Postdoctoral Research Associate - Organic Geochemistry

Position Information

Position Information

Present Position Number G0079V
Role Title Postdoctoral Research Associate
Position Title Postdoctoral Research Associate - Organic Geochemistry
Position Summary

The Postdoctoral Research Associate – Organic Geochemistry position will support ongoing and new research studying the composition of organic matter in coastal habitats including marshes and estuaries.

Potential research topics include characterizing the signatures of dissolved and particulate organic matter at the marsh-estuary interface, studying biotic and abiotic processes influencing organic matter in sediments, evaluating interactions between organic matter composition and microbial processes, and measuring stable and radiocarbon isotopic signatures of organic matter.

Position responsibilities include:

  • Interact with and supervise undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Partner closely with collaborators on ongoing projects.
  • Develop independent research consistent with the goals of the organic geochemistry group.
Required Qualifications

PhD in an environmental related field (e.g., biogeochemistry, organic geochemistry, marine science, environmental science), or a PhD in a related field (e.g. chemistry) coupled with experience in environmental applications.


  • Strong quantitative skills.
  • Proven strong scientific writing skills and abilities (e.g., publication and proposal writing).
  • Broad experience with a variety of organic matter characterization methods (e.g., biomarker analyses, stable isotope analyses, radiocarbon analyses).
  • Experience with instrumentation including GC, GC-MS, IRMS, Accelerated Solvent Extraction
Preferred Qualifications


  • Project management skills
  • Demonstrated strong field sampling skills
  • Experience with R statistical programs
  • Demonstrated experience in grant writing
  • Experience supervising and leading a research team is highly desirable.
Department Physical Sciences - 191100
Location VIMS - Gloucester
Job Open Date 09/14/2017
Review Begin Date 10/14/2017
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Job Category Instructional Faculty
Special Application Instructions

Applications should include a 1- to 2-page statement of potential research ideas related to organic matter characterization in coastal environments, a cover letter identifying the candidate’s availability for this position, a CV, and contact information for three references. Applications will be reviewed until position is filled. For full consideration, applications should be received by October 14, 2017.

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EEO Statement

The College of William & Mary values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. The College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Research Statement
Optional Documents
  1. Other Doc