Postdoctoral Fellowships in Earth, Environmental, and Climate Sciences

Lamont Rock Mechanics Lab Postdoc Catalina prepares a sample for carbon mineralization while Ted looks on. Credit: Jacob Tielke

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University invites applications for Postdoctoral Fellowships in the fields of Earth, environmental, and climate sciences. Candidates should have recently completed their Ph.D. or should expect to complete their degree requirements by September 2023.

Researchers at the Observatory work to understand the dynamics of the Earth’s chemical, physical and biological systems, from the core to the upper atmosphere, including Earth-human interactions. Our scientists lead research in the fields of solid Earth dynamics; ocean, atmospheric and climate systems; cryospheric dynamics; paleoclimate; biogeoscience; and solutions to air, water or soil contamination impacting communities. An opportunity also exists for a fellowship in forest ecology with a fieldwork component at the Black Rock Forest (see to discover other Forest research opportunities and further Black Rock Forest-specific fellowship details).

The principal selection criteria for Fellows are scientific excellence and a clearly expressed plan to investigate problems at the forefront of Earth science. Applications from all related fields are welcome. Interested candidates are encouraged to contact potential faculty mentors.

Fellowships are supported institutionally for 24 months, include a $7,500 research allowance, and carry an annual salary of $66,000. Successful candidates will be encouraged to apply for external funding and may be eligible for further internal awards and positions. Lamont is especially interested in qualified candidates who will increase the diversity of the Observatory’s scientific personnel.  

The deadline for applications is November 14, 2022. We accept online applications only.

Contact: The Office of the Director, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, Palisades, NY 10964 | 845-365-8546 | [email protected]

Note: Related postdoctoral opportunities are available at the Columbia Climate School.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer – Race/Gender/Disability/Veteran. The Lamont community values diversity and inclusion, and encourages applications from members of underrepresented minority groups.

Instructions for Applicants: Lamont-Doherty Postdoctoral Fellowships, 2023-2024

1. Deadline: The deadline for submitting application materials, aside from recommendation letters, is November 14, 2022. The deadline for referees to submit letters of recommendation is November 21, 2022. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early and to request that their referees send in letters in a timely manner. Letters received after the deadline will be considered as time allows at the discretion of the selection committee.

2. Application website: Applications must be submitted on the Columbia University online application system. After reading all of the instructions, scroll down to the bottom of this page and click the "Apply for Fellowship" button, which will take you to the website where you can submit your application.

3. Application materials: Applicants must submit a CV, including a list of publications; a research proposal; and a list of three referees who will provide letters of recommendation. A current email address must be provided for each referee. Lamont will contact referees for letters of recommendation.

4. Research proposal: The research proposal (called the “Statement of Research” on the application website) should describe the research you propose to conduct at Lamont, as well as your general research interests and goals. You must include a title for your research proposal. Please limit your research proposal to no more than 3 pages, excluding references. Mention your name on the first page on your proposal. Please use a 12-point font. In the interest of fairness to all applicants, the page limit will be strictly enforced.

5. Primary area of research: On the application website, you will be asked to select one of five areas of research: solid-Earth dynamics; ocean, atmospheric, and climate systems; cryospheric dynamics; paleoclimate; or biogeoscience. If your areas of interest span more than one of these fields, select the one that most closely matches your research proposal. If none of these areas apply, select “Other/ None of the above.”

6. Current research at Lamont: Applicants are encouraged to learn about current research programs at the Observatory. Visit the Research pages of our website.

7. Contacting Lamont scientists prior to applying: Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact potential mentors at Lamont to discuss the possibility of working with them. Visit the People pages of our website.

8. Requesting letters from referees: When you submit your application, your referees will automatically receive a request from Lamont. Please inform your referees to expect the request with a deadline of November 21, 2022 for letters of recommendation.

9.  Selection criteria: The principal selection criteria are scientific excellence and a clearly expressed plan to investigate one or more problems at the forefront of Earth science.

10. Number of fellowships: The number of fellowships awarded can vary from year to year, ranging from 2 to 4 fellowships per year.

11. Fellowship details: Fellowships are supported institutionally for 24 months and for the coming year will provide an annual salary of $66,000 and a one-time research allowance of $7,500. A portion of the research allowance may be used to cover moving costs, subject to the Director’s approval.

12. Columbia housing: Fellowship recipients are eligible to apply for Columbia University housing; housing slots are limited, however, and a waiting period is often required.

13. Expected start date: The expected start date should be in the fall semester of 2023 or spring semester of 2024.

14. Contact: Applicants can send additional questions to [email protected].

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