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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Postdoctoral Investigator in Woods Hole, Massachusetts

The Woods Hole Center for Oceans and Human Health (WHCOHH; at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is seeking a Postdoctoral Investigator to conduct research on harmful algal blooms (HABs) and their toxins, including HAB dynamics, climate interactions, mechanisms of toxicity, and community engagement. The WHCOHH is a collaborative research program funded jointly by NSF and NIH, with additional institutional support from WHOI. The specific goals of the three research projects and community engagement core are described in detail at the web site listed above. Applicants who focus on any one or more of the above topics or their intersections are encouraged to apply—a successful applicant need not address all of the above areas.

This is a temporary, full-time, exempt position, and is eligible for benefits. The appointment is for 24 months with the possibility of an extension based on performance and availability of funding. The successful candidate will have a PhD in an area related to one of the topics under study. Applicants with interdisciplinary training and interests are encouraged to apply.

The institution has a top-rated postdoctoral program ( that supports a dynamic postdoctoral community with formal mentoring and career guidance programs. The Postdoctoral Investigator will have the opportunity to participate in educational and outreach activities associated with the project.

To advance the goals of long-term broadening of participation in ocean science and engineering, we are particularly interested in attracting applicants from groups historically underrepresented in oceanography. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are integral to WHOI’s academic excellence and leadership in the global scientific community. WHOI stands committed to a sustained effort to advance inclusion and belonging throughout all levels of the Institution.

Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, up to three relevant publications, and names/contact information for at least three professional references.

Additionally, applicants should submit a concise statement (no longer than four pages) that addresses (1) research interests to be pursued at WHOI, (2) anticipated career plans, with an explanation of how postdoctoral research at WHOI would complement an applicant’s existing experience and preparation, and (3) interests in, experience with, and/or planned commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in research, teaching, and/or service in their career and (4; optional) life-impact statement that describes any significant life circumstance that has impacted productivity, trajectory, or performance (e.g., COVID-19 pandemic, illness, caretaking responsibilities; 1-page).

Applications will be reviewed starting December 1, 2022. Open until filled. Start date is flexible, and can be as early as January 2023.

Work well in an interdisciplinary group.

Writing peer-reviewed publications and presenting research results at national and international scientific meetings.

Potentially essential functions depending on the nature of the work

Conducting lab work related to descriptions above.

Willing to participate in fieldwork such as oceanographic cruises.

New or recent recipients of a doctoral degree in physical or biological oceanography, marine ecology, toxicology, or a related discipline are eligible. Usually, scientists with more than three to four years of postdoctoral experience are not considered for these positions.

WHOI has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy in effect, where you must register your full vaccination status (vaccination plus booster) in order to begin employment. The registration process is confidential and entails submitting your official vaccination records or requesting to engage in the interactive exemption process for either a medical or religious reason.

Ability to lift 25-50 lbs and carry 10-25 lbs. Physical requirements will also include, kneeling, bending, stooping, twisting, climbing ladders/stools, reaching (above & below shoulders). Frequent prolonged standing/walking. Use of hands for basic grasping/manipulation and for fine manipulation. Occupational requirements will include depth perception, far vision, near vision, ability to distinguish basic colors, hearing, talking, working around others, working with others and working alone. Exposure to the following conditions: hazardous substances or specimens.

Willing to participate in fieldwork such as oceanographic cruises.

Job ID: 2022-1892

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Street: 266 Woods Hole Rd