Global Nitrogen Innovation Center for Clean Energy and the Environment

Assistant Research Scientist - Post Doctoral Researcher in Sustainable Agricultural Technologies

Position Description:  

The Global Nitrogen Innovation Center for Clean Energy and the Environment (NICCEE) is seeking a motivated researcher to develop data and modeling tools to assess the feasibility and environmental impacts of innovative technologies such as green ammonia in agricultural production systems. The selected candidate will work with an interdisciplinary research team at NICCEE and collaborate closely with stakeholders and technology innovators to co-develop the assessment using a variety of modeling and life-cycle analysis tools at farm, national, and/or global scales. Assessments will evaluate the socio-economic drivers of adoption of technologies and management options and the attendant environmental impacts, such as net changes in greenhouse gas and ammonia emissions and potential leaching losses.

Spearheaded by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) with key partners in the U.S., Canada, and the UK, NICCEE is jointly funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, UK Research and Innovation, and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. The global center seeks to harness the technological innovation of green ammonia production and other agricultural innovations to bolster clean energy initiatives, combat climate change and secure food supplies for the future, while minimizing risks of unintended consequences. 

Location:   Appalachian Laboratory, Frostburg, MD

The successful applicant must have (1) a PhD in a related field (or expected within the next 6 months), (2) a strong publication record relative to their career stage, and (3) significant experience with computer-based modeling.

Experience with Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and/or Techno-economic Analysis (TEA) is preferred, but not required. 

Start Date:   Review of applications will begin on June 25, 2024 and continue until a qualified candidate is found.
How to Apply:  

Please submit the following documents to the UMCES Employment website:

(1) cover letter , (2) a CV, and (3) contact information (names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses) for three references.  

Informal inquiries are also welcome. Please send an email to The Environment and Science Policy Lab ( and indicate in your subject line “[NICCEE_SAT_Postdoc]”

Description:   This is a full-time appointment with benefits, renewed annually for up to 3 years, subject to satisfactory performance. Salary is $58,000-70,000 per year and includes fringe benefits.
Program Info:  

Information about AL and UMCES can be found at: UMCES is an affirmative action, EOE. Individuals with disabilities, veterans, women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science unleashes the power of science to transform the way society understands and manages the environment. By conducting cutting-edge research into today’s most pressing environmental problems, we are developing new ideas to help guide our state, nation, and world toward a more environmentally sustainable future through five research centers—the Appalachian Laboratory in Frostburg, the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in Solomons, the Horn Point Laboratory in Cambridge, the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology in Baltimore, and the Maryland Sea Grant College in College Park.  Information about AL and UMCES can be found at:  

The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science is an equal opportunity employer. The Center’s policies, programs, and activities are in conformance with pertinent Federal and State laws and regulations on nondiscrimination regarding race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, and disability. Inquiries regarding compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Educational Amendments; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; or related legal requirements should be directed to the Director of Human Relations, Center Administration, P.O. Box 775, Cambridge, MD 21613.