Postdoctoral Fellow, Earth and Environmental Sciences


Postdoctoral Fellow, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Tulane University: Humanities & Sciences: School of Science and Engineering: Earth and Environmental Sciences


New Orleans, LA

Open Date

Feb 07, 2024


This NSF-funded project will focus on understanding past ocean oxygenation responses on glacial timescales via thallium metal isotope and benthic foraminifera geochemistry data in the sediment cores. The successful candidate will work with a team of PIs, including Dr. Yi Wang at Tulane University (, and Dr. Kassandra Costa ( and Dr. Sune Nielsen ( at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The postdoctoral researcher will conduct metal isotope (using MC-ICP-MS) and foraminiferal geochemistry (using mass spectrometer and SEM) data collection, regularly meet with the PI team, present their work in conferences and journals, and organize and participate outreach activities. The successful candidate will also have scientific flexibility to pursue their research ideas within this context. This position includes travel between Tulane University and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for lab work and research updates. The preferential start date is first half-year of 2024 but is negotiable.


  • Applicants should have a PhD degree or will have completed a PhD degree before the start date in geochemistry, oceanography, paleoclimatology, and other related fields.
  • Applicants should have previous experiences in wet lab chemistry (preferentially clean lab operations). Previous experiences with mass spectrometry (e.g., ICP-MS), isotope geochemistry, micropaleontology, or microscopy are highly preferred.
  • We are particularly interested in self-motivated candidates with excellent critical thinking and quantitative skills (e.g., statistical analyses, and experiences with computational software like Matlab, Python, or R), and strong written and communication abilities. The ability to drive projects forward in a timely manner is crucial.

Application Instructions

Please submit a cover letter detailing your interest in the lab, past research experience, and your future career goals (no more than two pages), curriculum vitae, up to three relevant publications, and three letters of recommendation. Initial appointment is one year, with the possible extension to two years depending on performance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Tulane University is located in New Orleans - a city with tremendous history of diverse cultures, community, and languages. Tulane University is committed to creating a community and culture that foster a sense of belonging for all. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply. We are intentionally seeking candidates who are committed to fostering equity, diversity, and inclusion in support of Tulane’s Strategy for Tomorrow.

Tulane University is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact the Office of Human Resources & Institutional Equity by phone at 504-865-4748 or email

Tulane University

No deadline
Location: United States of America, New Orleans, LA
Categories: Earth Science, Environmental Sciences, geochemistry, Humanities, palaeoclimatology, PhD, physical oceanography, Postdoc,


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