Two Postdoctoral Positions at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

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The Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry Department is searching for two Postdoctoral Investigators to join their team. These are temporary positions and the initial appointment will be for one year starting (available immediately) with the possibility of an extension for up to two years. These positions are considered exempt, full-time and is eligible for benefits.


These positions will work in Dr. Julie Huber's laboratory at WHOI. Dr. Huber's research focuses on the composition and function of microbes in the deep-sea, to understand microbial dynamics and the resulting biogeochemical implications. Much of her work has involved the ocean crustal aquifer (e.g., hydrothermal systems; ocean ridge and arc volcanoes; off-ridge sub-seafloor crust). More broadly, her research interests span from the deep-sea to coastal ponds and astrobiology.

The Postdoctoral Investigator positions will participate in studies of subseafloor crustal microbial communities. The emphasis is on examining microbial community biomass, function, and activity in the subseafloor habitat. 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.


  • Participate in recovery and analysis of samples from various deep-sea settings, including cold oxic crustal aquifers and deep-sea hydrothermal vents.
  • Use a variety of tools such as stable isotopes, cultivation, and metagenomics/metatranscriptomics.
  • Conduct research and studies in areas directly relevant to existing grants or contracts.
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • A PhD in Oceanography/Marine Science, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, or related field is required.
  • Less than 3 years postdoctoral experience.
  • Previous experience in marine microbiology, bioinformatics, microbial cultivation, and sea-going experience is desirable.


  • Ability to obtain and maintain a TWIC Card


Physical duties for this position include but are not limited to occasional standing/walking, repetitive motion including operating a computer and general office equipment, and use of hands for basic grasping/manipulation. Visual requirements include the ability to distinguish basic colors. Hearing requirements include the ability to hear and respond to instructions. Other occupational requirements include the ability to work around and with others, and work along; must be able to work in a lab setting; possible exposure to severe weather conditions, prolonged work hours and extended periods at sea. Physical duties are subject to change.


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.
Please apply online. Applications should include, as a single pdf file, a cover letter describing research interests and career goals, a curriculum vitae, up to three relevant publications, and names and contact information for three references. Please ensure that you include the contact information for three references under the reference section of the application form.