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 applications for an Associate Research Scientist position in the field of applied climate prediction on seasonal and subseasonal to decadal (S2D) time scales for climate service development. Large strides have recently been made in the development of forecasts on seasonal and extensions to shorter or longer S2D timescales, but much more work is needed to develop forecast products on these timescales that effectively inform societal decision making. Current expertise that is particularly desirable includes ENSO and tropical air-sea interaction, decadal modes of climate variability, near-term climate change, and forecast product development.

The successful applicant will join a team working on the development of seamless forecasting for real-world decisions that span from seasonal to sub-seasonal and inter-decadal time scales.

Responsibilities will include development of calibrated multi-model probabilistic climate forecast products on seasonal and S2D timescales, research on sources of S2D climate predictability to inform the necessary elements of a prediction system needed for climate services, and leading training courses for national meteorological services around the world to build forecasting capacity.

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. Part of Columbia University’s planned Climate School, 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 in Palisades, New York, at the Lamont Campus of the Earth Institute of Columbia University.


  • Ph.D. degree in climate, atmospheric science, statistics, or related field. 
  • At least 2 years of post-doctoral experience is required, as well as a strong publication record.
  • The position requires demonstrated expertise in ENSO/seasonal forecasting, and methods of prediction of the coupled climate system at subseasonal to decadal time scales, including forecast post- processing and evaluation using multi-model databases. – Demonstrated proficiency in modern scientific programming languages such as Python is required. 
  • Excellent communications skills, both verbal and written are essential. 
  • The researchers at IRI work closely with each other – within and across disciplines; we seek an individual that works well in groups, but who also demonstrates independence and leadership.

Apply online at the Columbia University Jobs site