We invite applicants for a postdoctoral research associate to conduct and analyze Earth System Model simulations of climate engineering (also known as solar geoengineering or climate intervention) using stratospheric aerosol injection (SAI).  The postdoctoral researcher will join a team working on the Geoengineering Assessment across Uncertainty, Scenarios, and Strategies (GAUSS) project.  The broad research goals of this project are to better evaluate the climate effects of SAI and how they depend on the design strategy (through choices such as latitudes, altitudes, seasons of injection), different possible future scenarios for implementation, and uncertainties in climate model representations of stratospheric physics – all with an aim to ultimately better inform future decisions.  We believe that it would be irresponsible to advocate for or against actual implementation of climate engineering approaches such as SAI, given the absence of adequate knowledge; we also believe that conducting research is essential for informing policy around the possible range of responses to climate change.  Funding for this project comes from the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability and SilverLining.

Potential research topics in our group could range from understanding the impacts of different aerosol injection choices on the climate system or its specific parts (e.g., on the cryosphere) to focusing more on model uncertainty and inter-model comparisons of SAI in order to understand differences and robust responses.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in atmospheric or climate science, physics, engineering, or a related field prior to employment.  Prior experience with geoengineering is not necessary, but experience in running and/or analyzing climate model output is.  Additional qualifications include:

  • Broad understanding of the climate system, as well as demonstrated experience and knowledge in particular climate or climate-related fields, for example (but not limited to) climate dynamics, cryosphere science, oceanography, atmospheric aerosols and/or cloud physics, atmospheric radiative transfer, large-scale circulation, and/or paleoclimate science.
  • A demonstrated track record of publishing peer-reviewed climate research, including analyses of large data sets, making figures, interpreting results, and preparing manuscripts for peer review
  • The ability to work both independently and collaboratively with other researchers.
  • Written and oral communication skills, including publishing research findings in scholarly journals and oral presentations at conferences.

The initial appointment will be for one year, with the expectation of renewing for up to three years pending satisfactory performance and funding availability.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

To apply, please email dgm224@cornell.edu, and include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and writing sample.  Please also specify three people from whom we can solicit letters of recommendation.