Staff Associate (Climate/Floods)

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (Columbia University)
Palisades, NY, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory is seeking a Staff Associate to work with our International Research Institute for Climate and Society’s successful and growing team. In accordance with the International Research Institute for Climate and Society’s mission, which is to enhance society’s capability to understand anticipate and manage the impacts of climate in order to improve human welfare, especially in developing countries, the responsibilities of this position will be to advance research in integrating climate information (monitoring and forecast) into applications for natural disasters and emergencies, within the humanitarian sector, in particular for floods, which will benefit IRI’s partner community (e.g. International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent and NASA).

• Conduct research in integrating climate information into applications for mapping and forecasting floods, in particular flash-floods – and engage with the humanitarian sector on how this information can be used for early action. May guide short-term research assistants on preliminary data analysis and reporting.
• Interact with user communities to help respond to the data needs of IRI partners, using various types of climate and weather information, from various sources (including, but not limited to the IRI Data Library, ArcGIS, Google Earth Engine and Maprooms ( This work will include using the Ingrid programming language and communicating with key partners (e.g. NASA and Red Cross) to integrate remotely-sensed data from Earth Observations (e.g. from NASA and European Space Agency) with socioeconomic vulnerability data from various sources.
• Perform project/proposal related tasks such as reporting, monitoring and meeting deliverable timelines.
• Assist in development of materials for workshops and capacity-building trainings under supervision of Senior Staff Associate at different national and international events, training in other countries, at conferences, symposiums and workshops. This will include supporting partners to interact and work with their in-country hydrometeorological departments.
• Assist in documentation of research findings, status, and processes.
• Assist in writing code as directed in support of projects.
• Support the coordination with English-speaking and potentially French and Spanish speaking partners, relevant IRI staff, and stakeholders, involving management of communications, meetings, organization of events and field trips, as directed by Senior Staff Associate.
• Will receive general supervision from the Senior Staff Associate. Will exercise independent judgement within parameters set by the Senior Staff Associate. Will not supervise others.

\achelor’s Degree in Climate Science, Meteorology, Hydrology, Environmental Policy, Data Science, Statistics, Geographic Information Systems, or a related discipline and four years of relevant experience required; or a Master’s degree in Climate Science, Meteorology, Hydrology, Environmental Policy, Data Science, Statistics, Geographic Information Systems, or a related discipline and two years of relevant experience required. Strong knowledge of English is required. Prior experience with mapping of environmental variables, forecasting of floods and/or other extreme weather events, and/or data science related to environmental and/or disaster policy or related climate risk projects required, whether through employment, coursework for degree, or via student internship. Successful candidate should also possess superior writing skills. Experience with analysis software, such as QGIS and R is required.