Research Assistant II - Ocean Observation Analyst

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US-MA-Woods Hole

Job Summary

The Physical Oceanography Department is currently searching for an ocean Research Assisant II - Ocean Observation Analyst to join their team. This is a regular, full-time, exempt position, and is eligible for benefits.


Argo ( is a global array of autonomous instruments monitoring the oceans in real time. The WHOI Argo Team based in the Physical Oceanography Department is in need of an Ocean Observation Analyst and Manager to be hired at an Research Assistant II level.  The role is to analyze, visualize and quality control the data from autonomous Argo floats, as well as improve our tools and approaches to this task. This position is designed to encourage the connection and application of academic training to results-oriented projects in support of scientific research activities.   

Essential Functions and Responsibilities


  • Responsible for the inspection and quality-control of data from autonomous ocean profilers, to assess and correct for instrument drift and other sensor malfunctions.
  • To learn to manage and improve the robustness and efficiency of the software suite used to handle and visualize the incoming data, and adapt it to new platform and sensor types.
  • Collaborate with international Argo teams on data quality control, improving methods and identifying new sensor errors.
  • Assist with other aspects of the program such as deployment planning, float acquisition, international coordination and float technical testing and preparation.
  • Work with other Department scientists and engineers across a wide array of field observations and analysis activities
  • Participates in writing of reports and documentation of methods and procedures



Ability to go to sea or travel to ports to perform pre-loading float checkout or deploy floats from vessels.

Education & Experience

Candidates should ideally have a Bachelor’s degree (ideally a Masters or equivalent experience) in the physical sciences, ideally with some physical oceanographic background.  Experience with or an understanding of ocean sensors such as CTDs. Experience with scientific programming and a strong working knowledge of Matlab or Python and Unix scripting.  

Special Requirements

This job may require travel and occasional sea time.

Physical Requirements

Physical duties for this position include but are not limited to, ability work with and around others as well as working alone. This position is mostly sedentary. Visual abilities to include near vision. Hear and respond to instructions, communicate effectively. Physical duties are subject to change.

Sea Duty

Ability to go to sea or travel to ports to perform pre-loading float checkout or deploy floats from vessels.


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