Postdoctoral Investigator

The department of Geology & Geophysics 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 position is funded by a cooperative agreement with the US National Science Foundation and is a one-year position renewable to a maximum of three years.


Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Investigator position at the National Ocean Sciences Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Facility (NOSAMS) in the Geology and Geophysics department at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA (

The successful candidate will play a key role in the continued development of novel technology for 14C Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) and in its application to problems in ocean and environmental sciences. NOSAMS operates two AMS systems. One of the AMS systems is based on a 3 MV Tandetron and has been recently upgraded with a gas-accepting, hybrid sputter ion source. The other AMS system utilizes a 0.5 MV Pelletron in combination with a unique, gas-accepting microwave ion source. In combination with on-going development of sample-to-source interfaces for both systems, the candidate is expected to develop methods for new lines of inquiry into the global carbon cycle including studies of the biogeochemical cycling of carbon, the detection and tracing of pollutants in natural systems, and paleoceanographic and paleoclimatic investigations of all kinds. The analytical capability developed by the candidate, would form the basis for novel oceanographic and environmental research that may be conducted individually or collaboratively with other members of the scientific and technical staff at the Institution.

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.

This is a full-time position and is eligible for benefits. The position is funded by a cooperative agreement with the US National Science Foundation and is a one-year position renewable to a maximum of three years.


The preferred applicant would have a recent Ph.D. and interdisciplinary research interests related to the objectives described above, and have experience with instrumentation. Applications are invited from applied physicists, analytical chemists, geochemists, biologists, and oceanographers. It is desirable that applicants have experience in one or more of the following: AMS, ion-source development, isotope-ratio mass spectrometry and/or chromatographic systems.


In addition to the application form, the following are required: a current CV or resume; a brief synopsis of the applicant's doctoral dissertation; and a concise (two page) statement of research interests and indication of their relevance to the objectives noted above, as well as more general career plans. Please ensure that you include the contact information for three references under the reference section of the application form. We welcome you to contact Mark Kurz at ( and/or Mark Roberts at ( with any questions about the position.


Physical duties for this position are mostly sedentary. The occupational requirements for this position are the ability to work with and around other individuals as well as alone. 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.

posted: 19 October 2016     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.