• Postdoctoral Investigator - Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry

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    US-MA-Woods Hole
  • Job Summary

    Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is currently searching for a Postdoctoral Investigator to join the Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry Department. This is a temporary, full-time, exempt position, and is eligible for benefits.


    This position will work in Drs. Christopher Reddy and Collin Ward’s laboratories at WHOI. This project will investigate the breakdown of synthetic polymers in the environment. Emphasis will be placed on examining rates, pathways, and products of polymer degradation in the environment. Research will be conducted in the laboratory and in the field. While the primary focus of the work will be in research, the postdoctoral investigator will have an opportunity to participate in education and outreach activities associated with the project. The position will be based at WHOI, and the initial appointment will be for one year with the possibility of a one-year extension.


    Applications must include a cover letter describing research interests and career goals, a complete curriculum vitae, up to three relevant publications, and the contact information of at least three references. Applications will be reviewed starting February 29, 2020 and until the position is filled. For additional information please contact Drs. Reddy (creddy@whoi.edu) and Ward (cward@whoi.edu). 

    Essential Functions

    • Design and conduct short-term laboratory experiments and long-term field weathering experiments
    • Characterize degradation using isotope geochemistry approaches, optical spectroscopy, NMR, and mass spectrometry
    • Work well in a large and dynamic interdisciplinary group
    • Write peer-reviewed publications and present findings at national and international scientific meetings



    Education & Experience

    • Ph.D. in Environmental or Analytical Chemistry, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Chemical Oceanography, Organic Geochemistry, or a related discipline
    • Less than two years of postdoctoral experience
    • Previous experience in pollutant, carbon cycling, stable isotope bio-geochemistry, or aquatic photochemistry research is desirable. Experience working in both laboratory and field settings is also desirable
    • Outstanding publication record commensurate with experience
    • Applicants from backgrounds that are underrepresented in Earth Sciences are strongly encouraged to apply

    Physical Requirements

    Physical duties for this position include but are not limited to, ability to lift 25 lbs independently, 2 times per day; carry 10-25 lbs, 2 times per day. Visual abilities to include near, far, peripheral, depth perception, and ability to distinguish basic colors. Hearing requirements include the ability to hear and respond to instructions, communicate effectively in loud areas (pier/dock, warehouse). Other physical tasks include occasional prolonged standing/walking; use of hands for basic /fine grasping and manipulation, repetitive motion, reaching above and below the shoulders, pushing, pulling, kneeling, bending, twisting, and stooping. Other occupational requirements include talking, traveling, working around others, and with others. Will be exposed to dust or other irritants and electrical/mechanical/power equipment hazards. Physical duties are subject to change.

    Sea Duty

    May work at least 8 hours per day and, at times in excess of 12 hours per day, 7 days per week. Sleep and work hours can deviate from those on land. May be expected to work on watch schedule (such as 8 hours on and 8 hours off or 12 hours on and 8 hours off) for all or part of a cruise or to work as hours are needed to accomplish the planned work. May need to travel during holidays and for long distances to and from foreign ports. May experience rudimentary living and working conditions, with shared and basic living quarters and laboratories. May experience bad or extreme weather conditions, including heavy seas, winter weather or hot, tropical weather. Work on deck may occur in both hot and cold conditions around the clock. Sea conditions will lead to active ship motion. Should be able to climb steep and vertical ladders and able to enter and exit compartments through hatches, doors, and sills. Should be able to carry heavy gear and participate in the loading and unloading of the ship as well as in the activities on deck and in the labs during the cruise. Shipboard environment may include: confined areas, shared sleeping quarters (berths) and bathroom facilities, small and basic berthing, fixed meal times and basic menus. Modest levels of heating, cooling, ventilation, and illumination, limited or no email and internet access and limited off-duty and recreational facilities (library, lounge, movies). May be exposed to potential allergens and irritants, including paint fumes. May experience constant and intermittent loud noises, and slippery and uneven surfaces.


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