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 causal, exempt position, and is eligible for casual benefits. The appointment period is for 12 months. The ideal candidate will participate in the development, calibration and simulation of high-resolution coastal hydrodynamical models for coral reef systems. 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 modeling system with Regional Ocean Modeling System and Wave Watch III;
  • Analyze field and satellite observational data to understand coastal hydrodynamical processes and to evaluate the performance of hydrodynamic models;
  • Test different model configurations and parameters, and adjust model set up to improve model performance;
  • Carry out long-term model simulations and synthesize model output; 
  • Collaborate with an interdisciplinary team of scientists and effectively communicate scientific findings with scientists in different fields;
  • Participates in or lead the preparation of scientific articles, reports, 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 physical oceanography with several years of ocean hydrodynamic modeling experience
  • Proficiency in Matlab/Python and Linux is required
  • Previous experience with oceanography field work is advantageous


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

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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