Postdoctoral Scholar Fellowships

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Woods Hole, MA

ID: 7059825
Posted: August 27, 2019
Application Deadline: October 15, 2019

Job Description

Scholarships are available to new or recent doctoral graduates in diverse areas of research. Applications will be accepted from doctoral recipients with research interests associated with the following:

Departments - Applicants who wish to conduct research on topics of general interest to one or more of the departments are encouraged to apply. Interdepartmental research, including with the Marine Policy Center, is also encouraged. The Departments are:
* Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering
* Biology
* Geology & Geophysics
* Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry
* Physical Oceanography

A joint USGS/WHOI award will be given to a postdoc whose research is in an area of common interest between USGS and WHOI Scientific Staff. The individual will interact with both USGS and WHOI based advisors on their research.

The Ocean Bottom Seismograph Instrument Center (OBSIC) will award a fellowship for research on the earth’s internal structure and its dynamic processes using seafloor seismic measurements. Research areas include: seafloor seismic instrumentation, including the development and/or application of new sensors; earth structure with an emphasis on using ocean-bottom seismograph data, including the development and/or application of new analytical methodologies; earthquake-related processes using seafloor seismology and/or geodesy; the interplay between seafloor seismic measurements and oceanographic processes; and other projects within this broad scope. Award recipients may be advised by scientific staff within the five Departments as well as the USGS, or a combination thereof.

The Ocean Twilight Zone (OTZ) project will award a fellowship for research on midwater ecosystems and processes, including biomass, biodiversity, life histories and behavior, trophic interactions, links to the global carbon cycle, and ways to engage scientists with stakeholders. Award recipients may be advised by scientific staff within the five Departments as well as the Marine Policy Center.


Recipients of awards are selected competitively, with primary emphasis placed on research promise. Scholarships are awarded for 18-month appointments with a stipend of $61,200 per year, a health and welfare allowance and a modest research budget. Recipients are encouraged to pursue their own research interest in association with resident Scientific and Senior Technical Staff. Communication with potential WHOI advisors prior to submitting an application is encouraged. Completed applications must be received by October 15, 2019 for the 2020/2021 appointments. Awards will be announced in December. Recipients of awards can initiate their study and research period at the Institution any time after January 1, 2020 and before December 1, 2020.

Further information about the Scholarships and application forms as well as links to the individual Departments and their research themes may be obtained through the Academic Programs section of the WHOI web pages at:


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