Ocean Career: WHOI Tenure Track Biology Scientist

WHOI is located on Cape Cod in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, a world-renowned center of excellence in marine, biomedical, and environmental science, with proximity to the research hubs of Boston, MA and Providence, RI.

Its mission is to advance our understanding of the ocean and its interaction with the Earth system, and to communicate this understanding for the benefit of society. WHOI is the largest private, non-profit oceanographic institution in the world, with staff and students numbering approximately 1,000. Together with an additional ~500 affiliated personnel associated with the scientific endeavors of the Institution, WHOI is home to a vibrant scientific community that has a strong international component.

The Biology Department at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) invites candidates to apply to the open full-time, Tenure Track Scientist position in Marine Virology on our scientific staff*. We seek to hire one scientist at the pre-tenure level.

We are seeking candidates with potential to complement or diversify our existing strengths in biology and biological oceanography. We invite expansive interpretations of our research, teaching, and scholarly pursuits and welcome interdisciplinary approaches. While we invite applications from researchers with interest in any area related to the biology of marine systems, we are particularly interested in applicants who conduct research in marine virology. Area of focus may include (but not limited to) viral diversity, viral ecology, virus-host interactions and evolution, and viral impact on animal health and/or biogeochemistry. Candidates employing experimental, observational, and/or modeling approaches are welcome. We encourage candidates to become familiar with WHOI’s recently completed “Vision2030” strategic planning.

WHOI offers a comprehensive benefit package that includes but is not limited to relocation assistance, medical and dental plans, childcare subsidy, housing assistance, tuition assistance, an employer contribution retirement plan, vacation time, flexible scheduling, and family illness days. The Institution also provides dual career services for assisting the applicant’s spouse or partner should they be impacted by your career decision. We have a dedicated team who will work with applicants to identify and explore available options within WHOI and the broader Woods Hole community, as well as in Boston and Providence.

*Tenure-track staff are positions equivalent to ladder-rank professorial posts and tenure-track group leader positions.

Essential Functions

WHOI Scientific Staff members develop externally-funded and internationally recognized research programs. Many also advise graduate students and teach courses in the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography/Applied Ocean Science and Engineering. Scientific Staff also have access to significant internal funding opportunities, including exciting new directions through WHOI’s Vision 2030 Initiative. These internal funding opportunities ensure that all scientists are fully supported. Newly hired Scientific Staff receive start-up packages as they develop their independent research portfolios. Scientific Staff are encouraged (although not required) to embark on interdisciplinary and entrepreneurial ventures as well as develop collaborations within the Institution, its various Centers, and the Woods Hole community.  

Applications from members of underrepresented groups and non-traditional backgrounds are encouraged. The Institution is committed to supporting a diverse and inclusive workplace and welcomes individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to providing leadership, in scholarship or service, toward building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment.

Education & Experience

Applicants should have a doctoral degree and a record of scholarly contributions (publications and/or other products) commensurate with their career stage with consideration taken for productivity or trajectory-impacting life circumstances.

Application deadline: December 31, 2023.

Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply.

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