Postdoctoral Investigator

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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. This is a temporary, casual, exempt position, and is eligible for limited benefits. The initial appointment will be for one year 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 Postdoctoral Investigator will be involved in a detailed investigation of vanadium isotope fractionation in planetary processes. These include during core formation and during high temperature evaporation/condensation processes. The Postdoctoral Investigator will conduct metal-silicate equilibration experiments (with collaborators at NASA Johnson Space Center) and evaporation experiments (with collaborators at CRPG, Nancy, France), which will subsequently be characterized for V isotope fractionation at WHOI. An additional component of the project will also involve vanadium and strontium isotope measurements of different meteorites


Education & Experience

  • PhD in isotope geochemistry/cosmochemistry
  • Experience with ion exchange chromatography is essential.
  • Experience with operation of MC-ICPMS and quadropole ICPMS instruments is essential.
  • Experience with piston cylinder apparatus is desirable.
  • Experience with evaporation experiments is desirable.


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

Physical duties for this position include but are not limited to ability to lift less than 25 lbs independently; carry 10-25 lbs; Visual abilities to include near, far, peripheral and depth perception, and the ability to distinguish basic colors; other physical tasks include prolonged sitting/standing, use of hands for grasping and manipulation. Physical duties are subject to change.  


Sea Duty

n /a


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