Postdoctoral Investigator
Job Reference14-02-01
Job TitlePostdoctoral Investigator
The Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry Department is searching for a Postdoctoral Investigator to join their team. This is a regular full-time position and is eligible for benefits. The initial appointment will be for one year with the possibility of an extension.
We are seeking a Postdoctoral Investigator to work on a project studying the stable isotope systematics of nitrogen cycling in ground water systems. Specific tasks of this position include, working anaerobically to conduct experiments with different nitrogen and iron minerals, and collecting samples for isotopic analysis of nitrate, nitrite, ammonium and nitrous oxide. Experiments will also include growing specific microbial cultures involved in nitrogen reduction processes.
Candidates should have a strong background in stable isotope biochemistry, nitrogen cycling in aquatic systems and culturing microorganisms.

Experience using an Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer (IRMS) is required.

Ph.D in marine chemistry or closely related area.
Physical duties for this position include but are not limited to ability to lift up to 50 lbs independently, above the shoulder, shoulder to knee, knee to floor, ability to carry under 50 lbs independently. Visual abilities to include depth perception, ability to see peripherally, ability to adjust vision to bring objects into focus, ability to distinguish basic colors. Hearing abilities to include ability to hear/communicate in a lab setting. This position has occasional prolonged standing/walking, manual dexterity/mobility, occasional reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling and crouching. Physical duties are subject to change.
Sea Duty conditions and physical attributions: 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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