Postdoctoral Investigator - Biology

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US-MA-Woods Hole

Job Summary

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for a Postdoctoral Investigator to join the Biology Department. This is a regular, full-time, exempt position, and is eligible for full benefits. The initial appointment will be for one year with the possibility of a one-year extension based on performance and availability of funding.


Based in the field of population and forecasting ecology, we are focusing on the factors controlling ecological predictability across a range of scales (e.g., those relevant for short-term adaptive management versus those relevant at end-of-century timescales). 


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 cover letter, complete curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation uploaded to the section for "Research/Other Documents". Applications will be reviewed upon submission.


WHOI has a strong commitment to scientific excellence and diversity, and we strongly encourage applications from candidates who will enrich and foster a culturally diverse and inclusive envirorment.  

Essential Functions

Research will focus on comparative assessments of demographic predictability, both within and among penguin species in Antarctica, where the environment is highly dynamic, strongly coupled to biological processes, and likely to change in the future.  This project involves a highly interdisciplinary team of ecologists and sea ice modelers to undertstand the predictability of Antarctic climate and its influence on seabird demographic response predictability at various temporal and spatial scales using the longest datasets available for several polar species. 

Education & Experience

  • Ph.D. in Quantitative Ecology or Applied Math and Statistics or Computer Science or will shortly obtain, a PhD in one of those 
  • This position is highly computational and requires a strong background in programming and Bayesian data analysis.
  • Although prior experience with high-performance computing, age-structured population models, reproducible research and GitHub/version control, is helpful, all applicants with excellent critical thinking and quantitative analysis skills, excellent written and communication skills, and ability to drive projects forward in a timely manner will be considered. 
  • Must have at least one paper published in a peer reviewed journal.

Special Requirements

WHOI is a federal contractor required to comply with Executive Order 14042. As such, WHOI has enacted a Mandated COVID19 vaccination policy effective December 8, 2021 where you must register your vaccination status in order to begin your employment. The registration process entails confidentially submitting a vaccination card and/or your vaccination status or requesting to engage in the interactive exemption process for either a medical or religious reason.  

Physical Requirements

Lifting: Less then 25 pounds.  Mostly sedentary, some walking and standing. Work around others, work with others and ability to work alone.


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