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Associate Research Scientist

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University
Palisades, New York
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Nov 20, 2021

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Associate Research Scientist


The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University located in Palisades, New York, is seeking an Associate Research Scientist to conduct research in the Lamont Geoinformatics Research Group related to astromaterials samples and data acquired on those samples to support the development and operation of the Astromaterials Data System, including information models; metadata quality assessment and control; tools for sample and data/metadata management, and quality assessment; interfaces for discovery, access, and visualization. Responsible for planning, coordinating, and overseeing day-to-day tasks and workplans for the Astromaterials Data System project pertaining to data curation; user requirements including user surveys and usability testing; coordination with other GRG projects (EarthChem, SESAR) and external data systems; community engagement and outreach, including maintenance of the Astromat web site; and reporting. Contribute to disseminating progress and project outcomes through conference presentations and publications in the scientific literature. Identify opportunities for engagement and collaboration within Columbia University and the broader planetary data ecosystem.

Duties and Responsibilities will include:

  • Product management of the Astromaterials Data System, including planning, coordinating, and overseeing day-to-day tasks and workplans; user requirements including user surveys and usability testing; coordination with other GRG projects.
  • Research related to cyberinfrastructure for astromaterials samples and laboratory analytical data.
  • Community engagement and outreach for the Astromaterials Data System. Support for community governance activities.
  • Will exercise independent judgment and initiative expected as well as supervision of others in data compilation, data documentation, and ingestion into databases.
  • Receives general supervision from Doherty Senior Research Scientist.
  • Some responsibility for budgets pertaining to purchases and travel.


  • PhD in Earth or Planetary Sciences, Information Sciences, or related fields with extensive experience in astromaterials research, scientific data management, data stewardship, data modeling, and the digital management of physical samples and collections.
  • Demonstrated experience in project management and community leadership.
  • Highly organized and efficient, excellent oral and written communication skills.

Appointments are made on a fiscal year basis and are eligible for renewal each July 1st, contingent upon performance and funding.

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

Columbia University benefits are offered with this Officer of Research appointment.

For further information about this position and to submit your application and other required documents, please visit our application site at:


Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer – Race / Gender / Veteran / Disability

The Lamont campus values diversity and inclusion, and encourages applications from members of underrepresented minority groups.

We accept online applications only.


Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory seeks fundamental knowledge about the origin, evolution and future of the natural world. Its scientists study the planet from its deepest interior to the outer reaches of its atmosphere, on every continent and in every ocean, providing a rational basis for the difficult choices facing humanity.

Lamont is a core component of the Earth Institute, Columbia University. Nearly 200 Ph.D. level researchers work and teach there, and 80-90 graduate students are involved in research. Lamont also operates a federally funded research ship, the Marcus G. Langseth, which uses seismic data to map the sub-seafloor, highlighting hidden faults and other earthquake hazards.

Since its founding in 1949, Lamont-Doherty has been a leader in the earth sciences. Its scientists were the first to map the seafloor and develop a computer model that could predict an El Nino weather event, the first to provide concrete proof for the theory of plate tectonics and to reveal the oceans’ role in triggering abrupt climate change. With each year, our understanding of earth improves. Yet, new discoveries await us!

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