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Position TitlePostdoctoral Research Scientist

Company Information

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory seeks fundamental knowledge about the origin, evolution and future of the natural world. Its scientists study the planet from its deepest interior to the outer reaches of its atmosphere, on every continent and in every ocean, providing a rational basis for the difficult choices facing humanity.

Lamont is a core component of the Earth Institute, Columbia University. Nearly 200 Ph.D. level researchers work and teach there, and 80-90 graduate students are involved in research. Lamont also operates a federally funded research ship, the Marcus G. Langseth, which uses seismic data to map the sub-seafloor, highlighting hidden faults and other earthquake hazards.

Since its founding in 1949, Lamont-Doherty has been a leader in the earth sciences. Its scientists were the first to map the seafloor and develop a computer model that could predict an El Nino weather event, the first to provide concrete proof for the theory of plate tectonics and to reveal the oceans’ role in triggering abrupt climate change. With each year, our understanding of earth improves. Yet, new discoveries await us. It is that next insight on the horizon that keeps our researchers excited to learn more about how and why earth changes as it does.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, New York, is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Scientist to join its Atmospheric Chemistry Group (, under the mentorship of Professor Arlene Fiore and Dr. Dan Westervelt (, within the Lamont research community. The project involves collaboration with scientists in the Mailman School of Public Health, Ecology Evolution and Environmental Biology, Electrical Engineering and the Data Sciences Institute.

The Postdoctoral Research Scientist will apply multiple data science approaches to identify sources of fine particle pollution over India. A model will be used as a testbed for method development, with an eventual application of these methods to products retrieved from current and soon-to-be launched satellite instruments and other public datasets. We seek a data scientist or atmospheric/climate scientist with prior experience analyzing, visualizing, and interpreting large datasets. The researcher is expected to present findings at national and international scientific conferences, to prepare publications for submission to scientific journals, and to participate in other activities related to the project.

Position Qualifications

Ph.D. in Atmospheric, Climate, or Earth System Science, Statistics, Applied Mathematics, Engineering, or related field is required. Prior scientific experience and strong coding skills in data visualization and statistical analysis (e.g., Python, R, Matlab, Fortran, etc.) required. Experience with designing, configuring and conducting model simulations also useful.

Appointment will be for one year with potential renewal for a second year contingent on progress and funding. Columbia University benefits are offered with this Officer of Research appointment.

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

Please visit our online application site for further information about this position and to submit your application, cover letter, CV and list of references:

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory is committed to diversity.

Columbia University is and Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer – Race/Gender/Disability/Veteran.