Research Assistant

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US-MA-Woods Hole

Job Summary

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for a Research Assistant to join the Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering Department. This assignment is for up to one year in duration. This is a regular, full-time, non-exempt position, and is eligible for full benefits.



The Research Assistant will use established protocols to analyze passive acoustic monitoring data as well as to operate chemical analysis instrumentation. They will also do data quality control, participate in field trips and prepare reports.


The internal working title of this position will be Research Assistant I.



Essential Functions


  • Analysis of whale acoustic data using Raven software
  • Perform acoustic source localization using matlab
  • Perform water sample analysis for chemical compounds
  • Participate in field work
  • Report preparation


  • As deemed necessary by supervisor

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in marine science
  • Experience in collecting water samples using flow-through systems
  • Experience in analysis of water samples for low concentrations of Dimethylsulfide
  • Quick learner with high attention to detail
  • Computer skills, good communication, and critical thinking



  • Bachelor’s Degree in biology, physics or environmental sciences
  • Experience with software programs Raven and Python/Matlab
  • Keen interest in bioacoustics and marine mammal underwater acoustics
  • Keen interest in baleen whale navigation
  • Comfortable with acoustic recording hardware

Physical Requirements

Physical duties for this position include but are not limited to, ability to lift less than 25 lbs independently, 2 times per day; carry 10-25 lbs, 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, communicate effectively in loud areas (pier/dock, warehouse). Other physical tasks include occasional prolonged standing/walking; 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, traveling, working around others, and with others. Will be exposed to dust or other irritants and electrical/mechanical/power equipment hazards. Physical duties are subject to change.

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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