Postdoctoral Researcher, Southern Ocean Biochemistry – University of Hawai‘i’

SUMMARY: Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), Department of Oceanography, Marine Geology and Geochemistry Division (MGGD), located in Honolulu, Hawai‘i.  Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws.

MONTHLY SALARY:  Salary commensurate with qualifications.

DUTIES:  Analyzes data from autonomous biogeochemical vehicles, research ships, satellites, and other sources to characterize Southern Ocean mode and intermediate water biogeochemistry and explore the mechanisms through which these waters acquire carbon and nutrients as they subduct into the ocean interior. Integrates observational data with state estimate output in collaboration with the Principal Investigator (PI) and co-PI. Works collaboratively with investigators to interpret biogeochemical data in context with larger physical processes and climate variability. Reports scientific results from research projects through talks at national and international meetings, and scientific papers in the peer-reviewed literature. Assists undergraduate and graduate students with related projects. Oversees and trains undergraduate and graduate students on data collection and analysis procedures. 

PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION/TRAINING:  PhD from an accredited college or university in Chemistry, Oceanography, Environmental Science, or related field. (PhD candidates may apply but must submit evidence of PhD completion upon hire).  EXPERIENCE:  One to three (1-3) years of previous research experience in chemical, biological, or physical oceanography.  ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS:  Strong knowledge of ocean biogeochemistry and data analysis techniques. Working knowledge of data quality control procedures and data visualizations. Ability to conduct research and work collaboratively with colleagues.  Strong communication and scientific writing skills. Post Offer/Employment Condition:  Must be able to complete the UH Title IX training within twelve (12) months from date of hire.  POLICY AND/OR REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS:  As a condition of employment, employee will be subject to all applicable RCUH policies and procedures and, as applicable, subject to University of Hawai‘i’s and/or business entity’s policies and procedures.  Violation of RCUH’s, UH’s, or business entity’s policies and/or procedures or applicable State or Federal laws and/or regulations may lead to disciplinary action (including, but not limited to possible termination of employment, personal fines, civil and/or criminal penalties, etc.). 

SECONDARY QUALIFICATIONS:  Strong publication record, or other documented record of achievement. Experience working with autonomous profiling vehicles, model output, or satellite observations, familiarity with carbonate chemistry, and experience handling large data sets and coding experience. 

INQUIRIES:  Dr. Seth Bushinsky 956-4402 (Oahu). 

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Please go to and click on “Job Postings.” You must submit the following documents online to be considered for the position: 1) Cover Letter, 2) Resume, 3) Supervisory References, 4) Copy of Degree(s)/Transcript(s)/Certificate(s). All online applications must be submitted/received by the closing date (11:59 P.M. Hawai‘i Standard Time/RCUH receipt time) as stated on the job posting. All RCUH employees and positions are subject to the August 5, 2021 Emergency Proclamation requiring all State/RCUH employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or be subject to weekly testing for COVID-19.  All post-job offer/new hires will be required to show proof that they are fully vaccinated (e.g., their CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card) or a Negative COVID-19 Test result during the onboarding process.  Requests for a religious or medical accommodation from the COVID-19 vaccination will be handled on a post-job offer basis.  Individuals granted an accommodation will be subject to the weekly testing requirement. If you do not have access to our system and the closing date is imminent, you may send additional documents to If you have questions on the application process and/or need assistance, please call (808)956-7262 or (808)956-0872. 

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