Executive Liaison Officer – Center for Climate Systems Research

This position is based with the Center for Climate Systems Research (CCSR), a unit of the Earth Institute (EI), which was established as a bridge between Columbia University and the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS). The Analysis, Integration and Modeling of the Earth System (AIMES) is a core project of Future Earth and facilitates multi-disciplinary and multi-national activities aimed at addressing integrative questions which can’t be addressed by individual scientists/institutes. AIMES also helps build scientific capacity across the community by providing endorsement of and guidance to research activities, initiating new activities (e.g. integrating observations and measurements with models, model or data comparisons); holding scientific workshops; producing synthesis/assessment reports; publishing a newsletter; curating a website; and interacting with partner projects/programs. Current focal areas include development of biogeochemistry and Earth system models, global climate and land model benchmarking, understanding human-environmental interactions from the perspective of deep time in human history, facilitating and encouraging a Young Scholar’s Network that encourages interaction between natural and social sciences as well as the humanities.

Reporting to the Director of CCSR and the Director of GISS, the AIMES Executive Liaison Officer will serve as a liaison between the scientific community and the AIMES project to provide administrative support and help facilitate coordination of initiatives across the scientific community. The AIMES Executive Liaison Officer will work with the international AIMES Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) to determine priorities and also work with SSC and other members of the international community to facilitate their execution. The AIMES Executive Liaison Officer will initiate and track new AIMES activities; organize and support workshops; report on activities and progress and interact with funding agencies to provide accountability; organize, facilitate and document progress and plans for the annual SSC meeting; and support recruitment of authors , edit articles for the newsletter and update and maintain the website.

Minimum Qualifications include: Masters level education in Climate or Earth System Science or related field with at least 7 years of experience working/supporting research environments, leading or managing projects.

  • Interest in supporting multi-national research activities
  • Highly self-motivated and organized; acute attention to detail
  • Outstanding written, verbal, and interpersonal skills with a multi-national community
  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally ~3-6 times per year

PhD in Climate Science, Earth Systems Science or related field strongly preferred as well as, some knowledge of web page design/editing, and a demonstrated ability in coordinating research or synthesis products across multiple research groups.

This position is based at the Earth Institute/NASA GISS on the Columbia University campus in New York, NY

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