Staff Chemist/Geochemist- Research Associate III, Research Specialist, or Senior Research Specialist

Woods Hole, Massachusetts
Jan 03, 2019
Feb 02, 2019
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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for a Research Associate III/Research Specialist/ Senior Research Specialist to join the Geology & Geophysics Department. This is a regular, full-time, exempt position, and is eligible for benefits.


The National Ocean Sciences Accelerator Mass Spectrometry facility (NOSAMS) seeks a full time Staff Chemist/Geochemist to become a member of the NOSAMS leadership team.  NOSAMS provides radiocarbon measurements and expertise to the ocean and earth sciences community (  


  • Responsible for oversight of sample preparation activities (chemical preparation of carbon samples for AMS measurements) and strategic developments in sample processing procedures. 
  • Consults with clients and monitors data quality, in collaboration with other NOSAMS staff. 
  • Participating in long-range strategic planning and outreach for the facility.
  • May pursue independent radiocarbon-related research as time and resources allow.


  • As deemed necessary by supervisor


  • The successful candidate will have a track record in a radiocarbon-related research area, along with skills in organic geochemistry and analytical chemistry.  Communication and management skills are essential for interaction with clients, facility staff, and with various federal agencies


Research Associate III:

  • Ph.D. in a related field or Master’s degree with extensive experience.

Research Specialist:

  • Appropriate academic background enhanced by more than 10 years of specifically related experience.

Senior Research Specialist:

  • Appropriate academic background or its equivalent relevant work experience, enhanced by more than 15 years of increasingly successful and creative achievement.


Candidates should submit application materials, including a full curriculum vita, the names of three references, and a one-to two-page statement of professional and research interests.  Review of applications will begin December 7, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.


Physical duties for this position include but are not limited to, ability to carry 0-10 lbs, 1 time 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 standing/walking; use of hands for basic /fine grasping and manipulation, reaching above and below the shoulders, pushing, pulling, kneeling, bending, and stooping. Other occupational requirements include talking, working around others, and with others. Will be exposed to odorous chemicals and specimens. 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.


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