Applications open for WHOI Postdoctoral Scholars

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Applications open for WHOI Postdoctoral Scholars
Recent and soon-to-be PhDs,

Please consider applying for a WHOI Postdoctoral Scholar award. Recipients receive 18 months funding to pursue their research goals in collaboration with WHOI scientists. Please reach out if you have questions or if you would like to discuss your research ideas. Application details are below.

WHOI Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering

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 (interdepartmental research, including with the Marine Policy Center, is also encouraged):
  • Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering 
  • Biology
  • Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry
  • Geology & Geophysics
  • 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 be mentored by both USGS and WHOI advisors.

These awards carry special recognition at the Institution and the USGS. Recipients are encouraged to pursue their own research interests, mentored by a member of the resident staff, to advance their research career. Each awardee is provided with office and laboratory space near an appropriate member of the resident staff who acts as sponsor and general advisor throughout the award period.

New or recent (within three years or less) recipients of a doctoral degree with interests in the oceanographic sciences or engineering are eligible. Anyone expecting to receive their degree before December, 1 2014 is welcome to apply.

Scholarships are awarded for 18-month appointments. Successful applicants will receive a stipend of at least $70,000 per year, relocation and health and welfare allowances, as well as a modest research budget. 

Completed applications will be accepted up to October 15, 2023, for consideration for Postdoctoral Scholar Awards for 2024-2025. In addition to the application form, the following are required: a current CV or resume; a minimum of three non-WHOI recommendations; a concise statement describing research interests, in particular those that the applicant would like to pursue at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, as well as more general career plans and interests in, experience with, and/or planned commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in research, teaching, and/or service in their career; and a brief synopsis of their doctoral dissertation. Announcement of awards will be made in December.

Recipients of awards can initiate their study and research period at the Institution any time after January 1, 2024 and before December 1, 2024. The recipient must have received their PhD before starting their postdoc position.

Further information and application forms may be obtained through the Academic Programs section of the WHOI web pages at:

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