Research Associate / Postdoctoral Researcher – Carbon

Full Time
Falmouth, MA, US

SUMMARY: We seek a Research Associate / Postdoctoral Researcher to join our carbon market analytics group. The Research Associate / Postdoctoral Researcher will work on the development of novel approaches and tools to generate robust demand-side data and information to increase transparency and build confidence in nascent carbon markets. The project focuses on defining an operational architecture, including standards, criteria, and methods, for a global forest and agricultural carbon index and derivative rating system. The index will drive development of the ratings system, providing actionable intelligence to decision makers in the public and private sector, with wide-ranging market, policy and research applications.


  • Lead the development of a spatially explicit global land-based carbon index and rating system.
  • Coordinate workflows and decision making as part of a diverse project team (e.g., experts in NCS, CDR, forests, soils, agriculture, economics, finance, markets, etc.) made up of Woodwell scientists, external collaborators, and a project steering committee.
  • Adapt and refine code for hierarchical index construction, time-series analysis, predictive modeling, weighting approaches, and sensitivity analysis, etc.
  • Contribute to peer-reviewed manuscripts describing analytical approaches and real-world applications.

Desired Qualifications and Experience:

  • Ph.D. or equivalent experience in data science or related discipline with knowledge and/or experience in index/rating system construction.
  • Demonstrated interest in the development of spatially explicit investment tools with applications to climate risk, ESG, etc.
  • Strong data science skills including proficiency handling large spatial (raster) data sets and applying AI/machine learning algorithms.
  • Strong mathematical and statistical background.
  • Experience with cloud-computing, parallel processing, and/or Google Earth Engine.
  • Advanced experience with R and/or Python programming language or equivalent.
  • Experience with C/C++ or comparable programming languages is desirable.
  • Working knowledge of carbon cycling/sequestration in forest and agricultural systems.
  • Superior oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work as a member of an established team in a fast-paced environment.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Desired Start Date:  As soon as possible.
Classification and Compensation: This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. The annual salary range is $75,000 to $100,000 dependent on qualifications/experience. This is an 18-month fixed-term appointment with the potential to extend. Woodwell offers a generous benefits package and work life balance.

Location: Remote or 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 Research Associate /Postdoctoral Researcher (Carbon) on all correspondence. 

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