The Columbia University Center for Climate Systems Research (CCSR) invites applications for a postdoctoral scientist position to develop advanced modeling at the intersection of farm management and landscape hydrology. The candidate will work closely with scientists at CCSR and at the co-located NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, as well as with scientists in the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP; whose international coordination hub is at CCSR).
Tasks will include advanced development of APEX and SWAT models, connection with additional crop model outputs, configuration of the models across agricultural areas impacting the New York City watershed, the processing of remote sensing and climate model data to drive these models, and their combination within data assimilation and forecasting systems. The candidate will work within a transdisciplinary team and will collaborate on extensions to economics and sustainable policies.
The successful candidate will provide programming support for a project led by Dr. Jonas Jägermeyr (Associate Research Scientist) in close collaboration with CCSR and GISS Climate Impacts Group Co-Directors Dr. Alex Ruane (Adjunct Research Scientist) and Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig (Adjunct Senior Research Scientist).
A Ph.D. in agronomy, biological engineering, soil science, hydrology, computer science, mathematics, physics, engineering, or a related field.
Familiarity with development and application of process-based agriculture and landscape hydrology models (e.g., EPIC, APEX, SWAT, DSSAT)
Familiarity with Python data analysis and visualization software
Strong communication skills and interest to work within a group of scientists helping stakeholders prepare responses to Earth's climate impacts and shifting policy contexts.
Candidate must also have experience in two or more of the following:
Scientific programming and model development (e.g., Fortran, Matlab, R)
Analysis of probabilistic weather forecasts and climate projections
High-performance computational systems (e.g., parallel processor environment)
Remote sensing of agricultural system characteristics (e.g., vegetation, soil moisture, evapotranspiration, land use products)
Data assimilation in physical models
Experience interacting with stakeholders in the US and developing country contexts
The search will remain open for at least 30 days after the ad appears and will remain open until the position is filled.
Appointments are made on a fiscal year basis and are eligible for renewal each July 1st, contingent upon performance and funding.
Columbia University benefits accompany this Officer of Research appointment.
Salary range: $75,000 - $75,000
We accept online applications only.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran
Pay Transparency Disclosure
The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training. The above hiring range represents the University's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.
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