Open Position: Early or Mid-career Research Scientist (Air Quality)


Carbon Solutions is hiring an early or mid-career Research Scientist with experience in air dispersion modeling and data analysis.

Company Description

Carbon Solutions (link) is a mission-driven, fast-growing company that addresses low-carbon energy challenges through R&D, consulting and services, and software development. Energy applications include CO2 capture and storage, direct air capture, hydrogen, geothermal energy, wind energy, energy storage, air quality co-benefits, and energy equity and environmental justice. We use a range of data analytics and other technical approaches including infrastructure optimization, GIScience, life cycle assessment, technoeconomic assessment, process- and systems-level modeling, machine learning, and policy analysis. The company is fully remote with approximately 30 staff working across the United States.

Job Description: Research Scientist

The Research Scientist will work as a part of a multidisciplinary team creating and implementing interactive software tools that provide decision support for clean energy infrastructure development. The Research Scientist will help manage multi-year U.S. DOE-funded projects, conduct original research, and interact directly with clients. The selected applicant must have excellent communication skills and feel comfortable working in an environment with evolving job responsibilities.

Initially, the Research Scientist will support a Phase II SBIR-funded project (LOCAETA) that is developing an interactive tool for quantifying air quality co-benefits to decarbonization. For this project, the Research Scientist will be expected to:

  • Lead and perform atmospheric dispersion modeling analyses related to industrial air pollution using tools such as AERMOD, Hysplit, CMAQ, etc.
  • Evaluate and quantify air quality co-benefits to decarbonization using public health modeling approaches.
  • Perform model validation, QA, and visualize data and modeling results using tools such as R, Python, Julia, etc.
  • Lead and/or substantially contribute to peer-reviewed scientific publications based off the original research they are conducting with the team.
  • Write code to support team efforts to develop cutting-edge software and data visualization tools on other low-carbon energy projects and software.

Minimum Job Requirements


  • Degree: A PhD or “master’s plus five years’ experience” (mid-career candidates) or a master’s degree (early-career candidates) in a relevant area to air quality modeling such as Atmospheric Sciences, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Civil/Environmental Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, etc. Current students will need to have degrees completed by August 31, 2024.
  • Air dispersion modeling: Experience and understanding of air quality, chemical transport, and dispersion modeling including running software such as AERMOD, Hysplit, CMAQ. Extensive background in air quality science and chemistry.
  • Coding Proficiency: Demonstrated proficiency in one or more computer languages such as Julia, Python, R, or Matlab.
  • Low-carbon Energy: Passion, experience, and willingness to embrace Carbon Solutions’ mission to address low-carbon energy challenges.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience in public health or risk assessment related to air quality impacts.
  • Experience with remote sensing/satellite data.
  • Experience in low-carbon energy, climate, and decarbonization.
  • Experience and potential to work in interdisciplinary teams. 
  • Experience with supporting and writing reports, proposals, and/or scientific papers.
  • Experience communicating with stakeholders, non-technical audiences, and the public.
  • Experience or potential to lead major projects.  


  • Annual Salary: $80k–$125k, depending on experience.
  • 401k retirement plan with company contributions.
  • Benefits, including health, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance.
  • Fully remote: Ability to work anywhere within the United States, flexible hours based on Eastern Time zone.
  • Company internet, phone service plans, and other work-related items are reimbursed.
  • 30 days Paid Time Off annually.

How to Apply

If you are interested in joining our team, please fill out the application form here by Wednesday, April 17, 2024. If you have any additional questions, contact Include the job number (RS2024-1028) in the subject line. (Only applications submitted through the link above will be considered; do not email us your application!)

Carbon Solutions embraces a culture in support of diversity, equity, and inclusion and is an equal-opportunity employer. We will not discriminate applicants based on race, gender, sexual orientation, or any other demographic. We welcome all individuals with the skills and work ethic necessary to perform their duties.

Ensure you have existing authorization to work in the United States. At present, Carbon Solutions is not able to sponsor international work visas.

Carbon Solutions will make reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities.