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Woodwell Climate Research center is seeking 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.

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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