Assistant Scientist in Physical Oceanography, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) (Dec. 17)

2018-10-05T09:56:05+00:00 October 5, 2018|

The Physical Oceanography Department at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) invites exceptional candidates to apply to one or more of our full-time exempt tenure track positions on our scientific staff.  We seek to hire at the Assistant Scientist level; however, extraordinary candidates may be considered at Associate Scientist without Tenure, Associate Scientist with Tenure, or Senior Scientist levels.

The successful candidate will join a collaborative group of scientists who address a wide range of fundamental problems in ocean and climate dynamics, as well as interdisciplinary research questions, using observations, modeling, theory, and laboratory experiments. World-class technical support personnel facilitate the use of a broad mix of traditional and innovative instruments and observational techniques to make measurements on all scales from microstructure up to global, and in all ocean domains including open-ocean and coastal regions.  We welcome applicants regardless of approach (observational, modeling, and theory) and especially encourage those with a theoretical/dynamical focus. We seek, but not exclusively, individuals with expertise in: 1) coastal dynamics, 2) high-latitude processes, 3) climate variability, and 4) submesoscale processes and mixing. Candidates with interdisciplinary interests in the interplay between ocean dynamics and biological or geochemical processes, or in the interaction of the ocean with the atmosphere, the land, and the cryosphere are encouraged.

Applicants should have a doctoral degree, postdoctoral experience, and a strong record of scientific research publications in scholarly journals. Scientific staff members are expected to develop independent, externally-funded, and internationally-recognized research programs. They also have the option of advising graduate students and teaching courses through the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography and Oceanographic Engineering,

Opportunities for interdisciplinary research exist through collaborations with colleagues in the other science departments, centers, and labs as well as with researchers in the broader Woods Hole scientific community.  WHOI’s Scientific Staff is expected to provide for their salaries from grants and contracts.  The Institution provides salary support when no other funding is available, as well as significant internal funding opportunities for developing innovative research projects. Candidates hired at the junior level will receive an initial appointment for four years with salary guaranteed.


Please visit, navigate to our current openings and respond to Job Reference 18-10-03. Applications should include, as a single pdf document, a cover letter, CV, 3-page research statement that clearly describes your research interests, names and contact information for four references, and copies of up to three relevant publications.

The package should also be sent separately to the chair of Physical Oceanography Department at with the subject line “Department Scientific Application”.  Review of applications will begin on 12/17/2018.

WHOI is a member of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC). Please visit HERC for more information.

WHOI is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer/Disabled/Veterans/M/F. We encourage Veterans and those with Disabilities to apply. Applications are reviewed confidentially. Applicants that require accommodation in the job application process are encouraged to contact us at (508) 289-2253 or email for assistance.