Postdoctoral position

The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Scientist position in inverse modeling of glacial isostatic adjustment.

The successful candidate will use glacial isostatic adjustment (GIA) modeling to better understand solid Earth properties, ice sheet evolution, and sea level change since the last glacial maximum. Particularly, the successful candidate will use gradient-based optimization to solve the GIA inverse problem within a laterally heterogeneous earth model.

Candidates should have completed or be nearing completion of a PhD in Geophysics (Seismology, Geodynamics, Glaciology) or related discipline. Excellent programming and mathematical skills are highly desired. Prior experience in one or more of the following is a plus: inverse theory, adjoint methods, glacial isostatic adjustment modeling, sea level or cryospheric research. Evidence of the ability to conduct and publish high quality research is desired.

Proposed start date is August 1st 2019, with some flexibility.

Appointment will be for 1-year, with continuation pending funding and progress.

Search will remain open for at least 30 days after the ad appears and will continue until the position is filled.

Please visit our online application site at

for further information about this position and to submit your application, curriculum vitae, cover letter, and contact information for three references.

Columbia University benefits offered with this Officer of Research appointment.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer – Race/Gender/Disability/Veteran.

We accept online applications only.

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Jacqueline Austermann ( to discuss the position prior to applying.