Opportunity: Postdoctoral Investigator – Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry Department, WHOI

The Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry Department at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is searching for a Postdoctoral Investigator to join their team. This is a regular full-time position and is eligible for benefits.

JOB SUMMARY:  A postdoctoral position is available in the field of petroleum chemistry/environmental forensics. The project involves the source, transport, and fate of petroleum hydrocarbons in the Gulf of Mexico.  Candidates with expertise in the analysis of petroleum hydrocarbons in environmental samples using both gas chromatography and liquid chromatography is highly desired. Performs other related duties as required. Physical duties for this position include but are not limited to lifting up to 50 lbs independently above the shoulder, shoulder to knee and knee to floor, carrying up to 50 lbs independently, visual requirements of depth perception, ability to see peripherally, ability to adjust vision to bring objects into focus. There is occasional standing/walking, manual dexterity and mobility, use of hands for fine/basic grasping and manipulation, occasional reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling and crouching. Exposure to grease and oils, hazardous substances or specimens, odorous chemicals or specimens. Physical duties are subject to change. Candidate is expected to go to sea.

Sea Duty conditions and physical attributions: May work at least 8 hours per day and, at times in excess of 12 hours per day, 7 days per week. Sleep and work hours can deviate from those on land. May be expected to work on watch schedule (such as 8 hours on and 8 hours off or 12 hours on and 8 hours off) for all or part of a cruise or to work as hours are needed to accomplish the planned work. May need to travel during holidays and for long distances to and from foreign ports. May experience rudimentary living and working conditions, with shared and basic living quarters and laboratories. May experience bad or extreme weather conditions, including heavy seas, winter weather or hot, tropical weather. Work on deck may occur in both hot and cold conditions around the clock. Sea conditions will lead to active ship motion. Should be able to climb steep and vertical ladders and able to enter and exit compartments through hatches, doors, and sills. Should be able to carry heavy gear and participate in the loading and unloading of the ship as well as in the activities on deck and in the labs during the cruise. Shipboard environment may include: confined areas, shared sleeping quarters (berths) and bathroom facilities, small and basic berthing, fixed meal times and basic menus. modest levels of heating, cooling, ventilation, and illumination, limited or no email and internet access and limited off-duty and recreational facilities (library, lounge, movies). May be exposed to potential allergens and irritants, including paint fumes. May experience constant and intermittent loud noises, and slippery and uneven surfaces.

EDUCATION DESIRED:  Ph.D in analytical chemistry, organic chemistry or petroleum geochemistry.

HOW TO APPLYCandidate should combine their CV and the names of three references into one Word or PDF document.  To apply, go to http://www.candidatemanager.net

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 M/F/D/V. Applications are reviewed confidentially.