The following positions are currently open at the Woods Hole Research Center :
- President and Executive Director
- Project Assistant in the Democratic Republic of Congo
- Postdoctoral Researcher Position - Remote Sensing of Terrestrial Ecosystem Dynamics
Summary: The Board of Directors of the Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) seeks a leader, innovator, and strategic thinker for the position of President & Executive Director. WHRC is a private non-profit research organization focusing on environmental science. The mission of WHRC is to advance scientific discovery and seek science-based solutions for the world’s environmental and economic challenges through research and education on forests, soils, air, water, and particularly global cycles of carbon and nitrogen. In realizing this mission, WHRC envisions a world in which the insights of science guide management of the Earth’s natural resources, so that we and future generations may sustain prosperous and fulfilling lives without degrading the ecosystems that support humanity and a diverse abundance of life.
The new President & Executive Director will serve as the face of WHRC in providing vision, leadership, management, and effective fundraising for its programs and its outstanding team of interdisciplinary research scientists and staff. She or he will guide the organization through its next phase of development, innovation and growth, serving as WHRC’s public voice in providing visibility and outreach. Reporting to a 22-member Board of Directors and serving as a member of that Board, the President & Executive Director leads a staff of 55, including 13 Principal Investigators working on programs and initiatives around the world. The new President & Executive Director will be an individual of exceptional intellect, vision and scientific judgment, a proven leader, institution builder, and team builder who listens well, communicates persuasively, and embraces the work of the Center with passion.
This is a unique opportunity for the right leader to help a committed organization achieve even greater visibility, recognition, and impact. For the right individual, WHRC will be an important platform from which to influence global environmental policy and enhance public understanding and support.
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Nominations, inquiries, and expressions of interest [cover letter, CV and five references] should be directed electronically to:
Summary: The Project Assistant will report to the Project Manager for a pilot REDD+, community forest management and development project in Equateur Province, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Project Assistant’s tasks will be administrative, logistical, and communications for the project, which is under the direction of the Woods Hole Research Center in collaboration with the DRC Ministry of Environment and a variety of local government and non-government partners. The project will include biophysical, social and economic research; along with implementation of pilot REDD community forest management initiatives in two locations in Equateur Province, Gemena and Mbandaka. Headquarters for the project and this position will be in Mbandaka.
Responsibilities: The successful candidate will:
- Organize, administer and maintain the project office and its systems
- Build a strong network of the institution and partners
- Administer interoffice and external relations
- Build a project network
- Assist in development and implementation of monitoring and evaluation tools and systems for the project
- Work independently, but also coordinate effectively as part of a team
Qualifications & Experience:
- BS, BA or equivalent in communications, public or business administration
- Minimum of 3 years experience working with international programs in DRC, preferably in development and/or environment
- Excellent writing and strong communication skills
- Proven track record with institutional strengthening and partnership building
- Strong organizational skills
- Excellent interpersonal skills, demonstrating diplomacy and tact
- Proven ability to effectively manage external relations and to build teams
- Demonstrable respect for all persons regardless of religion, ethnicity, class, gender, or age
- Willingness to reside in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Mbandaka, Equateur Province) and travel frequently to Kinshasa and Gemena
Appointment: 3 year appointment.
Application deadline: Until filled.
Desired start date: ASAP
Salary Range: Commensurate with experience
Application Instructions: Please send: cover letter referencing job #DRCPA01, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to .
SUMMARY: The Woods Hole Research Center seeks a Post-Doctoral Researcher with a focus on monitoring terrestrial ecosystem dynamics and assessing feedbacks from landscape change. The successful candidate will conduct research on data fusion and time-series analysis and the development of robust algorithms integrating ground, airborne, and satellite data for local to continental-scale mapping and monitoring projects, focusing on Latin America and U.S. territories. This position requires advanced remote sensing experience, and experience with large-dataset processing and data mining on high-performance UNIX/Linux computer clusters.
Responsibilities: The successful candidate will:
- Conduct research in a highly collaborative environment to analyze, synthesize, and present results, including verbal presentations
- Contribute to reports, publications, web-based materials, and participate in capacity building and technology transfer
- Contribute to the advancement of a new U.S. radar satellite mission
Qualifications and Experience:
- Ph.D. degree with experience in radar/lidar/optical remote sensing and spatial modeling of ecosystem processes. The ideal candidate has a background in remote sensing engineering, geography, biology, ecology, forestry, natural resources, or environmental science/education
- Sound programming skills in major programming and batch scripting languages (Python, C/C++, R, SQL (postgres/post-gis), MATLAB, Bash, and IDL)
- Knowledge of GIS, open source packages, and image processing software and libraries (GDAL, ArcGIS, QGIS, ENVI, object oriented image analysis)
- Excellent communication skills to present results at conferences and write research papers
- Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills to work in a highly collaborative environment, and to lead capacity building and technical training in-house and abroad
- Willingness to travel frequently to Latin American is expected. Spanish language skills are highly desired
Desired Start Date: Immediately.
Application Deadline: Immediately, or until filled.
Salary Range: $48,000 to $54,000, 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 #PDJK13”, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to .
The mission of the Woods Hole Research Center is to advance scientific discovery and seek science-based solutions for the world’s environmental and economic challenges through research and education on forests, soils, air, and water. Our scientists combine analysis of satellite images of the Earth with field studies to measure, model, and map changes in the world’s ecosystems, from the thawing permafrost in the Arctic to the expanding agriculture regions of the tropics. We merge natural science with economics to discover sustainable paths for human prosperity and stewardship of the Earth’s natural resources.
Equal Opportunity Employer:
The Woods Hole Research Center considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, disability, age, marital or veteran status, sexual preference, ancestry or any other protected status recognized under law. We will evaluate your experience and background in relation to the requirements of the position(s) for which you apply. The Center will check references on all applicants, and any offer of employment is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of reference and background information. In addition, an individual offered employment will need to: complete appropriate tax forms, complete an I-9 form, and provide documents showing proof of eligibility to work in the United States.