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Tenure Track Scientist - Physical Oceanography

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, Massachusetts
Closing date
Mar 6, 2023

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Ocean Science
Career Level
Early Career (up to 10 years past degree)
Education Level
Relocation Cost
Sector Type
Non-Government Organization/Non-Profit

Job Details

The Physical Oceanography Department at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) invites candidates to apply to the open full-time tenure track position(s) on our scientific staff*. We seek to hire 1-2 scientists at the Assistant Scientist level, but exceptional candidates at more senior levels may be considered.

We seek applicants with expertise in the broad areas of physical oceanography and/or climate dynamics that would complement the existing strengths in the PO department and contribute to WHOI’s Vision 2030 ( We seek innovative scientists working in any related topic area, including but not limited to: 1) coastal dynamics, 2) submesoscale processes and mixing, 3) climate variability, and 4) interdisciplinary research. Interdisciplinary interests include the interplay between ocean dynamics and biological or geochemical processes, or the interaction of the ocean with the atmosphere, the land, and the cryosphere. We invite scientists employing cutting-edge observational, modeling, theoretical, laboratory, and data-driven approaches.

The successful candidate will join a collaborative group of scientists who address a wide range of fundamental problems in ocean and climate dynamics, as well as interdisciplinary research questions, using observations, modeling, theory, and laboratory experiments. World-class technical support facilitates the use of a broad mix of traditional and innovative instruments and observational techniques and high-performance computing to study all ocean and climate-relevant scales from microstructure up to global, and in all ocean domains including open-ocean, coastal, and under sea-ice regions.

WHOI is located on Cape Cod in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, a world-renowned center of excellence in marine, biomedical, and environmental science, with proximity to the research hubs of Boston, MA and Providence, RI. Its mission is to advance our understanding of the ocean and its interaction with the Earth system, and to communicate this understanding for the benefit of society. WHOI is the largest private, non-profit oceanographic institution in the world, with staff and students numbering approximately 1,000. Together with an additional ~500 affiliated personnel associated with the scientific endeavors of the Institution, WHOI is home to a vibrant scientific community that has a strong international component.

WHOI offers a comprehensive benefit package that includes but is not limited to relocation assistance, medical and dental plans, childcare subsidy, housing assistance, tuition assistance, an employer contribution retirement plan, vacation time, flexible scheduling, and family illness days. The Institution also provides dual career services to assist the applicant’s spouse or partner in identifying and exploring available employment options within WHOI and the broader Woods Hole community, as well as in Boston and Providence.

*Tenure-track staff are positions equivalent to ladder-rank professorial posts and tenure-track group leader positions.


Please visit and respond to Job Reference ID 2022-1924. Applicants should include, as a single PDF document: A cover letter, curriculum vitae (CV), three-page research statement, names of four references and copies of up to three relevant publications.

The package should also be sent separately to the chair of Physical Oceanography Department at with the subject line "Physical Oceanography Department Scientific Application”.  Applications will be accepted until February 10, 2023.  


WHOI Scientific Staff members develop externally-funded, and internationally recognized research programs. They also have the option of advising graduate students and teaching courses in the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography/Applied Ocean Science and Engineering. Throughout their career, Scientific Staff also have access to significant internal funding opportunities and mentoring, including exciting new directions through WHOI’s Vision 2030 Initiative. Early career Scientific Staff receive some compensation support and start up packages as they develop their independent research portfolios. Scientific Staff are encouraged (although not required) to embark on interdisciplinary and entrepreneurial ventures as well as develop collaborations within the Institution, its various centers, and the Woods Hole community.

Applications from members of underrepresented groups and non-traditional backgrounds are encouraged. The Institution is committed to supporting a diverse and inclusive workplace and welcomes individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to providing leadership, in scholarship or service, toward building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment.

Applicants should have a doctoral degree and a record of scholarly contributions (publications and/or other products) commensurate with their career stage with consideration taken for productivity or trajectory-impacting life circumstances.

Please visit and respond to Job Reference ID 2022-1924. Applicants should upload their curriculum vitae to the corresponding section of the application, as well as uploading a single PDF document to the "Cover Letter" section of the application containing the following information, in respective order: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three-page research statement, one-page diversity statement, names and contact information of four references, copies of up to three relevant publications or preprints, and optional life-impact statement.

The research statement should include their research background and plans for building an independent research program at WHOI and should speak to the significance and long-term goals of their research. The diversity statement should discuss or include their past and/or potential contributions to and experience with diversity, equity and inclusion, such as mentoring, committee service, research, outreach, or teaching. The life-impact statement should discuss any significant life circumstance that has impacted their productivity, trajectory, or performance (e.g., COVID-19 pandemic, illness, caretaking responsibilities; 1-page). Any statements that exceed page guidelines, will not be read past the specified length requirements.

Further details of the physical requirements of established essential functions for this position will be addressed/discussed during the interview process.  We welcome all interested parties to apply!


The ocean is life, and it belongs to everyone. It gives us oxygen and food and millions of jobs. It brings joy and shapes our climate and weather. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is the world’s independent leader in ocean discovery, exploration, and education, working to understand and sustain one of humanity’s most precious common resources. Join us today for our ocean, our planet, and our future.

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