12559 - Industrial and Planetary Carbon Cycle Program Director

to be defined, Italy
Full Time
Senior Manager/Supervisor

Job Opening cod. 12559
CMCC Position
Industrial and Planetary Carbon Cycle Program Director
(Deadline: May 3rd, 2024)

Join Us in Pioneering Research: Lead Our Program on integrating the Industrial and Planetary Carbon Cycle


Are you ready to embark on a ground-breaking journey that rises above the boundaries of knowledge and reshapes our understanding of the Earth's carbon dynamics? We are looking for a talented leader to direct our innovative research program focused on unravelling the intricacies of the carbon cycle at a global scale and drive meaningful impact through rigorous fundamental and applied research.

Over the last decade, CMCC has experienced extraordinary growth. We are now embarking on a new chapter of our journey, launching four cutting-edge Strategic Programs that will further boost CMCC’s global position in climate change research. One of these is our program on the integration of biogeochemical and industrial carbon management.

We are looking for an experienced leader, with substantial international leadership and scientific track record, to lead this program. CMCC has considerable work on carbon across all three of its institutes. It is among the world leaders in policy and economic analysis and modelling of decarbonization. It is also a large modelling center with significant and long-term investments in terrestrial and ocean carbon modelling and observations, and has competences in the modelling of biogeochemical cycles, forest and agricultural carbon, and their contribution to land use emissions.

Your job will be to work with our three Institute Directors to organize our assets and project work on carbon and synthesize a strategy to push the boundaries of scientific exploration. The three institutes of CMCC will come together under your guidance to develop and execute a plan that will:
a.         define a common observational agenda across both industrial and natural carbon
b.         develop the modelling infrastructure required to explore it, and
c.         identify the key outstanding scientific questions that will guide scientific research on this program.

You will develop the narrative and scientific plan that will guide our work on carbon across all three institutes, and will be responsible for expanding our reach both in terms of fundraising and scientific networks. You will build a high performing team of cross-cutting experts who will coordinate and amplify the work of CMCC’s divisions and be the face and voice of CMCC at international fora and events focused on carbon cycle. You will also work with colleagues across CMCC to ensure we capitalize on the considerable investments we are making in data science and machine learning methods.

Ultimately, you will guide CMCC to develop research and applications that have impact and you will be part of a high performing team that intends to lead CMCC in its next period of sustained growth.


CMCC Foundation is a cross-cutting scientific research center on climate change and its interactions with the environment, society, the world of business, and policymakers. Our work aims to stimulate sustainable growth, protect the environment, and develop strategies for the adaptation and mitigation of climate change. CMCC's core objective is to conduct cutting-edge science, to train the next generation of scientists at both national and international levels, and to be a beacon for climate modelling.

CMCC pursues fundamental and applied science with utmost scientific integrity, prioritizing data-driven science and providing data, information, and research results that can support informed public debate and decision-making processes. To achieve climate research objectives at the highest international standards, we invest in training all our talents, and strive to create a workplace where everyone can excel.

At CMCC you will find a strong, professional environment. We offer:

Opportunity for impact and professional growth. Reach your full potential as a Scientific Leader by overseeing a team of brilliant scientists dedicated to unravelling the complex interplay between industrial and natural carbon cycles and their effects on society.

Cutting-edge research facilities. We have large and growing computing infrastructure at our SuperComputing Center, one of the most advanced computational facilities in Europe completely dedicated to Climate Change Research.

Inspiring and collaborative environment. This is one of four Strategic Programs launched by CMCC to tackle the pressing challenges facing our planet. The programs will be fully integrated in the institutes of CMCC and will benefit from an open-minded atmosphere where ideas are exchanged freely, unconventional approaches are encouraged, and diverse perspectives are celebrated.

Supportive Network. You are never alone at CMCC. Your work will be supported by a team of professional development experts that will help you and guide you throughout your journey at CMCC. Whether you need support to relocate your family and adjust to a new city, or you need to develop a team to meet your research objectives, we will help you in achieving our common goals.

Commitment to Welfare. At CMCC, we acknowledge the importance of mental and physical well-being, and we strongly encourage a healthy work-life balance. With flexible working hours and generous welfare packages, we are confident we can meet your needs and look after your personal and professional life without compromising on impact. We want you to succeed, not survive!

Join an inclusive community that values diversity, where every voice is heard and respected. Help foster a culture of innovation and societal change, where individuals from all backgrounds can thrive and succeed.

To learn more about this opportunity and submit your application, please refer to the following:


The Program Director reports to the Scientific Director and is responsible for the implementation of the scientific strategy of the program in close coordination with Institute Directors. They will pursue the development and consolidation of international networking aimed at funding and executing the program, by developing the strategic direction, foreseeing any critical issues and corrective actions, and coordinating the disciplinary integration of scientific activities.

We are seeking a dynamic and visionary leader who is eager to make a meaningful impact on the future of our planet. If you are ready to take on this exciting challenge and lead our research program to new heights, we encourage you to apply and join us in shaping a sustainable future with low carbon emissions.



In close coordination with the Scientific Director and the Institute Directors, through:

  • Fundraising: developing new funding sources to support CMCC’s significant growth; coordinating day-to-day fundraising activities; managing program funds to the involved Divisions.
  • Strategic leadership: positioning CMCC as international leader.
  • Networking: establishing and collaborating with other research institutions and stakeholders to enhance the program's reach and impact; contributing to the international scientific debate; representing CMCC at key international events.
  • Program development: planning, organizing and monitoring program research activities, scientific production (papers, models, experiments, etc); managing research staff from the three Institutes to ensure deliverables are achieved.
  • Team management: planning and managing human resources; facilitating internal communication; ensuring disciplinary integration.
  • Talent management: Coordinating with HR; Identifying and acquiring  professional profiles; developing key skills necessary for the success of the Program.


  • Minimum 10 years managerial experience in an international organization.
  • 10 years experience supervising scientific activities related to industrial and planetary carbon cycle.
  • A strong interdisciplinary aptitude.
  • An important scientific network.
  • Experience with international networking.
  • Proven track record in large-scale Fundraising.
  • Experience with coordinating research activities and achieving strategic objectives.
  • Experience with developing and implementing a strategic vision.
  • Excellent soft skills including: people management, communication, leadership.


  • A permanent position in CMCC with a renewable 3-year assignment as Program Director. The renewal of the role will be based on a performance evaluation.
  • The position will be assigned by the President upon the Scientific Director’s proposal. Please note that this opportunity will be issued both internally and externally.
  • The gross annual salary will be based on qualifications and working experience; recognition of a variable remuneration portion valued based on the objectives achieved related to the role, in compliance with the provisions of the CMCC internal policies.
  • The Director will be based in one of CMCC’s offices; extensive national and international travel will be required.


Belonging to legally protected categories (ex L. 68/99) will constitute a preferential condition.

Some fiscal benefits could be applied for repatriated workers or foreign researchers/professors, having the requirements defined by Dlgs 147/2015 (for repatriates) or Dl 78/2010 (for foreigners).

CMCC is an equal-opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, age, familial status, and other legally protected characteristics. Please omit from your CV any data you or we might consider discriminatory.

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