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Scientific and Postdoctoral

The Department of Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution ( invites exceptional candidates to apply for one or more tenure-track or tenured scientific-staff positions to complement and expand existing programs in coastal & ocean fluid dynamics, ocean acoustics, and deep submergence, with core strengths in nearshore, estuarine, and coastal fluid dynamics, sediment transport, and morphodynamics; bio-physical interactions; mixing; acoustical propagation and scattering; vehicles, sensors, and autonomy; and polar processes. Applicants are sought in all supported areas, with particular opportunities in robotics, sensors, coastal remote sensing, and surf zone processes.
Applicants should have a doctoral degree, postdoctoral experience, and a record of scientific research publications in scholarly journals.  WHOI scientific staff members are expected to develop an internationally recognized and externally funded research program.  They have the opportunity to advise graduate students and teach courses in the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography and Oceanographic Engineering (  Opportunities for interdisciplinary research exist through collaboration with the other science departments (Biology, Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry, Marine Geology and Geophysics, and Physical Oceanography; at WHOI, as well as with researchers in the broader Woods Hole scientific community.  Members of the WHOI’s Scientific Staff are expected to provide for their salaries from grants and contracts, but the Institution provides salary support when no other funding is available, as well as significant internal funding for developing innovative research.  Candidates hired at the junior level will receive an initial appointment for four years with salary guaranteed.  Female and minority applicants are particularly encouraged to apply.  WHOI is sensitive to the issues of dual career families and will work with applicants to identify and explore available options.  WHOI’s benefits package includes vacation time, an employer contribution retirement plan, medical and dental plans, child care subsidy, flexible scheduling, and family illness days. 
WHOI is the largest private, non-profit oceanographic institution in the world, with staff and students numbering approximately 1,000.  Its mission is to advance our understanding of the ocean and its interaction with the Earth system, and to communicate this understanding for the benefit of society.  Technical support is exceptional, and access to the sea is facilitated.  The Institution is located in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, a world-renowned center of excellence in marine, biomedical, and environmental science and biology.
Apply online; please visit and respond to Job Reference 17-09-13.  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 three relevant publications. The package should also be sent separately to the chair of the AOPE Department at
Review of applications will begin on 15 January 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.