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Research Assistant - Geology & Geophysics - Super Reefs and Digital Reefs

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for a Research Assistant. This is a regular, full time, non-exempt position, and is eligible for benefits. The appointment period is initially one year with possible renewal depending on performance and funding.  
The Research Assistant will join Anne Cohen's Lab to assist with our Super Reefs and Digital Reefs projects. A keen interest in coral reef science and conservation, field experience in coral reef restoration, a willingness and ability to collaborate across diverse cultures, and fluency in one or more Micronesian languages is required. Excellent free diving skills and scuba diving experience, plus a willingness to acquire AAUS certification is required. The successful applicant will receive training in laboratory techniques, data analysis and interpretation, opportunities to conduct field research and participate in meetings and workshops. The successful applicant will receive their AAUS certification through WHOI.
The internal working title for this position is Research Assistant I. The position involves use of established laboratory procedures to perform prescribed research tasks under supervision. Tasks are determined by field of study and scope of individual research project.

  • Assists in collecting project data as directed.
  • Prepares data or material for analysis or presentation using standard research techniques.
  • Processes and analyzes data according to established technical procedures.
  • Travel
  • Field work
  • Scuba diving

  • As deemed necessary by supervisor.

Education & Experience

Research Assistant I:
Bachelor's degree, or Associate's degree in related field plus one year related experience, or High School diploma or equivalent plus three years' related experience.

Special Requirements

WHOI is a federal contractor required to comply with Executive Order 14042. As such, WHOI has enacted a Mandated COVID19 vaccination policy effective December 8, 2021 where you must register your vaccination status in order to begin your employment. The registration process entails confidentially submitting a vaccination card and/or your vaccination status or requesting to engage in the interactive exemption process for either a medical or religious reason.  

Physical Requirements

Physical duties for this position include but are not limited to, ability to lift less than 25 lbs independently, 2 times per day; carry 10-25 lbs, 2 times per day. Visual abilities to include near, far, peripheral, depth perception, and ability to distinguish basic colors. Hearing requirements include the ability to hear and respond to instructions, communicate effectively in loud areas (pier/dock, warehouse). Other physical tasks include occasional prolonged standing/walking; use of hands for basic /fine grasping and manipulation, repetitive motion, reaching above and below the shoulders, pushing, pulling, kneeling, bending, twisting, and stooping. Other occupational requirements include talking, traveling, working around others, and with others. Will be exposed to dust or other irritants and electrical/mechanical/power equipment hazards. Physical duties are subject to change.

WHOI is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer/Disabled/Veterans/M/F. We encourage Veterans and those with Disabilities to apply. Applications are reviewed confidentially. Applicants that require accommodation in the job application process are encouraged to contact us at (508) 289-2253 or email for assistance.