Postdoctoral Investigator - Marine Policy Center

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US-MA-Woods Hole

Job Summary

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is seeking to hire a Postdoctoral Investigator to join the Marine Policy Center. This is a regular, full-time, exempt position and eligible for full benefits. The appointment will be for 18 months.


The project will estimate the economic benefits of the Pacific Northwest (PNW) Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB) forecasting tool using a methodology for quantifying the value of information. The successful candidate will join a multidisciplinary team of economists, marine scientists, and resource managers to carry out the research, education, and outreach tasks of the project.


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 and include: a cover letter describing research interests, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information of three references. Application review begins immediately and will continue until filled. A starting date of May 1, 2021 is desirable. Informal inquiries may be made by emailing to Dr. Di Jin (

Essential Functions

Compile and analyze data on HAB impacts on fisheries and coastal communities.
• Conduct survey to identify and characterize response strategies of recreational and commercial fishers and coastal communities to management decisions made possible by the HAB forecast.
• Conduct model simulations and sensitivity analysis.
• Participate in outreach and education plans.
• Work well in an interdisciplinary group.
• Write peer-reviewed publications and present research results at national and international scientific meetings.


Education & Experience

• PhD. in resource economics, marine affairs and policy, marine sciences, or a related discipline.
• Previous experience in marine resource valuation, HAB management and fisheries management.


Strongly desirable:
• Experience with community surveying
• Previous successful experience working with interdisciplinary groups


Physical Requirements

Physical duties for this position include ground or air travel within the United States to meetings and to work with colleagues. Additional duties include, but are not limited to, ability to lift less than 25 lbs independently, 2 times per day. Visual abilities to include near, far, peripheral, depth perception, and ability to distinguish basic colors. Hearing requirements include the ability to hear and respond to instructions and communicate effectively. Other physical tasks include mostly sedentary deskwork and use of hands for basic/fine grasping and manipulation, repetitive motion, reaching above and below the shoulders, pushing, pulling, kneeling, bending, twisting, and stooping. Other occupational requirements include talking, working around others, and with others. Physical duties are subject to change.


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