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Job: Postdoctoral Opportunity: Geophysical modeling of ocean engineering proposals

Department: DGE – Global Ecology

Salary: TBD Competitive Salary

Location: Stanford, CA

There have been various proposals to generate electricity by exploiting the temperature difference between the ocean thermocline and the ocean surface (e.g., Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion, or OTEC). Further, there have been suggestions that global warming could be slowed by pumping heat from the surface ocean to the deeper ocean, or that thermal and/or chemical conditions suitable for coral reefs could be maintained through some ocean engineering efforts. It has also been suggested that ocean dead zones could be addressed by pumping oxygen-rich surface waters to anoxic regions at depth.

We are looking to hire a postdoctoral research scientist who would undertake geophysical modeling to address some of the issues raised by these proposals. We have done some initial highly-idealized modeling at unrealistic scale (e.g., Kwiatkowski, Ricke and Caldeira, 2015), and would like to understand whether those results apply to deployments at more plausible scale.  The model used could be anything from a high-resolution local model to a coarse-resolution global model, depending on the problem being addressed.

This position will involve working with Ken Caldeira at the Carnegie Institution for Science Department of Global Ecology on the Stanford University campus, and other collaborators. In our group, we maintain an exciting collegial atmosphere, working in a diverse collection of people that includes climate modelers, energy-system analysts, assessment experts, and field researchers. It is assumed that the successful candidate will drive this effort as their main research project but will collaborate with other postdocs both on this work and on their work. We prefer candidates who will enrich the intellectual diversity of the research group and are actively interested in strengthening interdisciplinary connections within the focal areas of the research group.

Carnegie Institution post-docs have access to most Stanford facilities. The initial term will be for one year with the potential for renewal for a second year up to a maximum of four years. Positions are available now and we are flexible regarding start date.

Candidates with a PhD and a track record of success are encouraged to apply. General skills and ability, and interest in understanding the feasibility and consequences of various ocean engineering proposals, are more important than specific domain knowledge. Achievement in scientific publication, or comparable evidence of being able to complete high quality work in a timely manner, is a primary filter determining which applications receive greater consideration. Compensation for this position includes a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits.

Informal inquiries about these positions can be made by emailing Ken Caldeira at, however formal applications for employment must be submitted by clicking on the blue bar below.

To be considered, please include a cover letter and CV.

Additional information:

The Department of Global Ecology of the Carnegie Institution is located on the campus of Stanford University. Formerly known as the Carnegie Institution of Washington, the Carnegie Institution for Science is a U.S.-based non-profit, private endowment. Andrew Carnegie founded the Carnegie Institution of Washington in 1902 as an organization for scientific discovery to serve as a home to exceptional individuals—men and women—with imagination and extraordinary dedication capable of working at the cutting edge of their fields. Today, Carnegie scientists work in six scientific departments on the west and east Coasts and at the Las Camapanas Observatory in Chile. Carnegie investigators are leaders in the fields of plant biology, developmental biology, earth and planetary sciences, astronomy, and global ecology. To learn more about the Department of Global Ecology, visit

Carnegie is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, disability or any other protected status in accordance with applicable laws.

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