[pccgrads] Postdoctoral and Scientific Programmer positions in Sustainable Climate Risk Management

Robert Nicholas rob.nicholas at psu.edu
Wed Sep 23 06:59:43 PDT 2015


Postdoctoral and Scientific Programmer positions in Sustainable Climate
Risk Management

Earth and Environmental Systems Institute
The Pennsylvania State University

1. Earth System Analysis to Inform Decision Making
2. Climate Data Products for Impacts Analysis and Decision Support
Applications
3. Algorithms for Optimal and Robust Design under Uncertainty for
Climate Applications
4. Software Development for Climate Risk Management


Four positions are available in the Earth and Environmental Systems
Institute at the Pennsylvania State University. Successful candidates
for these positions will become part of an interdisciplinary research
Network for Sustainable Climate Risk Management (SCRiM
<http://scrimhub.org>). 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 tradeoffs associated with risk management
instruments such as mitigation, adaptation, and geoengineering. The
network provides unique opportunities for research, education, outreach,
decision support, mentoring, and professional development. These
positions will support research in the following areas:


1. Postdoctoral Research Associate: Earth System Analysis to Inform
Decision Making

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.

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


2. Postdoctoral Research Associate: Climate Data Products for Impacts
Analysis and Decision Support Applications

The successful candidate will work with SCRiM researchers and
collaborators across multiple transdisciplinary projects to develop
customized climate data products for climate impacts studies and
decision support applications. These efforts will focus on the use of
empirical/statistical downscaling and data-model fusion techniques to
generate localized climate data sets that capture the broad range of
structural, parametric, forcing, and
spatio-temporal uncertainties identified as relevant for particular
applications, including agriculture, forestry, transportation, and
coastal infrastructure. Scholars with interests and/or experience in
climate modeling, dynamical downscaling, uncertainty quantification, and
data assimilation are also encouraged to apply.

For more information, please contact Dr. Robert Nicholas
(rob.nicholas at psu.edu <mailto:rob.nicholas at psu.edu>). To apply, visit
http:// <http://psu.jobs/job/59660>psu.jobs/job/59661
<http://psu.jobs/job/59661>.


3. Postdoctoral Research Associate: Algorithms for Optimal and Robust
Design under Uncertainty for Climate Applications

Potential projects for the successful candidate include (i) development
of models to inform optimal and robust climate mitigation and adaptation
strategies under uncertainty with learning, and (ii) development of
models and methods for analyzing the transition of the energy system to
meet multiple goals including low carbon emissions, low water usage, and
low air pollution, with a particular focus on the electric power sector
and detailed engineering optimization models. The ideal candidate will
have a strong quantitative background with expertise in at least one of
the following: operations research, power system modeling, optimal
control, energy economics, and/or integrated assessment modeling of
climate change. The candidate will have considerable freedom to
collaboratively design the research within the scope of the broad
questions outlined above. While housed with the SCRiM research group,
candidates would also have the opportunity to interact with overlapping
research communities and projects including the Center for Sustainable
Electric Power Systems, Institute for Natural Gas Research, and several
other interdisciplinary efforts ongoing at Penn State.

For more information, please contact Dr. Mort Webster (mort at psu.edu
<mailto:mort at psu.edu>). To apply, visit http://
<http://psu.jobs/job/59660>psu.jobs/job/59662 <http://psu.jobs/job/59662>.


4. Scientific Programmer: Software Development for Climate Risk Management

The selected candidate will work with SCRiM project teams to develop
modeling, analysis, visualization, decision support, and educational
tools. Desired areas of expertise include models of Earth system
components, geophysical data visualization, statistical analysis of
large datasets, optimization techniques, and development of web-based
graphical user interfaces. The primary common language used within SCRiM
is R but experience with additional languages such as Fortran, C/C++,
Julia, Matlab, NCL, and/or Python would also be highly desirable.
Initial projects may include (but are not limited to) development of a
graphical user interface for a simple integrated assessment model,
development of a data visualization portal for downscaled climate data,
and coupling of model components (originally developed for different
disciplinary domains) for multi-objective trade-off analyses in a
high-performance computational environment.

This opportunity is available either as a Scientific Programmer /
Research Assistant position or as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. For
more information, please contact Dr. Robert Nicholas
(rob.nicholas at psu.edu <mailto:rob.nicholas at psu.edu>). To apply, visit
http://psu.jobs/job/59663.


These positions are available immediately and will remain open until
filled. Postdoctoral positions require a Ph.D degree in a relevant
discipline. Candidates for the Scientific Programmer position should
have a B.S. (master's degree or Ph.D strongly preferred) and will be
evaluated according to experience and examples of relevant prior work.
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.

The Pennsylvania State University is committed
to affirmative action,? equal opportunity, and the diversity of its
workforce.

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

post: 2217 EES Building, University Park, PA 16802
email: rob.nicholas at psu.edu <mailto:rob.nicholas at psu.edu>
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