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9 Jun 2021

Full-Time Computational Geologist/Geochemist

Terramera – Posted by Terramera Anywhere

Job Description


We are seeking a Computational Geochemist/Geologist to develop simulation models using various molecular dynamics simulations and computational modelling techniques to understand structure and dynamics of soil carbon content and soil health. As part of a multidisciplinary team, the successful candidate will contribute to the revolutionary solution as part of the world-renowned Soil Carbon program – aimed to bring together farmers and clean technology to turn climate change, economic crisis, and food insecurity into opportunities. 


To develop and apply advanced machine learning models related to predicting the outcome of computational geology simulations, which plays a key role in measuring soil carbon sequestration.  


Reporting to the Director, Chemistry & Bioinformatics, the Computational Geochemist/Geologist works closely with the machine learning engineers to extract features from the simulations and use them to train the machine learning models. 


  • Design in silico models using molecular simulation techniques such as quantum mechanics and Molecular Dynamics Simulations to study interactions between various geochemical components of soil  
  • Advance original and independent research and development in computational geochemistry and geology  
  • Research and characterize chemical compounds and natural materials’ properties and generate feature databases  
  • Simulate reactivity of soil components in liquid, nonporous geomaterials, and amorphous phases 
  • Predict the effect of various natural phenomena (e.g., rain) as well as farming practices on the soil carbon content using computational modelling   
  • Build and operationalize algorithms that support measurement, reporting and verification of carbon to address challenges in climate change 
  • Produce reports of findings for presentation to technical and non-technical audiences  
  • Collaborate with software engineers and scientists to put your models into production 
  • Perform other related duties in keeping with the purpose and accountabilities of the job 


  • M.Sc. or Ph.D. in Computational Science focused in Chemistry, Geochemistry, Geology, Geophysics, Earth Science, Environmental Soil Science, or related discipline 
  • 2+ years of research and practical experience in molecular simulations 
  • Advanced knowledge of environmental soil science and soil carbon measurement & modelling 
  • Experience with development of quantitative structure-property relationship (QSPR) models 
  • Familiarity with open-source computational chemistry software and chemical databases 
  • Experience with statistical analysis (e.g., experiment design and hypothesis testing) 
  • Strong knowledge of quantum mechanics methods such as ab initio and Density Functional Theory (DFT)  
  • Strong knowledge of common molecular dynamics simulation techniques 
  • Strong knowledge of kinetics and thermodynamics  
  • Proficiency with the Linux environment 
  • Proficiency with Python, MATLAB or R programming languages is an asset 


  • Aptitude for interdisciplinary collaboration 
  • Capable of performing research on best practices and communicating results to a non-expert audience 
  • Ability to apply domain knowledge to ambiguous and novel situations 
  • Project management, collaborative, and technical leadership skills  


  • This position is remote, preferably based in Vancouver, BC but open to anywhere in Canada.


Terramera is a globally-recognized cleantech leader focused on fusing AI, science and nature to create revolutionary technologies that transform how we grow food and solve other world-scale challenges. With its Actigate™ Targeted Performance technology and mission to unlock the intelligence in nature to ensure a world that thrives and provides for everyone, Terramera is committed to reducing global synthetic chemical loads in agriculture by 80%, increasing global farm productivity by 20%, and increasing soil organic carbon by 100% by 2030. The privately held company was founded in 2010 and has grown to include a world-class bench of engineers, scientists, advisors and investors. Terramera is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, has integrated operations that include state-of-art research labs, robotics workshop, greenhouse and farm, and has 250+ patents in its IP portfolio.  

Our success begins with our people. We’re looking for A-Players who are passionate about making a difference as we are and thrive in environments that are dynamic, challenging and rewarding. Join our movement, as we set a new standard and change the world together as a highly dedicated, innovative, future-focused and solutions-oriented team.  

While we thank all applicants for their interest, only short-listed candidates will be contacted. For more information on Terramera, please visit our website at www.terramera.com  

Terramera is committed to a diverse workforce and we are an equal opportunity employer.  


  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. 
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Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: earth science, environmental science, geochemistry, geology, linux, Soil carbon, soil science, and statistical analysis. Salaries: Not Disclosed.

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