Statistician: Extreme and Spatial

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Job Description

Climate Central is seeking an energetic, talented statistical scientist who wants to make a tangible, global impact with targeted research. Strong candidates will be fluent in extreme value statistics, spatial statistics and Bayesian approaches. The statistician will sit within Climate Central’s nationally recognized sea level rise program, and provide critical research and analysis for our U.S. and soon-to-launch global programs.

Climate Central is a growing nonprofit and non-advocacy organization dedicated to researching and publicizing key findings on our changing climate and its impacts. Our scientists and communicators work together to reach the most people possible using all tools at our disposal.

Climate Central’s sea level rise program is a recognized leader in both climate science and communication. Our peer-reviewed research has been downloaded more than 20,000 times; major news outlets including the New York Times, USA Today, AP, NBC, CBS and NPR have frequently featured our findings; we have testified in the U.S. Senate; and our web tools are winning practical use from NGOs to local governments.


  • Develop and improve local flood risk projections, nationally and globally, integrating sea level rise forecasts and storm surge statistics and projections
  • Develop and improve methods for interpolating projections in space
  • Play key role in research on error in digital elevation models
  • Write and contribute to peer-reviewed papers, plus reports for wider audiences
  • Support integration of research results into online tools and visualizations
  • Provide general statistical research support


  • PhD in statistics or equivalent education/experience
  • Expertise in extreme value statistics, spatial statistics and Bayesian approaches
  • Facility with big data, data acquisition and data wrangling
  • Proficiency with R, geospatial packages/GIS, and Matlab are ideal; C++ or python a plus
  • Strong communication skills, and the ability to work well both independently and in close collaboration within a small team, are essential


The location for this position is Climate Central’s Princeton, NJ headquarters.


Compensation is competitive, with very generous benefits.


Climate Central strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply. We are an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and as such do not discriminate against any applicant for employment or employee on the basis of race, color, religious creed, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other classification protected by applicable discrimination laws.


Please send your cover letter, resume and salary expectations to, with the exact subject line, “Statistician” (no quotes). Due to the volume of employment applications and queries received, Climate Central is unable to respond to each application individually. Applicants will be contacted directly if selected as a candidate.

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