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Postdoctoral Investigator

Job Description


Posted: 07-May-23

Location: Woods Hole, Massachusetts

Type: Full-time

Salary: Open



Internal Number: 2066

Job Summary

The Climate and Paleoceanography group at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution seeks a Postdoctoral Investigator (PDI) interested in using stable isotopes and elemental ratios of foraminifera to reconstruct Indo-Pacific Warm Pool oceanographic variability on multi-decadal to centennial time scales during the last millennium. The PDI would interact with collaborators, who are using ocean and climate models for proxy-model synthesis, to interpret the results. The PDI would also contribute to studies of oceanographic variability during the last deglaciation and the Holocene.

This is a full-time, exempt position, and is eligible for benefits. The initial appointment will be for one year with the possibility of a 6-month extension.

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 three letters of recommendation. Applications will be reviewed upon submission.

Essential Functions
  • Perform research using isotope and elemental ratio analyses in foraminifera, as well as planktic foraminifera census counts, to advance knowledge of climate change during the last millennium.
  • Present research results at national and international conferences.
  • Publish results in peer-reviewed journals.

Education & Experience

* Applicants must have a PhD or must have completed a PhD before the starting date of their appointment.

* Preference will be given to applicants who are familiar with planktic foraminifera taxonomy and have experience collecting foraminiferal elemental ratio data on an ICP-MS, and with strong data analysis skills.

* Preference will be given to applicants with a publication record appropriate to their career stage.

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

The position will be split between lab work and computer work. Physical duties for this position include but are not limited to the ability carry 10-25 lbs. Manual dexterity and mobility, use of hands for basic grasping and fine manipulation, and occasional reaching, bending, stooping, kneeling and crouching. Other physical tasks include occasional prolonged standing/walking; use of hands for basic /fine grasping and manipulation, repetitive motion, and occasional reaching, bending, stooping, kneeling and crouching. Other occupational requirements include working around others, with others, and alone. Physical duties are subject to change.

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