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Post-doctoral Fellowship for Climate Change Research

FM Global

This is a Contract position in Roslindale, MA posted January 2, 2021.

FM Global is a leading property insurer of the world’s largest businesses, providing more than one-third of FORTUNE 1000-size companies with engineering-based risk management and property insurance solutions.

FM Global helps clients maintain continuity in their business operations by drawing upon state-of-the-art loss-prevention engineering and research; risk management skills and support services; tailored risk transfer capabilities; and superior financial strength.

To do so, we rely on a dynamic, culturally diverse group of employees, working in more than 100 countries, in a variety of challenging roles.

Responsibilities: This position is for a limited term of up to three years, renewable each year.

The role is typically focused on performing publishable work as part of a strategic research program under the guidance of a program manager or other senior research staff member(s).

With climate change being the grand challenge of the next decades, the ability to provide actionable climate risk analytics and climate change-aware loss prevention solutions to businesses could become a new differentiator.

We quantify the impact of climate change on the following key perils: extreme precipitation, drought, wildfire, sea level rise, riverine and coastal flooding, tropical cyclone winds, and severe weather including straight-line winds, tornadoes, and hail.

We use models developed or being developed for natural hazards to produce hazard maps accounting for climate change, and to help evaluate the reliability and climate change readiness of loss prevention recommendations.

We analyze climate risks systematically and provide our clients with credible, science-based views on climate change with clear, factual, and actionable takeaways.

Qualifications: PhD degree in atmospheric, climate, or environmental science (or related quantitative field) Broad physical and process understanding of the fundamentals of climate change including uncertainties Solid research record (including publications) and demonstrated expertise on climate change impacts on natural hazards for at least two (preferably more) of the following key perils: extreme precipitation, drought, wildfire, riverine/coastal flooding, sea level rise, tropical cyclones, and severe weather Demonstrated experience using or developing global and/or regional climate models, analyzing output from global climate model ensembles, and combining large atmospheric datasets in various formats Experience and good working knowledge using observations for model calibration and statistical downscaling techniques Experience writing shell scripts for process automation, and excellent programming skills in at least two programming languages including Matlab, R, Python, and Fortran Excellent oral and written communication skills, presentation skills, and demonstrated effectiveness communicating highly technical and scientific insights to non-technical audiences