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:

Research Scientist or Senior Research Scientist

The IRI 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.

Staff Associate (Climate)

The IRI invites applications to advance research in integrating climate information (monitoring and forecast) into applications for natural disasters and emergencies, within the humanitarian sector, in particular for floods, which will benefit IRI’s partner community (e.g. International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent and NASA).

  • Conduct research in integrating climate information into applications for mapping and forecasting floods, in particular flash-floods – and engage with the humanitarian sector on how this information can be used for early action. May guide short-term research assistants on preliminary data analysis and reporting
  • Interact with user communities to help respond to the data needs of IRI partners, using various types of climate and weather information, from various sources (including, but not limited to the IRI Data Library, ArcGIS, Google Earth Engine and Maprooms (http://iridl.ldeo.columbia.edu/mapr/). This work will include using the Ingrid programming language and communicating with key partners (e.g. NASA and Red Cross) to integrate remotely-sensed data from Earth Observations (e.g. from NASA and European Space Agency) with socioeconomic vulnerability data from various sources.
  • Perform project/proposal related tasks such as reporting, monitoring and meeting deliverable timelines.
  • Assist in development of materials for workshops and capacity-building trainings under supervision of Senior Staff Associate at different national and international events, training in other countries, at conferences, symposiums and workshops. This will include supporting partners to interact and work with their in-country hydrometeorological departments.
  • Assist in documentation of research findings, status, and processes.
  • Assist in writing code as directed in support of projects.
  • Support the coordination with English-speaking and potentially French and Spanish speaking partners, relevant IRI staff, and stakeholders, involving management of communications, meetings, organization of events and field trips, as directed by Senior Staff Associate.
  • Will receive general supervision from the Senior Staff Associate. Will exercise independent judgement within parameters set by the Senior Staff Associate.
  • Will not supervise others.

Minimum Qualifications

Experience in Climate Science, Meteorology, Hydrology, Environmental Policy, Data Science, Statistics, Geographic Information Systems, Disaster Management or related field preferred. Knowledge of French or Spanish preferred. Familiarity with IRI Data Library desired. Work experience in Climate Science, Meteorology, Hydrology, Environmental Policy, Data Science, Statistics, Geographic Information Systems, Geophysical-related Early Warning Systems, and Disaster Management desired. Aptitude/experience working with stakeholders in developing countries preferred.