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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for a Research Associate to join the Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering Department and the Geology and Geophysics Department. This is a regular, full-time, exempt position, and is eligible for full benefits. The initial appointment is for 18 months with the possibility of extension depending on performance and funding availability. The ideal candidate will participate in the development, calibration and simulation of high-resolution coastal hydrodynamical models for coral reef and other coastal systems. The internal working title of this position will be Research Associate III.

Online application forms should be submitted with a cover letter and full curriculum vitae including a list of three references.

Essential Functions

  • Develop nested high-resolution hydrodynamic modeling system with existing community models, such as (but not limited to) Regional Ocean Modeling System and Wave Watch III, for different coastal regions;
  • Analyze field and satellite observational data to understand coastal hydrodynamical processes and to evaluate the performance of hydrodynamic models;
  • Test different model configurations and parameters, and adjust model set up to improve model performance;
  • Carry out long-term model simulations and synthesize model output;
  • Collaborate with an interdisciplinary team of scientists and effectively communicate scientific findings with scientists in different fields;
  • Participates in or lead the preparation of scientific articles, reports, research proposals, and documentation of methods and procedures;
  • Be able to work on tasks requiring creativity and independent thinking along with a deep understanding of fundamental research and science principles;
  • Be able to work on multiple projects at the same time, make progress on multiple fronts, and effectively manage his/her own schedule to meet deadlines


  • As deemed necessary by supervisor

Education & Experience

  • PhD degree in physical oceanography with several years of ocean hydrodynamic modeling experience, or demonstrated competency as a postdoctoral researcher or research associate in a related field
  • Proficiency in Matlab/Python and Linux is required
  • Previous experience with oceanography field work is advantageous.

Special Requirements

WHOI is a federal contractor required to comply with Executive Order 14042. As such, WHOI has enacted a Mandated COVID19 vaccination policy effective December 8, 2021 where you must register your vaccination status in order to begin your employment. The registration process entails confidentially submitting a vaccination card and/or your vaccination status or requesting to engage in the interactive exemption process for either a medical or religious reason.

Physical Requirements

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

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.

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