PL Network


Postdoctoral Researcher



Honolulu, HI, USA
Posted on Friday, February 23, 2024
About Us

[C]Worthy is a non-profit research organization operating like a fast-moving, deep-tech startup. Our singular objective is to enable trustworthy, transparent, science-based quantification of ocean-based carbon dioxide removal (CDR). We are adapting open-source oceanographic modeling and data assimilation tools — developed over decades by scientists and software engineers at public and academic institutions — to establish a fit-for-purpose system for mCDR assessments.

The [C]Worthy research and development team blends exceptional software engineering with deep expertise in oceanographic observations, modeling, and data assimilation. [C]Worthy is on the path to becoming a Focused Research Organization hosted by Convergent Research, part of the Schmidt Futures Network.

Position Description

[C]Worthy seeks a Postdoctoral Researcher to work on observations to support ocean alkalinity enhancement field trials. The observations will consist mainly of tracer release experiments to determine gas exchange, mixing, and water residence time. The Postdoctoral Researcher will be part of a technical team working on using tracer release experiments in mCDR field trials, and the development of Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) methods for mCDR. The Postdoctoral Researcher will work closely with several members of the [C]Worthy team and participate in building an inclusive, supportive, and highly collaborative work culture.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with other scientists to improve instrumentation and associated data processing/analysis tools for ³He/SF₆ tracer release experiments to support ocean alkalinity enhancement field trails
  • Conduct research using ³He/SF₆ tracer release experiments in field trials to establish key conceptual paradigms and methodologies underpinning market-quality methods for MRV
  • Collaborate with a team of experienced researchers, including modelers, to bridge the gap between observations and modeling in the Carbon to Sea Ocean Climate R&D Hubs
  • Publish results in the peer-reviewed literature and other publicly accessible venues


  • A Ph.D. in Oceanography or a similar field with a strong understanding of geophysical fluid dynamics and ocean biogeochemistry
  • Significant laboratory and field experience, including at sea on oceanographic vessels
  • Experience in tracer gas measurements and gas chromatography
  • Strong track record of scientific research, preferably with an emphasis on analytical chemistry
  • Possesses a tenacious and adaptive problem-solving capacity
  • Passion for [C]Worthy’s mission to enable safe and effective mCDR via improved modeling.

Preferred Attributes

  • Deeply curious and excited to learn new things
  • Intent on getting answers right
  • Open to admitting mistakes.
  • Collaborative, helpful, open-minded, and willing to listen to other perspectives
  • Experience with advanced statistical methods, data assimilation, artificial intelligence, and/or machine learning


  • Competitive salary: $83,000–$95,000 a year
  • Health, vision, and dental insurance
  • Wellness benefit
  • Paid time off
  • Flexible spending accounts for health care or childcare
  • 401(k) retirement fund with matching employer contributions

We aim to help fill a structural gap in today's R&D system. We enable fundamental research that requires unusual levels of scale and coordination yet is not rapidly monetizable by industry. We’re bringing together top talent from academia, industry, and startups to build a new model for innovative R&D. As an incubator within the Schmidt Futures Network, we identify high-impact scientific or technical research and development opportunities, ultimately defining and launching these projects as Focused Research Organizations.

We are an Equal Employment Opportunity employer that proudly pursues and hires a diverse workforce. We do not make hiring or employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion or religious belief, ethnic or national origin, nationality, sex, gender, gender-identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable local, state, or federal law or company policy. We strive for a healthy and safe workplace and strictly prohibit harassment of any kind.