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 EIL Lamont Divisions.

All positions must be applied for online on the respective websites.

Current Open Positions:

Research Scientist or Senior Research Scientist

The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) of Columbia University invites applications for a Research Scientist/Senior Research Scientist position, to lead the ‘Climate Services and Safety Nets’ Flagship of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS). The position will be located at the Lamont Campus of Columbia University.

The primary responsibilities will be to: 1) Provide continuity of vision and leadership for the Flagship grant, and share responsibility for integrating Flagship research into the overall CCAFS program and into CCAFS regional programs; 2) Ensure overall Flagship coherence and deliver on the Flagship grant outcomes; 3) Provide intellectual leadership in developing the knowledge, methods, capacity, and evidence needed to design interventions that help smallholder farmers to implement climate-resilient livelihood strategies; 4) Build strong cross-regional coherence and synergies and provide expertise to ensure quality of outputs and outcomes; 4) Seek out additional sources of funding to complement the Flagship grant. Appointment will be at the RS or SRS level commensurate with experience.

Applicants must have a PhD degree in agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, agrometeorology, agronomy or another field related to agricultural and/or environmental sciences and demonstrated international standing in issues related to climate variability and change, agriculture and food security. At least six years of postdoctoral experience is required for Research Scientist or ten years for Senior Research Scientist, as well as a strong publication record.

Senior Staff Associate

The Senior Staff Associate will serve as part of IRI’s multidisciplinary team 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 will focus efforts at supporting research on seasonal and subseasonal climate forecasting and applications. The primary responsibilities will be to assist in advancing seasonal and subseasonal forecast products at regional and national scales, tailored for climate-service use in developing countries (such as in tropical agriculture and forecast-based financing), and based on dynamical multimodel ensembles from global forecasting centers. The position will involve forecast development at national/regional levels using IRI tools, further development of those tools, creating documentation and training materials, and instructing on their use during training courses, both at IRI and in-country at National Meteorological Services.

  • Develop seasonal and subseasonal climate forecast products at national/regional levels using IRI tools, including CPT, PyCPT, and IRI Data Library.
  • Create documentation and training materials for seasonal and subseasonal climate forecast methods, products and tools.
  • Provide training and capacity building at different national and international events, training in other countries, at conferences, symposiums and workshops.
  • Support proposal development and write documents that integrate climate forecasts with different applications (eg tropical agriculture, forecast-based financing).
  • Guide MA students or interns in conducting seasonal and subseasonal forecast product-related tasks.
  • The candidate will receive minimal supervision from the Senior Research Scientist, and will function within general guidelines, goals, and objectives developed with the supervisor or designated project collaborators. The candidate will exercise independent judgement in the analysis, and write-up of project synthesis, and proposals within flexible parameters.
  • A Bachelor’s degree and 8 years of experience in climate science, geography, or related field or a Master’s degree and 4 years of related experience in climate science, geography, or related field required.
  • Excellent communications skills, both verbal and written are essential.
  • Willingness to travel frequently to conduct training courses in developing countries including Africa is essential.