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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Postdoctoral Associate in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Postdoctoral Associate

  • Job Number: 20249

  • Functional Area: Academic (non-faculty)

  • Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • School Area: Engineering

  • Employment Type: Full-Time

  • Employment Category: Exempt

  • Visa Sponsorship Available: Yes

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    Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity.

    Information on MIT’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement can be found at the bottom of this posting.

POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE, Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), to map the global distribution of cropland abandonment as part of the Terrer Lab (https://terrerlab.mit.edu/) and the Climate & Sustainability Consortium (https://impactclimate.mit.edu/) . Soils contain more carbon than plants and the atmosphere combined. Depletion of soil organic carbon stocks by intensive agricultural has however created a carbon debt of approximately 130 Gt, equivalent to all the CO2 emitted by the United States in the last twenty years. Since most nations have agreed to hold global average temperature rise to well below 2 °C, soils are now part of global-carbon agendas for climate-change mitigation and there is a consensus that cropland soils have the greatest potential for intervention and carbon sequestration. The sequestration potential of agricultural soils transitioning to grasslands, shrublands, and forests is largely unknown.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: a Ph.D. in Earth system science, remote-sensing, or related field; ability to work independently; and strong GIS skills and experience with Google Earth Engine and land-cover products. PREFERRED: experience with machine-learning and data-collection from the literature. Job #20249Questions about the position may be addressed to cterrer@mit.edu.Application materials should include a CV and one-paragraph cover letter describing previous experience to fill the position.The position is for one year initially, with potential for extension.The deadline for applications is October 31, 2021.10/8/21

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