Rize's mission is to fuel the transition to a sustainable and low carbon agriculture.
By generating carbon credits on their behalf, we provide financing for farmers who adopt sustainable farming practices that lead to increased carbon storage in soils & decreased emissions. We sell those carbon credits to European corporates that are looking to enhance their climate strategy by supporting local high quality carbon offsets.
Today, climate finance is still massively underdeveloped, especially for agriculture. Rize’s scientific and technological approach improves the traceability and transparency needed to set up robust financing schemes for sustainable agriculture. By leveraging the automations that come through technology we also turn economics in our favor; making carbon financing easily accessible to all European farms irrespective of their size.
We know that the journey to develop carbon financing for agriculture will be filled with plenty of exciting challenges, as we will be setting new standards for climate finance, developing new impact monitoring tools and exploring the horizons offered by sustainable agriculture. Do you want to be at the heart of an impact project that will shape the future of agriculture, by applying the best of tech, and within a high potential start-up?
Rize was founded in September 2020 by three alumni from Ecole Polytechnique with experience in finance, operations and artificial intelligence. Now that the project has gained traction, we are looking to extend the team and welcome new team members to increase the reach of our services in agriculture and accelerate the development of our tools.
We are hiring an agronomist to become our internal expert on carbon storage and GHG emissions in agriculture. You will have the following responsibilities:
· Become Rize’s internal expert on certified carbon credit methods in agriculture
· Develop new soil carbon models and GHG emissions models, with large scale applicability in a wide range of geographies, in partnership with academic research
· Develop Rize’s proprietary farm carbon calculator to cover a wide range of farming practices, while applying the highest scientific standards
· Coordinate data collection campaigns for soil properties and crop biomass, to calibrate Rize’s carbon models
· Present carbon levers to partner organizations (farmers, farming cooperatives) and potential action plans
You will work under the supervision of Rize’s CTO, and in close contact with client-facing teams and our academic partners. As Rize’s first agronomer, you will play a key role in defining Rize’s carbon credit strategy and in supporting the transition to sustainable agriculture in Europe. This is also a role with a lot of potential for future growth as the team expands.
This job can be performed remotely. However, as Rize is based in Paris and periodic travel to Paris will be required, preference will be given to applicants based in the Paris region. Some travel to other parts of France or abroad to visit academic institutions or agricultural partners may be required.
· Bac +5 (or more) in agronomy
· Knowledge of soil science
· Statistical analysis, preferably using R/Matlab/Python (for characterizing soil models)
· Fluent English and French
· Field experience in agriculture
· Relevant research or work experience
· Other European languages
· Pre-existing knowledge of carbon storage and GHG emissions in agriculture
· Some experience in data science and Python (to handle large scale agricultural data)
We would love to work with people who share our core values:
· Interest in climate change and the impact sector more broadly
· Interest in start-ups and their ecosystem
· Digital native, remote friendly
· Casual and open-minded
· Intellectual integrity, as we aim for real impact
Please feel free to send us your CV and a short cover letter outlining your skills and interests. You will first be invited to a screening interview, which will be followed by an in-depth discussion about your past experience, and finally a technical interview in which a research paper about soil science will be discussed.
· Contract Type: Full-Time
· Start Date: 19 April 2021
· Location: Paris, France (75013)
· Education Level: Master's Degree
· Experience: > 1 year
· Possible partial remote