world. The types of software include the ingrid compute engine, caching, visualization, GIS, web applications that use JavaScript, XML, CSS, SQL and Semantic databases.

The successful candidate should be familiar with compiled programming languages, scripting languages, database query languages, and experienced with current web application technologies. It is desired that the candidate has experience in processing and analyzing Earth Science data. This position will require regular travel outside of the U.S. for approximately 15% of each year, once pandemic related restrictions are lifted. Travel is primarily to South American and/or African countries.

The successful candidate will be required to create documentation and training manuals for the use and installation procedures of the Data Library and associated web application software. The candidate should be able to conduct small group training sessions on these topics.

For more information:
Apply online at the Columbia University Jobs site