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Carbon Leadership Forum-Postdoctoral Scholar

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School / Campus / College: College of Built Environments

Organization: Architecture

Title: Carbon Leadership Forum-Postdoctoral Scholar

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Position Description

Carbon Leadership Forum

The Carbon Leadership Forum within the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington accelerates the transformation of the building sector to radically reduce the embodied carbon of buildings and infrastructure through collective action. We research, educate and foster cross-collaboration to bring embodied carbon of buildings and infrastructure down to zero.

Learn more about the Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF) at 

Job Description

The Carbon Leadership Forum is seeking one or more entry to mid-level Postdoctoral Scholar(s) to join our team in Seattle, WA to focus on advancing life cycle assessment (LCA) data, tools and policy through applied research. Current active projects that can support postdoctoral scholar include developing methods and tools to assess novel carbon storing building materials and systems (POD|LCA) and developing building scale embodied carbon benchmarks (WBLCA Benchmark V2. We are looking for creative and motivated individuals to both help us meet current commitments and to develop and define the next stage of our research work.

General Duties:  This position will conduct research, manage projects and develop publications in support of one or more research projects underway by the CLF. Additional responsibilities will include mentoring of graduate students and CLF staff in research methods and LCA. There is the potential for teaching/co-teaching within the College of Built Environments depending upon Departmental needs. Requires collaborating with a diverse remote CLF team and interfacing with academic and professional collaborators both within and external to the University of Washington. The post-doctoral scholar will be working under the supervision of Professor Kate Simonen and will be expected to develop an Individual Development Plan within each year of employment. More information about the institutional support for Postdocs can be found at the UW Graduate School.

Work Schedule:  This is a 1.0 FTE position starting as soon as filled. The position is supported by external grants to the University of Washington, and is therefore subject to on-going availability of research funding. This is a term limited position. Funding is in place for two to four years (depending on the project) – with a strong outlook for the next five.

Salary Range: $70,000 - $95,000/year

Timeline:  Applications will be reviewed starting January 15, 2023 and will remain open until position(s) are filled.


Conditions of Employment:  The position requires a PhD in architecture, engineering, material science, environmental science or a related field. Foreign equivalents will be accepted. Applicants must present documentation confirming completion of doctoral degree requirements (PhD or equivalent) and date the degree will be conferred before the position start date. Postdoctoral scholars are represented by UAW 4121 and are subject to the collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For more information, please visit the University of Washington Labor Relations website.

Required Skills/Background:

  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to perform quantitative research and analysis.
  • Strong verbal, written and graphic communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Awareness of environmental performance metrics

Desired Skills:  

  • Highly-motivated and independent researcher with a demonstrated record of scholarship
  • Demonstrated record of successful interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Environmental Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
    • Primary LCA modeling experience (SimaPro, Gabi, and/or OpenLCA)
  • Benchmarking and targets
    • Whole building LCA modeling
    • Benchmarking methodologies
  • Innovations in materials and processes
    • Carbon dioxide removal pathways: technological/mineral
    • Carbon dioxide removal pathways: biological/forestry/agriculture
    • Material science/chemistry
    • Novel low carbon material solutions
  • Data analysis and tool development
    • visualization/communication
    • Multi-criteria decision making/optimization
    • Statistics/Data Management
    • Coding (esp. Python) and open-source development and publication.
    • User interface design


Applicants should submit a cover letter outlining research interests and a comprehensive CV detailing academic and professional experiences and including publication and presentation record via Interfolio.

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