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Postdoctoral Research Opportunity – Enhanced Rock Weathering with the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS) at Northwestern University invites applications for a postdoctoral research scholar.

We seek an outstanding candidate to develop and implement a reactive transport model that characterizes and predicts basalt dissolution in agronomic settings, with the aim of advancing decarbonization by enhanced rock weathering (ERW).

Candidates should have a background in numerical modeling, mathematics, statistics, and data visualization, with additional expertise in solute geochemistry, carbonate equilibria, and kinetics. Individuals with further knowledge of pedology, hydrology, plant and soil biogeochemistry, and/or other disciplines relevant to ERW will be particularly competitive for the position. Funding for the two-year position is provided by the Trienens Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern.

The successful applicant will work closely with faculty and graduate students in EPS and the Plant Conservation and Biology Program, jointly affiliated with Northwestern and the Chicago Botanic Garden, to synthesize results from mesocosm experiments and field trials.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, and list of three references to this application portal:

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled, with an anticipated start date of June 1, 2024. Questions should be directed to Prof. Andrew Jacobson (

Northwestern is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.