Postdoctoral Research Associate, Earth System Analysis to Inform Decision Making

Penn State University

University Park Campus
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College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
Earth and Environmental Systems Institute


The Network for Sustainable Climate Risk Management (SCRiM, seeks outstanding candidates for a postdoctoral research associate working in the area of Earth System Analysis to Inform Decision Making. 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 trade-offs associated with risk management instruments such as mitigation, adaptation, and geoengineering. The network provides unique opportunities for transdisciplinary research collaboration, education, outreach, decision support, mentoring, and professional development. 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. This position is available immediately and will remain open until filled. Initial appointment will be for a period of one year, with excellent possibility of renewal for one or more additional years. To apply for this position, use the “Apply To This Job” link below and upload a letter of interest, a CV, and contact information for three professional references as a single PDF file (maximum 5 MB). In addition, please send the application materials in a single PDF to For more information on this opportunity, please contact Dr. Klaus Keller (

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088