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Postdoctoral Scholarship Program

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an IBP member program

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:

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 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.

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, awards will be announced in December. Recipients of awards can initiate their study and research period at the Institution any time after January.

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accepts non-us citizens

Application Deadline: 10/15/2020

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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