Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC)

Postdoctoral Researcher Physical Climate Risk - Job # CSPD19

Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC)

Falmouth, MA, United States

Postdoctoral Researcher
Physical Climate Risk – Job # CSPD19

SUMMARY: The Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) seeks a postdoctoral researcher climate scientist who will support ongoing efforts to understand the implications of climate change for asset values and investment risk. The successful candidate will have expertise in a climate-related scientific field, such as earth system science, geography, mathematics, physics, or a related discipline. The project is undertaken in partnership with asset management firms and their stakeholders.

The successful candidate will analyze, research, and model climate change impacts using simulation output from global climate models and observations as well as assess changes in climate indices relevant to investment risk. This position requires familiarity in working with geospatial data and advanced programming skills, particularly (1) the ability to manipulate and analyze large data sets in a Linux environment and (2) familiarity with Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) architectures with emphasis on Google Cloud Platform and Google Earth Engine.

We are searching for a smart and successful candidate, who believes in our mission as much as we do. A researcher who wants to use their technical skills to address climate change. We believe this effort has the potential to catalyze societal action on climate change by helping to account for climate risk in asset valuation and financial markets.

· Research and model climate change impacts.
· Process and analyze multi-temporal geospatial data, primarily climate model output and climate observations.
· Develop metrics of climate stress related to investment.
· Work with financial partners to determine specific questions to be investigated.
· Communicate research results within the partnership and externally.
· Synthesize relevant published research and communicate this to financial partners.
· Publish research results in peer-reviewed literature and elsewhere.
· Mentor research assistant(s).
· Work in a highly collaborative, fast-paced, cross-disciplinary environment to analyze, synthesize, and present results.

Desired Qualifications and Experience:
· Ph.D. (granted or expected soon) in physical or environmental science, geography, mathematics or a related discipline, with demonstrated strong data analysis skills.
· Experience managing large (terabyte scale) data volumes for analysis and visualization in a Linux environment and/or Google Earth Engine and/or other cloud-based platform.
· Record of successful research.
· Experience analyzing the results of climate models.
· Ability to develop analysis code (using e.g., R, Matlab, or python) and to learn new skills as needed.
· Ability to assess and implement appropriate computational needs.
· Ability to work in a collaborative environment with minimal oversight.
· Experience using climate projections to assess societal impacts of climate change.
· Understanding of extreme value theory and bias correction.
· Understanding of and interest in financial markets.

Desired Start Date: January 2020

Appointment: This is a one-year appointment, with the potential to extend.

Classification and Compensation: This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. The salary range is $60,000 to $65,000, depending on experience. WHRC offers a competitive salary as well as a very generous benefits package.

Application Deadline: November 30, 2019, or until filled.

Application Instructions: To apply, please email your cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to jobopenings@whrc.org. Please type CSPD19 in the subject line.

The Woods Hole Research Center is an independent, nonprofit institute focused on environmental science, policy, and education. WHRC is an equal opportunity employer.


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Postdoctoral Researcher Physical Climate Risk - Job # CSPD19