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[Met-jobs] Vacancy: Postdoctoral Research Scientist with the Columbia Water Center at Columbia University (USA)

From "Roger Brugge" <r.brugge@reading.ac.uk>
To "met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk" <met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk>
Date Wed, 31 Jul 2013 07:48:34 +0000

Forwarded from CLIMLIST...

Postdoctoral Research Scientist
Columbia Water Center at Columbia University

We seek two Postdoctoral Research Scientists to start in September 2013
to work on programs conducted by the Columbia Water Center at Columbia
University in close collaboration with the Department of Earth and
Environmental Engineering and The Earth Institute at Columbia University.

The Columbia Water Center addresses global water scarcity and climate
risk through interdisciplinary approaches working with public-private
partnerships. One goal of the Center is to develop a water risk and
sustainability framework for quantifying and analyzing climate induced
water risks. To achieve this goal, we seek two post-doc candidates to
manage these responsibilities:

Statistical Modeler

The selected candidate will work on our Global Flood Initiative to
develop spatio-temporal risk models at multiple time scales for floods
and associated climate fields. He/she will also help develop models to a
comprehensive risk analysis of water utilities and cities in the USA. In
both cases, innovation in financial instruments to transfer risk is of
interest. The successful candidate will consequently work in an
inter-disciplinary setting with engineers, statisticians and financial
analysts.

Requirements:
-       Ph.D. in Engineering, Earth & Environmental Science, Climate,
Operations Research, Risk Analysis, Computer Science, Finance or
Statistics with appropriate past work experience and interest in water
and climate extremes.
-        Experience with Bayesian methods, machine learning, nonparametric
methods, and computational statistics desirable.
-       We seek a candidate with strong quantitative and interdisciplinary
skills.
-       Excellent English communication, technical writing and presentation
skills are required.

Hydrologic Modeler

The successful candidate will work on our Global Flood Initiative
linking climate and flood models at short and long lead times. This is
an effort to build a global capacity to forecast future water risks for
sustainable agriculture and water management. These require both strong
technical/engineering skills and analytical capabilities for
socio-political and cultural analyses. The Postdoctoral Research
Scientist will also be working closely with other senior scientists at
the center to develop, conduct and manage various research programs
within the Water Center.

Requirements:
-       Ph.D. in any branch of Engineering or Earth Science with experience in
Computational Fluid Mechanics, applied to climate and hydraulic modeling
of river flows.
-       Familiarity with the major hydroclimatic, earth surface and social
science databases, geospatial modeling and state of the art fluid
dynamics models is essential.
-       Interests in improving and interpreting climate models through
Lagrangian modeling of atmospheric moisture transport associated with
extreme floods a plus.
-       We seek a candidate with strong quantitative and interdisciplinary
skills.
-       Excellent English communication, technical writing and presentation
skills are required.

These positions are full-time with a full benefit package.  The initial
appointment will be for two years with the possibility of annual renewal
based on performance and the availability of funds.  Past holders of
these positions have transitioned to faculty positions at other
Universities in 2-3 years. To apply, please email your cover letter and
resume before August 15, 2013 to <watercenter@columbia.edu>.

Columbia is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.



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