Research Scientist-Aquatic Ecosystems

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Woodwell Climate Research Center

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Falmouth, MA, United States

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10 days ago


Woodwell Climate Research Center (Woodwell) conducts science for solutions at the nexus of climate, people, and nature. We partner with leaders and communities for just meaningful impact to address the climate crisis.


The Research Scientist supports research projects investigating climate change and other impacts on aquatic ecosystems from local to global scales. They manage multiple projects to improve understanding of environmental change on Arctic, boreal, temperate, and tropical ecosystems and biogeochemical cycles. This position requires expertise in aquatic biogeochemistry, extensive experience with international collaborative research, and a successful record of leadership and management. Working within an international team of collaborators, they will play a key role for projects including the Arctic Great Rivers Observatory (ArcticGRO), Global Rivers Observatory, and Cape Cod Rivers Observatory. The Research Scientist will also have the opportunity to seek funding for new projects, or to sustain existing projects.

Essential Functions

  • Coordinate local- to continental-scale aquatic ecosystem monitoring projects, including management of team members and contribution to fieldwork and laboratory analyses
  • Assist in and/or lead project planning and implementation
  • Analyze and interpret data
  • Prepare manuscripts and reports
  • Develop outreach and capacity building initiatives

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • Ph.D. in Earth System Science, Environmental Science, Ecology, Atmospheric Science, or a related field
  • Ability and interest to work with partners, collaborators, and stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of, Arctic ecology, and/or climate change research.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in sciences.
  • Experience and/or interest in research collaboration and co-production with scientists.
  • Ability to work as a member of a highly collaborative team, work across disciplines, and interest in contributing to broader science, communication, and policy goals.
  • Demonstrated record of publication in scientific journals.
  • Ability to lead a research team and work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Ability to coordinate and oversee progress toward project goals, objectives, and tasks.

Physical Requirements

In the office:

  • Ability to tolerate sustained periods of walking, standing, sitting
  • Ability to lift 25 pounds
  • Ability to communicate
  • Ability to kneel, bend, and carry items
  • Ability to sit for extended periods of time
  • Frequent phone use required
  • Ability to use computer
  • Repetitive movements
  • Air, train, vehicle travel to attend meetings/event

In the field, the physical requirements of this role include:

  • Air, train, vehicle travel to access field locations
  • Driving a vehicle or ATV to access field locations
  • Walking, hiking, climbing to access field locations
  • Paddling, canoeing to access field locations
  • Standing and sitting for sustained periods
  • Frequent bending, squatting, and kneeling
  • Reaching overhead
  • Climbing ladders
  • Use of manual and power tools including shovels, saws, drills, and hammers
  • Ability to lift up to 25lbs up to 10 times/day
  • Ability to carry up to 25lbs up to 10 times/day
  • Ability to push/pull up to 25lbs up to 10 times/day

Work Environment

The functions of this role are conducted in:

  • A variety of environments, both indoor and outdoor

Hours of Work

  • This role is paid on a salary basis.
  • Typically, full-time employees work 40 hours during a Monday through Friday workweek. However, this is a salaried position. Therefore, the individual is expected to work as required to complete the duties of the position. This may mean weekend hours and/or hours beyond 40 per week.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Application review will begin ongoing.

Desired Start Date: January 2023

Classification and Compensation: This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position fixed-term position for 12 months. Woodwell offers a generous benefits package and work life balance.

Location: Falmouth, Massachusetts.

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 career’s portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please type RSI22 on all correspondence.

Please visit Woodwell's website to learn more about Woodwell’s work.

Located on a 10-acre campus near the village of Woods Hole, the Woodwell Climate Research Center (Woodwell) is a private, non-profit research center. Woodwell is a leading source of climate science that drives the urgent action needed to solve climate change. Woodwell has 100+ staff members and is excited to welcome new employees to this work.

Woodwell is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information. Woodwell is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for all individuals in employment practices, services, programs, and activities.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Woodwell


Climate change is the greatest challenge of our lifetimes. Woodwell Climate Research Center (Woodwell) understands that the climate crisis—from causes to consequences—is inextricably linked with persistent social injustice. Effectively addressing either requires addressing both. The climate crisis demands that we bring to bear all of the knowledge, expertise, innovation, and creativity that we can collectively muster, and those who have been marginalized and disproportionately impacted must be heard.

The work Woodwell does—the questions we ask, the ways we seek answers, and the strategies we put forward—is stronger when shaped by a diversity of knowledge, perspectives, and experiences. We strive to welcome, respect, and amplify differing voices. We value individuals as they are, with all their differences in race, age, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, language, and mental and physical abilities.

Woodwell acknowledges that our organization, and the scientific community more broadly, have a long way to go in living up to these ideals. We approach the work of improving our organization with the same ambition and commitment to systemic change that we bring to addressing climate change.

We will inevitably make mistakes, but we will continue to listen, learn, and do this critical work. We understand that this work requires an ongoing commitment from each and every one of us. We are actively engaged in building and sustaining an equitable and inclusive culture within our organization, and in fostering greater diversity in climate science.

AAP/EEO Statement

Woodwell Climate Research Center is committed to a firm policy in favor of equal employment opportunity and will abide by all applicable state and federal regulations by not discriminating against any applicant or employee on the basis of race, religion, color, creed, sex, age, national origin, citizenship status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability or veteran status. Our commitment to equal employment opportunities shall include employment, upgrading, promotion, demotion, transfer, leaves or other absences from work, layoff, compensation and benefits, selection for training or other education, professional opportunities and conflict resolution.

It is also the policy of Woodwell to take affirmative action to employ and to advance in employment, all persons regardless of their status as woman, minority or individuals with disabilities or protected veterans, and to base all employment decisions only on valid job requirements.

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