Head of Ocean Modelling
Planetary Technologies’ vision is to protect and restore the ocean and climate for generations to come. We do this by enhancing the ocean’s natural ability to fight climate change through ocean alkalinity enhancement (OAE), leading to carbon dioxide removal (CDR) and storage. Our team combines expertise in ocean science, metallurgy and geochemistry to safely and effectively scale up ocean-based CO2 management solutions. Working collaboratively with all of our stakeholders, we develop a cost effective and sustainable set of tools aimed at protecting and restoring our oceans and climate, ultimately doing carbon dioxide removal and storage at gigatonne scale.
We are leaders, scientists, and engineers working together to collectively embody our values: respect, curiosity & creativity, accept responsibility, and win for all.
Planetary is collaborating with an array of world-leading ocean scientists (including biogeochemical modellers) to develop and scale ongoing OAE projects across the globe, while also evaluating and initiating projects at new sites. Given this exciting time of growth and momentum towards OAE, Planetary is seeking a Head of Ocean Modelling to advance the state of the art through the development of an OAE modelling toolkit integrating physical oceanography and biogeochemistry, alongside mineral particle tracking and dissolution.
In this role, you will advocate, contribute, and develop leadership in the OAE community as it relates to ocean modelling for safe and effective carbon removal. You will work with the team at Planetary to support project site selection; help validate our monitoring, reporting, and verification (MRV) protocol; and bring your first hand experience in ocean modelling to accelerate and grow our capacity to remove CO2. These efforts will increase levels of confidence and care both within Planetary, in the broader OAE community, and with other stakeholders.
- Build and scale a team that brings innovation to Planetary, and to the greater OAE community, in order to …
- Develop and refine an OAE modelling toolkit that can be cost effectively applied to assess CO2 removal at project sites - working with internal teams (e.g. Operations, Science) and external teams (e.g. academic / research institutions) to ensure success
- Design, develop, and execute regional coastal models for project sites, validate using ocean observations, including in-house project data
- Develop modelling tools, guidelines, and procedures covering all project stages from site screening to long-term monitoring
- Apply oceanographic and modelling expertise to the development of Planetary’s MRV protocol and/or similar approaches as may be required by CDR verification organisations
- Develop and deliver content effectively that is “at the right level” for targeted stakeholder communities
- Work collaboratively with the community of ocean scientists;
- to continuously improve both the community’s and the company’s modelling capability, in order to minimise the uncertainty in removal volumes
- to envision and progress the development and deployment of measurement and monitoring systems that will be required to enable gigatonne scale global OAE CDR verification.
- Expertise in ocean modelling, ideally with a Ph.D in a related field (e.g. physical, biogeochemical, geological oceanography)
- Have hands-on experience with coastal ocean modelling (e.g. building and/or running models using Delft3D, MIKE, NEMO, ROMS, FVCOM, etc.) as well as interpreting and analysing data to produce clear and concise synthesis reports
- Experience with software programs that assess physical and/or chemical fluxes (e.g., CORMIX, CO2SYS, PHREEQC, etc.)
- Have experience measuring and modelling ocean inorganic carbon chemistry, and a good understanding of modelling coastal processes
- Have experience with data assimilation techniques
- Prior coding experience (Fortran, Python, Matlab, etc.)
- Established community builder - strong communicator and consensus builder based on first hand experiences with ocean modelling and carbon removal - ability also to learn with and from others in the academic and OAE community while influencing and maintaining leadership in the space
- Have an optimistic, persistent and driven working style, pride yourself on responsiveness and are excited about contributing to collective successes
- Always looking to learn new things, curious about climate change mitigation technologies, and passionate about ocean CDR and the measurement, reporting, and verification (MRV) challenges
- A self-directed learner, early adopter, and excited about influencing the state of the art in relation to ocean modelling, ocean-based CDR, and OAE.
Planetary is committed to supporting and valuing the diversity of our team as well as the diversity of the clients and communities we serve. Valuing diversity means recognizing and respecting human differences and similarities - creating the context where each person can develop and bring their best self to their work and life. We are committed to employment equity and will endeavour, where feasible, to eliminate systemic barriers to advancement and/or redress the under-utilisation of under-represented groups. We are committed to equal opportunity employment, and we encourage candidates from all cultural and educational backgrounds as well as all genders and sexualities to apply.