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Postdoctoral Investigator Job ID 2022-1765 37 views

Job Summary

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for a Postdoctoral Investigator to join the Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry Department in September, 2022. This is a temporary, 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.

Nitrogen is far more abundant in the Earth’s atmosphere than in the mantle. Therefore, nitrogen can reflect interactions between Earth’s interior and exterior. However, few studies have investigated the nature of nitrogen in basalts that form as the mantle melts. The difficulty in measuring nitrogen in basalts is because of analytical challenges and the difficulty in obtaining representative samples. This is an important gap in knowledge because basalts make up the ocean crust that underlies two-thirds of the Earth’s surface.  This project will measure nitrogen isotopes from key mantle-derived samples. The samples were obtained from the main environments of basaltic magmatism in the world’s oceans. The project thus aims to produce the best measure, to date, of the global nitrogen cycle over Earth history.

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.

Online application forms should be submitted with a cover letter, complete curriculum vitae, and the names and email addresses of three references. Applications will be reviewed upon submission.

Essential Functions

The successful candidate will utilize mass spectrometry and lab work to generate N isotope data. There is an expectation that the postdoc will lead publication(s) from this study in peer reviewed journals. There will be opportunities to present findings at international conferences.

Education & Experience

  • Ph.D. in related field

Special Requirements

WHOI is a federal contractor required to comply with Executive Order 14042. As such, WHOI has enacted a Mandated COVID19 vaccination policy effective December 8, 2021 where you must register your vaccination status in order to begin your employment. The registration process entails confidentially submitting a vaccination card and/or your vaccination status or requesting to engage in the interactive exemption process for either a medical or religious reason.

Physical Requirements

Must be able to function in a lab stetting and work alone and with others

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