Cornell University, BEE/CALS

Position ID:Cornell-BEE/CALS-PRASL [#15779, WDR-00021922]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Position Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: NEXUS Food, Water, Energy
Energy & Environment
Energy systems engineering
Appl Deadline: withdrawn (search canceled posted 2019/12/19, listed until 2020/06/19)
Position Description:    

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Postdoctoral  Associate
Biological and Environmental Engineering
Cornell University

Modeling the Impacts of Climate Variability and Change on the Food-Energy-Water System in New York State

Starting Date: August 16, 2020

Location: Ithaca, NY

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and home to Cornell University’s second largest population of students, faculty and staff. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being.

Position Summary:

The Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate specializing in climate impacts on food-energy water (FEW) systems. The postdoctoral associate will join a USDA/NSF-sponsored interdisciplinary team examining agricultural-to-energy transitions and their implications for the broader FEW system in New York State. The postdoc will work under the direct supervision of Drs. Lindsay Anderson and Scott Steinschneider, with additional co-mentoring from an interdisciplinary team of research faculty at Cornell, including Drs. Ariel Ortiz Bobea, Cynthia Lin Lawell, Todd Walter, and Peter Woodbury. The area of research will focus broadly on the impacts of climate variability and change on weather extremes and FEW systems, but with an emphasis on renewable energy infrastructure at local to regional scales. The postdoctoral researcher will focus on technical advances that can support integrated climate impact assessments of renewable energy systems and their implications for the design of robust and resilient renewable energy portfolios.  

The position includes a 12-month initial appointment, available starting August 2020, with the possibility for renewal pending satisfactory performance.

Duties and Responsibilities

Perform climate data analytics for risk profiling, diagnostics of renewable energy droughts, sub-seasonal to-seasonal predictability, and the development of simulation and forecast tools. (35%)

Help develop a power system model of the New York energy system and apply a climate stress test of the system to improve planning and management decisions under uncertainty. (35%)

Actively publish research in relevant peer-reviewed literature and present results at scientific conferences. (30%)

Required Qualifications:

The successful candidate will have:

A Ph.D. in either the climate sciences or power and energy systems or related disciplines, with some background in both fields.

A proven list of deliverables (peer-reviewed publications, derived products).

Proficient programming skills in at least one major language for scientific computing (e.g., R, Python, MATLAB, C/C++, etc.).

Willingness and ability to assume a leadership role and conduct research as part of a larger, multidisciplinary team.

Fluency in written and spoken English.

Preferred Qualification:

Interdisciplinary research experience in the food, energy, and water nexus.

Proficient programming skills (R, MATLAB, Python, Fortran, Shell scripting) on multiple platforms (Unix/Linux, Mac, PC).

Good communication skills and an ability to develop strong working relationships with stakeholders.


Commensurate with experience.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, materials should be submitted online at: Applicants must include the following documents in a single pdf: 1) a recent CV; 2) a cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position; 3) contact information for three professional references, 4) a statement of diversity, equity, and inclusion

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Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
106 Riley Robb Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-5701

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