Postdoctoral Investigator - Geology & Geophysics

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US-MA-Woods Hole

Job Summary

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for a Postdoctoral Investigator to join the Geology and Geophysics Department.  The opening is for a postdoctoral researcher in the area of seismology who has research interests in microearthquake analyses.


This is a regular, full time, exempt position, and is eligible for full benefits. The initial appointment will be for 18 months with the possibility of a one-year extension.


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 three letters of recommendation. Applications will be reviewed upon submission.

Essential Functions

The successful candidate will analyze short-period seismic data acquired in and around boreholes drilled into actively serpentinizing sections of the Samail ophiolite in Oman. The primary objective is to determine if active peridotite alteration generates microearthquakes through the reaction-driven cracking process, and the successful candidate will ideally have experience analyzing microearthquake data from local networks. The data also contain episodes of non-volcanic tremor, and experience with network-based analysis of tremor events is also desirable.


Education & Experience

  • PhD in Geophysics, or a related field, is required.
  • Experience programming in Python and/or Matlab is required.
  • Strong writing skills are desirable.


Special Requirements

  • WHOI has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy in effect, where you must register your full vaccination status [vaccination plus booster] in order to begin your employment. The registration process is confidential and entails submitting your official vaccination records, or requesting to engage in the interactive exemption process for either a medical or religious reason. 

Physical Requirements

Physical duties for this position include but are not limited to, ability to lift less than 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.


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