Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) Research Scientist at CarbonPlan

CarbonPlan has an exciting job opening for a Carbon Dioxide Removal Research Scientist that may be a perfect fit for someone in the Pangeo community! :tada:


A core part of our mission is to create public resources on climate solutions based on the best available science and data. As developments in carbon dioxide removal (CDR) accelerate, we want to grow our capacity to share relevant research, tools, and insights around emerging CDR approaches. We’re particularly interested in “open system” approaches like ocean alkalinity enhancement and enhanced weathering that require expertise in geochemistry to understand and model. As a CDR Research Scientist, you will be responsible for designing and implementing research projects that inform deployment and decision-making around CDR technologies, with a focus on “open system” approaches. Your work will support several CDR initiatives, both within our team and with external collaborators. You will report to the CDR Program Manager, and participate in a collaborative working culture in which you will contribute to setting strategy and priorities.

You will:

  • Perform research projects on specific CDR approaches in support of our broader CDR program with a focus on “open system” approaches like ocean alkalinity enhancement and enhanced weathering (see e.g., our research projects on forest carbon overcrediting and macroalgae potential)
  • Help synthesize and communicate the best available CDR science (see e.g., our research projects on soil carbon accounting and CDR verification)
  • Publish CarbonPlan research articles, tools, blogs, and scientific journal articles
  • Work collaboratively with other team members at CarbonPlan and with external partners
  • Coordinate to engage media, research, and decision-making communities in the public and private sectors


You should have:

  • Passion for our mission
  • An advanced degree or training in chemistry, geochemistry, geology, oceanography, carbon cycle science, or another field directly relevant to science of “open-system” carbon removal
  • A track record of participating in interdisciplinary and/or policy-relevant research
  • Experience leading research projects
  • Some familiarity with scientific programming (e.g., Python)
  • Excellent non-academic written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience working in highly collaborative and cross-functional environments
  • A portfolio of relevant research contributions, including at least one sample of your own writing (e.g., articles, presentations, etc.)

You’ll be an especially good fit if you have:

  • Desire to use your expertise as a foundation for learning new things
  • Experience working directly on carbon removal or climate science
  • Experience thinking about the political economy and market mechanics of climate solutions
  • Experience at the boundary of science and decision-making processes (public or private)
  • Experience with academic research and publication processes
  • Experience with scientific Python, Jupyter notebooks, and related tools
  • Experience with open source software development and GitHub


We are committed to providing competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits to our employees. We offer fixed salary levels based on experience and role to minimize biases in compensation and to ensure team members are paid the same for doing the same work. Employees are eligible for promotion or salary increases every six months at the time of their performance review.

We expect this position to be a regular, full-time position, with an annual salary of either $110,000 or $130,000 USD, depending on level of experience. In addition to salary, we offer a comprehensive set of benefits to all full-time employees:

  • Health insurance (99% of costs covered for employees, 75% for dependents)
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Flexible health spending accounts
  • Dependent care spending accounts
  • Life insurance
  • 401(k) retirement fund with matching employer contribution
  • Unlimited time off (expectation of a minimum of four weeks)
  • 16 weeks paid parental leave
  • Remote work expense reimbursements

We are not currently able to sponsor a visa for this position, and therefore can only consider applications from people who are already authorized to work in the United States. We are based primarily on the west coast, but work remotely. The hiring manager for this role is in Oakland, California.

COVID-19 vaccine policy

CarbonPlan is committed to providing our staff with a safe work environment and helping to promote the health of our community. As such, CarbonPlan will require all employees to confidentially show proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment, unless they are unable to receive the vaccine because of a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief or practice. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Title VII, and applicable state laws, CarbonPlan will do our best to make reasonable accommodations for employees who (1) cannot take the vaccine due to a medical disability or (2) seek an exemption from the vaccine based on sincerely held religious beliefs.