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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Postdoctoral Investigator - Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering in Woods Hole, Massachusetts

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for a Postdoctoral Investigator to join the Ocean Acoustics and Signals Laboratory in the Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering (AOPE) Department. This is a regular, full-time, exempt position and is eligible for full benefits. The initial appointments will be for 24 months, and continuance will be determined by performance and available funding.

The project will investigate underwater sound propagation physics and ocean acoustic technologies to sense, characterize and analyze marine environments. Research will be conducted both in the laboratory and at sea.

The Institution has a top-rated postdoctoral program ( that supports a dynamic postdoctoral community with formal mentoring and career guidance programs. While the primary focus of the work will be in research, the Postdoctoral Investigator will have the opportunity to participate in educational and outreach activities associated with the project.

Online application forms should be submitted via the appropriate fields in the application with a research statement describing research accomplishments, current work, future direction and career goals; a complete curriculum vitae; up to three relevant publications; and a cover letter that contains the contact information of at least three references.

Applications will be reviewed starting 9/1/2021.

  • Sound propagation model development.

  • Acoustic data analysis

  • Participating sea trial cruises and assisting on conducting field work experiments.

  • Work well in a large interdisciplinary group.

  • Writing peer-reviewed publications and presenting research results at national and international scientific meetings.

  • PhD. in Oceanography or Ocean Acoustics is required.

  • Less than 2 years of postdoctoral experience is required.

  • Previous experience in ocean acoustics and sonar signal processing is desirable.

  • Previous successful experience working with interdisciplinary groups is preferred.

  • WHOI has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy in effect, where you must register your full vaccination status [vaccination plus booster] in order to begin your employment. The registration process is confidential and entails submitting your official vaccination records, or requesting to engage in the interactive exemption process for either a medical or religious reason.

Physical duties for this position include but are not limited to, ability to lift 25 lbs independently, 2 times per day; carry 10-25 lbs, 2 times per day. Visual abilities to include near, far, peripheral, depth perception, and ability to distinguish basic colors. Hearing requirements include the ability to hear and respond to instructions, communicate effectively in loud areas (pier/dock, warehouse). Other physical tasks include occasional prolonged standing/walking; use of hands for basic /fine grasping and manipulation, repetitive motion, reaching above and below the shoulders, pushing, pulling, kneeling, bending, twisting, and stooping. Other occupational requirements include talking, traveling, working around others, and with others. Will be exposed to dust or other irritants and electrical/mechanical/power equipment hazards. Physical duties are subject to change.

May work at least 8 hours per day and, at times in excess of 12 hours per day, 7 days per week. Sleep and work hours can deviate from those on land. May be expected to work on watch schedule (such as 8 hours on and 8 hours off or 12 hours on and 8 hours off) for all or part of a cruise or to work as hours are needed to accomplish the planned work. May need to travel during holidays and for long distances to and from foreign ports. May experience rudimentary living and working conditions, with shared and basic living quarters and laboratories. May experience bad or extreme weather conditions, including heavy seas, winter weather or hot, tropical weather. Work on deck may occur in both hot and cold conditions around the clock. Sea conditions will lead to active ship motion. Should be able to climb steep and vertical ladders and able to enter and exit compartments through hatches, doors, and sills. Should be able to carry heavy gear and participate in the loading and unloading of the ship as well as in the activities on deck and in the labs during the cruise. Shipboard environment may include: confined areas, shared sleeping quarters (berths) and bathroom facilities, small and basic berthing, fixed meal times and basic menus. Modest levels of heating, cooling, ventilation, and illumination, limited or no email and internet access and limited off-duty and recreational facilities (library, lounge, movies). May be exposed to potential allergens and irritants, including paint fumes. May experience constant and intermittent loud noises, and slippery and uneven surfaces.

Job ID: 2021-1538

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Street: 266 Woods Hole Rd