The Columbia Climate School Postdoctoral Research Program is now seeking applications from innovative doctoral candidates or recent Ph.D., M.D., J.D., or Sc.D. recipients (within five years of degree receipt) who are interested in the broad range of issues related to climate and sustainable development to join its fall 2023 cohort. Applications are due October 31, 2022The program will start in the fall of 2023, and appointments are for 24 months.

The Columbia Climate School Postdoctoral Research Program is the premier program in the world for those dedicated to a better understanding of critical scientific and social issues in climate-related sciences and global sustainable development. The program provides scholars with the opportunity to acquire and apply the cross-disciplinary expertise needed to address critical issues of sustainable development, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and climate, carbon management, climate finance and risk, coastal viability, disaster resilience, energy storage, and the food transition.

The program offers a unique intellectual surrounding that fosters cross-disciplinary interaction, research, and education. Climate School Postdoctoral Researchers joinmultidisciplinary teams of outstanding, committed  researchers from across both the  Columbia Climate School and the broader University. Candidates who have developed cross-disciplinary approaches during their graduate studies or are interested in  building out a more cross-disciplinary approach during their postdoctoral training will find numerous opportunities to engage in programs at the leading edge of sustainable development research.

Application Requirements

Candidates must complete the online applicationand submit a proposal detailing innovative research related to climate solutions and/or sustainable development. Candidates may suggest contributing to or expanding on existing Climate School programs, or they may  develop a new project that integrates the breadth of expertise of the School.

In addition to submitting the application and proposal, candidates are strongly encouraged to identify and contact their desired multidisciplinary mentoring team consisting of two or more senior faculty members or research scientists/scholars at Columbia University with whom they would like to work during their appointment. 

For a list of faculty and researchers who have expressed an interest in mentoring a postdoctoral researcher, please click here.

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

Columbia University policy only allows a cumulative maximum of five years in a postdoctoral position, whether held at or outside the university. 

For more information about the program, or to apply, please visit their website or email postdocs@climate.columbia.edu.