Job: Postdoctoral scholar in net zero food systems and food security

Department: DGE – Global Ecology

Salary: Competitive and comprehensive benefits

Location: Stanford, CA

Carnegie Institution for Science Department of Global Ecology (DGE) at Stanford is seeking creative, collaborative postdoctoral scholars to advance our work on sustainable food systems and adaptation of agriculture to global warming. Research will be highly data-driven, through quantitative research and spatial model development. 

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

  • Analyzing strategies to decarbonize farm operations;
  • Understanding the feedbacks and impacts of net zero chemical nitrogen production on nutrition and food security;
  • Determining the food-energy-water implications of transitioning to net zero emissions food systems;
  • Quantifying the impacts of irrigated agriculture on water quality and soil salinization;
  • Assessing water scarcity and water storage options for agriculture under climate change.

Fellows will work primarily under the guidance of Dr. Lorenzo Rosa, with opportunities to collaborate with other researchers at DGE, Stanford University, and beyond. Scientists at DGE conduct basic and applied research into the interactions among the Earth’s ecosystems and people. Fellows will collaboratively design and conduct cutting-edge research, publish results in peer-reviewed journals, and present results at scientific conferences.  

Postdoctoral Fellows typically lead projects and help 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. DGE seeks to provide a culture of mentoring and professional development for all postdoctoral scientists; additional professional development/training programs are offered internally. 


  • Work closely and collaboratively with other scientists to design, implement, analyze and summarize innovative research on net zero food systems and sustainable agriculture;
  • 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 energy, agriculture, hydrology, earth and environmental science, or related field;
  • Analyses of large spatio-temporal agricultural datasets;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Strong quantitative analysis skills;
  • Evidence of ability to work independently and in teams;
  • Commitment to a collegial and inclusive workplace. 

The start date for the position is flexible, but with preference for a start in the Summer of 2022. Although initial appointments are for one year, the position is renewable and postdocs in the Department usually stay for two to three years. Carnegie offers competitive salary and comprehensive benefits. Applications will only be considered when submitted through our application portal. Applicants are required to submit a CV, a statement of research interests, and the names and contact information of at least three professional references.  Please contact Lorenzo Rosa (e-mail: with any questions about the position. 

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.