Postdoctoral Investigator - Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry

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US-MA-Woods Hole

Job Summary

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for a Postdoctoral Investigator to join the Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry Department. This is a temporary, full-time, exempt position, and is eligible for full benefits. The initial appointment will be for 18 months with the possibility of an 18 month extension depending on performance and funding availability.


We invite applications for a postdoctoral researcher in the area of chemical oceanography/marine isotope geochemistry who has interest research on radium and/or barium isotopes in the marine environment.


The institution has a top-rated postdoctoral program ( that supports a dynamic postdoctoral community with formal mentoring and career guidance programs. While the primary focus of the work will be in research, the Postdoctoral Investigator will have the opportunity to participate in educational and outreach activities associated with the project.


Online application forms should be submitted with a cover letter, complete curriculum vitae, and the names/contact information of three potential  recommendation letter writers uploaded as a separate cover letter.


Review of applications will begin February 1, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries should be addressed to Matt Charette ( or Tristan Horner (  We aim for the successful candidate to start no later than July 1, 2022. 

Essential Functions

The successful candidate will participate in at least one and possible both of the U.S. GEOTRACES GP17 cruises during the course of their employment, and be involved in pre-cruise preparation as well as post-cruise analyses, data interpretation, and manuscript preparation. While no prior experience with the radium or barium isotope systems is required, strong laboratory analytical skills, writing ability, and prior sea-going experience are essential. The successful applicant will be trained by us in all aspects of environmental sample analysis, including sample processing, mass spectrometry, and data analysis.


Education & Experience

  • A PhD in chemical oceanography, biogeochemistry, analytical chemistry, or a related field is required.
  • Prior sea-going experience is required.
  • Candidates with interests in modeling chemical data from the ocean using programming tools such as MATLAB, Python, or R are encouraged to apply.


Special Requirements

WHOI is a federal contractor required to comply with Executive Order 14042. As such, WHOI has enacted a Mandated COVID19 vaccination policy effective December 8, 2021 where you must register your vaccination status in order to begin your employment. The registration process entails confidentially submitting a vaccination card and/or your vaccination status or requesting to engage in the interactive exemption process for either a medical or religious reason.  

Physical Requirements

Must be able to lift 20 pounds at least 1-2 x a month. Visual abilities to include near, peripheral, depth perception, and ability to distinguish basic colors.  Must have fine manual dexterity. Must be able to function in a lab setting, or alone.

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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