• Postdoctoral Investigator - Physical Oceanography

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    Location : Location
    US-MA-Woods Hole
  • 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 position, and is eligible for benefits. 


    An oceanographer with experience with physical oceanographic observations and/or ocean acoustics is sought to work with a team of physical oceanographers, ocean acousticians, and ocean modelers in a project funded under the Navy’s Task Force Ocean.  The 18-month,funded position of Postdoctoral Investigator position is available at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).  This position would also include working with team members from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL).  U.S. Citizenship is required.


    Online application forms should be submitted with a cover letter, complete curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation. Applications will be reviewed upon submission.

    Essential Functions

    The goal of the project is to assess the realism of how the oceanographic environment and its impacts on ocean acoustics are captured in NRL models and Navy decision aids.  The work includes a focus on using observations collected in three regions, The Irminger Sea, the Bay of Bengal, and the Arabian Sea, and from three long-term moorings.  In-situ data from each of the three regions will be collected and be compared to NRL models.  In-situ data and model fields will be used to synthesize time, varying three-dimensional ocean fields to be used to examine the impact of the ocean environment on acoustic propagation.  The ability of the models to capture interannual and longer period variability will be examined using the long-term moored time series.  The postdoctoral investigator will be expected to play a key role in the comparisons of the observations and models, in preparing the three-dimensional fields, and in using those fields to quantify the impact of the ocean environment on acoustic propagation.  The successful candidate will be hands on in searching for and obtaining physical oceanographic data, in analyzing those data to characterize the physical oceanographic structure and variability of the ocean, in working with the NRL models, and in synthesizing from observations and model fields the ocean fields to be used to study acoustic propagation.


    Interested applicants should contact Dr. Robert Weller (rweller@whoi.edu).  Online application forms should be submitted with a cover letter, complete curriculum vitae, and contact information for three people to be asked for letters of reference.


    Education & Experience


    • PhD in physical oceanography or ocean acoustics
    • Strong experience with working with diverse physical oceanographic data
    • Experience with data analysis, including spectral analysis, Empirical Orthogonal Function analysis, and statistics and ability to quantify oceanic structure and variability
    • Strong computer and programming experience with Matlab 
    • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, to work collaboratively, and carry out research without close supervision





    Physical Requirements

    Physical duties for this position would include travel within the United States to meetings and to work with colleagues.  The position is mostly sedentary.


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