DGE – Global Ecology

Life and Environmental Sciences Division Director

Department: DGE – Global Ecology, DPB – Plant Biology, EMB – Embryology

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Life and Environmental Sciences Division Director

The Carnegie Institution for Science seeks nominations and applications for an exciting position for a visionary researcher and leader to serve as the Director of the Division of Life and Environmental Sciences. The Division will be based in Pasadena at a soon to be built state-of-the-art research facility.

The Carnegie Institution for Science was founded on the principle that powerful results can be achieved when great scientists have the freedom and resources to follow their curiosity, pursue novel ideas, and tackle big questions that capture their imaginations and inspire their best work.

Carnegie Science is committed to diversity in our workplace and, at this pivotal moment in our history, we are seeking an eminent, ambitious, strategic, dynamic, and collaborative scientist and leader who will inspire our researchers in Life and Environmental Sciences to achieve even greater success, and who will identify and recruit a new and diverse generation of brilliant scientists to make Carnegie Science their intellectual home.

This position represents an exceptional opportunity to establish and lead an internationally renowned research center focused on deepening our understanding of the most pressing scientific questions of our time and shaping innovative solutions to a broad range of issues, with an urgent focus on understanding and mitigating global climate change from molecular to global scales.

We are seeking a Director who can provide insight and support across a wide range of research interests, building on Carnegie’s existing strengths in developmental biology and embryology, plant biology, and global ecology. Today, scientists in this Division are deeply engaged in research across a wide range of interests, including terrestrial ecology, plant physiology, embryogenesis, climate science, water resources, nutrient cycling, aquatic ecology, and molecular mechanisms underlying symbiosis and adaptive strategies in animals and plants. Our scientists are taking leading roles in finding innovative applications of experimental methodologies, to investigate pressing and urgent scientific problems. We seek a Director who can provide expert guidance to lead and support these ongoing efforts and help our researchers achieve high-impact results.

Carnegie’s Life and Environmental Sciences Division’s scientists also play key roles in our interdisciplinary efforts across our divisions. For example, Carnegie scientists are working collaboratively to understand the transition from chemical evolution to biological evolution on the early Earth, with the ultimate goal of assessing the potential for life on other planets. Several of our investigators are deeply involved in space missions, extrasolar planet detection and characterization, as well as observing using our state-of-the-art telescopes in Chile. The new Director will be charged with working in partnership with the President and research staff to find further possibilities for potentially transformational research and facilitate bringing together scientists across the institution and disciplinary boundaries to seek discoveries that will revolutionize our understanding of life itself.

In selecting the new Director, we will be guided by our vision: To be America’s leading independent research laboratory, bringing together a diverse community of exceptional investigators who work across disciplinary boundaries to deliver unconventional, high-impact results in space, Earth, and life sciences, in the pursuit of new knowledge and for the benefit of humanity.

To achieve and sustain our plan for expanding the work of this vital Division, the new Director must be committed to protecting Carnegie’s unique institutional character and promoting a culture of intellectual freedom, collegiality, and uncompromising scientific excellence. The Director’s responsibilities will include leadership of the Division’s transition from Palo Alto and Baltimore to a new site in Pasadena, near Carnegie’s astronomers and astrophysicists and adjacent to the Caltech campus. The Director will be asked to participate meaningfully in the design of a new Carnegie Science building in Pasadena. They also will be tasked with taking a leadership role in developing our recently announced alliance with Caltech and in supporting stronger ties between Carnegie Science researchers and their Caltech peers.

Our new Pasadena location will enable us to expand upon existing Carnegie research relationships with the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, which offers access to real-time satellite views of changing weather patterns and shifts in ecosystems for climate and ecology research and provides opportunities for participation in space missions that can extend our biological research to the furthest reaches of our solar system and beyond. The expansion of the Carnegie Science presence in Pasadena also will create broader opportunities for research partnerships throughout Southern California, including the potential for broad collaborations in global ecology, environmental science, and plant biology with the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens. Through this expansion and these affiliations, Carnegie Science seeks to make a powerful contribution to Los Angeles’ growing reputation as a preeminent research hub.

The Director will report to President Eric D. Isaacs and will be responsible for all aspects of the Division’s research activities, fundraising, federal awards oversight, financial management, outreach, and other operations. As a member of the Carnegie Institution for Science leadership team, the Director also will work closely with fellow Directors and professional staff to manage Division programs and resources in furtherance of the Carnegie Institution’s scientific and organizational goals. In addition, the new Director will have the opportunity to maintain an active research portfolio and typically be able to dedicate 20-40% of their time to those endeavors.

The successful candidate will present a distinguished record of achievement in research and administration, including experience leading an organization through periods of change. They will demonstrate impeccable scientific judgment, an uncompromising commitment to research excellence, a demonstrated commitment to diversity in all its forms, exceptional interpersonal skills, clarity in oral and written expression, and a deep commitment to and understanding of, interdisciplinary collaboration. They will bring an ability to think strategically about the future of American science and about the ways in which Carnegie can expand its role as an innovative leader of the scientific enterprise. The Director also must be a strong and persuasive communicator who will work with the Carnegie Institution’s leadership to further build its organizational reputation and secure resources to advance its strategic priorities, now and in the years to come.

Opportunities and Challenges for the Position

The Director of the Division of Life and Environmental Sciences will be expected to build on Carnegie’s exceptional national and international reputation and fulfill the new Division’s potential for even greater achievements.

The President and the search committee have identified the following leadership opportunities for the new Director:

Strengthen diversity and inclusion: The Carnegie Institution for Science is fully committed to making this organization a welcoming, supportive, inspiring environment. The new Director will be expected to ensure that the Division is an equitable, diverse, and inclusive place to work, and must hold every staff member accountable for creating a community that actively opposes racism, discrimination, and harassment.

Develop a strategic vision for research excellence: In close collaboration with the President and scientific staff, the Director will lead the development of a robust strategic vision for the Division of Life and Environmental Sciences that is grounded in research excellence and driven by our organizational mission of scientific discovery in service to humanity. The Director must have the interpersonal skills and leadership abilities necessary to build consensus around a variety of issues, including prioritization of resources and support of interdisciplinary programs. These decisions will be guided in part by the Carnegie Institution’s commitment to work with Caltech in planning the new Resnick Sustainability Resource Center, which will focus on core research initiatives in Global Ecology and Biosphere Engineering, Climate Science, and Water Resources. The Director’s strategic vision also should include opportunities for the Carnegie Institution for Science to deepen its engagement with other researchers and institutions throughout Southern California.

Expand and strengthen the Division by leading recruitment and retention of talented researchers: The new Director must be exceptionally skilled in identifying a diverse group of talented and productive researchers and working in collaboration with colleagues within the Division to recruit next generation talent to Carnegie. The Director also is charged with ensuring that researchers have the scientific and financial resources necessary to support their work, enhance their productivity, and foster their retention throughout their complete terms. This effort will require creative, strategic thinking and strong leadership skills to provide a full range of incentives for successfully retaining top talent.

Provide leadership for postdoc education and research: Our postdocs are an integral part of the Carnegie Institution for Science and its tradition of excellence. During their postdoc years, these bright, talented and creative individuals bring fresh ideas, diverse viewpoints, and boundless energy to our shared work, making important contributions to our research efforts. As they move forward in their careers, they serve as ambassadors for Carnegie Science and burnish our reputation as one of the world’s premier scientific organizations. The Director will be responsible for oversight of postdoc recruitment in the Division, to assure that our program continues to attract the world’s most promising young scientists and seeds the field with diverse talent. The Director also will be expected to provide supervision, guidance, and advocacy for these talented individuals throughout the terms of their postdoctoral fellowships. In particular, the Director will be tasked with successful management of the Division’s postdoctoral program during the transition from Palo Alto to Pasadena.

Manage resources to support world-leading research across key topics and disciplines through a period of expansion: The Division of Life and Environmental Sciences is poised for a period of historic growth. This expansion and transition will require a Director who has a sophisticated understanding of budgets and financing, as well as a demonstrated history of developing financially sustainable models for aligning resources with research excellence and an ability to work in collaboration with peers and staff to find innovative solutions and implement financial plans.

Increase resources through fundraising: This Division’s expansion, with its urgent focus on environmental solutions, provides a compelling story to enlist new supporters and deepen our engagement with current donors. The new Director will work closely with colleagues in the Carnegie Institution for Science Office of Advancement to identify development opportunities and to take an active part in fundraising and community engagement. This responsibility will require an innovative and entrepreneurial approach to align potential donors with opportunities to support crucial research.

Build interdisciplinary collaborations across Divisions: The Director will strengthen and expand existing internal collaborations in ways that leverage and deepen Carnegie research excellence across the entire Institution. These cross-Divisional collaborations, which often enable pursuit of unusual and non-mainstream ideas, reflect Carnegie’s distinct organizational advantage in investigating novel research directions that can emerge at the often unexplored areas where disciplines intersect and that can lead to fundamental scientific breakthroughs.

Serve as one of the Institution’s senior leaders, advocating effectively for the Division of Life and Environmental Sciences and building a more responsive, transparent, and collaborative culture: The Director of the Division of Life and Environmental Sciences must be an effective advocate for the Division in Carnegie-wide settings and must build strong relationships with members of the Board of Trustees. The Director also must provide clear, accurate, and frequent communications about recruitment, resource allocation, and other important decisions to ensure that department leaders and staff are engaged and included in the decision-making processes.

Experience

A successful candidate should have many of the following professional qualifications and personal characteristics:

Academic stature: A record of distinguished academic accomplishments and appointments appropriate to the leadership of a Division in an organization with a worldwide reputation for research excellence.

Academic leadership: Proven ability in fostering a strong commitment to the continued excellence of the Division’s research programs and respect for the talent and commitment of an exceptional scientific staff. The Director also must display robust intellectual curiosity beyond disciplinary boundaries to engage effectively and productively with peer Directors and leaders across Carnegie divisions.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion impact: Demonstrated leadership in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in staff recruitment and retention, as well as a track record of establishing and leading a fair, equitable, and supportive workplace.

Management experience: Experience with management of complex organizational structures, and especially the ability to work effectively and build cooperative relationships. Proven ability to solve problems creatively and effectively.

Fundraising skill: Experience in successful donor development and high-level fundraising, with an enthusiastic commitment to identifying and securing new resources and engaging others in fundraising activities.

Financial sophistication: Substantial experience in financial management.

Effective communication: Accessibility and the ability to communicate transparently and effectively in a timely manner with Carnegie Institution leadership, Division researchers and staff, Trustees, donors, and other constituents.

About The Carnegie Institution for Science

The Carnegie Institution for Science is composed of three research Divisions: Life & Environmental Sciences, Earth & Planetary Sciences, and Astronomy & Astrophysics. The Carnegie Institution currently employs 65 scientific staff and 111 postdocs across its six U.S. campuses and its Las Campanas Observatory in Chile.

Carnegie’s endowment is valued at approximately $950M. The operating budget of the Carnegie Institution for Science was $93.5 million in fiscal year 2019, of which $36 million was funded through outside revenue.

The Division of Life and Environmental Sciences will build on the world-leading strengths of the departments of Embryology, on the Johns Hopkins campus in Baltimore, and Global Ecology and Plant Biology, located on Stanford University’s campus in Palo Alto. Starting in 2024, these currently spatially separated departments will begin moving to a newly built facility in Pasadena, two blocks north of the Caltech campus.

Pasadena is a flourishing and attractive community offering a wide range of amenities:

  • High-quality housing, with a median home price of $825,000 and the average rent for a two- bedroom apartment is $2,600. The city includes many architecturally significant homes and buildings.
  • Highly ranked public and private schools, including Pasadena Polytech, which is considered one of the best K-12 schools in the country.
  • Light rail access to downtown Los Angeles, with easy links to the metropolitan transit
  •  Convenient access to airports. LAX is about 40 minutes away by car and the Hollywood Burbank airport is about 20 minutes.
  • More restaurants per capita than New York City and a thriving downtown offering a variety of national chains and local boutiques.

Search Process

The Carnegie Institution for Science is being assisted in this recruitment by the international leadership advisory firm Spencer Stuart and welcomes nominations or expressions of interest. To submit comments, nominations, or expressions of interest, please send an e-mail with any supporting materials to the confidential address: CarnegieDivDirector@spencerstuart.com

 The Carnegie Institution for Science is an equal opportunity employer committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding researchers and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on gender, race/ethnicity, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status.

 

Postdoctoral opportunity: Microbial Ecological Modeling of the Marine Nitrogen Cycle

Department: DGE – Global Ecology

Salary: Competitive

Location: Stanford, CA

We seek a Postdoctoral Fellow in the field of microbial ecology and biogeochemistry, focusing on how microbial metabolisms and ecological interactions drive nitrogen transformations at large scales. Research will use theory and computational modeling to understand how nitrogen-cycling microorganisms provide feedbacks to current changes in the climate system. Specific project focuses are flexible, and may include, for example, the ecology and biogeochemical impacts of aerobic and anaerobic metabolisms in anoxic marine zones or the global-scale ecology of nitrification in relation to the carbon cycle. Fellows will collaboratively design and conduct cutting-edge research, publish results in peer-reviewed journals, and present results at scientific conferences. 
 
Applicants should have a Ph.D. or equivalent by the start of the appointment in the natural sciences and/or mathematics. We seek a candidate with experience in scientific programming and numerical modeling. Though a background in oceanography, biogeochemistry, ecology, or microbiology is helpful, all applicants with excellent critical thinking and quantitative analysis skills, excellent oral and written communication skills, and demonstrated ability to drive projects forward in a timely manner will be considered. Additionally, we seek candidates who will work to increase the representation of historically underrepresented groups in the geosciences. 
 
Fellows will join the Department of Global Ecology (DGE) at the Stanford University campus of the Carnegie Institution for Science. Fellows will work primarily under the guidance of Dr. Emily Zakem, with opportunities to collaborate with other researchers at DGE, Stanford University, and beyond. 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 commitment to scientific excellence and diversity; we strongly encourage applications from candidates who will enrich and foster a culturally diverse and inclusive environment.
 
The start date for the position is flexible, and review of applicants will be ongoing until the position is filled. Initial appointments are for one year, with possible renewal. Carnegie offers competitive salary and comprehensive benefits. In addition, a budget is available to partially reimburse relocation expenses for successful candidates and their immediate families. Applications consist of a CV, a one-page statement of research interests, and contact information for three references submitted through our application portal (see blue bar below). Please contact Emily Zakem (ezakem@carnegiescience.edu) with any questions about the position.
 
Carnegie is an equal-opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, disability, or any other status protected by the law. 

Postdoctoral opportunity: Ecological Modeling of Marine Microheterotrophic Communities

Department: DGE – Global Ecology

Salary: Competitive

Location: Stanford, CA

We seek a Postdoctoral Fellow in the field of microbial ecology and biogeochemistry, focusing on how the diverse communities of microorganisms that consume nonliving organic matter impact the carbon cycle at large scales. Research will use theory and computational modeling to understand how microheterotrophic ecological interactions give rise to observed community composition and nutrient cycling. Specific project focuses are flexible, and may include, for example, the factors maintaining the diversity of free-living microheterotrophic functional types or the controls on the spectrum of organic carbon turnover rates. Fellows will collaboratively design and conduct cutting-edge research, publish results in peer-reviewed journals, and present results at scientific conferences. 
 
Applicants should have a Ph.D. or equivalent by the start of the appointment in the natural sciences and/or mathematics. We seek a candidate with experience in scientific programming and numerical modeling. Though a background in oceanography, biogeochemistry, ecology, or microbiology is helpful, all applicants with excellent critical thinking and quantitative analysis skills, excellent oral and written communication skills, and demonstrated ability to drive projects forward in a timely manner will be considered. Additionally, we seek candidates who will work to increase the representation of historically underrepresented groups in the geosciences. 
 
Fellows will join the Department of Global Ecology (DGE) at the Stanford University campus of the Carnegie Institution for Science. Fellows will work primarily under the guidance of Dr. Emily Zakem, with opportunities to collaborate with other researchers at DGE, Stanford University, and beyond. 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 commitment to scientific excellence and diversity; we strongly encourage applications from candidates who will enrich and foster a culturally diverse and inclusive environment.
 
The start date for the position is flexible, and review of applicants will be ongoing until the position is filled. Initial appointments are for one year, with possible renewal. Carnegie offers competitive salary and comprehensive benefits. In addition, a budget is available to partially reimburse relocation expenses for successful candidates and their immediate families. Applications consist of a CV, a one-page statement of research interests, and contact information for three references submitted through our application portal (see blue bar below). Please contact Emily Zakem (ezakem@carnegiescience.edu) with any questions about the position.
 
Carnegie is an equal-opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, disability, or any other status protected by the law.  

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.

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.

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.

Postdoctoral Opportunity: Idealized energy system modeling for a net-zero emission energy system

Department: DGE – Global Ecology

Salary: Competitive

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 aimed at developing information that can help facilitate a transition to a net-zero emission energy system. This work will be performed under the guidance of Dr. Ken Caldeira, a Senior Scientist with Breakthrough Energy and Senior Scientist (Emeritus) with Carnegie Institution for Science.

Our research focuses on performing idealized modeling studies (e.g., macro-energy, integrated-assessment, climate and carbon-cycle modeling) to address climate and energy challenges. Examples of recent research of the type for this position include: analyses of storage needs in decarbonized electricity systems, potential for global electricity grids, and potential roles for hydrogen as an electrofuel. We are are also interested in questions such as the relative value of firm vs. variable generation, and the relationship between storage amount and reliability in statistically described generation and demand time-series.

Postdoctoral Fellows typically lead projects and help out on other projects; peer-reviewed publication of results in high-quality journals is the norm. We want to hire people who see helping the group be successful as a key element in their own success strategy.

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 Opportunity: Geophysical modeling for a net-zero emission energy system

Department: DGE – Global Ecology

Salary: Competitive

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 aimed at developing information that can help facilitate a transition to a net-zero emission energy system. This work will be performed under the guidance of Dr. Ken Caldeira, a Senior Scientist with Breakthrough Energy and Senior Scientist (Emeritus) with Carnegie Institution for Science.

Our research focuses on performing idealized modeling studies (e.g., macro-energy, integrated-assessment, climate and carbon-cycle modeling) to address climate and energy challenges. Examples of recent research of the type for this position include: fundamental physical limits on wind power, climate effects of aerosol emissions, the use of vertical pipes to oxygenate seawater, and the efficacy of seagrass as a carbon sink.

Postdoctoral Fellows typically lead projects and help out on other projects; peer-reviewed publication of results in high-quality journals is the norm. We want to hire people who see helping the group be successful as a key element in their own success strategy.

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.