Director of Climate Science

The Supercritical mission

The latest IPCC reports tell it all. We can decarbonize industry, switch to renewables, and drive electric vehicles. But we still need to remove 10 billion tonnes of CO2 from the air each year by 2050 to stay below 1.5C of warming. To do this, the voluntary carbon removal industry needs to scale by 14,000x in the next 27 years. That’s where Supercritical comes in. Our mission is to scale carbon removal to gigatonne capacity before it’s too late. As the leading carbon removal marketplace we provide liquidity to this new market by matching large-scale buyers with the most trusted suppliers of carbon removal credits. We help ambitious buyers find innovative supply, de-risking the transaction for buyers and providing a route to market for suppliers.

In June 2023 we raised a $13M Series A from Lightspeed Venture Partners to achieve the next stage of our growth. We’d like your help!

Why is carbon removal critical?

Carbon removal includes nature-based solutions like biochar and cutting-edge technologies that literally pull carbon from the sky and store it underground for millennia. We need to scale to remove 10 billion tons a year by 2050 to stay below 1.5 degrees of warming. This is over 14,000x the rate we are removing carbon at today. We’ve only removed a few thousand tonnes to date. This will be a trillion dollar industry by 2050.

Role Outcomes and Responsibilities

  • Drive advancements in climate vetting methodologies and frameworks for various Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) methods, leveraging existing foundations. Successfully execute climate vetting for potential projects, ensuring robust evaluation.
  • Spearhead Supercritical’s stance on CDR, carbon markets, and climate policy. Effectively represent the organisation in relevant matters and contribute to thought leadership pieces, enhancing our influence and standing within the industry and among potential clients.
  • Serve as the voice of climate within the management/leadership team, actively shaping our strategic development. Elevate the organisation’s profile by acting as a spokesperson and producing influential thought leadership content.
  • Provide technical excellence in support of sales and marketing processes, enhancing the quality of our sales/customer offerings.
  • Directly oversee and contribute technical expertise to our small corporate climate consultancy projects. Manage emission measurement and guide net-zero transition planning for our clients, ensuring a comprehensive and effective approach.

Requirements

  • Ph.D. in natural sciences such as chemistry, chemical engineering, biology, physics or environmental science.
  • 8+ years of working experience in the climate and sustainability field, including a track record of building strong management teams.
  • Expertise in carbon dioxide removal (CDR), including an in-depth aptitude in an individual CDR method, as well as a broad understanding of the field.
  • Deep understanding of quality assessments in voluntary carbon markets.
  • Excellent communication skills and a passion for clear scientific communication.
  • Passion for fast-paced environments.
  • High level of resilience and adaptability to ambiguity.

What values can you expect from your colleagues?

We have set ourselves the mission of leading the carbon removal market to 14,000x its current size by 2050. In order to do that we need brave adventurers that think huge and deliver at speed. We call this the 14,000x mindset.

The key components of the 14,000x mindset are:

  • Ownership mentality: We relish autonomy and we create it for others. We are deeply curious and thrive on understanding the root cause of complex problems. We take ownership over our own and our team’s development by giving and soliciting direct and actionable feedback.
  • Move fast: We identify the most important problems to solve and cut everything else. We test ideas early so we don’t waste time on dead ends. We default to action and deliver awesome results.
  • Radiate positive energy: We come to problems with energy and passion. We nurture new ideas and engage positively in testing them. We inspire our colleagues to go further and are resilient to set backs. We recharge by taking time off. We are here for a great day, not a long day.
  • Communicate proactively: We communicate simply and directly. We broadcast updates, insights and lessons learnt, especially when things haven’t gone to plan. We give as much context as possible so our teammates can make great decisions.

Benefits

  • Basic salary: £110k – £130k per annum (dependent on experience)
  • Generous stock options
  • Annual leave: unlimited
  • Pension: 3% employer contribution when matched by 5% employee contribution
  • Hybrid working: remote first with option to work from a London office 1-2 days per week
  • Other benefits: £1000 annual wellbeing allowance and working-from-home equipment budget up to £500
  • Monthly company socials
  • Purchase high quality carbon removal offsets for your personal emissions from our inventory

Diversity and Inclusion

We’ve been committed to building an inclusive and diverse workplace since day one of the company. We’re the only company we’re aware of with a 50:50 gender balanced list of investors and our day to day processes are always defined with D&I in mind, for example our remote first policy and flexibility around working time.

We are excited to encourage applications and interest from individuals underrepresented in the climate and tech space. Climate change and climate justice is a social issue that cuts across race and gender. We welcome applicants with lived experience across these issues.

Studies have shown that some groups of people, like women, are less likely to apply to a role unless they meet 100% of the job requirements. Whoever you are, if you like one of our jobs, we encourage you to apply as you might just be the candidate we hire!

UK Sponsorship & Applicants currently outside the UK

  • UK Work Sponsorship: Unfortunately, at this stage of our growth, we are unable to offer UK sponsorship to applicants.
  • Candidates who live outside the UK who are not looking to live and work in the UK, are within 3 hours of the GMT/BST timezone and are willing to travel to London quarterly are encouraged to apply. Please note we will use an Employer of Record arrangement in these circumstances.