Postdoctoral Investigator – WHOI

Job Summary

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for a Postdoctoral Investigator to join the Physical Oceanography Department. This is a temporary, full-time, exempt position, and is eligible for benefits. The initial appointment will be for one year with the possibility of a one-year extension.

The Postdoc will split their time working on datasets from the Pacific Arctic and Subpolar North Atlantic. For the former, the postdoc will analyze a recently collected hydrographic/velocity survey of the Chukchi Sea to investigate various aspects of the shelf circulation and water mass distribution. For the latter, the postdoc will analyze data from a mooring array across shelf/slope of southwest Greenland as part of the Overturning of the Subpolar North Atlantic Project (OSNAP) to investigate aspects of the boundary current system.

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 the opportunity to participate in educational and outreach activities associated with the project.

Online application forms should be submitted via the appropriate fields in the application with a research statement describing research accomplishments, current work, future direction and career goals; a complete curriculum vitae; up to three relevant publications; and a cover letter that contains the contact information of at least three references.

The preferred start date for this position is March 1, 2023. This posting will remain open until filled.

Essential Functions

  • Data manipulation; writing scripts and using software; writing manuscripts.

Education & Experience

Education: PhD
Previous Experience Desired: Working with shipboard and moored observational data.

Special Requirements

  • Must know MATLAB and be familiar with CTD and ADCP data. 
  • WHOI has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy in effect, where you must register your full vaccination status (vaccination plus booster) in order to begin employment. The registration process is confidential and entails submitting your official vaccination records or requesting to engage in the interactive exemption process for either a medical or religious reason.

Physical Requirements

Ability to sail on a month-long cruise.

Sea Duty

May work at least 8 hours per day and, at times in excess of 12 hours per day, 7 days per week. Sleep and work hours can deviate from those on land. May be expected to work on watch schedule (such as 8 hours on and 8 hours off or 12 hours on and 8 hours off) for all or part of a cruise or to work as hours are needed to accomplish the planned work. May need to travel during holidays and for long distances to and from foreign ports. May experience rudimentary living and working conditions, with shared and basic living quarters and laboratories. May experience bad or extreme weather conditions, including heavy seas, winter weather or hot, tropical weather. Work on deck may occur in both hot and cold conditions around the clock. Sea conditions will lead to active ship motion. Should be able to climb steep and vertical ladders and able to enter and exit compartments through hatches, doors, and sills. Should be able to carry heavy gear and participate in the loading and unloading of the ship as well as in the activities on deck and in the labs during the cruise. Shipboard environment may include: confined areas, shared sleeping quarters (berths) and bathroom facilities, small and basic berthing, fixed meal times and basic menus. Modest levels of heating, cooling, ventilation, and illumination, limited or no email and internet access and limited off-duty and recreational facilities (library, lounge, movies). May be exposed to potential allergens and irritants, including paint fumes. May experience constant and intermittent loud noises, and slippery and uneven surfaces.

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