Careers

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

 

Woodwell Climate Research Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy to not discriminate against any applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, disability or because they are a protected veteran.

Diversity, equity and inclusion at Woodwell

WE NEED ALL VOICES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE

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.

 


 

Assistant/Associate Scientist — Soil Carbon Science

SUMMARY: This Scientist will join Woodwell’s Carbon Program with existing expertise in forest and soil carbon science. You will collaborate on and further develop an inspiring research program focused on understanding the role soil plays in the global carbon cycle with an emphasis on managing soils for climate benefits. Research directions may include but are not limited to understanding global change impacts on soil organic carbon, advancing soil carbon monitoring systems, and understanding how improved land management can be an effective climate adaptation and mitigation tool via soil carbon sequestration. You will be able to work across scales from the pedon to the globe applying a mix of field, laboratory and computer simulation methods. A strong data science background is desirable. You will be able to apply and communicate basic insights from soil science and biogeochemistry to the critical applied question of how we can better manage soil to meet sustainable development goals. You will collaborate inclusively with Woodwell scientists, the broader scientific and conservation communities, and private sector companies to provide the knowledge and tools necessary to implement nature-based climate mitigation strategies.

Responsibilities:

  • Leadership: Motivates and supports project team(s); inspires collaborative culture within project team(s) and Woodwell; holds self and others in the organization accountable for managing risk and delivering results; collaborates cross-functionally and with other organizations; provides critical thinking and innovation for center wide and network initiatives.
  • Create Knowledge: peer-reviewed academic publications, policy research publications, magazine-style pieces, grey literature, and technical reports.
  • Apply Knowledge: attendance and/or presentation at scientific, academic, policy or professional workshops and/or conferences, policy engagement, advisory work, and service to Woodwell.
  • Share Knowledge: public lectures, webinars, talks and engagement outside of usual professional meetings and advisory work, service to the broader and scientific communities, educational and public outreach
  • Management: collaborates and aids direct reports to create, apply and share knowledge; assists and mentors’ staff with individual research projects; supports Performance Management Process objectives and/or career advancement.
  • Fundraising: The Scientist must secure funding at individual, group, and/or Woodwell (institutional) levels. Funding encompasses any activity that provides financial support and enables Woodwell’s mission; including all potential funding streams such as federal research programs, philanthropic foundations, private donors, fundraising events, engaging with venture capital firms, etc.
  • Professional growth: The Scientist is expected to grow in their ability to create, share and apply knowledge, lead Woodwell’s organizational initiatives, manage teams (project and Woodwell-wide), and secure funding.

Required Qualifications, Education, and Experience:

  • Ph.D. and commensurate experience.
  • Record of successful research outcomes.
  • Record of successful funding.
  • Viewed as an emerging leader in their chosen discipline.

Application Deadline: July 30, 2021 or until filled.

Desired Start Date: September 13, 2021 (or flexible)

Location: Falmouth, Massachusetts

Classification and Compensation: This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. Rank and salary are based upon experience. Woodwell offers a very generous benefits package.

Application Instructions: To apply, please send (1) a cover letter addressing your experience and qualifications in relation to the responsibilities of this position, (2) a research plan, (3) curriculum vitae, and (4) contact information for three references as a single PDF to careers@woodwellclimate.org. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please type PDPI21 in the subject line.

 


 

Postdoctoral Researcher — Arctic

SUMMARY: We seek a postdoctoral researcher to map landscape changes in the Arctic caused by abrupt permafrost thaw. The postdoctoral researcher will lead development of a deep learning model to identify and map retrogressive thaw slumps at high spatial resolution across key regions of the Arctic. The successful candidate will have opportunities to work closely with a team of scientists at the Woodwell Climate Research Center and collaborating institutions on related projects, including the impacts of permafrost thaw on carbon budgets, climate policy, and Arctic communities.

Responsibilities:

  • Efficiently process high-resolution remote sensing data products from multiple sources/platforms in a high-performance computing environment.
  • Lead the development of a new approach to generate maps of landscape disturbance following abrupt permafrost (i.e., retrogressive thaw slumps) in the Siberian Arctic.
  • Work closely with a team of Arctic researchers to understand and communicate the implications of permafrost thaw on Arctic residents and global climate.
  • Lead manuscript preparation and publication.
  • Present results at relevant conferences and meetings.

Required Qualifications, Education, and Experience:

  • Ph.D. (granted or expected soon) in Computer Science, Ecology, Earth System Science, Data Science, Remote Sensing, or a related discipline.
  • Data science skills including proficiency handling large data sets and applying AI/machine learning algorithms.
  • Experience with cloud-computing preferred, including software as a services (SAS) products such as Google Earth Engine
  • An advanced level of experience with high-level coding environments such as R or Python.
  • Experience with, or eagerness to learn, the TensorFlow software library for machine learning.
  • Excellent interpersonal, teamwork, written, and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated record of publication in scientific journals.
  • Ability to lead a research project and independently develop new directions.
  • Interest in Arctic system science.
  • Ability to work as a member of an established collaborative team and lead a regular discussion of project goals, objectives, and task list.

Application review will begin on September 20, 2021, applications will be accepted after this date.

Desired Start Date: November 1, 2021

Location: Falmouth, Massachusetts

Classification and Compensation: This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. The salary range is $65,000-68,000. This is a two-year fixed-term appointment with the potential to extend. Woodwell offers a generous benefits package and work-life balance.

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 our careers portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please type Postdoctoral Researcher-Arctic on all correspondence.

 


 

Postdoctoral Researcher — Forest Carbon Monitoring

SUMMARY: Woodwell seeks a postdoctoral researcher to join our forest carbon monitoring team to develop approaches and tools for better understanding global aboveground carbon dynamics. The project will combine field observations, new and existing satellite and airborne image data streams, time-series image analysis, and AI/machine learning algorithms to advance a system for mapping and monitoring changes in aboveground woody carbon storage across time and space. The monitoring system is expected to have research, policy, and market applications.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead the development of new approaches to generate Landsat/Sentinel time-series data streams
  • Efficiently implement and process large-area remote sensing data products from multiple sources/platforms in a high-performance parallel computing environment.
  • Adapt and refine code for time-series analysis, data fusion, and predictive modeling.
  • Lead the authorship of manuscripts describing the analytical approach and its application.

 Qualifications and Experience:

  • Ph.D. (granted or expected soon) in computer science, computer vision, data science, remote sensing, or related discipline.
  • Mathematical/statistical background including experience with Bayesian dynamic linear models and Kalman filter techniques.
  • Data science skills including proficiency handling large data sets and applying AI/machine learning algorithms.
  • Experience with cloud-computing, parallel processing, and/or Google Earth Engine.
  • Knowledge of/experience with existing and near-future NASA and/or ESA spaceborne optical, lidar, and/or radar platforms.
  • Experience with the R programming language, advanced skills preferred.
  • Experience with C/C++ or comparable programming languages.
  • Knowledge of carbon cycling in terrestrial (forest) ecosystems.
  • Oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work as a member of an established collaborative team.

Application Deadline: July 9, 2021 or until filled.

Desired Start Date: As soon as possible.

Classification and Compensation: This is a full-time, salaried, exempt, fixed-term position, with a competitive salary range. The salary range is $65,000 to $68,000. This is an 18-month fixed-term role with the potential to extend. Woodwell offers a very generous benefits package.

Location: Falmouth, Massachusetts preferred, remote possible.

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 careers@woodwellclimate.org. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please type WWPD21 in the subject line.

 


 

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 tools to measure and understand soil carbon change. The position will be primarily focused on a diverse set of data analysis tasks including building and applying machine learning algorithms for estimating soil properties from spectral measurements, processing of remote sensing data, digital soil mapping and running process-based biogeochemical models. The successful candidate will work closely with the lead scientists and postdoctoral fellows but also have opportunities to deliver and report on projects.

Responsibilities:

  • Refine and implement process-based and statistical models of soil carbon change.
  • Develop predictive models from soil spectral data for numerous soil properties.
  • Apply predictive soil mapping principles to create maps of soil properties at a variety of scales.
  • Occasional field and laboratory work.
  • Analyze, synthesize, and present results in collaboration with others.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • B.S. degree in Data Science, Computer Science, Soil Science, Earth System Science, Geography, or a related discipline, Master’s preferred.
  • Knowledge and interest in carbon cycle science and environmental resource monitoring.
  • Demonstrated application of multivariate and machine learning models.
  • Ability to program in R and Python and to learn new skills as needed.
  • Experience with geospatial analysis of data, Google Earth Engine is a plus.
  • Experience handling large data streams and high-performance computing.
  • Experience with high performance computing on a cluster or in cloud environment.
  • Scientific writing for peer-reviewed publication, 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: Resume review will begin August 13, 2021, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Desired Start Date: September 7, 2021.

Classification and Compensation: This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. This is a two-year fixed-term position with the potential to extend. The salary range is $50,000-65,000 per annually. Woodwell offers a very generous benefits package.

Location: Falmouth, Massachusetts preferred but remote work will be considered.

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 careers@woodwellclimate.org. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please type JSRA21-2 in the subject line.

 


 

Temporary Lab Assistant

SUMMARY: Woodwell Climate Research Center has an immediate opening for a temporary entry-level laboratory assistant position to help prepare soil samples and then perform basic soil tests. The successful candidate will work as part of a team, and will receive experience and training working in a multi-disciplinary laboratory setting.

Responsibilities:

  • Organize soil samples being received.
  • Sieve, dry, weigh and grind soil samples as appropriate.
  • Operate basic laboratory equipment including balances and mechanical mixing mills.
  • Analyze soil samples on an infrared spectrophotometer.
  • Maintain clear lab notes on work progress.
  • Keep a clean and organized work space.
  • Follow laboratory health and safety protocols.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Must have attention to detail and strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to work independently while maintaining communication with other team members.
  • Desire to gain experience in scientific research.
  • High School degree.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Some college experience.
  • Previous laboratory experience desired but not required.
  • Demonstrated skills in using spreadsheet software such as Microsoft Excel.

Physical requirements:

  • Must be in good health, capable of working on your feet for most of the day.

Application Deadline: Until filled.

Desired Start Date: Immediately.

Classification and Compensation: This is a temporary, hourly, exempt, position. The salary range is $23-25 per hour. This is a fixed-term for this position is eight (8) weeks and the expectation is a 40-hour work week, but will consider a part-time schedule for a longer time period.

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 our careers portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please type Lab Assistant on all correspondence.