Post-Doctoral Researcher: Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy
American University, School of International Service
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Energy, Resources and the Environment (ERE)
Ocean Sciences (OS)
The Institute for Carbon Removal (ICRLP) at American University (AU) invites applications for a fulltime, postdoctoral researcher to work on a project aimed at the better integration of carbon removal
approaches into two integrated assessment models (IAMs). This appointment is a one-year position and
will commence on or around August 24, 2020 and run through August 2021. The exact start date is
The Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy is an interdisciplinary team committed to the
assessment and advancement of sustainable approaches to carbon removal. The Institute itself sits within
the School of International Service at American University. The successful candidate will be expected, in
addition to contributing to and producing research outputs, to contribute to the work of the Institute and
the School by presenting research in progress and engaging graduate students working in related areas.
We are seeking candidates who have received a PhD within the past five years (60 months) or within the
next 8 months from an accredited college or university.
The project is being led by Dr. David Morrow. The postdoctoral researcher will be expected to (1) help
develop strategies for modeling the implementation and adoption of various carbon removal technologies
and practices in IAMs; (2) help implement those strategies in two IAMs, GCAM and EnROADS, to
enable both models to represent a broad portfolio of carbon removal technologies and practices as
endogenous responses to climate policy; and (3) help carry out research studies in GCAM that analyze the
impact of that broad portfolio on mitigation pathways. The specific carbon removal technologies to be
modeled include afforestation/reforestation, bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS), soil
carbon sequestration, terrestrial enhanced mineral weathering, ocean alkalinization, direct air capture with
storage (DACCS), and biochar. The Institute is particularly interested in candidates who can contribute to
the modeling of soil carbon sequestration.
The research is part of a larger project looking at: (1) the integration of carbon removal approaches into a
suite of IAMs; and (2) the development of new socio-environmental dynamic approaches and models that
can capture important interplays between social and environmental systems. The successful candidate will
work with the existing ICRLP team, including another postdoctoral researcher who is devoted full-time to
The successful candidate should have a PhD in environmental science, agricultural sciences, or another
field relevant to modeling carbon removal technologies and practices, especially soil carbon
sequestration. A background in integrated assessment modeling and/or systems dynamics modeling is
highly desirable. Experience with C++, R, and GCAM are strongly preferred. Excellent written and oral
communication skills and the ability to work in a team environment are necessary. Experience with
publishing in peer-reviewed journals is preferred.
The successful candidate will assume duties on or around August 24, 2020, with an earlier starting date
negotiable. Candidates should submit the following materials on Interfolio:
http://apply.interfolio.com/76432. A comprehensive Curriculum Vitæ and a personal statement outlining
relevant scholarship or experience. Candidates will be asked to submit the names and contact information
for three professional references who will receive a request for a confidential letter of recommendation.