The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is seeking applicants for the position of Vice President for Academic Programs and Dean (VP/Dean).
Founded in 1930, WHOI is the largest private, non-profit oceanographic institution in the world, with a community of approximately 1,500 staff, postdoctoral fellows, students, and affiliates. The institution is dedicated to research and education to advance understanding of the ocean and its interaction with the Earth system and communicating this understanding for the benefit of society. Please review our website and “Vision 2030” strategic plan to learn more about our mission and goals.
As head of WHOI's Academic Programs Office (APO), the VP/Dean is responsible for leading the development of all Institutional educational strategies, the implementation of educational programs, and their integration within the larger institutional mission of WHOI.
The VP/Dean is an essential member of the WHOI Senior Administration and reports directly to the President/Director of WHOI. Core responsibilities of the VP/Dean are: (i) to lead strategy and implementation of the MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography/Applied Ocean Science and Engineering, and other programs for undergraduates and post-graduates, and (ii) to develop and implement a strategic plan, in collaboration with WHOI leadership, to expand WHOI’s educational and research mission by developing new, complementary educational programs across educational levels. The VP/Dean should be an active, creative leader in ocean science and engineering education at the national and international levels.
The VP/Dean is an active contributor to all aspects of the Institution including scientific and strategic leadership, planning, and formulating policy, in addition to ensuring the successful operation of the Academic Program Office. (Click here: https://careers.whoi.edu/vp-for-academic-programs-and-dean/ for more information)
A strong commitment to diversity and equity, scholarship, and education by the VP/Dean is essential, demonstrated by a distinguished record in research, teaching, academic leadership, and management. A doctoral degree and experience in a discipline related to ocean science is required, with credentials appropriate to appointment at the level of tenured Senior Scientist (equivalent to Full Professor).
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for a Distribution Assistant/Senior Distribution Assistant. Reporting to the appropriate Distribution Supervisor and under general direction, provides assistance and support to a broad range of Institution operations and services. Duties may be concentrated in a particular area and/or across multiple service functions, in response to staffing and workload needs. General areas of operation include Building Services, Food Services, Receiving & Mail Services, and Shipping & Warehouse Services. This is a full-time, non-exempt position and is eligible for benefits.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for a Senior Licensed Electrician to join the Facilities department. This is a regular, full-time, non-exempt position and is eligible for benefits.
Working independently, the Senior Licensed Electrician performs all electrical tasks with superior ability and assists in shop activity, organization and planning where necessary. May be required to coordinate work with other trades and/or contractors to complete work.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for a Licensed Electrician to join the Facilities department. This is a regular, full-time, non-exempt position and is eligible for benefits.
Reporting to the Electrical Shop Supervisor, the Licensed Electrican, performs a wide variety of electrical tasks in Institution buildings and on ships.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is located in Woods Hole, MA on beautiful Cape Cod, walking distance to stunning beaches, bike paths, lighthouses, and island ferries. The Oceanographic is the world's leading, independent non-profit organization dedicated to ocean research, exploration, and education; it is dedicated to advancing knowledge of the ocean and its connection with the Earth system through a sustained commitment to excellence in science, engineering, and education, and to the application of this knowledge to problems facing society. Make a difference for the ocean and the planet by working at the Oceanographic!
The Manager, PreAward Services is an integral member and leader of the Grant & Contracts Services (GCS) team and works collaboratively with Principal Investigators (PIs), Department Administrators (DAs), campus administrative offices, and funding agencies to support the WHOI research community in identification of funding opportunities, proposal development, review and submission, and award negotiation and acceptance. This is a regular, full-time, exempt position and is eligible for benefits. This position will have the option to be partially remote, or fully on campus.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is currently searching for Engineer I/Engineer II applicants to join the Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering Department. This position seeks candidates with interests in oceanographic research, ocean exploration and/or ocean-based climate solutions. This is a regular, full-time, exempt position, and is eligible for full benefits.
Primary responsibilities will include the development, design, and implementation of mechanical, electronic and/or embedded systems associated with purpose-built oceanographic equipment and marine robotics. An applicant hired into this position may be responsible for the design and integration of oceanographic instrumentation, marine vehicle sensor payloads, and the development of unmanned underwater vehicle platforms. This position may also include assessing, troubleshooting, and resolving technical issues with equipment and sensors in the field as well as in laboratory settings. The individual may organize and carry out coastal field work and support research cruises onboard oceanographic research vessels. They may also assist in the development of software for real-time processing of sensor data or otherwise assist or contribute to the analysis of data from field sensors to produce curated data products. They will be encouraged to contribute to writing and presenting published research at academic conferences and to support STEAM outreach and intern mentorship programs. Candidates with mechanical, electrical, computer science, software or robotics backgrounds are encouraged to apply for this position.
The internal working title for this position could be either Engineer I or Engineer II. The final level of the position will be determined commensurate with the selected candidate's level of education & experience.
WHOI is committed to creating a diverse research community and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for a Research Assistant to join the Biology Department. This is a regular, fulltime, exempt position, and is eligible for benefits.
The Alexander, Pachiadaki, and Tepolt labs at WHOI are seeking a motivated individual with prior computational biology or bioinformatics experience to work as a bioinformatics technician. The technician will assist team members by providing computational analysis of multi-omics data. Job responsibilities will include analyzing high-throughput sequencing data (i.e., Illumina, Oxford Nanopore, PacBio), assembling genomes, RNA-Seq data analysis, variant calling, creating new bioinformatics workflows, implementing improvements to existing workflows, organizing and managing genetic data, summarizing acquired data, preparing material for research papers and presentations, and submitting data to repositories. We seek a candidate with proficiency in Python, R, and BASH scripting, and experience with high-performance computing. Desirable but nonessential experience includes familiarity with bioinformatics in non-model systems and environmental samples (e.g. metagenomics or population genomics), proficiency and experience with workflow management systems (e.g. Snakemake or Nextflow), and experience with GitHub.
The Alexander lab studies the biogeochemical functioning and physiological ecology of eukaryotic plankton, the Pachiadaki lab studies biogeography and ecophysiology of marine bacteria and archaea, the Tepolt lab studies population genetics and rapid adaptation in marine invertebrates. Time will be split between these three labs (and possibly others at WHOI depending on need), and the technician will be a full and participating member of all lab groups. This position is fully computational and is ideal for a candidate who wishes to gain experience in the application of advanced bioinformatic approaches to the study of marine organisms and ocean ecosystems. The technician will be credited as a co-author on papers to which they make substantial analytical contributions, and may have the opportunity to be involved in writing manuscripts (though this is not required).
There is the possibility of this role being remote/hybrid. Funding is through December of 2024 with the possibility of extension.
The internal working title for this position could be either Research Assistant II, or Research Assistant III. The final level of the position will be determined commensurate with the selected candidate's level of education & experience.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for one or more Postdoctoral Investigators to join the Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry Department. These are temporary, full-time, exempt positions, and are eligible for benefits. The initial appointment will be for one year with the possibility of a one-year extension.
We invite applications for one or more postdoctoral researchers in the area of environmental ‘omics, specifically in the field of linking metabolomics and proteomics. We use analytical chemistry to explore the intersection of microbial biology and chemistry within marine systems. This postdoctoral position will be shared between one lab focused on proteomics (Saito lab) and one lab focused on metabolomics (Kujawinski lab). Potential projects include: examining metabolites and proteins from a model marine phytoplankton, linking existing ‘omics datasets to examine the intersection of proteins and metabolites in the subtropical north Atlantic. The successful applicant will be trained in all aspects of environmental sample analysis, including sample processing, mass spectrometry, and data analysis. A PhD in chemical oceanography, biogeochemistry, analytical chemistry or a related field is required. Experience with mass spectrometry, metabolomics, proteomics, and downstream data analysis as well as knowledge of programming tools such as MATLAB, Python, or R would be advantageous. The position is available for one year, renewable for a maximum of two years. Review of applications will begin February 1, 2023 and continue until one position is filled. Inquiries should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
The institution has a top-rated postdoctoral program (www.whoi.edu/postdoctoral/) 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 with a cover letter, complete curriculum vitae, and the names and email address of three people willing to write letters of recommendation. Applications will be reviewed upon submission.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is currently seeking an Assistant Director of Stewardship to join the Development Department. This is a regular full-time exempt position and is eligible for benefits.
Reporting to the Director of Advancement Services, the Assistant Director of Stewardship will serve as a key partner on the Development team and will partner with the current Assistant Director to oversee the strategy for and development of cultivation and stewardship materials and activities for donors and prospects at WHOI, with an emphasis on those making philanthropic contributions at higher levels. The Assistant Director will lead the development of high-quality communications that demonstrate the need for and impact of donor support, translating scientific complexity into compelling cases and narratives. This position is part of an expanding, entrepreneurial team at an exciting period of growth for WHOI, and will partner broadly across the department and institution to deepen the relationship between supporters and scientists. This is a regular, full-time, exempt position and is eligible for benefits.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for a Postdoctoral Investigator to join the Physical Oceanography Department. This is a temporary, full-time, exempt position, and is eligible for benefits. The initial appointment will be for one year with the possibility of a one-year extension.
Postdoctoral Investigator in Air-Sea Interactions and Atmospheric Boundary Layer Observations
WHOI is inviting applications for a Postdoctoral Investigator in coupled air-sea interactions and atmospheric boundary layer observations that are relevant to offshore wind energy. The successful candidate will work with the ongoing Department of Energy (DOE)-sponsored WFIP3 offshore wind energy project (https://www2.whoi.edu/site/wfip3/) to deploy and analyze observations of air-sea fluxes and boundary layer processes.
The appointment will be 18 months. Qualified applicants must apply online. The documents should include a brief cover letter, full CV, and contact information (only) of 3 references. The review of applications will begin as the files are received and continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should contact Anthony Kirincich (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jim Edson (email@example.com) if they have questions about the position.
The expected salary range for this position is $67,000-$72,000 USD based on level of post Ph.D. experience.
Join us for innovative radiocarbon research at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The National Ocean Sciences Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Facility (NOSAMS) seeks a Postdoctoral Investigator focused on advancingthe ever-growing utility of radiocarbon analyses to address emerging research questions in oceanography and the geosciences. The appointment would be for a period of two years.
The NOSAMS facility is dedicated to advancing radiocarbon measurement capabilities and scientific research (www.whoi.edu/nosams). A wide range of instrumentation provides unique opportunities for compound-specific, high throughput, and high precision applications. Of particular interest are candidates whose research would address one or more of the following areas: (i) modeling of dissolved inorganic carbon isotopes in conjunction with Scientific Staff in the Physical Oceanography department, to investigate the oceanic uptake of atmospheric CO2 and changes in large scale ocean circulation (ii) establishing and optimizing a method for the analysis of the isotopes of methane (14C, 13C) from aqueous sample (iii) studies of radiocarbon in oceanic systems and (iv) developments in accelerator mass spectrometry and related techniques.
WHOI has a top-rated postdoctoral program (https://www.whoi.edu/what-we-do/educate/postdoctoral/) that supports a dynamic, diverse 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 with a cover letter and full curriculum vitae including the contact details for three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and applicants will be considered until the position is filled. Informal inquiries may be made by email to Roberta Hansman (firstname.lastname@example.org), Mark Roberts (email@example.com), or Susan Lang (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for a Mooring and Instrument Technician to join the Physical Oceanography Department. This is a regular, full-time, non-exempt position, and is eligible for benefits.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is looking for an Engineering Technician to join the Field Instrumentation and eXperiment Team (FIXIT) group within the Physical Oceanography department.
With some supervision the candidate will be working with other senior technicians learning how to assemble, test, program, and maintain electronic instruments and equipment that are deployed on deep ocean mooring systems. This position also includes working from oceanographic vessels to deploy deep ocean mooring systems using heavy equipment such as winches, cranes, and rigging equipment.
The internal working title for this position could be either Engineering Assistant I or Engineering Assistant II. The final level of the position will be determined commensurate with the selected candidate’s level of education and experience.
This is an entry level role. Approximate salary is $45,000 - 54,000.
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 (email@example.com).
Would you enjoy creating and developing cutting-edge instrumentation and electronics solutions for a broad range of ocean science applications?
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is currently searching for a non-research Postdoctoral Investigator to join its Autonomous Vehicles and Sensing Technologies program (AVAST). This non-research postdoctoral position with AVAST will provide broad expertise to WHOI’s research community for prototyping in instrumentation, electronics, mechatronics, control systems, and related areas. The AVAST Postdoctoral Investigator is a full time, regular on-site position reporting to the AVAST Director. The initial appointment will be for one year with the possibility of a one-year extension. Roughly half of this position will be used to provide high-level design support to WHOI researchers who need incidental or longer-term expertise with electronics prototyping, innovation, and assessment. Roughly one quarter will be used to work directly with WHOI researchers to ideate, scope, and plan electronics or automation solutions for new ocean technology projects and proposals. The remaining one quarter will be used to enhance instrumentation and related aspects of AVAST’s resource ecosystem in WHOI’s David Center for Ocean Innovation. These work-effort distributions may be adjusted by the AVAST Director as needed in response to AVAST needs or demand. .
The Institution has a top-rated postdoctoral program (www.whoi.edu/postdoctoral/) that supports a dynamic postdoctoral community with formal mentoring and career guidance programs. The AVAST Postdoctoral Investigator will have the opportunity to participate in educational and outreach activities associated with WHOI’s postdoctoral program.
Applicants must provide a concise statement (no longer than four pages) that addresses (1) professional interests that could be pursued within WHOI within AVAST, (2) anticipated career plans, with an explanation of how postdoctoral professional experience at WHOI would complement an applicant’s existing experience and preparation, (3) interests in, experience with, and/or planned commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in research, teaching, and/or service in their career, and (4; optional) life-impact statement that describes any significant life circumstance that has impacted productivity, trajectory, or performance (e.g., COVID-19 pandemic, illness, caretaking responsibilities; 1-page).
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is searching for a highly motivated and enthusiastic Embedded Systems Engineer to join the Oceanographic Systems Lab (OSL) within the Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering Department (AOPE). This is a regular full-time, exempt position, and is eligible for full benefits.
OSL is a world leader in Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) technology and operation in many complex oceanographic environments. Military and scientific applications of AUVs are supported by OSL including biologic and physical surveys, mapping, under-ice operations, environmental anomaly detection, and filming megafauna. OSL works with REMUS AUVs developed at WHOI and equipment designed elsewhere, expanding capabilities of the AUVs and the sensors they support. The OSL team operates in a creative and exciting workspace from creation of ideas to deployment in the field. OSL is where the REMUS family of vehicles originated. OSL continues to be a field leading underwater robotics group that solves some of the world’s most difficult problems for the Department of Defense, Science, and Industry.
OSL is recruiting qualified candidates for a position in electronic and software engineering in support of applied research and development in underwater robotics, communication, and navigation. The work will involve support of existing systems, electronic design and development of new systems, and troubleshooting at all levels. Specifically, it will require support and development of electronic designs for embedded, microcontroller-based systems and their firmware, and of software for general purpose computers. The position will also involve going to sea to support data collection and experimentation, and post-processing and analysis.
A successful candidate, with little supervision, works creatively and independently to establish objectives, meet deadlines, and complete difficult engineering assignments by demonstrating full competency in one or more engineering areas; assists substantively in planning technical aspects of new developments, as well as design, testing, and use of major system components.
The internal working title for this position could be either Engineer II, Research Engineer or Senior Engineer. The final level of the position will be determined commensurate with the selected candidate’s level of education and experience.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for a Senior Applications Administrator to join the Information Services Department. This is a regular, full-time, exempt position, and is eligible for benefits. This position is eligible for flexible work arrangements: hybrid partially remote, or fully onsite.
Reporting to the IS Director, Science and Engineering, the Senior Applications Administrator will work primarily with Science and Engineering related departments (Ship Operations, Marine Operations, Biology, Oceanographic Observatory Initiative, etc.) in support of their custom software and off-the-shelf software needs. The successful candidate will identify requirements, assist in the development of practical solutions, and troubleshoot problems while working in collaboration with customers and fellow IS associates. This position utilizes extensive experience and will work closely with the Information Services teams to install, administer, and configure key scientific applications, websites, and databases for the community.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is the world's leading, independent non-profit organization dedicated to ocean research, exploration, and education. Our scientists and engineers push the boundaries of knowledge about the ocean to reveal its impacts on our planet and our lives.
The Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering Department is currently searching for a Sensor Development Engineer to work with a cross-disciplinary team focused on developing biogeochemical sensors and instrumentation for ocean and environmental applications. Areas of interest include the ocean carbon system, coral reef health, microplastics, sea level rise, and deep ocean exploration. This is a broad posting targeting engineers with interest/experience in various aspects of sensor development. Significant duties include designing, prototyping, testing, and characterizing various sensor systems on the lab bench, and subsequently deploying and validating them at sea. Familiarity with optics or optical sensing is beneficial but not essential. A desire to propose and pursue novel ideas and technologies is encouraged. This is a regular, full-time, exempt position, and is eligible for benefits.
This is an entry to early career level position designed to encourage the connection and application of academic training to results-oriented projects in support of scientific and research activities. Initially this position will have direct supervision to achieve structured and assigned objectives, and is expected to later expand to broader and more independent tasks. The candidate will be expected to work on tasks requiring creativity and independent thinking, along with a proven understanding of fundamental research and engineering principles. The ideal candidate will have at least one area of specific engineering expertise (electrical, mechanical, ocean technology, computer science, or software), with demonstrated basic familiarity in a second area. Entry level candidates will be expected to learn new skills rapidly.
The internal working title for this position could be either Engineer I or Engineer II. The final level of the position will be determined commensurate with the selected candidate's level of education & experience.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for two Postdoctoral Investigators to join the Physical Oceanography Department. This is a temporary, full-time, exempt position, and is eligible for benefits. The initial appointment will be for one year with the possibility of a one-year extension.
The Postdoc will split their time working on datasets from the Pacific Arctic and Subpolar North Atlantic. For the former, the postdoc will analyze a recently collected hydrographic/velocity survey of the Chukchi Sea to investigate various aspects of the shelf circulation and water mass distribution. For the latter, the postdoc will analyze data from a mooring array across shelf/slope of southwest Greenland as part of the Overturning of the Subpolar North Atlantic Project (OSNAP) to investigate aspects of the boundary current system.
The Institution has a top-rated postdoctoral program (www.whoi.edu/postdoctoral/) 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.
The preferred start date for this position is March 1, 2023. This posting will remain open until filled.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for a Senior IS Security Analystto join the Information Systems Department. This is a regular, full-time, exempt position, and is eligible for full benefits.
Reporting to the Sr Manager, IS Security, the Senior IS Security Analyst is responsible for supporting the mission of the information security program at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). This position is responsible for assisting in the implementation, operation and management of internal and external information security efforts,enhancing our cyber security stance. Tools to support include firewalls, multi-factor authentication (MFA), identity, vulnerability management, end point protection, compliance controls and security incident event management (SIEM).
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for an Engineering Assistant to join the Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering Department. This is a temporary, casual, non-exempt position, and is not eligible for benefits. This assignment will be in effect until August 31, 2023.
With some supervision, applies acquired knowledge of established procedures to the assembly, testing, and use of equipment in support of engineering projects related to oceanographic research.