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Scientific and Postdoctoral


The department of Biology at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is seeking a Postdoctoral Investigator to join their team. This is a full-time position and is eligible for benefits. The initial appointment will be for one year with the possibility of an extension.



Postdoctoral investigator position is available immediately to participate in a National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS/NIH) funded project to characterize the role of DNA methyltransferases (DNMTs) in toxicant-induced alterations in DNA methylation. This project utilizes a combination of developmental biology, molecular biology and bioinformatics approaches to characterize the role of DNMTs in zebrafish. Some of the approaches include generation of knockouts using gene editing tools, molecular cloning, cell transfection and analysis of DNA methylation (bisulfite sequencing) and gene expression (RNAseq) datasets.

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 an opportunity to participate in educational and outreach activities associated with the project.

  • PhD in Molecular Biology, Biochemisty, Developmental Biology or Toxicology is required.
  • Less than 4 years postdoctoral experience.
  • Molecular biology experience is essential
  • Previous experience in zebrafish developmental biology and / or bioinformatics is desirable.



Please apply online. Applications should include, as a single pdf file, a cover letter describing research interests and career goals, a curriculum vita, up to three relevant publications, and names and contact information for three references. This application package should also be sent separately to Please ensure that you include the contact information for three references under the reference section of the application form. For further information, please contact: Dr. Neel Aluru,




Physical duties for this position include but are not limited to ability to lift less than 25lb per day and carry up to 10lb per day as well as reaching above and below the shoulders. Must have the ability to use hands for basic grasping/manipulation as well as fine manipulation. Visual abilities to include depth perception, ability to adjust vision to bring objects into focus, ability to distinguish basic colors. The occupational requirements for this position are the ability to work with and around other individuals as well as alone. Visual abilities of near vision needed as well having the ability to hear, respond and talk and travel. May be exposed hazardous substances.  Physical duties are subject to change.


WHOI is a member of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC). We are sensitive to the issues of dual career candidates and we will work with applicants to address them. Please visit HERC - for more information.

WHOI is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer/Disabled/Veterans/M/F. We encourage Veterans and those with Disabilities to apply. Applications are reviewed confidentially. Applicants that require accommodation in the job application process are encouraged to contact us at (508) 289-2253 or email for assistance.