As Shell seeks to reduce its carbon footprint, you will develop and implement solutions that will enable Shell to thrive in the Energy Transition. The avoidance of greenhouse gas emissions and capture & storage of CO2 by biomass in natural ecosystems underpins our Nature Based Solutions (NBS) business which enables our customers to decarbonise. You will deliver the R&D upon which this business, and Shell's Net Carbon Footprint (NCF) reduction ambitions, depend.Where you fit in
You will provide deep technical expertise in soil modelling as a decision support tool to the rapidly growing NBS activities across Shell, including helping the businesses to achieve its goals. There is also a significant R&D programme in this area. The scope of this work is global, with special focus on key regions where Shell's NBS businesses are pursuing opportunities including US, EU, India, Africa and Brazil.What's the role
You will be instrumental in enabling Shell to meet its strategic objectives in decarbonisation through your technical expertise in modelling of soil processes and functions and, related areas. You will form part of a community of deep technical experts in NBS, whose skills are unique within Shell, located in Shell Technology Centre Amsterdam (NL), Shell Technology Centre Bangalore (India) and Shell Technology Centre Houston (USA).
What we need from you
- Your responsibilities will include identify key opportunities and challenges in modelling soil processes and functions, including the systematic incorporation of heterogeneity and uncertainty, the integration of data and models, and strategies for effective integration of knowledge on physical, chemical, and biological soil processes.
- Develop new soil models or update the existing ones, calibrate new models, perform intercomparison to support Shell's Nature Based Projects in the voluntary or compliance carbon markets.
- Develop interface with modelling activities in other disciplines, such as climate, ecology, and plant research/farming system, and how to weave novel observation and measurement techniques into soil models.
- Develop partnership with internal & external stakeholders to address challenges related to soil modelling, support NBS projects with C estimations, review upcoming methodologies in the voluntary C market and support development of new methodologies.
- Ensure that Shell maintains a current and insightful position in soil modelling relevant to NBS business.
- Support Shell's NBS business in assessing, screening, and developing new project opportunities and subsequently in monitoring the projects that are deployed.
- Contribute to the development of knowledgebase at Shell, develop content, based on science, to support advocacy, informing stakeholder and outreach around NBS.
- Develop deep insights on the regulatory framework, including in voluntary and compliance Carbon markets and use those insights to support future NBS projects and growth opportunities.
- Guide and support screening of third-party soil models - including supporting Shell Ventures in investment opportunities.
- Maintaining Shell's scientific credibility by publishing the results of your work in peer-reviewed journals, internal technical reports, conference presentations, and patent filings.
You will bring deep technical expertise in the areas of soil modelling. When it comes to nurturing collaborative stakeholder relations with other Shell businesses and with external technology partnerships, it's your excellent people skills that will make the difference. A learner mindset, transparency and sharing data and lessons will be essential. You will need to demonstrate a commitment to Health, Safety, Security and Environment including in field work in the natural environment. Furthermore, you will have:
- A legal authorization to work in the US on a full-time basis for anyone other than current employer.
- A PhD in soil sciences, agriculture sciences, environmental sciences, life sciences, or in a related field.
- Minimum five (5) years of experience working in relevant area with ability to design experiments to test hypothesis, conduct independent research, and publish manuscript(s) in peer-reviewed journals.
- Relevant experience in soils modelling research, models development, calibration, and deployment to measure soil processes and functions.
- Demonstrated a willingness to learn and apply cross-disciplinary approaches to solving problems and be happy working in a tight-knit, but globally dispersed team.
- Excellent oral and written presentation skills; capable of effective and impactful communications across topics, audiences, and formats at various organisational levels.
Note: This role is a virtual position based in the US.
The base salary range for this position is $122, 000 - $182, 000 per year. Individual pay will be based on various factors, such as relevant work experience, education, certifications, skill level, seniority, and internal equity. Company description
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