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 6061- EIM Centers & Divisions

Current Open Positions:

Visual Storyteller Specialist – Communications [posted June 29, 2018]

The IRI communications team is looking for a smart, creative and self-starting visual storyteller to help us promote greater understanding of our climate science and its applications. You’ll work with us to create and edit video, photography, animation and other visual content that helps raise broad awareness and interest about IRI’s work and mission. You’ll also represent IRI on social media, and post images and videos on all of our digital platforms.

Our ideal candidate has a strong journalistic sense, the ability to generate ideas and produce video and other visual content on deadline and working within a strongly collaborative team environment. Experience with DSLR video production and work flow and working knowledge in graphic design, social media and photography is a must. See the full job description and apply via the link above!

Associate Research Scientist – Seasonal and Sub-Seasonal Climate Forecasting [posted Nov 14, 2017]

The primary responsibilities will be to (1) advance research in the understanding of the weather and climate system at sub-seasonal and seasonal timescales; (2) develop S2S predictive capabilities relevant to climate services; and (3) to support and further develop predictive software, such as IRI’s Climate Predictability Tool.

Applicants must have a PhD degree in climate, atmospheric science, statistics, or related field. At least one year of relevant employment experience after having been awarded a PhD is required, as well as a strong publication record. Familiarity with multi-model seasonal forecasting and verification, including experience with a range of statistical methodologies relevant to application of model outputs, is necessary. We also seek experience designing and performing experiments with global climate, and earth-system, models. Demonstrated proficiency in scientific programming languages such as Fortran, Matlab, R and Python is required. The successful candidate will have expertise in S2S diagnostics, modeling and forecasting using dynamical and statistical models.

Knowledge of physical mechanisms driving the climate In Latin America and the Caribbean would be particularly desirable.