For centuries, human beings have been treating Earth like a rental rather than the one and only suitable place for life as we know it. We’ve let pollution rise to dangerous and increasingly deadly levels, and trashed the natural world in countless other ways. The result is a climate emergency that is already killing countless thousands of people, displacing millions more, and sowing the seeds of famine, drought, epidemic disease, and war across the world. Unless you believe that we are on the cusp of historic and global breakthroughs in policy and individual behavior, we have to get much more aggressive about directly pursuing solutions.
To that end, Lowercarbon Capital invests in planet-healing technologies to (1) reduce CO2 emissions, (2) remove carbon from the atmosphere, and (3) buy more time in case (1) and (2) take longer than we hope. Most of our investments are in early-stage companies, but we also work with nonprofits, activists, and academic researchers when they’re best positioned to move things forward.
The Head of Science role is ideal for someone with a science and engineering background who is excited to apply that training and expertise to evaluating startups and supporting Lowercarbon’s growing portfolio.
The Head of Science will take the lead in technical diligence, sourcing investment targets, and identifying new or unexplored areas for research and investment. The specific responsibilities of this position will fall into five buckets:
Progress in each of these areas will be summarized in regular reports to partners detailing new developments, tracking goals, and outlining future work.
This list of qualifications is intended to highlight characteristics we believe most essential to have immediate success in this role, but there is a wide range of potentially relevant professional and academic experiences. Beyond this, we feel it is important to note that while a background in investing or start-ups could be valuable in this role, we do not consider these prerequisites and look forward to meeting with a diverse group of candidates.