Research Associate

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US-MA-Woods Hole

Job Summary

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for a Research Associate to join the Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering Department. This is a regular, full-time, non-exempt position, and is eligible for full benefits. The initial appointment is for 12 months with the possibility of extension depending on performance and funding availability. The ideal candidate will participate in the development, calibration and simulation of high-resolution hydrodynamic and biogeochemical models. The internal working title of this position will be Research Associate III.


Online application forms should be submitted with a cover letter and full curriculum vitae including a list of three references.

Essential Functions

Applicants are expected to

  • Develop nested high-resolution hydrodynamic and biogeochemical models with the Regional Ocean Modeling System;
  • Analyze field and satellite observations to understand hydrodynamic and biogeochemical processes and to evaluate the performance of models;
  • Test different model configurations and parameters, and adjust model set up to improve model performance;
  • Carry out model simulations and synthesize model output; 
  • Collaborate with an interdisciplinary team of scientists and effectively communicate scientific findings with scientists in different fields;
  • Participate in or lead the preparation of scientific articles, reports, research proposals, and documentation of methods and procedures;
  • Be able to work on tasks requiring creativity and independent thinking along with a deep understanding of fundamental research and science principles;
  • Be able to work on multiple projects at the same time, make progress on multiple fronts, and effectively manage his/her own schedule to meet deadlines.



  • As deemed necessary by supervisor

Education & Experience

  • PhD degree in oceanography with several years of ocean hydrodynamic and biogeochemical modeling experience, or demonstrated competency as a postdoctoral researcher or research associate in a related field
  • Proficiency in Matlab/Python and Linux is required

Physical Requirements

  • Physical duties for this position include but are not limited to the ability to work around others. This position is mostly sedentary by nature.


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