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Temporary Full-time

Scientific and Postdoctoral


The Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry Department is currently searching for a Postdoctoral Investigator to join their team. This is a temporary position and the initial appointment will be for one year standing around May 14th, 2018 (with some flexibility in start date) with the possibility of an extension for up to two years or more. This position is considered full-time, exempt, and is eligible for benefits.

Applications will be considered starting Feb. 1st and continue until a suitable applicant is chosen.


This position is to work in Dr. Ken Buesseler’s laboratory at WHOI. The focus of the research is part of the larger NASA EXports Processes in the Ocean from Remote Sensing (EXPORTS) project, which seeks to further understand the ocean biological carbon pump. Planning is well underway for multi‐ship interdisciplinary research cruises in August 2018 and as proposed, spring 2020. The successful applicant will play a major role in the collection of size-fractionated particles using in‐situ pumps and analyses of carbon, major bioelements, and radionuclides (thorium‐234), as well as the distribution of samples to other PI’s. The ideal candidate will bring to the program new analyses of particle phases that contribute to the overall success of the EXPORTS project. This may include analyses of not only the size fractionated filter samples, but also collaborations with others on the analyses of sinking particles, biological materials, and possible lab/ship based experimentation. The successful applicant will be involved in all aspects of cruise planning, seagoing field work, sample analyses, submittal of results to data management offices, data interpretation, project reporting, manuscript preparation, and presentations to EXPORTS PIs and the broader oceanographic community.


  • As deemed necessary by supervisor


A Ph.D. in chemical oceanography, biogeochemistry, analytical chemistry or a related field is required.

Prior research experience in areas related to the biological pump is helpful, but not essential, however a broad understanding of ocean biogeochemistry and C cycling will be needed. Analytical expertise may include prior work with radionuclides, biogenic elements and carbon, trace metals and isotopes, molecular and organic biomarkers and other tracers that can be used to track the source and fate of particular organic carbon that is transformed via biological, physical and chemical processes in the surface and mid-water column. Prior experience at sea is advantageous, as the sea going field work is an essential component of this project.


  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a TWIC card.
  • Sea Duty is required.


Physical duties for this position include but are not limited to, ability to lift 25-50 lbs independently, 3-5 times per day; carry 25-50 lbs, 5-10 times per day. Other physical tasks include use of hands for basic /fine grasping and manipulation, climbing ladders/stools. Must be able to work around/ with others in a lab setting and at sea, and work alone. Must be able to travel. Will be exposed to excessive cold, heat, and/or humidity, grease and oils, dust or other irritants, hazardous substances or specimens, odorous chemical or specimens, prolonged work hours, severe weather conditions, and/or extended periods at sea. Physical duties are subject to change.


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.


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.