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The Carbon Leadership Forum, a research organization based at the University of Washington’s College of Built Environment, is seeking collaboration Searcher to help execute our mission to accelerate the decarbonization of the building sector by eliminating embodied carbon in building materials and construction through collective action.

Embodied carbon refers to greenhouse gas emissions generated by the manufacture, transportation, installation, maintenance and disposal of construction materials used in buildings, roads and other infrastructure. We need to reduce embodied carbon by 40-65% by 2030 to meet the reduction scenarios set out by the IPCC to avoid the catastrophic effects of climate change, and yet current building design and construction practices do not fail to adequately address embodied carbon and make meaningful progress. We believe that robust, multidisciplinary, and collaborative research on embodied carbon and decarbonization pathways, coupled with accessible tools and resources, is essential to progress in the building sector.

The Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF) is based on three strategic pillars to help us achieve our mission:

  1. Advancing Data and Methods: We align, assess and advance life cycle assessment data, tools and methodology to increase access to and availability of robust data for effective decision-making; and

  2. Informing effective and fair policy: We develop research, analysis and model policy language and act as a technical advisor to inform policymaking. Our work covers local, state, federal and corporate policies.

  3. Build community for impact: We build and bring together a diverse network of leaders through our online forum and regional hubs to enable widespread action to reduce embodied carbon

The Searcher will be responsible for executing research and analysis, project management, development of guidance documents and educational resources, and outreach to support embodied carbon reductions in the industry of the building. The researcher will work collaboratively within an integrated team with a background in architecture, engineering, environmental policy and materials manufacturing. This position will report to the LCA Senior Data and Methods Researcher and will be part of the CWF Core Research Team.

As a CLF Researcher, you will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with our in-house research team, companies in the building industry, partner nonprofits, and/or embodied carbon-focused policy makers.

This position requires experience in the areas of building performance, calculation, technical project management, embodied carbon assessments or life cycle analysis (LCA). This position will benefit from experience in architectural design, engineering or materials research, but such experience is not required. Depending on level of experience, CWF will provide internal resources and mentorship for training.

Job Responsibilities

90% Research

Conduct research to support the development of accessible, reliable and reliable LCA tools, frameworks, methods and data, and the adoption of this knowledge in practice.

This includes:

  • Develop new knowledge, data and resources to advance embodied carbon data and methodology

  • Advance the state of practice of LCA and carbon accounting by developing and implementing projects that include:

    • New and/or Improved Methods for Performing Whole Building LCAs

    • Integrating embedded carbon reduction strategies into practice.

    • In-depth research into material supply chains, such as wood or other bio-based materials

    • Research on new carbon storage or sequestration technologies and their representation in carbon accounting

  • Conduct interviews and convene stakeholders to inform and evaluate CWF research

  • Management of project meetings and tasks for research projects

  • Review and track relevant research and reports

  • Lead and/or assist in the preparation and review of reports, articles and presentations to communicate project updates and research results, including visual representations of data

  • Collaborate with UW clients, partners and research teams

  • Build embodied carbon accounting and LCA modeling capabilities by the architecture, engineering, and construction community through presentations and training for designers, students, and interested groups, including:

10% Management/ Program Development

  • Understand the broad strategic objectives of the Carbon Leadership Forum and contribute to their execution and refinement.

  • Uses a network of peers to extend technical capabilities and identify new research opportunities.

  • Supports CWF’s ongoing administrative needs such as grant management, development, copy editing, article writing, etc.

Experience required:

  • Experience with carbon accounting, building performance analysis, tool development and/or other forms of research and analysis related to building, industry, forestry or sectors related.

  • Strong communication skills (verbal and written)

  • Ability to analyze and visualize data using tools such as Excel, Tableau and/or other similar software

  • Experience contributing to complex projects and diverse teams with demonstrated examples of success.

  • Basic understanding of the building/construction industry

  • Demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment.

  • Has experience applying fundamental concepts, practices, and procedures related to embodied carbon/ACL research and/or practice

Desired – Training, professional experience:

  • Master’s degree in architecture, engineering, building science, computer science, environmental studies/forestry or related field
  • Work experience in the building/construction industry

  • Project management experience including budget oversight, staffing, delegation, partner communication, etc.

  • Experience using Whole Building LCA software, LCA datasets and Environmental Product Declarations.

  • Experience using life cycle assessment software (Gabi, SimaPro or OpenLCA) to perform life cycle assessments of building materials and products.

  • Experience with scripting using one or more of the following: Python, R, Java D3 or any similar tool

  • Experience in initiating and executing a research project

  • General knowledge of LCA data, methods and application in design optimization.

  • Experience developing and executing educational resources such as courses and/or practice guides.

  • Experience working with various industry stakeholders

  • Graphic design/representation skills

  • Non-profit and/or academic experience

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