Assistant/Associate Scientist

Falmouth, Massachusetts (US)
Salary commensurate with experience
Jun 15, 2021
Jul 15, 2021
Career Level
Education Level
Relocation Cost
No Relocation

Assistant/Associate Scientist
Soil Carbon Science

Woodwell Climate Research Center (Woodwell) is a top ranked independent climate research institute whose mission is to advance science-based climate policies through scientific research and outreach. The keys to Woodwell’s success are the quality of its science and the ability to connect science to opportunities to influence policies and decisions.

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.


  • 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 Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please type PDPI21 in the subject line.

Located on a 10-acre campus near the village of Woods Hole, Woodwell Climate Research Center (Woodwell) is a private, non-profit research center. Woodwell is a leading source of climate science that drives the urgent action needed to solve climate change. Woodwell has 60+ staff members and is excited to welcome new employees to this work.

Woodwell Climate Research Center is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information. Woodwell is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for all individuals in employment practices, services, programs, and activities.

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.