Postdoctoral Research Scientist Opportunity at Columbia

The Columbia Climate School at Columbia University in New York, NY, seeks applications from innovative, graduating doctoral candidates or recent Ph.D., M.D., J.D., or Sc.D. recipients (within five years of degree receipt) interested in a broad range of issues in climate change and sustainable development.

The Columbia Climate School Postdoctoral Research program provides scholars with the opportunity to acquire and apply the cross-disciplinary expertise needed to address critical issues of sustainable development such as artificial intelligence (AI) and climate, carbon management, climate finance and risk, coastal viability, disaster resilience, energy storage, and the food transition. Candidates who have developed cross-disciplinary approaches during their graduate studies or are interested in developing cross-disciplinary approaches during their post-doctoral training will find unique opportunities to engage in programs at the leading edge of sustainable development research.

Candidates must complete the online application and submit a proposal for research that would contribute knowledge to addressing the climate crisis or contributing to global sustainable development and climate change. Candidates may suggest contributing to or expanding existing Climate School programs or developing new projects that integrate the breadth of expertise of the Earth Institute and other research units. Candidates are strongly encouraged to identify and contact a mentor before applying. Potential mentors and their associated research projects are described online. Candidates are also encouraged to scope additional members of the Columbia Climate School who hold the rank of Assistant Professor / Research Scientist or higher.

The deadline to apply is October 31, 2022, for 24-month appointments starting in the fall of 2023. The salary is $71,640.

For more information about the program, the diversity fellowship, and to apply, visit our or email Videos of past research symposia are available here.

The program is open to U.S. and non-U.S. citizens. All doctoral requirements must be fulfilled, and the degree awarded within five years before the start of the appointment. Gaps in employment or studies will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Columbia University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.