Postdoctoral Fellowship

Woods Hole, Massachusetts
Up to $58,500 per year, plus a relocation allowance
Oct 04, 2017
Nov 03, 2017
Career Level
Student / Graduate
Education Level
Job Type
Relocation Cost

With support from the Woods Hole Sea Grant (WHSG) program, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is pleased to offer a new Postdoctoral Fellow position in Marine Policy, Outreach, & Education. This is a temporary, full-time appointment* and is eligible for benefits. The anticipated appointment dates are January 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019. *Please not that this position is not considered an employee of WHOI.  


The fellow will develop and carry out a research plan that is aligned with an important marine policy, outreach, or education need of the Woods Hole Sea Grant program. The research must support the broad mission of WHSG, which is to develop a better understanding of, and solutions to, coastal issues at local, regional, national, and international scales. To fulfill this mission Woods Hole Sea Grant seeks input and advice from state and federal agencies, resource stakeholders, and the public. Our outreach efforts are conducted in a cooperative partnership between the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Cape Cod Cooperative Extension. The fellow is encouraged to draw on this expertise as required to implement their research plan.    The fellow’s research must address one or more of the focus areas of the WHSG program, which are aligned with those of the National Sea Grant College; they include: Healthy Coastal Ecosystems (HCE), Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture (SFA), Resilient Communities and Economies (RCE), and Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development (ELWD). These focus areas highlight the most critical needs in coastal regions of the United States and build on strategic goals of NOAA and the unique strengths and capabilities of the Sea Grant network.  

Healthy Coastal Ecosystems  Issues related to healthy coastal ecosystems on the coast of Massachusetts and in Northeastern U.S. are similar to those issues experienced in other areas of the U.S. coastline. Examples of key challenges in our region are nitrogen over-enrichment of bays and estuaries and ocean acidification impacts on biota including shellfish.   

Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture  Woods Hole Sea Grant has identified the revitalization of our nation’s fisheries and sustainable aquaculture as priority areas that fit within the capacity of the academic and research environment within the region served by our program. The WHSG Extension Program provides support to shellfish growers, in particular the southeastern Massachusetts oyster aquaculture industry, which is one of the largest in the nation.   

Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development  Sea Grant has assumed the responsibility to improve the environmental literacy of the general public, to inform teachers and informal educators of new advances in science and technology, to inform decision makers of advances in science that informs policy, and to assist in the training of undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral, and law students.  

Resilient Communities and Economies  Coastal communities in the U.S. provide a wide range of economic, social, and recreational opportunities. Over one third of the population of Massachusetts lives along the coastline. At the same time, coastal ponds, embayments, open coasts, and coastal resources may be impacted by society’s commercial, recreational and residential activities.  


  • The proposed research will be evaluated and approved by the Woods Hole Sea Grant director.


  • The successful applicant will be a recent doctoral graduate (within the past four years) in oceanography, environmental science, or marine policy with strong interests and abilities to advance the core policy, communications or outreach efforts of the Woods Hole Sea Grant program.


Physical duties include vision requirements of the near vision, far vision, peripheral vision. Hearing ability includes normal/corrected hearing that will enable functioning in a lab and or outdoor setting. Other physical requirements include frequent standing/walking, manual dexterity and mobility, use of hands for basic grasping/manipulation. This position is mostly sedentary in nature and may require use of repetitive motion in operating computers or office/lab equipment. Physical duties are subject to change.  


Required application materials include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a three‐ page vision statement and a plan for how your research would align with the Woods Hole Sea Grant mission, how you will benefit professionally from the interaction with the WHSG program, and a list of three non‐ WHOI references for us to contact. Applications will be reviewed by an ad hoc committee appointed by the Sea Grant director Please do not complete the application form ('Click here for an Application form' button at the bottom of the page) and instead, please email the required application materials to Specific questions about the fellowship should be addressed to Dr. Matt Charette at Submitted application materials will be accepted up to November 15, 2017.  


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 HERC - for more information.  

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.