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:

Senior Staff Associate

The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) invites applicants for a Senior Staff Associate II position to support seasonal and sub-seasonal climate forecasting for agriculture and food systems, with initial focus on West Africa. The position will be located at the Lamont Campus of Columbia University, located in Rockland County NY. The successful applicant will work with scientists as well as in-country meteorological services and other institutions to integrate advances in short-term climate forecasts into actionable information for agriculture and food.

Responsibilities will include: (a) use of climate science and statistical methods to advance development of seasonal and subseasonal climate forecasts for agriculture and food security management; (b) strengthening the capacity of national and regional climate institutions to serve their agricultural and food sectors; (c) developing software tools to translate climate information into forms useful for agricultural and food security decision-makers; (d) creating and implementing training courses both at IRI and abroad, especially in African countries.

The successful candidate will form part of IRI’s multi-disciplinary 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 Senior Staff Associate is expected to actively assist 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