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    Full-time Position
  • Category
    Research & Science
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  • Experience Required
  • Degree Required
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    • Date Posted
      December 28,2021
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    NBS Researcher - Bio Char

    The Role

    Nature Based Solutions (NBS) Researcher - Bio Char

    Where you fit In

    As Shell seeks to reduce its carbon footprint, you will develop and implement solutions that will enable Shell to thrive in the Energy Transition. The avoidance of greenhouse gas emissions and capture & storage of CO2 by biomass in natural ecosystems underpins our Nature Based Solutions (NBS) business which enables our customers to decarbonize. You will deliver the R&D upon which this business, and Shell’s Net Carbon Footprint (NCF) reduction ambitions, depend.

    What’s the role?

    You will give expert support to the rapidly growing NBS activities across Shell, including helping the NBS business to achieve its goals. There is also a significant R&D programme in this area. The scope of this work is global, with special focus on key regions where Shell’s NBS businesses are pursuing opportunities including US, EU, India, Africa, and Brazil.

    You will ensure that Shell maintains a current and insightful position on NBS types and potentials, including forestry, wetlands & peat, grasslands, agriculture as well as “blue carbon” (marine and littoral environments). This will require a broad knowledge in one of the areas from agronomy/crop production, forestry/agro-forestry, soil sciences, coastal ecology, etc. You will also maintain and develop expertise in sustainability issues such as ecosystems services, carbon intensity, and water - as well as the emerging legislative environment and voluntary carbon markets in which Shell NBS business must operate. You will be engaged in internal and external research programs, focusing on analysis, forecasting and due diligence on investable opportunities for NBS projects.

    What would be your key responsibilities

    Your responsibilities will include the designing and implementation of experimental programs as well as collaborating with colleagues on, remote sensing, GIS, LCA modelling, eco-system services, environmental regulations, and policy. The successful candidate will be expected to work with Shell scientists and engineers globally, with external partners and with Shell’s NBS businesses.

    You will be instrumental in enabling Shell to meet its strategic objectives in decarbonization through your technical expertise in NBS and related areas. You will form part of a community of deep technical experts in NBS, whose skills are unique within Shell, located in Shell Technology Centre Amsterdam (NL), Shell Technology Centre Bangalore (India) and Shell Technology Centre Houston (USA).

    • Delivery of the experimental, technical, and theoretical components of the R&D programme, especially on biochar and technical support NBS projects globally within agreed time, cost, and quality parameters. A key aspect is designing and implementation of experimental programs in the lab and in the field.

    • Working in partnership with internal & external partners, that address challenges related to measurement and quantification of biomass and soil carbon, including carbon flux, remote observation, GIS and the associated advanced IT and digitalization tools.

    • Supporting Shell’s NBS business in assessing, screening and developing new project opportunities and subsequently in monitoring the projects that are deployed.

    • Develop content, based on science, to support advocacy, informing stakeholder and outreach around NBS.

    • Develop deep insights on the regulatory framework, including in compliance markets and use those insights to support future NBS projects and growth opportunities.

    • Advanced Technical Service support to the NBS business on NBS potentials for specific projects or regions.

    • Screening of third-party technologies and companies – including supporting Shell Ventures in investment opportunities.

    • Maintaining Shell’s scientific credibility by publishing the results of your work in peer-reviewed journals, internal technical reports, conference presentations, and patent filings.

    What we need from you

    You will bring deep technical expertise in one or more areas from NBS, agriculture, agronomy, soil sciences, forestry, agro-forestry, ecology, ecosystems services, coastal ecology, or a related filed. When it comes to nurturing collaborative stakeholder relations with other Shell businesses and with external technology partnerships, it’s your excellent people skills that will make the difference. A learner mindset, transparency and sharing data and lessons will be essential. You will need to demonstrate a commitment to Health, Safety, Security and Environment including in field work in the natural environment. Furthermore, you will have:

    • A PhD in agricultural sciences, forestry, biology, ecology, environmental science or in a related field.

    • Experience working in NBS domains (e.g., forestry, agriculture, blue carbon (e.g., mangroves), wetlands, etc.) and the underpinning regulations.

    • Experience in R&D for NBS, agriculture, agronomy, soil sciences, forestry, agro-forestry, coastal ecology, ecosystem services, etc.

    • Demonstrated a willingness to learn and apply cross-disciplinary approaches to solving problems and be happy working in a tight-knit, but globally dispersed team.

    • Excellent oral and written presentation skills; capable of effective and impactful communications across topics, audiences, and formats at various organizational levels.

    • Subject matter knowledge in one or more areas in crop production, forestry, agro-forestry, nutrient management, soil and water management, regulatory frameworks.

    What desirable experiences/skills you can bring in

    • Field experience in soil carbon or nutrient management in agricultural or forestry eco-systems.

    • Carbon sequestration and/or greenhouse gas monitoring in agriculture, forestry, wetlands, blue carbon (e.g., mangroves), including field experience.

    • Developed and/or deployed advanced IT or digital tools in agriculture or forestry areas for either enhancing productivity or sustainability.

    • Hands-on experience of assessing and monitoring regulatory environment to guide R&D programs, technology and/or business development in one of the areas from agriculture, forestry, coastal ecology related areas.

    • Participated in screening and due diligence for investment in agriculture/forestry/bioenergy R&D programs and/or businesses.

    Shell in The Netherlands is a platform for international collaboration, with Shell offering direct employment to around ten thousand people in the Netherlands alone, including roughly 2,800 non-Dutch employees from around 80 countries. Diversity is key at Shell, and our employees reflect the innovation that stems from a diverse workforce. By joining Shell in The Netherlands, you will benefit from an unrivalled industry-leading development programme that will see you tap into a pool of expert knowledge that will help propel your career.

    An innovative place to work

    There’s never been a more exciting time to work at Shell. Everyone here is helping solve one of the biggest challenges facing the world today: bringing the benefits of energy to everyone on the planet, whilst managing the risks of climate change.

    Join us and you’ll be adding your talent and imagination to a business with the ambition to shape the future – whether by investing in renewables, exploring new ways to store energy, or developing technology that helps the world to use energy more efficiently, everyone at Shell does their part.

    An inclusive place to work

    To power progress together, we need to attract and develop the brightest minds and make sure every voice is heard. Here are just some of the ways we are nurturing an inclusive environment – one where you can express your ideas, extend your skills, and reach your potential…

    • We’re creating a space where people with disabilities can excel through transparent recruitment process, workplace adjustments and ongoing support in their roles. Feel free to let us know about your circumstances when you apply, and we’ll take it from there.

    • We’re closing the gender gap – whether that’s through action on equal pay or by enabling more women to reach senior roles in engineering and technology.

    • We’re striving to be a pioneer of an inclusive and diverse workplace, promoting equality for employees regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

    • We consider ourselves a flexible employer and want to support you finding the right balance. We encourage you to discuss this with us in your application.

    A rewarding place to work

    Combine our creative, collaborative environment and global operations with an impressive range of benefits and joining Shell becomes an inspired career choice.

    We’re huge advocates for career development. We’ll encourage you to try new roles and experience new settings. By pushing people to reach their potential, we frequently help them find skills they never knew they had, or make career moves they never thought possible.


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