Research Director, CESS

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Chestnut Hill, MASSACHUSETTS

Boston College Introduction

Founded in 1863, Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university located six miles from downtown Boston with an enrollment of 9,484 full-time undergraduates and 5,250 graduate and professional students.  Ranked 35 among national universities, Boston College has 888 full-time and 1,281 FTE faculty, 2,711 non-faculty employees, an operating budget of $1.4 billion, and an endowment in excess of $3.5 billion.

Job Description

Boston College seeks to hire a Research Director to help establish the newly launched Center for Earth System Science and Global Sustainability. The Center is in partnership with the Global Carbon Project (GCP), a project of Future Earth and a research partner of the World Climate Research Programme. The Research Director position will be critical in establishing and implementing the new center.

The position will work closely with the Schiller Institute Seidner Family Executive Director and the Director of the Center for Earth System Science and Global Sustainability. The Research Director will work closely with faculty members across campus to engage them in the work being done by the center.

Working with this leadership team, the Research Director will:

  • Facilitate the New Center’s establishment and development.
  • Promote and facilitate local and international collaborations and partnerships.
  • Promote cooperation among faculty members affiliated with the Center across the BC’s campus.
  • Develop data management plan and QA/QC oversights of geospatial data for the participating modeling teams (about 10 teams from different countries).
  • Develop a model simulation protocol for NMIP (Nitrogen//N2O Model Inter-comparison Project) and Coordinate NMIP activities among the participating modeling teams (about 10 teams from different countries).
  • The ideal candidate has knowledge of greenhouse gas emissions and climate action, global N2O budget and nitrogen-climate feedback, and Geospatial data development and sharing.
  • The ideal candidate will also have experience leading research teams, and establishing research collaborations. Experience working with Nitrogen//N2O Model Inter-comparison Project.

Competitive salary commensurate with relevant experience.


  • Minimum education: Ph.D. degree in Earth system science, Ecology, Environmental science/Engineering or relevant field.
  • The minimum number of years of relevant experience: at least 5-8 years after receiving Ph.D. degree.

Closing Statement

Boston College offers a broad and competitive range of benefits depending on your job classification eligibility:

  • Tuition remission for Employees
  • Tuition remission for Spouses and Children who meet eligibility requirements
  • Generous Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • Low-Cost Life Insurance
  • Eligibility for both University-Funded 401k and Employer-Sponsored 403b Retirement Plans
  • Paid Holidays Annually
  • Generous Sick and Vacation Pay
  • Additional benefits can be found on

Boston College conducts pre-employment background checks as part of the hiring process.

Boston College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. In concert with our Jesuit, Catholic mission, Boston College is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications for women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans. To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity at .

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