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Postdoctoral Scholarship Program

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Academic Level:
Postdoc & Early Career

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.

Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering


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 Center for Marine and Environmental Radioactivity (CMER) will award a fellowship for research on natural and human-made radioactive substances in the environment including the study of their sources and fate or use as tracers of ocean processes.

The National Ocean Sciences Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Facility (NOSAMS) will award a fellowship in the development and implementation of new techniques in marine science radiocarbon studies.

The Ocean Bottom Seismic Instrument Center (OBSIC) will award a postdoctoral fellowship for research on the earth's internal structure and earthquake processes using seafloor seismic measurements.

The Ocean Twilight Zone (OTZ) project will award a fellowship for research on twilight zone (100-1000 m) 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.

Recipients of awards are selected competitively, with primary emphasis placed on research promise. Scholarships are awarded for 18-month appointments with a stipend of $62,250 per year, a health/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.

For more information, contact Janet Fields, Postdoctoral Coordinator at or 1-508-289-2950.
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Application Deadline: 10/15/2023

Participating Institution(s):
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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (Lead)

Program Materials:
 • Postdoc Website this link takes you to a different website

This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Atmospheric Sciences
Geological Sciences
Marine Sciences & Oceanography
Sensor Science & Engineering
Transportation Systems

Applied Physics
Biological Oceanography
Chemical Oceanography
Coastal Ocean Sciences
Engineering Research
Fluid Dynamics
Marine Science
Physical Oceanography

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Page last updated 5/7/2023
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