DGE – Global Ecology

Global Ecology Staff Associate

Department: DGE – Global Ecology

Salary: TBD

Location: Stanford, California

The Carnegie Institution for Science’s Department of Global Ecology seeks applications for two (2) Staff Associates and one (1) Senior Staff Scientist. Scholars in the Department of Global Ecology seek to understand how interactions between the Earth’s biogeochemical cycles and anthropogenic activity affect the sustainability of the Earth system, now and into the future. The Department of Global Ecology is located on the campus of Stanford University in California. The Carnegie Institution for Science has a deep commitment to scientific excellence and to increased diversity in STEM fields; we strongly encourage applications from candidates who will enrich and foster a culturally diverse and inclusive environment. 

The Carnegie Institution for Science is a unique organization dedicated to scientific discovery that provides individuals with the freedom and resources to explore areas at the cutting edge of their fields.  Scientists at the Institution have access to generous resources in support of their research and career success, including research equipment, technical staff, computing services/support, professional development opportunities, and discretionary funding for research support. 

About the Position: 

Carnegie staff scientists hold endowment-supported 12 month per annum salaried appointments. They pursue independent research that is supported by a combination of endowment funds and external support. Although staff scientists do not have formal teaching duties, we place considerable emphasis on mentoring graduate and postdoctoral scholars. Staff Associate positions are similar in seniority to early-career Assistant Professors and are appointed on a five-year fixed-term. Senior Staff Scientist positions are similar in seniority to Associate/Full Professor rank and are appointed on an open-ended term. 

Successful candidates will join a vibrant and growing scientific community that values both independent and collaborative research. Faculty in the department conduct use-inspired basic research, focusing on systems that involve life in its interactions with physical systems on planet Earth. The department has historical strengths in terrestrial ecology, plant physiology, climate science, energy systems, water resources, nutrient cycling, and aquatic ecology. Research approaches have ranged from field- and laboratory-based investigation to satellite remote sensing. More information about our current staff and their areas of expertise can be found on our website at https://dge.carnegiescience.edu

We seek candidates who will bolster existing areas of research as well those who would add complementary expertise as we further broaden the definition of Global Ecology. Examples of potential areas of interest include integrating mechanistic understanding of the biosphere from the leaf to the global scale, understanding interactions between climate and human health, quantifying feedbacks between physical climate and societal decision-making, anticipating global challenges of emerging technologies, understanding trade-offs and linkages in highly coupled natural, and natural-human systems, understanding the impact of global change on marine ecosystems and vice versa, improving understanding of the linkages among global biogeochemical cycles, and assessing co-benefits or unintended consequences of addressing environmental challenges. Candidates in complementary areas of research are also encouraged to apply. 

Job Duties & Responsibilities: 

  • Conduct and publish innovative, cutting-edge research with potential to advance scientific knowledge in areas relevant to the Department of Global Ecology
  • Seek external funding to complement endowment support for research projects and graduate/postdoctoral trainees
  • Mentor/supervise post-doctoral and graduate scientists
  • Contribute to service in support of the department and the organization

Required Qualifications: 

  • PhD in relevant areas of physical, mathematical or life sciences. 
  • Evidence of innovative independent and collaborative research contributions. 
  • Demonstrated promise of external funding success
  • Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM

Anticipated Hire Date: Appointments for all positions could begin as early as January 2021 or as late as September 2021. In light of ongoing challenges associated with the pandemic, we will work with successful candidates to provide flexibility in relocation and start dates to accommodate individual needs and safety. Candidates may be appointed to work remotely for a limited time to accommodate relocation challenges associated with the pandemic.

Application Documents & Submission:  Applicants should submit (1) a cover letter with names of at least three references, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) copies of three to five representative publications, and (4) a 3-4 page statement that addresses current and future research directions, mentoring philosophy, and experience with and/or commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM fields. First consideration of applications will begin November 1 and will continue until the positions are filled. Questions about these positions can be addressed to Dr. Anna M. Michalak at dgepositions@carnegiescience.edu. All materials must be submitted through Carnegie’s online application portal: https://jobs.carnegiescience.edu/jobs/dge

Employer Information: Employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of background checks. The Carnegie Institution for Science is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. We are committed to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace where all employees can thrive. Carnegie Science does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors.

The Carnegie Science Mission Statement: Andrew Carnegie established a unique organization dedicated to scientific discovery “to encourage, in the broadest and most liberal manner, investigation, research, and discovery and the application of knowledge to the improvement of mankind …” The philosophy was and is to devote the institution’s resources to “exceptional” individuals so that they can explore the most intriguing scientific questions in an atmosphere of complete freedom. Carnegie and his trustees realized that flexibility and independence were essential to the institution’s success and that tradition is the foundation of the institution today as it supports basic scientific research. Learn more at https://carnegiescience.edu/why-carnegie.

Global Ecology Senior Staff Scientist

Department: DGE – Global Ecology

Salary: TBD

Location: Stanford, California

The Carnegie Institution for Science’s Department of Global Ecology seeks applications for two (2) Staff Associates and one (1) Senior Staff Scientist. Scholars in the Department of Global Ecology seek to understand how interactions between the Earth’s biogeochemical cycles and anthropogenic activity affect the sustainability of the Earth system, now and into the future. The Department of Global Ecology is located on the campus of Stanford University in California. The Carnegie Institution for Science has a deep commitment to scientific excellence and to increased diversity in STEM fields; we strongly encourage applications from candidates who will enrich and foster a culturally diverse and inclusive environment. 

The Carnegie Institution for Science is a unique organization dedicated to scientific discovery that provides individuals with the freedom and resources to explore areas at the cutting edge of their fields.  Scientists at the Institution have access to generous resources in support of their research and career success, including research equipment, technical staff, computing services/support, professional development opportunities, and discretionary funding for research support. 

About the Position: 

Carnegie staff scientists hold endowment-supported 12 month per annum salaried appointments. They pursue independent research that is supported by a combination of endowment funds and external support. Although staff scientists do not have formal teaching duties, we place considerable emphasis on mentoring graduate and postdoctoral scholars. Staff Associate positions are similar in seniority to early-career Assistant Professors and are appointed on a five-year fixed-term. Senior Staff Scientist positions are similar in seniority to Associate/Full Professor rank and are appointed on an open-ended term. 

Successful candidates will join a vibrant and growing scientific community that values both independent and collaborative research. Faculty in the department conduct use-inspired basic research, focusing on systems that involve life in its interactions with physical systems on planet Earth. The department has historical strengths in terrestrial ecology, plant physiology, climate science, energy systems, water resources, nutrient cycling, and aquatic ecology. Research approaches have ranged from field- and laboratory-based investigation to satellite remote sensing. More information about our current staff and their areas of expertise can be found on our website at https://dge.carnegiescience.edu

We seek candidates who will bolster existing areas of research as well those who would add complementary expertise as we further broaden the definition of Global Ecology. Examples of potential areas of interest include integrating mechanistic understanding of the biosphere from the leaf to the global scale, understanding interactions between climate and human health, quantifying feedbacks between physical climate and societal decision-making, anticipating global challenges of emerging technologies, understanding trade-offs and linkages in highly coupled natural, and natural-human systems, understanding the impact of global change on marine ecosystems and vice versa, improving understanding of the linkages among global biogeochemical cycles, and assessing co-benefits or unintended consequences of addressing environmental challenges. Candidates in complementary areas of research are also encouraged to apply. 

Job Duties & Responsibilities: 

  • Conduct and publish innovative, cutting-edge research with potential to advance scientific knowledge in areas relevant to the Department of Global Ecology
  • Seek external funding to complement endowment support for research projects and graduate/postdoctoral trainees
  • Mentor/supervise post-doctoral and graduate scientists
  • Contribute to service in support of the department and the organization

Required Qualifications: 

  • PhD in relevant areas of physical, mathematical or life sciences. 
  • Evidence of innovative independent and collaborative research contributions. 
  • Demonstrated promise of external funding success
  • Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM

Anticipated Hire Date: Appointments for all positions could begin as early as January 2021 or as late as September 2021. In light of ongoing challenges associated with the pandemic, we will work with successful candidates to provide flexibility in relocation and start dates to accommodate individual needs and safety. Candidates may be appointed to work remotely for a limited time to accommodate relocation challenges associated with the pandemic.

Application Documents & Submission:  Applicants should submit (1) a cover letter with names of at least three references, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) copies of three to five representative publications, and (4) a 3-4 page statement that addresses current and future research directions, mentoring philosophy, and experience with and/or commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM fields. First consideration of applications will begin November 1 and will continue until the positions are filled. Questions about these positions can be addressed to Dr. Anna M. Michalak at dgepositions@carnegiescience.edu. All materials must be submitted through Carnegie’s online application portal: https://jobs.carnegiescience.edu/jobs/dge

Employer Information: Employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of background checks. The Carnegie Institution for Science is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. We are committed to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace where all employees can thrive. Carnegie Science does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors.

The Carnegie Science Mission Statement: Andrew Carnegie established a unique organization dedicated to scientific discovery “to encourage, in the broadest and most liberal manner, investigation, research, and discovery and the application of knowledge to the improvement of mankind …” The philosophy was and is to devote the institution’s resources to “exceptional” individuals so that they can explore the most intriguing scientific questions in an atmosphere of complete freedom. Carnegie and his trustees realized that flexibility and independence were essential to the institution’s success and that tradition is the foundation of the institution today as it supports basic scientific research. Learn more at https://carnegiescience.edu/why-carnegie.

Postdoctoral Opportunity: Identifying and evaluating innovation opportunities for a net-zero emission energy system

Department: DGE – Global Ecology

Salary: TBD

Location: Stanford, California

Carnegie Institution Science Department of Global Ecology (DGE) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at its Stanford Campus. Founded in 2002, scientists at DGE conduct basic and applied research into the interactions among the Earth’s ecosystems and people. The Carnegie Institution has a deep commitment to scientific excellence and diversity;  we strongly encourage applications from candidates who will enrich and foster a culturally diverse and inclusive environment. 

Selected fellow(s) will join a highly collaborative and productive team of scientists identifying and evaluating innovative opportunities for net-zero emission energy under the guidance of Dr. Ken Caldeira. Our research focuses on developing innovative technologies and leveraging novel modeling strategies (e.g., macro-energy, integrated-assessment, climate and carbon-cycle modeling) to address urgent climate and energy challenges. Examples of recent research include: understanding electricity storage requirements for variable renewable electricity systems; a Monte Carlo analysis of architectures for future near-zero emission energy systems; and efficacy of seagrass as a carbon sink. 

Opportunities for independent research and publication are available. Postdoctoral Fellows at DGE have access to valuable research resources to launch successful scientific careers in academia and industry. Research resources include technical support staff, research equipment, and computing/IT resources. Opportunities to partner with other DGE scientists may also be available depending on Fellow(s)’ interests. DGE seeks to provide a culture of mentoring and professional development for all postdoctoral scientists; funding is available for travel to scientific conferences; additional professional development/training programs are offered internally.

Multiple positions are available with flexible start dates to begin within 18 months of this posting. Initial appointments are for 1 year, with possible renewal up to 4 years. Carnegie offers competitive salary and comprehensive benefits, including additional benefits to support employees during the COVID-19 outbreak . In addition, a budget is available to partially reimburse relocation expenses for successful candidates and their immediate families.

Responsibilities

  • Work closely and collaboratively with other scientists to design, implement, analyze and summarize innovative research on net-zero emission energy technologies;
  • Publish results in high-quality, peer-reviewed journals; 
  • Present results at conferences and seminars. 

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in any scientific or engineering discipline with a grounding in the physical sciences or engineering;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Evidence of ability to work independently and in teams;
  • Commitment to a collegial and inclusive workplace. 

In light of the current pandemic and associated travel restrictions, we are open to creative solutions for broad participation. Our scientists’ safety is of utmost importance at Carnegie; opportunities for remote work during the pandemic will be available to all Fellows. 

Informal inquiries and questions about these positions should be directed to Ken Caldeira (e-mail: kcaldeira@carnegiescience.edu). Applications will only be considered when submitted through our application portal (see blue bar below). Applicants are required to submit a cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information of at least three professional references. 

Carnegie is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will receive consideration of employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, veteran status or any other characteristics protected by law. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse research community and we encourage applications by members of all underrepresented groups.

Postdoctoral Research Associate: Merging top-down and bottom-up approaches to partition carbon and water fluxes between the atmosphere and biosphere

Department: DGE – Global Ecology

Salary: TBD Competitive

Location: Stanford, California

Postdoctoral Research Associate: Merging top-down and bottom-up approaches to partition carbon and water fluxes between the atmosphere and biosphere

Department: DGE – Global Ecology

Salary: TBD Competitive

Location: Stanford, CA

The Department of Global Ecology at the Carnegie Institution for Science (CIS) is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to contribute to a project funded by NASA that aims to leverage new theory and observations in land, atmosphere and space-based research to accurately partition global carbon fluxes between terrestrial ecosystems and the atmosphere at high spatial and temporal resolution.  This project is a collaboration between the Dr. Anna Michalak’s lab at CIS in Stanford, Dr. Trevor Keenan’s lab at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) in Berkeley, and Dr. Joshua Fisher at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena. The position is based in Dr. Michalak’s lab and will involve extensive collaboration with researchers at the other two institutions, offering excellent opportunities for joint mentoring and career development.

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will be responsible for developing innovative strategies for using atmospheric modeling together with available in situ and satellite-based observations to inform the improvement of models representing carbon and water fluxes between the atmosphere and biosphere. There will be considerable flexibility regarding specific scientific questions to be examined, but these may include evaluating temperature versus water controls on the spatial and temporal variability of CO2 fluxes, identifying missing processes in mechanistic representations of gross primary productivity and ecosystem respiration, and assessing the impact of improved parameterizations on the constraint on global, continental, and regional carbon balance.

Position Duties

  • Coordinate with collaborators at CIS, LBNL, and JPL to identify key scientific opportunities and modeling strategies.
  • Together with collaborators at CIS, LBNL, and JPL, design experiments to elucidate the degree to which atmospheric observations inform mechanistic understanding of terrestrial carbon balance.
  • Lead and contribute to research papers to be published in the peer reviewed literature.

Requirements

  • Ph.D. in atmospheric science, earth science, or related field
  • Experience working with atmospheric transport models at regional, continental and/or global scales
  • Experience exploring questions about terrestrial fluxes of greenhouse gases.
  • Experience in the design and solution of atmospheric inverse problems a plus.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Informal inquiries about these positions can be made by emailing Anna Michalak at michalak@carnegiescience.edu.  Formal applications for employment must be submitted by clicking on the bar below, and must include a cover letter, CV, and list of at least three references.

The review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until it is filled. Compensation is competitive and will be commensurate with work experience and skills.

Carnegie is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, disability or any other protected status in accordance with applicable laws.

 

Postdoctoral Research Associate: Quantifying climate impacts on inland and coastal eutrophication

Department: DGE – Global Ecology

Salary: TBD Competitive

Location: Stanford, CA

Postdoctoral Research Associate: Quantifying climate impacts on inland and coastal eutrophication

Department: DGE – Global Ecology

Salary: TBD Competitive

Location: Stanford, CA

The Department of Global Ecology at the Carnegie Institution for Science (CIS) is seeking Postdoctoral Research Associates to contribute to research that aims to quantify climate change impacts on freshwater and coastal water quality via influences on nutrient delivery to, and on conditions within, water bodies. Our approach is highly data-driven, with a common methodological thread being the development and application of statistical approaches for optimizing the use of limited in situ and remote sensing environmental data.

There will be considerable flexibility regarding specific scientific questions to be examined, but potential areas of focus include:

  • Attribution of historical water-quality trends and extreme events to climate change and variability;
  • Assessment of historical and future nutrient loading, phytoplankton blooms, and hypoxia in data-poor regions;
  • Development of approaches for using modern satellite-based observations for assessing global variability in lacustrine phytoplankton blooms;
  • Development of partnerships with other labs on targeted field-based projects for assessing climate drivers of water quality impairments;
  • Assessment of water quality management strategies in terms of their robustness to future changes in climate and, conversely, their potential climate impacts.

The position is based in Dr. Anna M. Michalak’s lab and will involve extensive collaboration with researchers at the other institutions, offering excellent opportunities for joint mentoring and career development.

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will be responsible for identifying innovative strategies for developing a quantitative basis for understanding the impacts of climate on water quality, as well as possible feedbacks with the climate system. While we are interested in site-specific studies, our long-term focus is on developing understanding that is at least in part transferable across systems, such that we can inform processes and variability in poorly sampled regions and at aggregate regional scales.

Position Duties

  • Identify compelling scientific questions, design and conduct high-level research, and collaborate with other members of the Michalak Lab on topics within the broad area defined above.
  • Coordinate with outside collaborators to identify key scientific opportunities and modeling strategies.
  • Lead and contribute to research papers to be published in the peer reviewed literature.

Requirements

  • Ph.D. in hydrology, limnology, remote sensing, earth science, or related field;
  • Experience working with water quantity or quality observations at regional, continental and/or global scales;
  • Experience with quantitative data analysis and modeling approaches;
  • Experience exploring questions about climate and/or water quality;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Informal inquiries about these positions can be made by emailing Anna Michalak at michalak@carnegiescience.edu.  Formal applications for employment must be submitted by clicking on the bar below, and must include a cover letter, CV, and list of at least three references.

The review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until it is filled. Compensation is competitive and will be commensurate with work experience and skills.

Carnegie is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, disability or any other protected status in accordance with applicable laws.