The Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy (ICRLP) Postdoctoral Researcher Opportunities


The Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy (ICRLP) Postdoctoral Researcher Opportunities

The Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy (ICRLP) at American University (AU) invites applications for full-time, postdoctoral researchers to work on a new project aimed at the better integration of carbon removal approaches into two integrated assessment models (IAMs). The first appointment is a two-year position and will commence January 2, 2020 and run through January 2022. The second appointment is a one-year position (extendable to two years depending on the securing of additional funding) and will commence January 2, 2020 and run at least through January 2021.

The Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy is an interdisciplinary team committed to the assessment and advancement of sustainable approaches to carbon removal. The Institute itself sits within the School of International Service at American University. The successful candidate will be expected, in addition to contributing to and producing research outputs, to contribute to the work of the Institute and the School by presenting research in progress and engaging graduate students working in related areas.

We are seeking candidates who have received a PhD within the past five years (60 months) or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university.

The postdoctoral researcher will be expected to (1) help develop strategies for modeling the implementation and adoption of various carbon removal technologies and practices in IAMs; (2) help implement those strategies in two IAMs, GCAM and EnROADS, to enable both models to represent a broad portfolio of carbon removal technologies and practices as endogenous responses to climate policy; and (3) help carry out research studies in GCAM that analyze the impact of that broad portfolio on mitigation pathways. The specific carbon removal technologies to be modeled include afforestation/reforestation, bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BEECS), terrestrial enhanced mineral weathering, ocean alkalinization, direct air capture with storage (DACCS), and biochar.

The research is part of a larger product looking at: (1) the integration of carbon removal approaches into a suite of IAMs; and (2) the development of new socio-environmental dynamic approaches and models that can capture important interplays between social and environmental systems. The successful candidate will work with at least one additional postdoctoral researcher along with the existing ICRLP team.


The successful candidate should have a PhD in economics, environmental science, or other fields relevant to modeling carbon removal technologies and practices. A background in integrated assessment modeling or energy economic modeling is highly desirable, as is familiarity with one or more approach to carbon removal. Experience with C++, R, and GCAM are preferred. Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to work in a team environment are necessary. Experience with publishing in peer-reviewed journals is preferred.

Application Instructions

The successful candidate will assume duties as early as January 2, 2020 but no later than January 31, 2020.  Applications must be submitted electronically via Interfolio  Candidates should submit the following materials on Interfolio: A comprehensive Curriculum Vitæ and a personal statement outlining relevant scholarship or experience. Candidates will be asked to submit the names and contact information for three professional references who will receive a request for a confidential letter of recommendation.


Compensation and benefits are competitive.  Queries about the search may be sent to Queries about the online application system may be sent to

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