[ES_JOBS_NET] Associate Research Scientist , modeling dynamic global vegetation and its effect on climate and the carbon cycle, Columbia University

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Tue Oct 13 09:42:10 MDT 2015


Job Details
Requisition Number: 	0006103
Field(s) of Specialization: 	Climate Dynamics, dynamic global vegetation 
modeling; biometerology; biogeochemistry; remote sensing; mathematical 
Position Title: 	Associate Research Scientist
Department: 	6060- EIM Centers & Divisions
Department Number: 	6060202
Location: 	Morningside
Summary Description: 	The Center for Climate Systems Research (CCSR) in 
the Earth Institute, Columbia University in New York seeks applicants 
for an Associate Research Scientist (ARS) appointment in the area of 
modeling dynamic global vegetation and its effect on climate and the 
carbon cycle in a three-dimensional general circulation model (GCM). The 
appointment is for a 1 year period, subject to renewal.

The successful candidate will conduct research in development of land 
surface and terrestrial ecosystem process models, and collaborate with 
scientists on evaluation of these processes with the in-house GCM at the 
Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), the Goddard Space Flight 
Center, Columbia University. The land ecosystem model currently coupled 
to the GISS GCM is the Ent Terrestrial Biosphere Model (Ent TBM), which 
represents height-stratified and mixed-plant functional type (PFT) 
communities. The ARS research will initially involve developing 
representations of prognostic vegetation and soil carbon allocation and 
ecosystem dynamics in the Ent TBM. This work can include but not be 
limited to: incorporation of satellite data to constrain vegetation 
physiological and allometric parameter sets; development and comparison 
of representations of biogeochemical and ecological dynamics, such as 
alternative PFT representations, nitrogen cycling, phenology, community 
dynamics, disturbance, and land cover/land use change. The successful 
ARS candidate will be qualified to lead grant proposals and develop 
independent research on vegetation-atmosphere interactions, as well as 
contribute to model intercomparison studies of coupled climate-carbon 
models as part of the scientific community. 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.
School/Institute/Unit: 	Earth Institute
Minimum Degree Required: 	Ph.D.
Minimum Qualifications:

All applicants MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered 
for the position. 	Successful applicants will have a PhD. in Earth 
System Science, covering biometeorology, biogeochemistry, plant 
ecophysiology, remote sensing, and mathematical modeling. Prior 
expertise with numerical ecosystem modeling and willingness to conduct 
development on the current GCM platform to collaborate on fully coupled 
carbon-climate investigations are required.
Preferred Qualifications: 	
Additional Information: 	
Posting Date: 	09-29-2015
Closing Date: 	Open Until Filled
Special Instructions to Applicants: 	
Proposed Start Date: 	11-15-2015
EEO Statement 	Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative 
Action employer.
Date Review Begins 	
Required Applicant Documents for Upload: 	Curriculum Vitae
List of References
Statement of Research
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