Job: 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.


  • 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: 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.