Postdoctoral Researcher-Physical Climate Risk - Woods Hole

Opportunity Type: Job

The Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) seeks a Postdoctoral Researcher to join our growing climate risk group for an initial two-year position. This role will produce research that directly informs policymakers and decision makers. WHRC empowers people and organizations to address climate risk in all areas of human endeavor for the public good.

This is a fast-paced position. You will work with a range of external partners; from municipalities to businesses, asset management companies, environmental nongovernmental organizations and national security think tanks. The core task will be to develop granular assessments of future climate change risks and work with our partners to understand ensuing downstream societal consequences. Your domain knowledge expertise will enhance WHRC’s current analytical bandwidth across a broad and growing catalogue of climate perils: from flooding to famines, hurricanes to heat stress, and sea level rise to severe wildfire risk. Your communications savvy will help deliver those consequences to policymakers, the public and in academic journals.

The successful candidate will bring a creative and analytical approach to generating actionable climate insight. We seek an energetic, collaborative, mission-driven colleague who can successfully manage multiple projects and is motivated to apply their experience to help fight climate change.



  • Research and model climate change impacts.
  • Process and analyze multi-temporal geospatial data, primarily climate model output and climate observations.
  • Work with external and internal partners to determine specific questions to be investigated.
  • Communicate research results with policymakers and publicly.
  • Publish research results in peer-reviewed literature and elsewhere.
  • Mentor research assistant(s).
  • Work in a highly collaborative, fast-paced, cross-disciplinary environment to analyze, synthesize, and present results.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Ph.D. (granted or expected soon) in physical or environmental science, geography, or a related discipline, with demonstrated data analysis skills and programming experience.
  • Experience managing large (terabyte scale) data volumes for analysis and visualization in a Linux environment and/or Google Earth Engine and/or other cloud-based platform.
  • Record of successful research.
  • Experience analyzing the results of climate models.
  • Familiarity with downscaling techniques.
  • Familiarity with the scope of climate science literature and the ability to clearly and succinctly bring it to an informed audience.
  • Familiarity with current national security landscape and/or national security experience preferred.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment with minimal oversight.

Application Deadline: August 10, 2020, or until filled.    

Desired Start Date: September 8, 2020.

Classification and Compensation: This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. The salary range is $65,000-68,000. This is a two-year employment opportunity with the potential to extend. WHRC offers a very generous benefits package.

Application Instructions: To apply, please send your cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references as a single PDF to Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please type CSPD20 in the subject line.