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About Spark Climate Solutions
Spark Climate Solutions is accelerating progress in emerging climate fields, towards repairing the climate. Spark focuses on underdeveloped solutions that have the potential to help mitigate climate harm, address near-term warming, and contribute to climate repair. Spark takes a systems approach, working with experts and other stakeholders, to accelerate these fields through collaboratively building strategic roadmaps, providing research funding, seeding new organizations, and communicating with the public. Spark’s first focus area is accelerating solutions for near-term warming management, starting with enteric fermentation mitigation, and methane removal. Our team has deep expertise in science, engineering, and climate-focused philanthropy. Spark’s funders include the Grantham Foundation, Quadrature Climate Foundation, Astera Institute, Climate Pathfinders Foundation, and Additional Ventures.
Spark Climate Solutions is seeking someone with scientific roadmapping—or a mix of both business or consulting experience and science or engineering background—to join our team to lead scientific roadmapping in emerging areas. Our ideal candidates are on a continuing journey of climate action innovation, figuring out how to accelerate forward progress with all available levers.
Your role will be to lead an effort to chart a research and development roadmap within a specific climate solution or response vertical, in collaboration with internal teammates and external collaborators and experts, and then take on responsibility for helping that field to grow through building the field, managing research and grant programs, and educating collaborators and funders. Areas you might focus on include:
- Methane Emissions Reduction (enteric fermentation, rice, landfills)
- Methane Removal / Oxidation approaches
- Reduction and mitigation of other non-CO₂ pollutants, including hydrogen, black carbon, nitrous oxide, HFCs, and VOCs
- Natural system feedbacks and their resulting carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide emissions, including from wetlands, forests, permafrost, rivers, and lakes
Our ideal candidates:
- Have experience roadmapping, in scientific or other contexts
- Have deep science background (probably a PhD) enabling them to evaluate scientific proposals, synthesize scientific fields, and map out how a field would need to evolve to achieve a given objective
- Proactively reach out to researchers, technologists, and others to explore key unknowns, develop and propose hypotheses, and then find ways to test them.
- Are deeply comfortable with some combination of relevant scientific fields, and can quickly evaluate the strengths, weaknesses, and untested potential of different technical, scientific, social, and political approaches to climate challenges.
- Delight in the challenge of complex systems, including the ability to move comfortably among fundamental science, technological potentials/limits, and broader social and policy implications.
- Fully understand that there’s always more to learn, and enjoy the process of seeking to be continuously less wrong.
- Have experience leading and mentoring high potential people with varying backgrounds
- Have proven abilities of working collaboratively, effectively, and efficiently in ways that prioritize and center empathy and equity.
- Are strong written and oral communicators, and consistently synthesize complex topics and systems
Scientific Field-Builder and Roadmappers will be responsible for:
- Researching and authoring R+D roadmaps for climate solutions areas, and collaborate with others on the policy, market, and public communications implications
- Designing research programs to accelerate progress towards discovering and inventing new climate solutions
- Evaluating science and engineering funding proposals based on their scientific merit, impact-alignment, and place in the broader ecosystem
- Building relationships with science, policy, and philanthropic partners to collaborate on roadmaps, research agendas, and granting opportunities
- Collaborating, and potentially managing and mentoring, with a small number of interdisciplinary teammates working together to shape and organize emerging fields through all levers
- Serving as a subject matter expert and area advocate to other organizations and funders getting involved in the space
- Identifying new areas to pursue
Education and/or Experience
Candidates for all of these roles must have the following:
- Experience independently running projects and complex worktracks in research-heavy areas, in academia, consulting, or business environments
- Over 7 years combined professional and research experience, inclusive of any graduate work
- Proven ability to initiate independent projects and work across disciplines.
- Excellent written, speaking / presentation, and interpersonal communication skills to engage effectively within the organization and with external collaborators / stakeholders.
- Scientific literacy and comfort working with scientific material and collaborating with leading scientists in a given field (likely a Masters or above in science or engineering, or equivalent experience).
- Insatiable drive to learn about the climate problem and help drive solutions.
- Flexibility, creativity, and tenacity.
- Fluency in English.
As with all positions at Spark Climate Solutions, this will be 100% remote. Employees can work anywhere within the United States, or internationally with approval. Our center of gravity is in the SF Bay Area, with a possible option (not requirement) of some in-person work later in 2022.
- Able to work as a W2 employee for a US non-profit.
- Availability during US Pacific time work day.
These are all full-time positions with benefits. The salary range is $130,000-$180,000 / year. In addition, Spark Climate Solutions provides exceptional benefits including flexible PTO, sick time, holidays, generous health insurance coverage, and full-covered dental/vision/life insurance, and parental leave.