The following positions are currently open at Woodwell Climate Research Center:

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Diversity, equity and inclusion at Woodwell


Climate change is the greatest challenge of our lifetimes. Woodwell Climate Research Center (Woodwell) understands that the climate crisis—from causes to consequences—is inextricably linked with persistent social injustice. Effectively addressing either requires addressing both. The climate crisis demands that we bring to bear all of the knowledge, expertise, innovation, and creativity that we can collectively muster, and those who have been marginalized and disproportionately impacted must be heard.

The work Woodwell does—the questions we ask, the ways we seek answers, and the strategies we put forward—is stronger when shaped by a diversity of knowledge, perspectives, and experiences. We strive to welcome, respect, and amplify differing voices. We value individuals as they are, with all their differences in race, age, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, language, and mental and physical abilities.

Woodwell acknowledges that our organization, and the scientific community more broadly, have a long way to go in living up to these ideals. We approach the work of improving our organization with the same ambition and commitment to systemic change that we bring to addressing climate change.

We will inevitably make mistakes, but we will continue to listen, learn, and do this critical work. We understand that this work requires an ongoing commitment from each and every one of us. We are actively engaged in building and sustaining an equitable and inclusive culture within our organization, and in fostering greater diversity in climate science.



Research Assistant — Soil Carbon Monitoring

SUMMARY: Woodwell Climate Research Center seeks a research assistant to join our soil carbon lab working to support research related to the development of soil spectroscopy for carbon monitoring and other applications. The position will involve field, laboratory and data analysis tasks. The successful candidate will work closely with the lead scientists and postdoctoral fellows but also have responsibility to deliver and report on projects.


  • Field sampling and field-based sensor use for soil carbon monitoring.
  • Soil sample preparation for routine laboratory analyses.
  • Analyze soil samples on an infrared spectrophotometer and elemental analyzer.
  • Calibrate/validate predictive models from soil spectral data for numerous soil properties.
  • Create spatial maps of soil properties.
  • Analyze, synthesize, and present results in collaboration with others.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • B.S. degree in Soil Science, Earth System Science, Geography, or a related discipline, Master’s preferred.
  • Knowledge and interest in soil carbon science and soil resource monitoring.
  • Ability to conduct local and remote field work.
  • Demonstrated laboratory experience.
  • Demonstrated data analysis skills.
  • Ability to implement complex R code and learn new skills as needed.
  • A passion for open data science.
  • Experience with geospatial analysis of data, preferred.
  • Scientific writing for peer-reviewed publication, preferred.
  • Demonstrated application of multivariate and machine learning models, preferred.
  • Experience with high performance computing on a cluster or in cloud environment, preferred.

Work Environment:

The functions of this role are conducted in variety of environments, both indoors and outdoors.

  • In the lab, this role may be exposed to harsh substances and allergens
  • In the field, this role may be exposed to extreme and prolonged temperatures, both hot and cold, extreme and prolonged weather conditions, extreme and prolonged darkness and brightness, harsh substances, and allergens

Application Deadline:  April 23, 2021, or until filled.

Desired Start Date: June 1, 2021

Classification and Compensation: This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. The salary range is  This is a one-year fixed-term position with the potential to extend. The salary range is $48-55,000 per annually. Woodwell offers a very generous benefits package.

Location: Falmouth, Massachusetts

Application Instructions: To apply, please send your cover letter addressing your experience and qualifications in relation to the responsibilities of this position, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references as a single PDF to Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please type JSPD21 in the subject line.



Research Assistant — Physical Climate Risk

SUMMARY: Woodwell Climate Research Center (Woodwell) is a leading independent climate research institute, with a mission to advance science-based climate policies through scientific research and outreach. The keys to Woodwell’s success are the quality of its research and the ability to deliver that science to policymakers and decision makers.

Woodwell seeks to a hire a scientific research assistant to join our climate risk group. Your role will be in support of ongoing efforts to understand the nature and extent of near-term physical risk to ecosystems, economies, societies, and associated social justice impacts. You will work with a range of external partners; from municipalities to businesses, asset management companies, environmental nongovernmental organizations and national security think tanks. Successful candidates will have experience using global/regional climate model simulations and Earth observations to quantify physical risk across a suite of climate perils: from flooding to famines, hurricanes to heat stress, and sea level rise to severe wildfire risk. This position requires familiarity in working with geospatial data, “big data” analytics and advanced programming skills—with emphasis on familiarity with Linux and cloud-based computing using Google Cloud Platform and Google Earth Engine.


  • Process and analyze multi-temporal geospatial data, primarily climate model output and climate observations.
  • Develop metrics of climate stress to inform physical risk and downstream consequences on human systems.
  • Harmonize global climate model output with observational databases.
  • Consider societal impact of climate change, including environmental and climate justice inequities.
  • Develop current and future maps of various climate risk indices.
  • Work in a highly collaborative, fast-paced, cross-disciplinary environment to analyze, synthesize, and present results.

Desired Qualifications and Experience:

  • M.S. (preferred) or B.S. (with commensurate experience) degree in physical or environmental science, geography, mathematics or a science-related discipline, with demonstrated strong data analysis skills.
  • Experience managing large (terabyte scale) data volumes for analysis and visualization in a Linux environment and/or Google Earth Engine and/or other cloud-based platform.
  • Ability to develop programming code (e.g., R, Python, and/or Matlab) and to learn new skills as needed.
  • Knowledge and interest in global climate change and climate social justice research.
  • Ability to assess and implement appropriate computational needs
  • Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills.
  • Ability to work independently and in a highly collaborative environment.
  • Experience using a hydrodynamic or flood risk model (ideally LISFLOOD) is preferred.

Application Deadline: May 7, 2021.

Desired Start Date: As soon as possible.

Fixed-term: This is a one-year fixed-term position. The position is funded for 3 years, renewal beyond fixed-term is contingent upon satisfactory job performance.

Classification and Compensation: This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position, the salary range is competitive. Woodwell offers a generous benefits package.

Location: Falmouth, Massachusetts or remote.

Application Instructions: To apply, please email your cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references in one PDF to  Please type CSRA21-2 in the subject line.