SUMMARY: The Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) seeks a climate scientist who will lead a new research effort into the effects of climate change on investment risk. We believe this effort has the potential to catalyze action on climate change by helping to account for climate risk in asset valuation and financial markets. The position will be funded through a new partnership with a private investment firm and a public asset holder. WHRC will contribute understanding of climate science and the partners will provide expertise in financial markets. The successful candidate will use the results of climate models and observational climate data to provide information that can be used to assess climate change impacts on asset values and investment risk. After a ramp-up period, the successful candidate will be expected to obtain external funding to support 1-2 months/year of effort. S/he will be expected to divide time between Boston and the WHRC campus in Falmouth.
The successful candidate will:
- Work with financial partners to determine specific questions to be investigated.
- Participate substantively in the research; supervise and mentor research assistant(s).
- Communicate research results within the partnership and externally. Internal communication is an important means for this activity to add value to WHRC writ large and to our financial partners.
- Synthesize relevant published research and communicate this to the financial partners semi-annually.
- Publish research results in peer-reviewed literature and elsewhere.
- Develop and execute an annual plan for obtaining partial funding for his/her position.
Desired Qualifications and Experience:
- Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Earth System Science, Geography, Mathematics, or a related discipline, with demonstrated strong quantitative data analysis skills and at least one year of relevant work experience.
- Significant record of successful research. Relevant postdoctoral experience.
- Experience managing large (terabyte scale) data volumes for analysis and visualization in a Linux environment.
- Experience analyzing the results of climate models.
- Ability to develop analysis code (using e.g., R or Matlab) and to learn new skills as needed.
- Ability to assess and implement appropriate computation needs.
- Ability to work in a collaborative environment with minimal oversight.
- Interest in working in a multi-disciplinary environment.
- Experience using climate projections to assess societal impacts of climate change.
- Understanding of extreme value theory.
- Understanding of and interest in financial markets.
Desired Start Date: September, 2018.
Application Deadline: July 31, 2018 or until filled.