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Postdoctoral Investigator

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, Massachusetts
Based on experience
Closing date
Jan 26, 2023

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Geochemistry, Ocean Science
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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for a Postdoctoral Investigator to join the Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry Department. This is a regular, full-time, exempt position, and is eligible for benefits. The initial appointment will be for one year with the possibility of a one-year extension.

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Investigator position in in-situ sensor engineering and development with a focus on coastal biogeochemical cycling and turbulent transport. The successful candidate will contribute to the development of a variety of new technological advancements for the measurement and analysis of pelagic and benthic fluxes and coastal “blue carbon” cycling. Additional opportunities also include the development of a coastal sonar mapping AUV and the advancement of green energy and communication platforms for long-term marine ecosystem monitoring. There are opportunities for both field and lab/engineering work in Massachusetts and opportunities to go to sea.

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.

Applications must be submitted through WHOI's Human Resources' website.  Applications should include a cover letter, complete curriculum vitae, and the names of at three individuals will to write a letter of recommendation for the candidate. Applications will be reviewed starting January 15, 2023 and until the position is filled.  The position can start immediately. Interested applicants can contact Dr. Matthew Long (

Essential Functions

  • Contribute to the electrical, mechanical, and scientific development of new technological advancements for the measurement and analysis of pelagic and benthic fluxes and coastal “blue carbon” cycling.
  • Contribute to the analyses of existing and new datasets and publication in scientific journals.
  • Depending on the successful candidates’ interests and abilities, essential functions may include:
    • AUV development and operation,
    • electrical engineering,
    • 3D printing,
    • CAD design,
    • scientific diving,
    • programming.

Education & Experience

  • Ph.D. in Oceanography, Engineering, Ecology, or a related discipline.
  • Preferred candidates should have strong quantitative skills and interdisciplinary expertise in some of the following fields (in no particular order): (1) marine chemistry and benthic biogeochemical cycling, (2) time series and large observational dataset analysis, including a complementary skillset (e.g., programming experience or strong mathematical/statistical training), (3) fluid mechanics and turbulent transport techniques, (4) chemical sensor and acoustics instrumentation, or (5) electrical or mechanical engineering and programming.

Special Requirements

WHOI has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy in effect, where you must register your full vaccination status (vaccination plus booster) in order to begin your employment. The registration process is confidential and entails submitting your official vaccination records, 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 25-50 lbs and carry 25-50 lbs independently. 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 prolonged standing/walking; use of hands for basic /fine grasping and manipulation, reaching above the shoulders, kneeling, bending, and climbing ladders/stools. Other occupational requirements include talking, traveling, working around others, with others, and independently. Will be exposed to dust or other irritants, grease and oils, excessive cold and heat/humidity, odorous chemicals or specimens, severe weather conditions, prolonged working hours, and electrical/mechanical/power equipment hazards. Physical duties are subject to change.

Sea Duty

The possibility of sea duty does exist.

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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