Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Postdoctoral Research Scientist @NASAGISS

Postdoctoral Research Scientist

The Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics at Columbia University in New York seeks applicants for a Postdoctoral Research Scientist appointment in the area of modeling radiative processes and their effect on planetary climates in a three-dimensional general circulation model. The appointment is for a 2-year period.

The successful candidate will participate in a groundbreaking NASA research initiative, the Nexus for Exoplanet System Science (NExSS), with an interdisciplinary team of scientists from the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), the Goddard Space Flight Center, Columbia University, and other institutions. The broad goals of the team’s research are to address questions about the habitability of past Solar System climates, to use these insights to assess the habitability of exoplanet climates, and to inform the design of future spacecraft missions for detecting and characterizing habitable exoplanets. The candidate will be expected to perform original research, present the results of the research at scientific meetings, and publish first-author papers in peer-reviewed journals. The candidate will be resident at NASA GISS, located in New York City near the Morningside Campus of Columbia University.
Successful applicants will have a Ph.D. in atmospheric science, planetary science, astrobiology, astronomy, physics, or a similar field. Expertise in radiative transfer and a willingness to become involved in radiation parameterization development are required, but the broad scope of the research initiative allows for many possible research directions and collaborations using the model. Strong mathematics and programming skills are also a requirement. Strong candidates will be interested in highly interdisciplinary questions and the challenges of interacting with scientists from diverse fields. For more information about the GISS-Columbia role in the new NExSS research initiative, see http://www.giss.nasa.gov/projects/astrobio/.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. For application requirements and instructions please visit:https://academicjobs.columbia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=60391

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