The Water Center in the Earth Institute, Columbia University
October 12, 2018
New York City, New York
Commensurate with experience
Full Time - Experienced
Years of Experience:
2 - 4
Environmental - University / Academic, Environmental Engineering
We seek an Associate Research Scientist (ARS) to work on programs conducted by the Columbia Water Center in the Earth Institute at Columbia University in close collaboration with the Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering.
The Columbia Water Center has a focus on addressing global water scarcity and climate risk through interdisciplinary approaches working with public-private partnerships. Specifically, the goal of this project is to (1) identify a solution portfolio to mitigate the impact of variations in climate considering the capacity expansion of water and energy infrastructure and potential re-allocation of cropping patterns, relative to climate, energy and economic scenarios, and prescribed water rights/allocation mechanisms and ecological needs, and (2) develop network models and conduct Bayesian inference analyses to uncover structural relationship between spatial-temporal climate pattern and shocks and migration phenomenon at the regional, national and continental. The ARS will contribute model development and analytical effort to the project. These require both strong technical/engineering skills and analytical capabilities for socio-political and cultural analyses. The ARS will report to the Director, Columbia Water Center, and will work closely with other senior scientists to develop, conduct and manage various research programs within the Water Center. The incumbent will work with other scientists both within Columbia and in partner agencies, will manage interns and other team members and must represent the Columbia Water Center in a professional and conscientious manner. The incumbent must show initiative and be able to work independently and successfully incorporate their modeling expertise into the work of the Columbia Water Center. There is a possibility of teaching classes at the graduate level as part of the Water Certificate in the Masters of Sustainability Management Program.
We seek a candidate with strong quantitative and interdisciplinary skills. A PhD in environmental engineering, earth sciences or related field with a strong emphasis on data analysis, statistics and numerical modeling of hydrologic and climate systems is required and at least two years of post-doc related work experience. Experience with large scale multi-objective optimization, network modeling, uncertainty quantification and probabilistic analyses is required. Numerical modeling of integrated systems linking human behavior, resource and infrastructure systems, including climate, water, energy and agriculture are necessary. Past experience in developing and contributing to research grants is necessary. The qualified candidate will have experience with Hierarchical Bayesian models, machine learning concepts, and extensive experience in Julia and R languages.
Additional Salary Information: This position is full-time and offers a full benefit package. The initial appointment will be for one year and is subject to renewal contingent upon performance and funding.
About The Water Center in the Earth Institute, Columbia University
The Earth Institute brings together the people and tools needed to address some of the world's most difficult problems, from climate change and environmental degradation, to poverty, disease and the sustainable use of resources. By blending scientific research, education and practical solutions, The Earth Institute, Columbia University, is working to help guide the world onto a path toward sustainability. The Institute is comprised of more than 30 research centers and some 850 scientists, postdoctoral fellows, staff and students. Working across many disciplines, we study and create solutions for problems in public health, poverty, energy, ecosystems, climate, natural hazards and urbanization.