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Postdoctoral Investigator - Geology & Geophysics
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, Massachusetts
Date Posted 01/28/2021
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Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is currently searching for a Postdoctoral Investigator to join the Geology & Geophysics Department. This is a full-time, exempt position, and the successful candidate will be eligible for full benefits. The initial appointment will be for a one-year period, but may be renewable depending on funding and performance.

The successful candidate will join a collaborative team of researchers based at WHOI, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Minnesota, to investigate the interplay between mineral phase transformations and deformation in Earths crust and mantle. Experimental work will be conducted using a D-DIA multi-anvil apparatus located on the Advanced Photon Source synchrotron beamline at Argonne National Laboratory, Chicago.Applicants should have an interest in using experimental methods to understand the high-temperature, high-pressure physical properties of rocks and minerals.

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. Applications will be accepted until February 1, 2021. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until February 15, 2021. A starting date of July 1st, 2021 is desirable. Informal inquiries may be made by email to Dr. Andrew Cross (

Essential Functions
  • The Postdoctoral Investigator will conduct experiments at the APS beamline, analyze experimental data, perform EBSD microanalyses, present findings at national and/or international conferences, and write manuscripts for publication.

Education & Experience
  • Applicants must have a PhD in Geosciences or related Earth Sciences degree, or must have completed a PhD before the starting date of their appointment.
  • Candidates must have experience with (1) high-pressure, high-temperature experimental methods (D-DIA, multi-anvil, or Griggs rig), (2) synchrotron beamline techniques (X-ray radiography, spectroscopy), and (3) electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) analys.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have direct experience in experimental rock and mineral physics and microstructural analyses.

Special Requirements
  • Domestic travel to the Argonne National Laboratory (Chicago) will be required three times per year.

Physical Requirements

Physical duties for this position may include but are not excluded to: routinely uses 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 accomodations to perform the essential functions of the job, please email

Internal Number: 2021-1385
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