Wanted Postdoctoral Investigator: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

author: admin
April 26, 2011

Wanted: Postdoctoral Investigator for Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
The Physical Oceanography Department is searching for a Postdoctoral Investigator to join their team. This is a temporary full-time position that is eligible for benefits.

Job Summary:

The Postdoctoral Investigator will play a key role in the planning, execution, and scientific interpretation of a major field investigation of upper-ocean salinity in the tropical Atlantic Ocean. The individual appointed will contribute to novel measurements of submesoscale surface salinity variability using advanced robotic platforms. Substantial effort will be applied to understanding the upper-ocean salinity budget and the role of mean and time-varying lateral advection on previously undersampled spatial and temporal scales. The appointee will contribute to development of new sampling methodologies, assist with the preparation and maintenance of instrumentation, participate in several substantial research cruises and prepare scientific results for oral and written presentation. Opportunities will exist for self-directed research within this general framework. Substantial scientific collaboration will be required with both national and international colleagues.

Candidates should have strong computer skills including programming expertise in Matlab and/or IDL and a demonstrated ability to work effectively and independently at sea. Participation in multiple extended research cruises (possibly including foreign vessels) is required.

Applicants should have substantial sea-going experience and familiarity with modern shipboard and autonomous observational techniques. Experience with time-series analysis, CTD calibration and quality control, and manipulation of satellite imagery is desirable.


Recent Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography or closely related field.

Physical Duties for this position include but are not limited to ability to lift up to 50 lbs above the shoulder, shoulder to knee and knee to floor. Ability to carry less than 50 lbs independently. Visual requirements to include dept perception, ability to see peripherally, ability to adjust vision to bring objects into focus, ability to distinguish basic colors. Must be able to hear spoken word, instrument signals, alarms, sirens, bells, etc. This position requires manual dexterity and mobility, use of hands for basic and fine motor manipulation/grasping. Exposure to electrical/mechanical and power equipment hazards, extended periods at sea (see also Sea Duty conditions), severe weather conditions and prolonged work hours. Physical duties are subject to change.

Sea Duty conditions and physical attributions: May work at least 8 hours per day and, at times in excess of 12 hours per day, 7 days per week. Sleep and work hours can deviate from those on land. May be expected to work on watch schedule (such as 8 hours on and 8 hours off or 12 hours on and 8 hours off) for all or part of a cruise or to work as hours are needed to accomplish the planned work. May need to travel during holidays and for long distances to and from foreign ports. May experience rudimentary living and working conditions, with shared and basic living quarters and laboratories. May experience bad or extreme weather conditions, including heavy seas, winter weather or hot, tropical weather. Work on deck may occur in both hot and cold conditions around the clock. Sea conditions will lead to active ship motion. Should be able to climb steep and vertical ladders and able to enter and exit compartments through hatches, doors, and sills. Should be able to carry heavy gear and participate in the loading and unloading of the ship as well as in the activities on deck and in the labs during the cruise. Shipboard environment may include: confined areas, shared sleeping quarters (berths) and bathroom facilities, small and basic berthing, fixed meal times and basic menus. Modest levels of heating, cooling, ventilation, and illumination, limited or no email and internet access and limited off-duty and recreational facilities (library, lounge, movies). May be exposed to potential allergens and irritants, including paint fumes. May experience constant and intermittent loud noises, and slippery and uneven surfaces. Sea Duty conditions are subject to change.

How to Apply:
Please upload 3 references and your CV as ONE document at http://jobs.whoi.edu.

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 http://www.newenglandherc.org for more information.

Sponsored Links:


Category: Job and Work, Oceanography, Postdoctoral | RSS 2.0 Both comments and pings are currently closed.

No Comments

Comments are closed.