Earth Institute Postdoctoral Research Program in Sustainable Development

$71,640 yearly
  • Columbia University, Earth Institute
  • New York, NY, USA
  • Aug 31, 2021
Full time Agriculture/Horticulture & Aquaculture Environmental Studies Geology/Earth & Ocean Sciences Sciences and Technology: other Social & Behavioral Sciences

Job Description


The Earth Institute at Columbia University in New York, NY, seeks applications from innovative, doctoral candidates or recent Ph.D., M.D., J.D., or Sc.D. recipients (within 5 years of degree receipt) interested in a broad range of issues in sustainable development. The Institute is especially interested in qualified candidates from historically underrepresented groups for its Diversity Fellowships.

The Earth Institute 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 food security, energy systems, climate change impacts, poverty reduction, disease, and environmental degradation. Candidates who have developed cross-disciplinary approaches during their graduate studies will find numerous, 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 to global, sustainable development. Candidates may suggest contributing to or expanding on existing Earth Institute programs or developing new projects that integrate the breadth of expertise of the Earth Institute. Candidates are strongly encouraged to identify and contact a mentor prior to submitting an application.

While we encourage research proposals for topics from all areas of sustainable development, for this cycle, we are particularly interested in the following subjects, which are initial thematic priorities/global challenges for the Climate School: Coastal Viability; Decarbonization (particularly negative emissions and decarbonizing cities); Disaster Resilience; Food for Humanity.

In addition to the above broad themes, we also encourage applicants whose work focuses on the following: environmental and climate justice; modeling and prediction; communication, policy, legal and financial tools.

Preferred and Required Qualifications

The program is open to U.S. and non-U.S. citizens. All doctoral requirements must be fulfilled and the degree awarded within 5 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.

Application Details

The deadline to submit an application is October 27, 2021 for 24-month appointments starting in the fall of 2022. The salary is $71,640

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Application Deadline

October 27, 2021 5PM EST