Postdoctoral Researcher in Cryospheric Sciences

The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University seeks candidates for the position of postdoctoral research scientist in cryospheric science. This fixed-term position will have a one-year appointment, with continuation pending funding and progress, and will be located in Palisades, New York.

Researchers at the Earth Observatory work to understand the dynamics of the earth's chemical, physical, and biological systems from the core to the upper atmosphere, including Earth's interactions with human society. Scientists lead research in the fields of solid earth dynamics; ocean, atmospheric, and climate systems; cryospheric sciences; paleoclimate; and biogeoscience.

The successful candidate will have completed their PhD in geography, earth and atmospheric sciences, engineering, glaciology, geophysics, or a related discipline.

Applications from those with expertise in satellite radar altimetry and synthetic aperture radar (SAR) velocity mapping to study ice sheet mass balance, and with experience of working with surface mass balance and ice sheet hydrology data are encouraged.

Excellent programming and/or mathematical skills (e.g., Matlab), expertise in applying for funding to funding agencies, management of scientific projects, and the ability to work in a team while developing his/her own research ideas are preferred.

The principal selection criteria include a clearly expressed plan to investigate problems at the forefront of cryospheric science with expertise matching or close to those described above.

Applications must include a curriculum vitae, statement of research, and contact information for three references and must be submitted online.

This position is open until filled.

Position start date: 1 April 2017.

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