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!

Staff Associate – Data Library Developer [posted Jul 30, 2018]

Solve problems for climate and societal dataset production and development for the IRI (International Research Institute for Climate and Society). Develop and maintain data archive documentation and training materials. Assist and support the IRI Data Library and IRI Scientists. Support, develop and produce specialized software products and tools. Support and maintain routine data library software functions.

Analyze geophysical datasets and their impact on climate-sensitive sectors of society (e.g. agriculture, hydrology, health). Develop online analyses for these datasets that are critical for stakeholders and policy makers to reduce the risk of climate variability and climate change on these sectors. Develop online monitoring and early warning systems for particular foci within these sectors.

Work as part of a program team that develops and maintains the operational aspects of the IRI Data Library system. Work with Data Library developers to enhance the reliability and capability of the Data Library system for IRI and partner institutions. Will develop the integration of the IRI Data Library with other online climate data services, including incorporation of Google Maps and JavaScript libraries in the IRI Data Library maprooms. Will enhance the current documentation for datasets and will develop training materials for Data Library users and administrators.