Careers & Internships

The following position is currently open at the Woods Hole Research Center:

 


Research Assistant Positions (2)
Aboveground Carbon Dynamics

Job # AGCD17

SUMMARY: We are seeking two Research Assistants, focused on the development of novel approaches to the direct measurement and mapping of aboveground carbon dynamics and restoration of land carbon reservoirs at local to global scales. The successful candidates will work closely with the lead scientists and their collaborators as part of new and ongoing research efforts supported by variety of sources, included NASA. This position requires advanced remote sensing, GIS, and statistics experience, including the ability to manipulate large data sets within a LINUX-based cloud-computing environment.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Assemble/analyze large airborne LiDAR, Landsat, MODIS, and related datasets
  • Understand/manage large databases of field-measured biomass and related variables
  • Advance multi-temporal algorithm development for biomass change mapping
  • Perform complex geoprocessing utilizing cloud computing resources (e.g., Google)
  • Conduct accuracy/uncertainty/sensitivity analyses
  • Work in a collaborative environment with minimal oversight
  • Participate in peer-reviewed journal article and grant proposal preparation
  • Contribute to WHRC’s ongoing tropical and global biomass modeling activities

Qualifications and Experience: B.S. (minimum) or M.S. (preferred) degree with experience in a relevant discipline (geography, ecology, forestry, natural resources, or environmental science) with demonstrated expertise using multi-temporal/multi-sensor Earth observation data for large-area measurement and mapping of forest biophysical variables.

  • Experience with field, airborne LiDAR, Landsat, MODIS, and/or similar datasets
  • Experience building statistical relationships between field and satellite image data
  • Advanced computational/programming skills
  • Open-source statistical/spatial software experience (R/GDAL/Python, etc.)
  • Knowledge of tropical forests and three-dimensional forest structure
  • Familiarity with REDD+ and forest carbon MRV
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work independently in an organized and detail-oriented fashion

Desired Start Date: Early 2017

Application Deadline: February 15, or until filled

Salary Range: $48,000 to $60,000, with full benefit package, exempt positions.

Appointment: These are two-year appointments, with the potential to extend.

Application Instructions: To apply, please send cover letter referencing “Research Assistant Positions #AGCD17,” curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to jobopenings@whrc.org. Please type “AGCD17” in the subject line.


Postdoctoral Researcher Position
Arctic-Boreal Ecosystem Modeling

Job # BRPD17

SUMMARY: We seek a post-doctoral researcher with a focus on land surface modeling in boreal and arctic ecosystems. The successful candidate will work closely with the lead scientist and collaborators to assess how changes in climate, vegetation, disturbances, permafrost, and other properties have been impacting high-latitude carbon cycling using the Community Land Model (CLM). This position requires advanced Earth system modeling experience, including the ability to develop model code, conduct experiments, and manipulate large data sets.

Responsibilities – the successful candidate will:

  • Lead model development for photosynthesis, respiration, phenology, and permafrost modules.
  • Perform complex geoprocessing, including the application of benchmarks to multiple land surface models.
  • Conduct model experiments to understand changing seasonal CO2 fluxes in boreal forests and arctic tundra.
  • Analyze and integrate a variety of observational data, including remote sensing products, atmospheric CO2 metrics, and in situ fluxes.
  • Work in a highly collaborative environment to analyze, synthesize, and present results.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Ph.D. degree in Environmental Sciences, Earth System Science, Ecology, or a related discipline, with a demonstrated ability to develop and apply land surface models (experience with CLM is preferred), conduct spatial analysis, and manage large data sets.
  • Excellent ability to use relevant computing resources and learn new skills as needed.
  • Knowledge of boreal and arctic ecosystems, vegetation dynamics, and carbon cycling.
  • Ability to think and work across disciplines and scales.
  • Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills, and the ability to work in a highly collaborative environment.

Desired Start Date: June 2017

Application Deadline: March 15, 2017

Salary Range: $50,000 to $55,000, with full benefit package, exempt position.

Appointment: This is a two-year appointment, with the opportunity to extend.

Application Instructions: To apply, please send cover letter referencing “Post-Doctoral Researcher Job # BRPD17”, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to jobopenings@whrc.org. Please type “BRPD17” in the subject line.


Postdoctoral Researcher
Soil Carbon Cycling

Job # JSPD17

SUMMARY: We seek a post-doctoral researcher to work on an exciting new project with the primary objective of understanding and predicting the spatial and temporal response of soil carbon to land use change under a changing climate by greatly improving the availability of soil data related to carbon cycling. The successful candidate will work closely with the lead scientists and collaborators (USDA National Cooperative Soil Survey, CSIRO Australia and the International Soil Carbon Network). This position will develop new capabilities to predict numerous soil properties from infrared spectroscopy, develop moderately high resolution soil property maps, and use these maps to run a spatially explicit biogeochemical model under different future land use and climate scenarios.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Harmonize multiple soil spectral libraries and databases
  • Develop new open-source predictive models from soil spectral data for numerous soil properties
  • Develop maps of various soil properties using machine learning algorithms
  • Run a spatially-explicit soil biogeochemical model under different land use and climate scenarios
  • Work in a highly collaborative environment to analyze, synthesize, and present results.

Qualifications and Experience: Ph.D. degree in Soil Science, Earth System Science, Geography, or a related discipline, with demonstrated strong data analysis skills in at least one of the three key work areas for this project: Chemometric prediction of soil properties from infrared spectroscopy; Digital soil mapping; or Biogeochemical modeling.

  • Knowledge and interest in soil carbon cycling and global change research.
  • Ability to develop R code and learn new skills as needed.
  • Experience with various soil laboratory analyses.
  • Experience using the CENTURY model.
  • Ability to assess and implement appropriate computation needs.
  • Evidence of or potential for scholarly excellence through publications and presentations.
  • Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills.

Desired Start Date: May 2017

Application Deadline: April 14th, or until filled

Salary Range: $50,000 to $55,000, with full benefit package, exempt position.

Appointment: Three-year appointment.

Application Instructions: To apply, please send cover letter referencing “Postdoctoral Researcher # JSPD17”, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to jobopenings@whrc.org. Please type “JSPD17” in the subject line.

For more information, please contact Jonathan Sanderman, jsanderman@whrc.org.


Summer Research Assistant
TIDE project

Job # LDRA17

SUMMARY: We seek a motivated Summer Field Research Assistant to work on the TIDE project at The Woods Hole Research Center. The successful candidate will participate in a large-scale field experiment to understand the recovery of a saltmarsh ecosystem from over a decade of experimentally increased nutrient loading. He/she will be expected to take a leadership role in coordinating logistics in the field, and in monitoring the ecosystem response to the manipulations, including plant, animal and biogeochemistry. Responsibilities include maintaining experimental infrastructure (water level loggers, YSI’s, etc.), participating in field and laboratory measurements of biology and chemistry, and processing and analyzing project data. Contact with the public, and other interested parties will be required. The applicant will work as part of a large multi-disciplinary team consisting of PIs, postdocs, graduate students and other research assistants and gain broad experience through field and laboratory work across interdisciplinary fields including biology, chemistry, and physical oceanography.

Qualifications and Experience: The successful candidate should possess a BS degree in Ecology, Biology, or Marine Biology and at least one-year of field experience working in coastal marine and saltmarsh ecosystems.

  • Attention to detail and strong organization skills required
  • Database management and statistical program experience required
  • Ability to communicate positively with the public is required
  • Must be familiar with the techniques and instrumentation used to quantify saltmarsh ecology
  • Experience: data logger programming, environmental sensors (YSI Oxygen), ADCPs, SIGMA auto samplers to estimate ecosystem processes is highly desirable
  • Must possess a valid MA driver license and qualify to drive WHRC vehicles
  • Excellent interpersonal, and teamwork skills required

Physical Requirements: This position requires moderately strenuous fieldwork:

  • Ability to lift approx. 50 lbs., bending, carrying heavy equipment, and walking through waist high marine waters and marsh
  • Work in marine environments, primarily intertidal settings under variable weather conditions
  • Work with vertebrate and invertebrate animals and hazardous/harsh chemicals in the laboratory
  • Work in a highly collaborative environment to analyze, synthesize, and present results
  • Will work at the field site in Plum Island Sound (Rowley, MA) from June through August

Field season: June 1, 2017- late August 2017 (possibly through September)

Application Deadline: April 14th or until filled

Compensation: $15.75/hour at full-time (40 hrs/wk)

Application Instructions: To apply, please send cover letter referencing “Summer RA job# LDRA17”, resume, and contact information for three references to jobopenings@whrc.org. Please type “LDRA17” in the subject line.


Summer Research Assistant
Coastal Vegetation & Conservation

Job # CNCV17

SUMMARY: We seek a motivated Summer Field Research Assistant to work on coastal vegetation and conservation science projects at The Woods Hole Research Center. The successful candidate will assist in projects that assess the effects of grazing and land use history on the vegetation of the coastal region of southeastern Massachusetts, and the effectiveness of current conservation management practices in structuring vegetation and preserving biodiversity. The field sites will be located in the Cape & Islands, and the candidate would be expected to live in the Woods Hole region.

Qualifications and Experience: The candidate should possess a BS degree, or significant course work and/or field experience in ecology or environmental science. A background in terrestrial ecology, soil science, botany, or ecosystems ecology is preferred. Demonstrated skills in data organization, analysis and report writing are also preferred. Applicants should be in good health, capable of rigorous outdoor activity, and willing to endure occasional exposure to insects, ticks and poison ivy.

Duties will include, but not limited to:

  • Fieldwork to quantify vegetation to determine the effects of nitrogen supply and grazing on coastal vegetation
  • Ability to document plant species, plant biomass, and plant cover
  • Collection and laboratory processing of soil samples
  • Sampling vegetation in grassland, shrublands and marsh habitats
  • Data organization and data analysis of vegetation patterns over time
  • Excellent interpersonal, and teamwork skills are required
  • Work in marine environments, under variable weather conditions
  • A valid US driver’s license is required
  • Attention to detail and strong organization skills are required

Field season: May 1, 2017- August 30, 2017

Application Deadline: April 10th, or until filled

Compensation: $14 to $15 an hour (dependent upon experience); full-time at 40 hrs/week

Application Instructions: To apply, please send cover letter referencing “Summer RA job# CNCV17”, resume, and contact information for three references to jobopenings@whrc.org. Please type “CNCV17” in the subject line.

For more information, please contact Christopher Neill: cneill@whrc.org


Summer Research Assistant
Suburban Ecosystems

Job # CNSE17

SUMMARY: We seek a motivated Summer Field Research Assistant to work on a residential ecosystem structure and function project at The Woods Hole Research Center. The successful candidate will assist in projects that assess how management of suburban residential ecosystems controls plant, bird and insect communities, soil biogeochemistry, and the population structure of plant species that move between wildlands and residential areas. The field sites will be in the Boston Metropolitan Region, and the candidate would be expected to live in the Woods Hole region.

Qualifications and Experience: The candidate should possess a BS degree, or significant course work and/or field experience in ecology or environmental science. Some background in terrestrial ecology, soil science, botany, or ecosystems ecology preferred. Basic laboratory skills, familiarity with spreadsheet software required. Some knowledge of terrestrial plants of the Northeast US or coastal Massachusetts desired. Basic familiarity with GIS software also desirable. Applicants should be in good health, capable of rigorous outdoor activity, and willing to endure occasional exposure to insects, ticks and poison ivy.

Duties will include, but not limited to:

    • Fieldwork to quantify plant species composition, tree biomass, bird, insect abundance, and soil composition and element stocks
    • Vegetation sampling in residential areas and adjacent unmanaged lands
    • Recording plant species and plant biomass, bird surveys, collections of insects in traps
    • Ability to organize data and data analysis and report writing
    • Collection and processing of soil samples
    • Data organization and data analysis of vegetation patterns over time
    • Excellent interpersonal, and teamwork skills are required
    • Work in field environments, under variable weather conditions
    • A valid US driver’s license is required
    • Attention to detail and strong organization skills are required

Field season: May 1, 2017- August 30, 2017

Application Deadline: April 10th, or until filled

Compensation: $14 to $15 an hour (dependent upon experience); full-time at 40 hrs/week

Application Instructions: To apply, please send cover letter referencing “Summer RA job #CNSE17”, resume, and contact information for three references to jobopenings@whrc.org. Please type “CNSE17” in the subject line.

For more information, please contact Christopher Neill: cneill@whrc.org


Research Assistant/Associate Position: Boreal Forest Fire Effects
Job # BRRA17

SUMMARY: We seek a Research Assistant or a Research Associate to support several projects related to NASA’s Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE). The successful candidate will develop trajectories of ecosystem variables after wildfire in Alaska and Canada, and scale field measurements using remote sensing. Ultimately this research will inform fire management in northern systems. This position requires advanced remote sensing, GIS, and statistics experience, including the ability to manipulate large data sets in a LINUX computing environment.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Process and analyze multi-temporal remote sensing and geospatial data, taking advantage of supercomputing facilities operated by NASA
  • Develop trajectories of post-fire albedo and carbon dynamics after wildfires in Alaska and Canada using advanced statistical approaches
  • Derive statistical relationships between field measurements and geospatial data
  • Collaborate on the development of climate forcing layers to inform management

Qualifications and Experience: B. S. (minimum) or M.S. (preferred) degree in environmental science, geography, ecology, Earth system science, forestry, or a related discipline.

  • Demonstrated experience using remote sensing (Landsat or MODIS preferred) or other Earth observation data, and advanced statistical techniques
  • Knowledge of forest and disturbance dynamics
  • Advanced computational and programming skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a highly collaborative environment

Desired Start Date: June 2017

Application Deadline: April 15, 2017, or until filled

Salary Range: $48,000 to $58,000 depending on experience, with full benefit package, exempt position.

Appointment: This is a one-year appointment, with the opportunity to extend.

Application Instructions: To apply, please send cover letter referencing “Research Assistant Job #BRRA17,” curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to jobopenings@whrc.org. Please type “BRRA17” in the subject line.