Research Associate III

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Location : Location
US-MA-Woods Hole

Job Summary

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for a Research Associate to join the Physical Oceanography Department. This is a regular, full-time, exempt position, and is eligile for benefits.


Climate Modeling on the extratropical ocean-atmosphere interaction


Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) invites applications for a research associate III to study large-scale extratropical ocean-atmosphere interaction with a team of scientists on various projects by Young-Oh Kwon (WHOI) and the collaborators in multiple institutions including the National Center for Atmospheric Research. The projects aim to investigate the role of ocean dynamics and ocean-to-atmosphere feedback in the large-scale extratropical atmospheric and ocean variability, using climate model experiments as well as statistical analyses of observational and reanalysis datasets. The successful applicant will be involved in all aspects of this research, while primarily responsible for designing, conducting, and analyzing climate model simulations.


Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, up to three relevant publications, and contact information for at least three professional references. Initial consideration will be given to applications received before January 1, 2023, but the position will remain open until it is filled.


For further information please contact Young-Oh Kwon (


Essential Functions

Designing, conducting, and analyzing climate model experiments as well as comparing with observational and reanalysis data sets. Research on the role of ocean dynamics and ocean-to-atmosphere feedback in the large-scale extratropical atmospheric and ocean variability. Communication with the project participants from multiple institutions.


• exercises independent judgment and creativity in making adaptations or
modifications to standard research and laboratory methods;
• assists in the preparation of scholarly papers and research proposals and
demonstrates skill in communicating the results of the scientific endeavors;
• may prepare and produce independent writings of scientific endeavors;
• may supervise other technical staff personnel within the laboratory.

Education & Experience


  • Recent Ph.D. degree (or nearly completed) in atmospheric science, oceanography, or other relevant discipline or Master’s degree with a serval years of relevant experience.
  • Prior experience in climate modeling, preferably with the Community Earth System Model (CESM), with ability to modify the component models to setup the planned simulations.
  • Good understanding of the midlatitude atmospheric and ocean circulation and their interaction.


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 your 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

The position will be located at WHOI in Woods Hole, MA, while a remote work arrangement can be considered. This position is full-time and eligible for benefits. The initial appointment will be for one year with a possibility of renewal for another year. Renewal of the appointment is conditional on making satisfactory progress during the first year. Longer term appointment is possible depending on the job performance and availability of the funds. Start date is flexible with a suggested date of March 1, 2022, but the successful candidate could begin earlier. Applications from under-represented groups in geosciences are particularly encouraged.

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