The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University (LDEO) located in Palisades, New York, invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Scientist who will lead a project to understand relationships between low clouds (especially stratocumulus), the environmental factors which control them, and the lifetime of atmospheric trace gases. The successful candidate will formulate idealized models that emphasize these relationships, then use those models to explore how changes in the reflectivity of low clouds, due to anthropogenic climate change and/or deliberate manipulation, will affect the chemical environment. The idealized models will also be used to explore aspects of climate sensitivity.
We seek an atmospheric/climate scientist or atmospheric chemist with experience or interests in one or more of the following: the use and development model hierarchies, especially those developed from models of the global atmosphere; the representation of shallow oceanic clouds including stratocumulus in global models; modeling and/or observations of gas-phase atmospheric chemistry, especially as they pertain to methane lifetimes. Experience using idealized versions of the NCAR Community Earth System Model is an advantage, as is experience with chemical mechanisms. Applicants with any subset of experience are strongly encouraged to apply.
The Postdoctoral Research Scientist will join the vibrant research community at Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory under the mentorship of Prof. Robert Pincus in close collaboration Prof. Arlene Fiore at MIT. The researcher is expected to present findings at national or international scientific conferences and to prepare publications for submission to scientific journals.
Candidates should have completed or be nearing completion of a Ph.D. in Atmospheric, Climate, or Earth System Science, Chemistry, Applied Mathematics, Engineering, or related fields. Excellent communication skills are important. Questions about the position may be directed to Robert.Pincus@columbia.edu.
Appointment will be for 1-year with continuation pending progress and funding.
The search will remain open for at least 30 days after the ad appears and will continue until the position is filled.
Columbia University benefits are offered with this Officer of Research appointment.
We accept online applications only.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran
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