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:

Staff Associate I – Data Library

The Staff Associate I will join the Data Library team at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) to support, maintain, develop and use the Data Library to accomplish the objectives of IRI projects and the mission of the institution.

General responsibilities include the acquisition, development, and maintenance of climate-related datasets and associated metadata to be served through the IRI Data Library. This includes working with IRI research scientists and providing assistance with datasets and climate forecast model output and using analytical skills for the production of climate-related analyses to meet project objectives, typically using the Data Library programming language (Ingrid, based on postscript). The candidate will also work collaboratively with project scientists and international and domestic partners from a variety of disciplines, such as health, food security, agriculture, and natural hazards, to adapt and develop specialized “Maproom” data analyses and online products and tools based upon Data Library functionality.

For more information:
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