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 Please type “AGCD17” 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 Please type “JSPD17” in the subject line.

For more information, please contact Jonathan Sanderman,