Postdoctoral investigator in physical oceanography, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

The department of Physical Oceanography at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is seeking a Postdoctoral Investigator. This is a full-time position and is eligible for benefits. The initial appointment will be for one year with the possibility of an extension for an additional year based on satisfactory performance.

Research will involve using idealized 3D numerical simulations to study the generation, propagation and dissipation of topographically generated lee waves in sheared flow. The project offers scope to explore ocean submesoscale dynamics, boundary layers, internal waves, and flow over topography. It also offers the opportunity to participate in fieldwork. The project, which will further understanding of the energy pathways in the ocean, is funded by NSF and involves collaboration between Amala Mahadevan (WHOI), Eric Kunze (NWRA) and Amit Tandon (UMass Dartmouth). The postdoc will play a key role in the design and execution of research and the interpretation of scientific results.

The institution has a top-rated postdoctoral program ( that supports a dynamic postdoctoral community with formal mentoring and career guidance programs. While the primary focus of the work will be in research, the postdoctoral investigator will have an opportunity to participate in educational and outreach activities associated with the project.

• PhD
• Experience with numerical modeling, Lagrangian modeling, analysis of oceanographic data and model output, and visualization is desirable.
• Strong computer and programming skills for modeling, analysis and visualization. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and work collaboratively.

Applications should include, as a single pdf file, a cover letter describing research interests and career goals, a curriculum vita, links to relevant publications, and names and contact information for three references. Applications will be reviewed as received until the position is filled. Please contact Amala Mahadevan ( with any questions about the position.

WHOI is a member of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC). We are sensitive to the issues of dual career candidates and we will work with applicants to address them. Please visit HERC – for more information. WHOI is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer/Disabled/Veterans/M/F. We encourage Veterans and those with Disabilities to apply. Applications are reviewed confidentially.

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