Temporary Full-time

Science Research

Woods Hole, MA

Temporary Full Time

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for a Postdoctoral Investigator to join the Biology Department. This is a temporary, full-time, exempt position, and is eligible for benefits.


Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Investigator position to develop and analyze mathematical models describing the processes that generate patterns of species diversity observed at deep-sea hydrothermal vents. We are particularly interested in how metacommunity processes—dispersal, disturbance (including anthropogenic disturbance due to deep sea mining), colonization, and species interactions—interact to drive patterns of diversity.

The successful applicant will work with the three PIs (Michael Neubert, Lauren Mullineaux, and Julie Kellner) at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. 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 on research, the postdoctoral investigator will have an opportunity to participate in educational and outreach activities associated with the project.


As deemed necessary by supervisor


The ideal candidate will have completed a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, Biological Oceanography, Ecology, or a related discipline. Applicants should have demonstrable expertise in either: (1) mathematical ecology (in particular, the mathematical modelling of population and/or community dynamics) or (2) benthic ecology, provided that they have an aptitude for quantitative ecology, including a complementary skillset (e.g., programming experience or strong mathematical or statistical training).


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


Review of applications will begin July 1, 2019. Applications received before that date will be given highest priority.  We hope the selected candidate can begin the position in September, 2019; an official start date is negotiable. The initial appointment will be for 14 months, with the possibility of extension if additional funding can be secured. 

Please contact Michael Neubert (mneubert@whoi.edu) with questions about the project.  To apply, please submit, as a single pdf file, an application (including a short cover letter, a curriculum vita, a statement of past research experience and future interests, and contact information for three references).



WHOI is a member of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC). We are sensitive to the issues of dual career candidates and we will work with applicants to address them. 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 emaileeo@whoi.edu for assistance.