Landfill Methane Postdoctoral Fellow

About Us:  

Carbon Mapper is a non-profit organization with a public-good mission to detect, pinpoint, quantify and track 80% of the world’s methane and carbon dioxide (CO2) point source emissions. Our mission is to aid in the acceleration of climate mitigation efforts globally at the scale of individual facilities. The Carbon Mapper public-private partnership includes Planet Labs, Inc., the California Air Resources Board, the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).   

Carbon Mapper uses advanced imaging spectroscopy remote sensing on satellites and airborne assets to detect and analyze methane and carbon dioxide emissions around the world and provide information data products to inform decision makers as well as the general public.  As part of its public education and research support activities, Carbon Mapper will provide a global open data portal, including a data trust and a website offering rapid visualization and interpretation for both expert and non-expert audiences.  Carbon Mapper also supports advances in science algorithms, machine learning, and big data for remote sensing through multi-source analytics, cloud computing, open-source development, and geospatial analytics.

Job Description:

Carbon Mapper is seeking a recent PhD recipient to conduct research and analysis on landfill methane emissions using data from multiple observational platforms (airborne hyperspectral, satellite hyperspectral, ground measurements), focusing on airborne data collected by the Carbon Mapper research team from 2019-present.  This project will include analysis of landfill morphology, operational circumstances, and climatic conditions.  

This is an 18-month postdoctoral position with the expected deliverables of at least 2 papers or reports regarding methane emissions quantification and mitigation options for municipal solid waste landfills.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Recent PhD in physics, chemistry, remote sensing, environmental science, civil engineering or similar field
  • Demonstrated understanding of multi-scale (tiered) methane observations and analysis
  • Experience in applying remotely sensed datasets (ideally of atmospheric trace gasses) to specific sectors and use-cases  
  • Experience using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 
  • Strong oral and written communication skills

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience in landfill methane emissions and root causes 
  • Knowledge of domestic US and international landfill management practices, including existing ground and remote sensing methods for methane emissions monitoring 
  • Familiarity with federal and state regulations pertaining to the solid waste industry, landfill emissions
  • Experience working with facility operators to interpret and apply methane data
  • Recent track record in publishing peer-review articles and giving invited talks at conferences on methane and CO2 monitoring
  • Scientific programming skills (e.g., R, Python, MATLAB)


This is an 18-month postdoc position.  Full-time (40 hours per week) is preferred, but part time positions are negotiable.  Salary will be commensurate with the expected hours per week.  

Core working hours for the Carbon Mapper team are Monday through Thursday 9 am – 3 pm PT.  The remaining time is flexible based on your assigned projects and deadlines. Some after hours and weekend work may be required to meet deadlines.  

Location: Remote locations in the United States accepted. Carbon Mapper has a distributed team with both in-person and remote workers. All employees will attend quarterly all-hands meetings at the Carbon Mapper office in Pasadena, CA (1-2 days per quarter). Local employees may request an assigned desk in the Carbon Mapper office if they prefer a hybrid remote and in-person work schedule.  

Benefits: Carbon Mapper offers health/dental/vision benefits for employees and dependents, 401(k) retirement plan benefits with employer contributions, and life insurance.

Carbon Mapper is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Application requirements: please send your resume and cover letter to