Full-Time Positions

RDCEP is currently hiring for the following full-time position(s):

  • Postdoctoral Scholar in Climate Impacts Research: Regional and Global Crop Modeling, Climate Change and Adaptation

    • A postdoctoral position is available to study regional and global food production, technology and climate change. Research will focus on arid and semi-arid regions and especially regions where groundwater use is currently high, but many elements will be extensible to continental and global scales. Potential research topics include multi-factor vulnerability and agricultural adaptation. The successful candidate will also take a leadership and organizational role in the AgMIP Global Gridded Crop Model Intercomparison (GGCMI) project and help to develop future scenarios, design experiments, and write papers with this dynamic international community.

      This position is offered by the University of Chicago’s Center for Robust Decision-making in Climate and Energy Policy (RDCEP) in partnership with the Columbia University Center for Climate Systems Research (CCSR). Primary project supervisor is Joshua Elliott (RDCEP/CCSR) with additional supervision by Ian Foster (RDCEP/Computation Institute). The position is expected to be located primarily at Columbia University and includes expectation of regular travel to the University of Chicago and other places to support group interactions.

      Research is expected to include scenario development (characterizing climate, technological, and adaptive changes and resource constraints), model setup and calibration (primarily for crop models such as DSSAT and APSIM), statistical modeling, experimental design, and much more. Applicants should have strong experience in agronomy/ crop modeling, climatology, statistics or closely related fields. Experience in programming (especially Python and/or Fortran) and manipulation of large datasets (e.g. using NetCDF operators or similar) and previous experience with crop models (especially at large scales) and statistics is highly desirable. Postdoctoral appointments are renewable annually but expected duration would be at least two years.

      To apply, email a CV, statement of research interests, and names and contact information for at least two references to: Seth Severns (severns@uchicago.edu), RDCEP. The University of Chicago is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


Research Assistantships

RDCEP offers hourly research assistantships and internships for undergraduate, postbaccalaureate and graduate students as well as opportunities under the Federal Work Study Program. Applications from non-student casuals with strong qualifications will also be considered.

If you are interested in working at RDCEP, please complete the online application below. All applications for hourly positions are reviewed on a rolling basis. Once you have submitted your application, it will remain on file for about 6 months. When openings occur, we look at recent submissions and re-visit past submissions. If you have any questions regarding the application process, email Seth Severns (severns@uchicago.edu).

Click here to complete the RDCEP application for hourly positions.

We are currently looking for research assistants for the following projects:

  • Education Outreach

    • Build “Smart Display” devices that connect to live data feeds and school energy data; work with CPS teachers to develop code and lesson plans to be used in high school and middle school classrooms. Strong candidates will have a background in Python and/or Smart Devices, and an interest in teacher professional development.

  • Energy Data Analysis and Visualization

    • Analyzing Campus Energy Usage

    • Historical assessment of U.S. Electricity Usage

    • Inventory of investment in the U.S. fossil fuel energy infrastructure

    • Light emission and patterns of economic development

  • Economic and Policy Modeling

    • Calculation of the Social Cost of Methane

    • Analysis of emissions intensity of economies over time (CO2/GDP) using historical data

    • Endogenous technical change and carbon taxes (requires familiarity with Bellman equations and numerical optimization methods)

  • Climate impacts modeling

    • Adaptation and Technological Change in Agriculture

  • Geoscience, statistics, geospatial data analysis, and climate modeling

    • Assessment of climate variability

    • Analysis of future precipitation patterns using high-resolution precipitation data from model output and radar data

    • Carbon-cycle modeling

    • Climate model emulation

  • Computer science and web development

    • Methods and tools for geospatial data analysis of environmental and economic datasets (fast and efficient methods for large-scale data selection, re-gridding, aggregation, interpolation, etc.)

    • Back-end development of online workflow platforms (FACE-IT)

    • IFTTT or other systems for triggering and realtime monitoring (e.g. for drought monitoring and early warning system)

    • Front-end web development: webtools, data dashboards, maps

  • Machine learning and Natural Language Processing

    • For discovery and categorization of large environmental data sets


Teaching Assistantships

RDCEP is currently seeking an undergraduate student to fulfill a Teaching Assistant position.  We have built a collection of energy science kits to be lent out to middle and high school teachers in the Chicago area. The TA is responsible for maintaining an inventory of these kits, maintaining the website, and the web-based checkout system. She/he will also interact with students and teachers to demonstrate the hands-on demos, as well as develop their own kits if interested. Interested students should apply by sending your CV to Seth Severns (severns@uchicago.edu). To learn more about the Energy Demo Lending Library, click here.


Summer Undergraduate Internships

Applications for Summer 2019 Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) internships are due April 30, 2019. Email your CV, along with the contact information of a faculty member or mentor who will provide reference, to Seth Severns


Summer High School Internships

Applications for 2019 High School Summer Scholars internships are are due by March 31, 2019. To learn more about the Summer Scholars program, click here. Email Seth Severns (severns@uchicago.edu) with questions.