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Nature-based Climate Solutions Open Postdoctoral position, faculty mentor Chris Field

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Faculty Sponsor (Last, First Name): 

Field, Chris

Stanford Departments and Centers: 

Woods Institute

Postdoc Appointment Term: 

The appointment will be for one year, with a second year pending satisfactory performance.

Appointment Start Date: 

11/1/2023 or once position is filled

Group or Departmental Website:

How to Submit Application Materials: 

Send Application materials to Heather Bolei at Please use Natural Climate Solutions in the subject line. For full consideration, please submit all materials by September 15, 2023

The Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment is pleased to announce a post-doctoral position on nature-based climate solutions.  The successful candidate will have the opportunity to engage with several projects, including work assessing the global and regional potential for nature-based emissions reductions and carbon removal, developing robust standards for nature-based approaches in carbon markets, understanding and protecting background carbon sinks, integrating carbon sequestration with other forest benefits, and managing wildfire risk.  Depending on background and interests, the successful candidate will utilize ecological, remote sensing, big data, economic, or policy tools.  All of the projects are designed around two big ideas.  The first is that nature-based climate solutions can be meaningful contributors to limiting climate change, but only if they are well-designed, carefully monitored, and embedded in a broad framework for managing risks.  The second is that nature-based climate solutions can play an important role in ecosystem protection and enhancement, independent of their consequences for carbon balance, and that effective natural climate solutions will integrate across carbon and other benefits, including benefits for rural and indigenous communities.

The Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment is a research unit within the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability.  The Woods Institute encourages interdisciplinary and solutions-oriented approaches to important environmental problems.  More than 150 Stanford faculty members, representing all seven of Stanford’s schools, are affiliates.  The institute pursues its objectives through seed funding, hosting interdisciplinary centers, organizing convenings, and leadership training.

Required Qualifications: 

  • A PhD in ecology, biogeochemistry, environmental sciences, environmental policy, or environmental economics
  • A solid understanding of the carbon cycle and climate change
  • A demonstrated interest in interdisciplinary, systems-level approaches
  • The ability to work effectively in an interdisciplinary team and with diverse community members

Required Application Materials: 

  • A letter of application
  • CV
  • Contact information for 3 references

Stanford is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.