Ocean Career: VESTA Senior Geochemist

VESTA is seeking to hire a Senior Scientist with a background in aqueous geochemistry, marine geochemistry, biogeochemistry, or a related field, as well as extensive experience in field and laboratory experiments, to lead an upcoming field trial of Coastal Enhanced Weathering in Duck, NC, USA.

Various aspects of the role will involve project development and execution including, but not limited to, fieldwork, laboratory studies, research synthesis, data interpretation, scientific writing, science communication, stakeholder engagement (e.g., community members, NGOs, governmental officials, regulators, media), partnership relations (e.g., academic collaborators) and project management. This individual must thrive in a fast-paced, interdisciplinary environment while simultaneously contributing to multiple projects.

This is a 2-year position and will be located in Duck, NC, with the option to extend following that time at Vesta’s other global locations. We are seeking a Ph.D. level candidate but will also consider post-master’s candidates with an exceptional track record and directly relevant research experience.


  • Conducting hands-on, field-based research in coastal oceanography with an emphasis on seawater and porewater geochemistry, including carbon, nutrient, and trace metal cycling.
  • Assisting in the day-to-day management of fieldwork operations, including overseeing a small team of field technicians, academic collaborations, and government partnerships.
  • Analyzing geochemical, biogeochemical, and physical data and helping to develop predictive models for olivine weathering and carbon sequestration.
  • Providing thoughtful and evidence-based insight to the project team about how to advance our mission in an ethically and scientifically robust manner.
  • Contributing to research and funding proposal writing.
  • Reporting progress and results to the greater Vesta team, other researchers, regulators, community members, and industry partners.
  • Presenting at conferences and workshops relevant to the project.
  • Assisting with the coordination of research activities and actively contributing to research outputs in order to meet project milestones.

The ideal candidate can easily fulfill the responsibilities of this position described above and has the following qualities and experience:


  • A deep sense of dedication to combating the climate crisis.
  • Ability and passion to learn quickly and solve challenges independently and creatively.
  • A commitment to harmonious and productive collaboration.
  • Professionalism under all circumstances.
  • Meticulous attention to detail in planning and procedure.
  • Enthusiasm for the Vesta mission and ethos.
  • Dedication to fair and equitable treatment of all individuals on the team.
  • Excitement and enthusiasm to assist in meeting the challenges of running a first-of-a-kind field pilot experiment, including developing relevant protocols and methods as required.


Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply.

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