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August 1, 2019 - January 31, 2020

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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Marine Policy Center
Assistant or Associate Scientist

JOE ID Number: 2019-02_111463336
Date Posted: 09/20/2019
Date Inactive: 01/31/2020
Position Title/Short Description
Title: Assistant or Associate Scientist
Section: US: Full-Time Academic (Permanent, Tenure Track or Tenured)
Location: Woods Hole, Massachusetts, UNITED STATES
JEL Classification: Q -- Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
Marine Policy
Public Health
Food, Water, and Energy
Climate Change
Ecosystem Management
Full Text of JOE Listing:

The Marine Policy Center at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is seeking to hire two, full-time, tenure-track, Scientific Staff members and invites qualified candidates to apply. The staff at the Policy Center conducts social scientific research that integrates economics, policy analysis, and law with the Institution’s basic research in ocean science. The successful candidate will have research interests that complement our existing interdisciplinary strengths in marine resource economics. We welcome applications from social scientists and others who use either empirical or theoretical approaches to address questions in any area of marine policy. Candidates whose research lies at the intersection of marine science and the economics of public health; food, water, and energy; climate change; or ecosystem management are particularly encouraged to apply.

Applicants should have a doctoral degree and a record of a record of scholarly publications commensurate with their career stage. Scientific Staff members are expected to develop independent, externally-funded, and internationally-recognized research programs. They also have the option of advising graduate students and teaching courses through the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography and Oceanographic Engineering.

Opportunities for interdisciplinary research exist through collaborations with colleagues in the other science departments, centers, and labs as well as with researchers in the broader Woods Hole scientific community. WHOI’s Scientific Staff are expected to provide for their salaries from grants and contracts. The Institution provides salary support when no other funding is available, as well as significant internal funding opportunities for developing innovative research projects. Candidates hired at the junior level will receive an initial appointment for four years.

WHOI is the largest private, non-profit oceanographic institution in the world, with staff and students numbering approximately 1,000. 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. The Institution is located in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, a world-renowned center of excellence in marine, biomedical, and environmental science. An additional 500 affiliates are associated with the scientific endeavors of the Institution, many of whom are foreign nationals from the international community.

WHOI is committed to supporting a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. WHOI believes diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential components that support our academic excellence. We strive for a diverse and inclusive workforce, and encourage women, minorities, veterans and those with disabilities to apply.
WHOI offers a comprehensive benefit package that includes medical and dental plans, child care subsidy, an employer contribution retirement plan, vacation time, flexible scheduling, and family illness days. WHOI also provides dual career services for assisting your spouse or partner should they be impacted by your career decision. We have a dedicated team who will work with applicants to identify and explore available options within WHOI or the broader community.

WHOI is a member of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC). Please visit HERC for more information.
WHOI is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer/Disabled/Veterans/M/F. We encourage Veterans and those with Disabilities to apply. Applications are reviewed confidentially. Applicants that require accommodation in the job application process are encouraged to contact us at (508) 289-2253 or email for assistance.

Application Requirements:
  • External Application URL and Instructions Below
Application Instructions:
A complete job description is available at under Job Reference 19-09-03. To apply, please visit and respond to Job Reference 19-09-03. Applicants should include, as a single PDF document: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three-page research statement, names and contact information of four references, and copies of up to three relevant publications or preprints. Review of applications will begin on November 15 and will continue until the positions are filled.