Postdoctoral Researcher - Soil Carbon Climate Mitigation

Falmouth, Massachusetts
The salary range is $60,000 to $65,000, plus a very generous benefits package.
Dec 03, 2020
Jan 02, 2021
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Postdoctoral Researcher Opportunity

Job #JSPD20-2


SUMMARY: We seek a postdoctoral researcher to join a multi-institute team working to better understand how soil carbon can be properly accounted for as a climate mitigation tool. You will work in direct collaboration with a postdoctoral researcher at the Environmental Defense Fund to build a better understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches for accounting for climate mitigation in agriculture with a focus on soil carbon. Ultimately, we will deliver a set of recommendations, with an eye towards US federal policy, for minimum guidelines that should be considered to ensure emission reductions around managing for soil carbon are real and verifiable.


  • Summarize existing soil carbon protocols and scientific literature on soil sampling design
  • Use various datasets (real and synthetic) to evaluate effectiveness of protocols
  • Literature review and synthesis of soil amendments proposed for climate mitigation
  • Identify minimum requirements of a MRV process for the different classes of soil amendments
  • Identify the necessary elements of a MRV process that could be implemented at a regional scale 
  • Develop manuscript(s) on the potential for carbon storage in agricultural soils and necessary components of a carbon crediting system

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Ph.D. (granted or expected soon) in soil science, agronomy, environmental science/studies, or related disciple
  • Demonstrated knowledge of climate mitigation in land use sector
  • Knowledge of soil carbon and nutrient cycling
  • Working knowledge of agroecosystem and soil carbon models
  • Knowledge and practical experience with statistical design and error propagation
  • Superior oral and written communication and networking skills
  • Interest in and demonstrated capacity for translating scientific theory into real-world applications and practice
  • Ability to work as a member of a highly collaborative team in a fast-paced environment

Application Deadline:  December 31, 2020, or until filled    

Desired Start Date: January 11, 2021

Location: Falmouth, Massachusetts preferred, remote possible through the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Classification and Compensation: This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. The salary range is $60,000 to $65,000. This is a 1-year appointment with the potential to extend. Woodwell Climate offers a very generous benefits package.

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 JSPD20-2 in the subject line.

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