Postdoctoral Investigator - Physical Oceanography

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US-MA-Woods Hole

Job Summary

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is currently searching for a Postdoctoral Investigator to join the Physical Oceanography Department. This is a regular, full-time, exempt position for one year with the possibility of 1-year extension and is eligible for full benefits.


Research will involve studying three-dimensional Lagrangian motion in eddies and fronts and its biogeochemical implications. The postdoc will be expected to participate in ship-based fieldwork, in analyzing observations, and using three-dimensional modeling for process understanding. The project offers scope to explore ocean submesoscale dynamics, microbial planktonic distributions, and will further understanding of pathways for subduction from the upper ocean, It is funded by ONR, is an international collaboration and involves several PIs. 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 thriving postdoctoral community with formal mentoring and career guidance programs. While the primary focus is research, the postdoctoral investigator will have an opportunity to participate in educational and outreach activities associated with the project.




Along with completing the appropriate fields in the application, please upload the following documents:  a cover letter, cv (resume) that includes the names and contacts of at least 3 references, statement describing research interests and career goals, up to three relevant publications (or preprints). 


Applications will begin to be reviewed September 1 and until the position is filled.  To be eligible for this position, applicants should not have previously held a postdoc position for more than three years. Please contact Amala Mahadevan ( with any questions about the position.



Essential Functions


  • Knowledge of physical oceanography
  • Strong computer and programming skills, numerical modeling, data analysis and visualization.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and work collaboratively.
  • Interest in phytoplankton ecology

Education & Experience


  • Ph.D. computational and mathematical abilities
  • Ability to go to sea is a plus

Physical Requirements


No pre-determined physical requirements; all candidates should be encouraged to apply

Sea Duty

For candidates that chose to go to sea below are potential work schedules and physical requirements:


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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