Postdoctoral Fellowships at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Woods Hole, Massachusetts
Jun 29, 2017
Aug 31, 2017
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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution


Fellowships are available to new or recent doctoral graduates in diverse areas of research.  Applications will be accepted from doctoral recipients with research interests associated with the following:

Departments - Applicants who wish to conduct research on topics of general interest to one or more of the Departments are encouraged to apply. Interdepartmental research is also encouraged. The Departments are:

  • Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering
  • Biology
  • Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry
  • Geology & Geophysics
  • Physical Oceanography

A joint USGS/WHOI award will be given to a postdoc whose research is in an area of common interest between USGS and WHOI Scientific Staff.  The individual will interact with both USGS and WHOI based advisors on their research.

PROGRAM         These awards carry special recognition at the Institution.  Each recipient is encouraged to pursue his or her own research interests in association with a member of the resident staff.  Each awardee is provided with office and laboratory space in close proximity to an appropriate member of the resident staff who acts as sponsor and general advisor throughout the award period.

ELIGIBILITY     New or recent recipients of a doctoral degree with interests in the oceanographic sciences or engineering are eligible.  Usually, scientists with more than three to four years of postdoctoral experience are not considered eligible for these awards.

STIPEND           Successful applicants will receive a stipend of $58,500 per year for an 18-month appointment, plus a relocation allowance.  All appointees are eligible for group health and dental insurance.  In addition, limited support is available for travel expenses, equipment, supplies and special services.

APPLICATION   Completed applications will be accepted up to September 20, 2017 for consideration for Postdoctoral Scholar Awards for 2018-2019.  In addition to the application form, the following are required:  a current CV or resume; a minimum of three non-WHOI recommendations; a concise statement describing research interests, in particular those that the applicant would like to pursue at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, as well as more general career plans; and a brief synopsis of their doctoral dissertation.  Announcement of awards will be made by December 1st.

TENURE             Recipients of awards can initiate their study and research period at the Institution any time after January 1, 2018 and before December 1, 2018.

Further information and application forms may be obtained through the Academic Programs section of the WHOI web pages at, or by contacting:

The WHOI Postdoctoral Coordinator

Telephone: (508) 289-2950 ٠ E-mail:


The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Organization