Job Opportunity: Soil Carbon Research Assistant, Woodwell Climate Research Center

Temporary Soil Carbon Research Assistant with the Woodwell Climate Research Center in Falmouth, MA, USA


Woodwell Climate Research Center (Woodwell) conducts science for solutions at the nexus of climate, people, and nature. Woodwell partner with leaders and communities for just meaningful impact to address the climate crisis. 


Woodwell seek applicants for a summer lab research assistant position to work on a soil microbiome project looking at the impacts of cover crops on soil carbon. The successful applicant will join a cross-functional team working to better understand soil carbon dynamics under diverse ecosystems. The successful applicant will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team consisting of PIs, postdocs, and other research assistants to gain broad experience through field and laboratory work across interdisciplinary fields including biology, chemistry, and soil science.


  • Perform laboratory-based microcosm studies using a range of techniques in analytical chemistry and microbiology
  • Collect, process and analyze project samples and data, including nucleic acid and metabolite extractions from soil
  • Create and organize data sets in Excel and analyze in Excel or R-Studio. 
  • Collaborate with other members of the program project research team. 

Required Qualifications and Experience:

  • A.A or A.S. in Ecology, Biology, Chemistry, or Environmental science. 
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills and work ethic.
  • The ability to work as a member of a team and independently and communicate clearly.
  • The ability to work across a variety of projects to prioritize tasks proactively, efficiently and reliably.
  • Strong computer skills, including data organization, analysis, and report writing using Excel and Word
  • This position is in-person at our Falmouth, Massachusetts campus. 

Preferred Qualifications and Experience:

  • B.A. or B.S in Ecology Biology, Chemistry, or Environmental science.
  • Familiar with analytical chemistry or microbiology  principles and best practices for lab safety.  

Application review will be ongoing.

Desired Start Date: 10 July 2023

Fixed term: 15 September 2023

Location: Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA

Classification and Compensation:

This is a temporary, full-time, nonexempt, fixed term  position. The hourly range is $20.00 – $25.00 per hour, dependent on qualifications/experience. 

 Application Instructions:

To apply, please send your cover letter addressing your experience and qualifications in relation to the responsibilities of this position, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references as a single PDF to our career’s portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please type SCRA on all correspondence.