Job opening for Post-Doctoral Position in Ocean Alkalinity Enhancement

December 01, 2020


Open date: November 13th, 2020

Next review date: Friday, Dec 4, 2020 at 11:59 pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee

Final date: Saturday, Jul 31, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.



Post-Doctoral Position in Ocean Alkalinity Enhancement - Marine Science Institute, University of California Santa Barbara

The Marine Science Institute at the University of California Santa Barbara seeks a highly-motivated postdoctoral research associate. The position will focus on ocean alkalinity enhancement (OAE) as a method to restore ecosystem services impacted by ocean acidification and to remove carbon dioxide from seawater.

The postdoctoral research associate will be based in Santa Barbara, California but remote work is possible while COVID-related shutdowns remain in place. The postdoc will join a dynamic research group led by Professor Iglesias-Rodriguez ( and will also collaborate extensively with researchers at UCSB and potentially with European collaborators.

The appointed postdoctoral scientist will work on a recently funded project that seeks to generate the empirical foundation to elucidate the benefits and risks associated with OAE via olivine dissolution or the addition of quicklime. This is an urgently needed step to determine the likely feasibility of OAE to restore ocean pH in the field effectively and safely. The project will involve assessment of dissolution kinetics of pulverized carbonate and silicate rock, measurements of the chemical changes associated with OAE, and assessment of OAE impacts on marine microbes. A background in marine carbon chemistry is desirable.

Basic Qualifications: PhD in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biology, Oceanography, Marine Biogeochemical Modeling, Geology or closely related discipline at the time of application.

Preferred Qualifications:
The ideal candidates will have:
-Advanced skills in inorganic carbon chemistry, microbial oceanography, data analysis, statistics, scientific coding/programming, and other quantitative methods
-Coding experience in R or equivalent programming language
-Demonstrated strong writing and presentation skills (a track record of talks and peer-reviewed publications appropriate to career stage).


The position start date is as soon as possible, but ideally no later than March 1, 2021. The initial appointment is for one year with the potential for renewal based on performance and availability of funding.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, a short (1-2 page) statement of research experience and interests related to the project, PDF copies of up to two relevant publications, and the names, affiliations, and email addresses of three references to:

For primary consideration apply by December 4, 2020

Position will remain open until filled.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service as appropriate to the position.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.



Santa Barbara, California


Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • A short (1-2 page) statement of research - Describing experience and interests related to the project
  • PDF copies of up to two relevant publications (1 of 2)
  • PDF copies of up to two relevant publications (2 of 2)

Reference requirements

  • 3 required (contact information only)

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