ESI is hiring for a one-year, full-time postdoctoral position joining an MIT Climate Grand Challenge Team on “protecting and enhancing natural carbon sinks: natural climate and community solutions.”
Faculty and Researchers: Prof. John E. Fernández, Prof. and Director, MIT ESI; Prof. Daniela Rus, Andrew (1956) and Erna Viterbi Professor of EECS, Dir. of CSAIL, and Deputy Dean of Research for Schwarzman College of Computing; Prof. Joann F. de Zegher, Assistant Professor, Operations Management Group, Sloan School of Management; Dr. Deborah Campbell, Senior Staff Scientist, Lincoln Laboratory; Prof. Roberto Rigobon, Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management and Professor of Applied Economics, Sloan; Marcela Angel, Research Associate ESI and Natural Climate Solutions Program Lead
Contact to apply: Marcela Angel, email@example.com
Timeline: One year position starting June 2021 (remote at least until September)
The MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative and the faculty consortium for the MIT Climate Grand Challenge “Natural Climate and Community Solutions” are seeking a postdoc to support the development of a white paper that will provide a comprehensive plan for a new research initiative at MIT that is focused on protecting and enhancing natural carbon sinks, particularly tropical forests in the Amazon, the Congo Basin, and Southeast Asia.
Anthropogenic use of land is a substantial source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Agriculture, forestry, and other land use (AFOLU) account for about 13 percent of CO2, 44 percent of CH4 (methane), and 82 percent of N2O (nitrous oxide) anthropogenic global emissions. The white paper will provide a roadmap to develop, deploy and scale-up a substantially enhanced technological toolkit in partnership with local and indigenous communities to be implemented in multiple demonstration locations of diverse and contrasting political and socio-environmental priorities. This roadmap will include substantial proof of concept for unique social, bioeconomy and technology solutions to reduce deforestation and conserve biodiversity. This will enable the expansion to other countries with strategic ecosystems for climate change mitigation and adaptation including high-mountain forests, watersheds, and coastal and marine ecosystems.
This work will be closely coordinated with one of the principal investigators, John Fernández, Daniela Rus, or Joann de Zegher, depending on the area of expertise of the applicant.
In particular, responsibilities include:
Apply online. For questions, contact Marcela Angel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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