Opportunities

Prospective Doctoral Students

The Department of Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) accepts a very limited number of new doctoral students each year (1-5).  Of these students, the Climate and Health Program (CHP) only takes on a portion (0-3 per year). Consequently, admission is very competitive.  All PhD candidates are guaranteed funding for 5 years.  Many CHP doctoral students are funded for part of their study by a National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Ruth Kirchstein T32 Training Grant supporting Interdisciplinary Training in Climate and Health. Unfortunately, this support is only available for U.S. citizens.

While this all may seem limited, I am always interested in new students, funding permitting.  If you are interested in the EHS/CHP PhD program and in working in my group, email me at jls106@cumc.columbia.edu.

Prospective Post-Doctoral Scientists

For persons at or near completion of their doctorate, there are several avenues for obtaining post-doctoral support and joining our group.

  1. When funding is available, job opportunity descriptions for specific project-related post-doctoral work will be posted on this webpage, as well as in one or more field-related scientific journals and on the Columbia University Recruitment of Academic Personnel System (RAPS) website.
  2. Through our NIEHS T32 Training Grant, the CHP can support two post-doctoral scientists.  When such positions are open, they will be posted here and on the CHP website.  These opportunities are flexible and can support research on any aspect of climate and health.
  3. The Earth Institute at Columbia University administers a postdoctoral fellows program.  Please consult their website for application deadline and eligibility information.  Applicants submit a proposal for multi-disciplinary work in conjunction with two or more Columbia University researchers (mentors).  Topics of study can include climate, health and infectious disease, among others.  Applicants are encouraged to contact prospective mentors prior to submitting an application.
  4. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) administers the Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.  These fellowships pair postdoctoral awardees with a mentor at a host institution.  The application is submitted jointly by the prospective fellow and his or her chosen mentor.

Prospective Masters of Public Health Students

The Mailman School of Public Health offers MPH degrees through six departments including EHS.  In addition, to a home department, each student opts for one of 17 different certificate concentrations, including a concentration in climate and health.  Applications are administered centrally through Mailman.