Applied Climate Scientist

Boston, MA
Added: April 9, 2024
Company Description

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Job Description

Come join the Research and Modeling Team in Extreme Event Solutions at Verisk’s Boston office, and contribute to building catastrophe models and products suited to address risk estimation in a changing climate. Our department’s development efforts offer opportunities for creative problem-solving, analysis, and communication at the interface of extreme weather, climate change, and risk. Catastrophe models depend fundamentally on quantitative description and simulation of the background climate states driving hazardous atmospheric activity. To produce unbiased estimates of today’s risk, model proceed by careful consideration of the changes taking place over the length of the historical data, heavily supplemented by mechanistic physical reasoning where the statistics are uncertain, to represent the current climatology of natural hazards.

This is a fantastic position for a climate scientist with critical thinking and analytic skills pertaining to the modeling and analysis of climate impacts on atmospheric extremes. We hope to find candidates with a solid command of physical climate science, collaborative mindset, and a fearlessness for wading across disciplinary boundaries. The work in the position will contribute toward improvements in model-building to enable the (re)insurance sector to make better-informed decisions to bolster social resilience to a changing climate.

Day To Day Responsibilities

  • Contribute to data analysis, physical interpretation, and documentation of climatic signals, trends and nonstationarities in atmospheric perils represented by Verisk’s models. Signals of interest include those due to large-scale climatic modes, as well as those resulting from anthropogenically-forced activities
  • Perform literature review and synthesis related to climatology and impacts of changing background environments on various perils
  • Help interpret unfolding catastrophic events in the context of climatic variability and change
  • Help formulate answers to client questions related to climatic aspects of Verisk Extreme Event Solution’s atmospheric peril models
  • Over time, come to act as a soundboard for teams building out models aiming for consistency with current climate state, as well as climate-change projected extensions of our model products


Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree in Climate Science or closely related field required (PhD required; relevant post-doctoral or work experience may also be a plus but are not required)
  • Data analysis, including ability and comfort in handling and intercomparing gridded climate model output data, as well as and sparse local observations with heterogeneity in space, time, and quality
  • Strong interest in reviewing, understanding and explaining climatic change across a range of phenomena and regions
  • Interest in interfacing and collaborating closely with a range of domain-area physical-scientists and statisticians within modeling teams
  • Excellent communication in both technical and non-technical contexts, and formal presentations and informal discussions. Ability to create compelling data visualization to tell a story
  • Current knowledge of CMIP models and scenarios
  • Willingness and confidence to provide climate science leadership and guidance to team members; plus humility to admit when you don’t have an answer and consult with other team members to find one

Bonus Skills (not strictly necessary, but presence of any would strengthen candidacy)

  • Expertise in the area of formal detection and attribution methodologies
  • Experience blending physical information with statistics to account for uncertainties in model and data
  • Fluency with coding in R, and experience with R package development
  • Experience with media interviews
  • Proficiency in shell scripting and cluster computing

Additional Information

For over 50 years, Verisk has been the leading data analytics and technology partner to the global insurance industry by delivering value to our clients through expertise and scale. We empower communities and businesses to make better decisions on risk, faster.

At Verisk, you'll have the chance to use your voice and build a rewarding career that's as unique as you are, with work flexibility and the support, coaching, and training you need to succeed.

For the eighth consecutive year, Verisk is proudly recognized as a Great Place to Work® for outstanding workplace culture in the US, fourth consecutive year in the UK, Spain, and India, and second consecutive year in Poland. We value learning, caring and results and make inclusivity and diversity a top priority. In addition to our Great Place to Work® Certification, we’ve been recognized by The Wall Street Journal as one of the Best-Managed Companies and by Forbes as a World’s Best Employer and Best Employer for Women, testaments to the value we place on workplace culture.

We’re 7,000 people strong. We relentlessly and ethically pursue innovation. And we are looking for people like you to help us translate big data into big ideas. Join us and create an exceptional experience for yourself and a better tomorrow for future generations.

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