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Opportunities at NOSAMS


We offer opportunities to collaboratively develop new methods or approaches with our clients. The primary objective is to encourage the development of new techniques or research directions that expand the range and applications of radiocarbon analyses in global-change and ocean-science research. There are no deadlines for submission of proposals. Evaluation will be based on the scientific significance of the proposed work, its novelty, and on the likelihood that a given project will lead to further, funded research. Interested investigators should begin by sending a short description of their initiative to using this template. Inquiries will be held in confidence and reviewed only within NOSAMS.


Each year, two internships are awarded to U.S. based graduate students for research at the NOSAMS radiocarbon facility at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The internships should involve application of radiocarbon measurements to an important oceanographic research problem and/or development of new techniques for radiocarbon measurement and will provide 2 to 6 weeks at NOSAMS.  Available funds will cover all analytical costs (for a modest number of analyses), round-trip travel, accommodation, and subsistence while in Woods Hole, but not field work and sampling.

Candidates should submit a two-page proposal outlining the proposed work and motivation and we will begin reviewing submissions starting June 1, 2024. Please include a list of the number and type of samples to be analyzed (e.g., 5 DOC samples, 10 carbonate samples, etc), which will not count toward the 2-page limit. Proposals, the requested sample analyses, and CVs (all as pdf files) should be sent to along with contact information. Proposals will be judged based on scientific soundness, relevance to capabilities and objectives at NOSAMS, novelty, and potential scientific impact. Priority will be given to collaborative research with PI's at NOSAMS, and that show promise for follow-on projects. Internships can be used at a mutually agreed time between September 1, 2024 and August 31, 2025.

To see a list of past interns and a summary of their research visit the Graduate Student Internship Page.


NOSAMS offers Postdoctoral positions through Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's Academic Programs Office.  The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution offers several types of postdoctoral awards. A term appointment to the position of Postdoctoral Scholar, Fellow, or Investigator may be offered to an individual who has completed the requirements for a Ph.D. degree. The degree may or may not have been officially awarded; a letter from the individual's university asserting that he or she has completed all of the requirements for the degree is satisfactory for establishing eligibility for the position. Each type of postdoctoral appointment has a slightly different selection and appointment procedure.


Postdoctoral Investigator positions are available at the Institution. Investigators normally will be required to conduct research and studies in areas directly relevant to existing grants or contracts. Postdoctoral Investigator appointments normally are initially for one year, renewable for an additional year up to a maximum of four years of WHOI only, or five years of combined postdoctoral level experience. A Postdoctoral Investigator will be treated as a regular, full-time employee if the initial appointment is for at least one full year. Temporary Postdoctoral Investigators may be appointed for a period of time less than one year.


Eighteen-month Postdoctoral Scholar awards are offered to recipients of new or recent doctorates in the fields of chemistry, engineering, geology, geophysics, mathematics, meteorology, physics, and biology as well as oceanography. The awards are designed to further the education and training of the applicant with primary emphasis placed on the individual's research promise.

Postdoctoral Fellows may be appointed in two types of categories: Postdoctoral Scholar Fellows supported by Institution scholarship funds, or Postdoctoral Fellows who have been competitively awarded national or international postdoctoral fellowships.

Further information and application forms may be obtained through WHOI's Academic Programs office or by contacting the WHOI Postdoctoral Coordinator at:; or (508) 289-2950.

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Organization.

Undergraduate and Other Opportunities at NOSAMS

Other education opportunities exist at NOSAMS through WHOI's guest student program.  Collaborations with other Institutions and Universities sending guest students to be mentored by NOSAMS staff are often possible.  Occasionally small projects for undergraduates occur.  For more information, please contact NOSAMS.

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