Postdoctoral Investigator - AOP&E

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US-MA-Woods Hole

Job Summary

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for a Postdoctoral Investigator to join the Coastal Ocean Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in the Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering (AOPE) Department. This is a regular, full-time, exempt position and is eligible for full benefits. The initial appointment will be for 12 months, and continuance will be determined by performance and available funding.


The project will use established remote sensing methods to measure kelp canopy on global scales. Research will be focused on the development of new classifiers, validation with high resolution imagery, and establishing a code-base on Google Earth Engine to extend current methods to multiple regions around the world. Research will be conducted at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution with no planned field work.


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 research statement describing research accomplishments, current work, future direction and career goals; a complete curriculum vitae; up to three relevant publications; and a cover letter that contains the contact information of at least three references.


Applications will be reviewed starting – 2 weeks after posting

Essential Functions

  • Fluent in Google Earth Engine coding languages (Python or JavaScript)


  • Knowledge of statistics to evaluate the effect of the environment species dynamics


  • Work well in a large interdisciplinary and interinstitutional group


  • Writing peer-reviewed publications and presenting research results at national and international scientific meetings

Education & Experience

  • PhD in Oceanography, Remote Sensing, or Ecology


  • Experience in the remote sensing of kelp canopy


  • Experience in marine remote sensing


  • Experience working with Google Earth Engine, coding and data curation


  • Experience harvesting and manipulating large environmental time series

Special Requirements

WHOI has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy in effect, where you must register your full vaccination status (vaccination plus booster) in order to begin employment. The registration process is confidential and entails submitting your official vaccination records or requesting to engage in the interactive exemption process for either a medical or religious reason.

Physical Requirements

Sitting/standing at desk. Occupational requirements include talking, traveling, working around others, and with others.


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