Seeking Post-Doctoral Research Associate for Climate Central ~

26 de noviembre de 2008

Seeking Post-Doctoral Research Associate for Climate Central

Climate Central ( is an emerging
nonpartisan science and media organization dedicated to providing
clear information to help the public and policymakers make sound
choices about climate change.

We are seeking one or more research associates with strong writing
abilities and a recent Ph.D. (or to be conferred by early 2009) in a
relevant science or engineering field, including (but not limited to)
atmospheric, cryospheric, environmental, and geophysical sciences,
chemistry, physics, ecology, hydrology, oceanography, and chemical,
civil, electrical, or mechanical engineering. Appointment would be for
a two-year term, with possibility of extension. Our expectation is to
offer a salary commensurate with starting post-doctoral positions at
major research universities.

The main responsibility for this position will be providing scientific
support for Climate Central’s video and web production. The applicant
will be involved in brainstorming ideas for video documentaries,
helping craft both general narratives and detailed scripts, and will
be primarily responsible for researching and creating companion web
resources that use the underlying scientific literature to fully
document scripts (see example annotation supporting a 10 minute video
that appeared on the 10/31/08 installment of PBS’s NewsHour with Jim
. Climate Central expects to produce at least one video segment per
week for national and regional TV.

Climate Central has headquarters in Princeton, NJ and offices in Palo
Alto, CA and St. Paul, MN. The position(s) will be based at the
Princeton or St. Paul office. Climate Central is an equal-opportunity
employer; women and members of underrepresented minorities are
encouraged to apply.

To apply, please email a cover letter, CV, list of three references,
and writing sample (see below) to; please send
as a single PDF file with subject line POSTDOC. Review of applications
will begin 12/15/08 and continue until the position(s) are filled. For
a writing sample, applicants should supply no more than one page
supporting one of the following three statements: (1) experts believe
that coastal areas will experience more erosion because of climate
change; (2) experts believe corn-based ethanol provides only modest
reductions in greenhouse gas emissions over the petroleum it replaces
(even if carbon releases associated with land-use change are
neglected); and (3) Energy storage is a major obstacle to large-scale
deployment of power generation technologies that use renewable but
intermittent energy sources like wind and solar. The writing sample
should be written in a style accessible to the general public—see the
annotation example described above as a guide.=

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