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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Research Assistant III in Woods Hole, Massachusetts

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for a Research Assistant III to join the Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry Department. This is a regular, full-time, non-exempt position, and is eligible for benefits.

The position will involve the study of global biogeochemical cycles and will focus on the analysis of metals and proteins in seawater and laboratory experiments. The position will involve chemical method development, including optimization of chromatographic systems, development of automated liquid handling system protocols, and could involve field work at sea. This is a temporary two-year position.

The internal working title for this position would be Research Assistant III.

Essential functions:

  • Analytical chemistry method development

  • Optimization of automated analytical systems

  • Preparation of dissolved and particulate samples

  • Analysis of metals using ICP-MS and electrochemical systems

  • Protein purification and characterization

  • Development of protocols using liquid handling systems

  • Cultivation of marine organisms for experimentation

  • Analysis of datasets using spreadsheets and Python

  • Spectrophotometric and fluorometric methods

  • Writing up of methods and results

  • Data processing using spreadsheets, Matlab, and Python


  • As deemed necessary by supervisor

Undergraduate degree in chemistry or biochemistry preferred. Relevant work experience is highly desirable. The successful candidate should possess these qualities:

  • Experience in conducting chemical analyses

  • Ability to work independently

  • Ability to learn new techniques

  • Ability to troubleshoot instrumentation

  • Ability to work professionally with people from many different disciplines

  • Willingness to travel and go to sea

  • Ability to document methods and results

  • Experience with data analysis

  • Proficiency in Windows operating systems is desired

  • Sea duty and field work including short day trips and long expeditions

  • Ability to obtain TWIC card.

  • Must have a valid driver license

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 duties for this position include but are not limited to, ability to lift/carry up to 40 lbs as well as reaching above and below the shoulders, stooping/kneeling, and climbing ladders/stools. Must have the ability to use hands for basic grasping/manipulation as well as fine manipulation. Visual abilities to include near, far, peripheral, depth perception, and ability to distinguish basic colors. Hearing requirements include the ability to hear and respond to instructions, communicate effectively in loud areas (pier/dock, warehouse), talk and travel. Other physical tasks include occasional prolonged standing/walking; use of hands for basic/fine grasping and manipulation, repetitive motion, reaching above and below the shoulders, pushing, pulling, kneeling, bending, twisting, and stooping. Other occupational requirements include talking, traveling, working around others, and with others in a lab setting and at sea, as well as alone. Will be exposed to dust or other irritants and electrical/mechanical/power equipment hazards. 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.

Job ID: 2022-1881

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Street: 266 Woods Hole Rd