Postdoctoral Investigator - Geology & Geophysics

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Woods Hole, MA

Woods Hole, MA, US
Woods Hole, MA
30+ days ago
Job Summary:

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is currently searching for a Postdoctoral Investigator to join the Geology & Geophysics Department. This is a regular, full-time, exempt position for one year with the possibility of 1-year extension and is eligible for full benefits.


The successful candidate must be an earth scientist interested in studying coastal dynamics and developing total water level and coastal change forecasts for the Great Lakes region. The research is part of a larger effort to provide multi-day forecasts of total water level (i.e., from combined tides/seiches, surge, and wave-induced runup) and its potential coastal change impact along the United States coasts.


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 with a cover letter and full curriculum vitae including a list of three references. Additionally, please email a copy of your cover letter and CV to Dr. Andrew Ashton ( and Dr. Walter Barnhardt ( ). Applications will be accepted until August 15, 2021. Review begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. A starting date of October 1 is desirable. Informal inquiries may be made by email to Dr. Ashton ( or Dr. Walter Barnhardt ( ).


Essential Functions:

The successful candidate will join a multidisciplinary team of WHOI and US Geological Survey (USGS) researchers to investigate hydro- and morpho-dynamics in the Great Lakes, where coastal change processes vary on different temporal and spatial scales compared to the coastal ocean. Within this project, the Postdoctoral Investigator will conduct research on and modeling of coastal morphologic response to changes in hydrodynamics and lake level or conduct foundational stakeholder engagement to develop new research directions. The goal is to provide estimates of coastal change hazards over time scales of hours to days for the Great Lakes region. The individual should have familiarity with a broad range of geological and oceanographic or stakeholder engagement methods to pursue basic science questions and develop approaches that synthesize existing dataset


Education & Experience:


  • Applicants must have a PhD in Geosciences or related Earth Sciences degree
  • Strong computer and programming skills including MatLab and/or Python
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to write high-level scientific reports and publications and meet project milestones
  • Works well with a multi-disciplinary group

Strongly desirable:

  • Good understanding of the physics of wave dynamics and shoreline evolution
  • Experience with numerical model solutions
  • Use of geospatial data analysis tools


Special Requirements:

Fieldwork (including small boat operations) in remote areas may be required.


WHOI is a federal contractor required to comply with Executive Order 14042. As such, WHOI has enacted a Mandated COVID19 vaccination policy effective December 8, 2021 where you must register your vaccination status in order to begin your employment. The registration process entails confidentially submitting a vaccination card and/or your vaccination status or requesting to engage in the interactive exemption process for either a medical or religious reason.    

Physical Requirements:

No pre-determined physical requirements; all candidates should be encouraged to apply

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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution