Head of Science

  • Lowercarbon Capital
  • Remote
  • Jun 18, 2020
Full Time

Job Description

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.

RESPONSIBILITIES

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:

  • Diligence: You’ll lead scientific and technical diligence of companies and initiatives being considered for investment. Additionally, you will help define priority areas for investment in service of the mission to lower carbon by reducing emissions and removing atmospheric CO2.
  • Research: Keeping a close eye on academic, startup, and non-profit circles, you will survey new research, emerging technologies, and other developments in climate change mitigation and carbon removal. 
  • Convening: To help accelerate our efforts and strengthen relationships among founders, investors, researchers, activists, and other practitioners, you will also attend conferences and participate in other community-building activities.  
  • Content: Among our unique advantages is to communicate information on behalf of narrow communities of practice to broader audiences such as media, investors, and technologists through writing and press. Expect to play a role in that.

Progress in each of these areas will be summarized in regular reports to partners detailing new developments, tracking goals, and outlining future work.

SKILLS & BACKGROUND

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.

  • You possess an advanced degree or equivalent experience that provides you with a deep understanding of a climate-relevant field, such as but definitely not limited to: thermodynamics, mechanical engineering, physical chemistry, carbon capture processes, and/or energy systems
  • You hold an open-mind toward emerging (and sometimes outlandish) technologies, and your first instinct is to ask how they scale
  • You are an excellent written and verbal communicator capable of formulating persuasive investment recommendations, as well as presenting in public
  • You are self-motivated and capable of defining goals for yourself and helping to shape them for the team
  • You enjoy working on multiple projects simultaneously

Organization type

Company  

Headcount

1-10 employees  

Categories

Capital Investment