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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Tenure Track Assistant, Associate, and Senior Scientist - Coastal Oceanography in Woods Hole, Massachusetts

The Department of Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering (AOPE) at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) [] invites qualified candidates to apply for one or more tenure-track or tenured scientific-staff positions to complement and expand existing research programs within the Coastal & Ocean Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (COFDL), with core strengths in nearshore, estuarine, and coastal fluid dynamics; sediment transport and morphodynamics; air-sea interaction and marine meteorology; mixing; remote sensing and bio-physical interactions. The ideal candidate will develop an independent research program to enhance collaborative research with the members of the other labs within AOPE and throughout WHOI.

Opportunities for interdisciplinary research exist and collaborations are encouraged with colleagues in the other science departments, centers, and labs, as well as with researchers in the broader Woods Hole scientific community, including other institutions focused on marine research. WHOI’s Scientific Staff are expected to provide for their salaries from grants and contracts. The Institution provides internal funding opportunities for developing innovative research projects and salary support when no other funding is available. Candidates hired at the pre-tenure level will receive an initial appointment for four years. Success of WHOI's scientific staff is underpinned by an extensive mentoring network.

Applicants should have a doctoral degree and a record of scholarly publications commensurate with their career stage. 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/Applied Ocean Science and Engineering.

The Institution is located on Cape Cod in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, a world-renowned center of excellence in marine, biomedical, and environmental science, with proximity to the research hubs of Boston, MA and Providence, RI. Its mission aims to advance our understanding of the ocean and its interaction with the Earth system, and to communicate this understanding for the benefit of society. WHOI is the largest private, non-profit oceanographic institution in the world, with staff, postdocs and graduate students numbering approximately 1,000. Together with an additional 500 affiliates associated with the scientific endeavors of the Institution, WHOI is home to a vibrant international community and has a strong support system for foreign nationals.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are integral to WHOI’s academic excellence and leadership in the global scientific community. WHOI stands committed to a sustained Institution-wide effort to advance inclusion and belonging throughout all levels of the Institution. We strive for a diverse and inclusive workforce, and particularly encourage women, minorities, veterans, those with disabilities, and other underrepresented groups to apply. 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.

WHOI offers a comprehensive benefit package that includes medical and dental plans, a generous employer contribution retirement plan, disability and life insurance, a child care subsidy program, vacation time, ten paid holidays, flexible scheduling and work arrangements, and family illness days. WHOI also provides dual career services for assisting spouses or partners. We have a dedicated team who will work with applicants to identify and explore available options within WHOI, the broader community, including the research hubs of Boston and Providence.


Please visit and respond to Job ID 2020-1360. Applicants should upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae (CV), three-page research statement, names of four references, and three relevant publications. Please also upload (as an additional file in the "Research Statement" section of the application) an up to one-page statement that speaks to past and/or potential contributions to and experience with diversity, equity and inclusion, such as mentoring, committee service, research, outreach or teaching.

Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2021.


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