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[Met-jobs] Post Doctoral Research positions available in Earth System Analysis to Inform Decisionmaking and Coupled Ethical-Epistemic Analyses for Sustainable Climate Risk Management

From Jaime Ross <>
Date Wed, 19 Feb 2014 18:44:08 -0500

Postdoctoral Positions in Sustainable Climate Risk Management
Earth and Environmental Systems Institute
The Pennsylvania State University

Two postdoctoral positions are available in the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute at the
Pennsylvania State University. Successful candidates will become part of an interdisciplinary research
network on Sustainable Climate Risk Management (SCRiM) ( Centered at Penn
State and linking 18 universities and five research institutions in six nations, SCRiM addresses the
question: What are sustainable, scientifically sound, technologically feasible, economically efficient, and
ethically defensible climate-risk management strategies? SCRiM catalyzes fundamental, mission-oriented,
and transdisciplinary research to characterize climate risks and trade-offs associated with risk management
instruments such as mitigation, adaptation, and geoengineering. The network provides unique opportunities
for research, education, outreach, decision support, and professional development. SCRiM postdocs enjoy
ample opportunities for transdisciplinary research collaboration as well as professional mentoring by a team
of experts in relevant disciplines. The two available positions are as follows:

1. Earth System Analysis to Inform Decisionmaking
The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary research team that analyzes two main questions: (i)
How can paleoclimatic and instrumental records improve our mechanistic understanding of the climate
system and inform climate predictions? (ii) How can this scientific information be used to improve the
design of climate-risk management strategies? The ideal candidate would have a strong background in a
field such as Earth system science (e.g., atmospheric science, geosciences, oceanography), Bayesian
statistics, or applied mathematics. The candidate will have considerable freedom to collaboratively design
the research within the scope of the broad questions outlined above. Possible example projects include
uncertainty analysis of climate projections, decision analysis of climate change adaptation and mitigation
strategies, and risk analysis of proposed geoengineering strategies.

2. Coupled Ethical-Epistemic Analyses for Sustainable Climate Risk Management

The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary research team that analyzes two central areas of
concern: (i) the role of coupled ethical-epistemic issues in climate change science and (ii) how to improve
decisionmaking under conditions of risk and uncertainty to ensure ethical adequacy. The ideal candidate
would have a strong background in the ethical dimensions of scientific practice and an appreciation of the
ethical issues raised by deep uncertainty. An understanding of climate change mitigation, adaptation,
geoengineering strategies is desirable. Interests in decisionmaking under uncertainty, integrated assessment,
and in collaborations involving Earth scientists, statisticians, decision analysts, economists, and philosophers
would be further advantages for applicants to both positions.

The positions are available immediately and will remain open until filled. Initial appointment will be for a
period of one year, with excellent possibility of renewal for one or more additional years. The salary will be
competitive, commensurate with experience, and will comply with Penn State University guidelines.
Successful completion of a background check is required prior to employment.

To apply to either position, please email a single PDF file (maximum 10 MB) containing a letter of interest,
a CV, reprints of two manuscripts, and contact information for three references to Jaime Ross
( For questions about the potential projects, please contact Klaus Keller (
(position #1) or Nancy Tuana ( (position #2).

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity
of its workforce.

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