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Postdoctoral Investigator

Join us for innovative radiocarbon research at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The National Ocean Sciences Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Facility (NOSAMS) seeks a Postdoctoral Investigator focused on advancing the ever-growing utility of radiocarbon analyses to address emerging research questions in oceanography and the geosciences. The appointment would be for a period of two years.  
The NOSAMS facility is dedicated to advancing radiocarbon measurement capabilities and scientific research ( A wide range of instrumentation provides unique opportunities for compound-specific, high throughput, and high precision applications. Of particular interest are candidates whose research would address one or more of the following areas: (i) modeling of dissolved inorganic carbon isotopes in conjunction with Scientific Staff in the Physical Oceanography department, to investigate the oceanic uptake of atmospheric CO2 and changes in large scale ocean circulation (ii) establishing and optimizing a method for the analysis of the isotopes of methane (14C, 13C) from aqueous sample (iii) studies of radiocarbon in oceanic systems and (iv) developments in accelerator mass spectrometry and related techniques. 
WHOI has a top-rated postdoctoral program ( that supports a dynamic, diverse 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 and full curriculum vitae including the contact details for three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and applicants will be considered until the position is filled. Informal inquiries may be made by email to Roberta Hansman (, Mark Roberts (, or Susan Lang (

Essential Functions

  • Perform research that utilizes radiocarbon to advance knowledge in the fields of oceanography and geosciences 
  • Present research results a 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.  
  • For modeling based projects, preference will be given to applicants who have strong numerical modeling experience and quantitative skills. 
  • For laboratory based projects, preference will be given to applicants with experience in method development, sample preparation, and analysis of carbon isotopes. 

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

Physical duties for this position may include but are not excluded to: routine use of standard office equipment such as a computer and phone, uses hands for basic grasping and fine manipulation, frequently communicates and exchanges information with others in person and in virtual environments, both occasional sedentary and moving, has occasional exposure to electrical/mechanical and power equipment hazards. Should you need to discuss any accommodations to perform the essential functions of the job, please email

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.