Assoc. Research Scientist, paleodynamics - Palisades, NY, USA

A position for an Associate Research Scientist is open at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, Palisades. NY, USA.


The Associate Research Scientist will join the team of Dr Jason Smerdon and the PaleoDynamics Laboratory at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University and be responsible for the day-to-day oversight of a scientific project to analyze paleoclimate data assimilation products with the purpose of understanding hydroclimate variability and change in North and South America.

The Associate Research Scientist will design and conduct experiments to improve our characterization of decadal to centennial hydroclimate variability and change, the dynamics associated with such characteristics, and the implications for future climate projections.

The Associate Research Scientist will work independently and will coordinate research activities, including data analyses and scientific paper writing with Smerdon and other collaborators.


Candidates should have a PhD in atmospheric science, applied mathematics, paleoclimate, or a closely related field, at least two years of science experience, and demonstrated expertise in Common Era paleoclimate, climate dynamics, and quantitative methods of spatiotemporal analyses.

Experience with proxy-model comparisons and ensemble analyses of PMIP and CMIP simulations is also preferred. A strong record of publications in the scientific literature is required. Success in mentoring and supervising students and technical staff is also preferred, as are organizational, managerial, editorial or public outreach skills.


Appointments are made on a fiscal year basis and are eligible for renewal each 1 July, contingent upon performance and funding.


Search will remain open for at least 30 days after the ad appears and will continue until the position is filled.

Please visit the online application site at for further information about this position and to submit your application, curriculum vitae, cover letter and references.

Only online applications are accepted.