Research Assistant – Arctic Program

Woods Hole Research Center
Falmouth, Massachusetts (US)
Salary Range $48,000 to $54,000 with a very generous benefits package.
Oct 08, 2019
Nov 07, 2019
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Woods Hole Research Center

Research Assistant – Arctic

SUMMARY:  The Woods Hole Research Center seeks a Research Assistant to support several projects related to carbon cycling, landscape disturbances, and vegetation dynamics in the Arctic. The successful candidate will use remote sensing, geospatial data, and modeling techniques to investigate ongoing changes in the Arctic, including gas emission craters in the Siberian Arctic, changing fluxes of CO2, and boreal forest demographics and disturbances. This position requires expertise in advanced statistical techniques and working with geospatial data. Previous experience working in the Arctic is highly preferred.


The successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Process and analyze high to moderate-resolution satellite imagery and derived geospatial data in a cloud-based analytical platform.
  • Develop statistical models for multivariate change detection analyses to identify landscape changes associated with abrupt landscape disturbance.
  • Analyze Earth System Model output.
  • Work independently and coordinate with project leads and collaborators.
  • Work in a highly collaborative environment to analyze, synthesize, and present results.
  • Manage project data and oversee data archiving.

Qualifications and Experience

  • MS in Earth System Science, Ecology, Biogeochemistry, Geography, Environmental Science, or a related discipline.
  • Experience with remote sensing data and advanced statistical techniques, including modeling of large data sets.
  • Experience with script writing and programming, including environments such as Python and R.
  • Experience with Google Cloud Platform, including SAAS products such as Google Earth Engine.
  • Experience in desktop GIS.
  • Strong organizational, analytic, and written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability and willingness to learn new technical skills as needed.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team in a constantly evolving environment.
  • Understanding of Arctic system processes and experience in Arctic research, including synthesis, field, and remote sensing-based research.

Application deadline: November 15, 2019

Desired Start Date: January, 2020 or sooner

Salary Range: $48,000 to $54,000, depending on experience. This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. WHRC offers a very generous benefits package.

Appointment: This is a two-year appointment with the potential to extend dependent upon funding.

Application Instructions: To apply, please send cover letter highlighting your qualifications for this position and referencing “Research Assistant Job # RNRA19”, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to jobopenings @ Please type “RNRA19” in the subject line.


The Woods Hole Research Center is an independent, nonprofit institute focused on environmental science, policy, and education. WHRC is an equal opportunity employer.

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