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[Met-jobs] Postdoctoral Research Associate in Earth System Analysis to Inform Decision Making; The Pennsylvania State University; University Park

From Katerina Kostadinova <katerina@psu.edu>
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Date Mon, 21 Dec 2015 10:34:37 -0500

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Earth System Analysis to Inform Decision Making

Earth and Environmental Systems Institute
The Pennsylvania State University, University Park Campus

A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is 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, scrimhub.org). 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 successful candidate will join an transdisciplinary 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 will have a strong quantitative background (e.g., applied mathematics, Bayesian statistics, or physics) and some prior exposure to Earth system science. The candidate will have considerable freedom to collaboratively design the research within the scope of the broad questions outlined above. Possible example projects include the analysis of current uncertainties surrounding climate projections, strategies on how to reduce these uncertainties, and how to design robust climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies in the face of deep uncertainty and learning. 

For more information please contact Dr. Klaus Keller (klaus@psu.edu). To apply, visit https://psu.jobs/job/59660. Please include a letter of interest, a CV, and contact information for three references with your application. 

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Katerina Kostadinova

Administrative Support Coordinator

Network for Sustainable Climate Risk Management (SCRiM)


Earth & Environmental Systems Institute 

219 EES Building, University Park, PA 16802

P: (814) 865-5007



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