[ES_JOBS_NET] Postdoctoral Research Associate: Earth System Analysis to Inform Decision Making

Robert Nicholas ren10 at psu.edu
Tue Sep 22 09:31:37 MDT 2015

The Network for Sustainable Climate Risk Management (SCRiM 
<http://scrimhub.org>) seeks outstanding candidates for a postdoctoral 
research associate working in the area of Earth System Analysis to 
Inform Decision Making.

Centered at Penn State and linking 18 universities and five research 
institutions in six nations, SCRiM addresses the question: What are 
sustainable, scientifically sound, technologically feasible, 
economically efficient, and ethically defensible climate-risk management 
strategies? SCRiM catalyzes fundamental, mission-oriented, and 
transdisciplinary research to characterize climate risks and trade-offs 
associated with risk management instruments such as mitigation, 
adaptation, and geoengineering. The network provides unique 
opportunities for transdisciplinary research collaboration, education, 
outreach, decision support, mentoring, and professional development.

The successful candidate will join an transdisciplinary research team 
that analyzes two main questions: (i) How can paleoclimatic and 
instrumental records improve our mechanistic understanding of the 
climate system and inform climate predictions? (ii) How can this 
scientific information be used to improve the design of climate-risk 
management strategies? The ideal candidate will have a strong 
quantitative background (e.g., applied mathematics, Bayesian statistics, 
or physics) and some prior exposure to Earth system science. The 
candidate will have considerable freedom to collaboratively design the 
research within the scope of the broad questions outlined above. 
Possible example projects include the analysis of current uncertainties 
surrounding climate projections, strategies on how to reduce these 
uncertainties, and how to design robust climate change mitigation and 
adaptation strategies in the face of deep uncertainty and learning.

This position is available immediately and will remain open until 
filled. Initial appointment will be for a period of one year, with 
excellent possibility of renewal for one or more additional years. The 
salary will be competitive, commensurate with experience, and will 
comply with Penn State University guidelines. Successful completion of a 
background check is required prior to employment.

For more information, please contact Dr. Klaus Keller (klaus at psu.edu 
<mailto:klaus at psu.edu>). To apply, visit https://psu.jobs/job/59660.

Robert Nicholas, Ph.D.
Managing Director, Network for Sustainable Climate Risk Management 
(SCRiM <http://scrimhub.org>)
Research Associate, Earth & Environmental Systems Institute (EESI 
The Pennsylvania State University

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