Job Openings

The following positions are currently open at the Woods Hole Research Center :

President and Executive Director

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:

Assistant, Associate or Senior Scientist

SUMMARY:The Woods Hole Research Center seeks a plant ecologist or forest scientist to contribute to and expand our ongoing research in biogeochemistry, carbon cycling, and terrestrial responses to climate change. Applicants for assistant, associate, and senior scientist will be considered.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will:

  • Conduct research on biogeochemistry, carbon cycling, and forest ecology related to global change processes, particularly the effects of drought on tree growth
  • Secure research funding
  • Collaborate on other research and education activities with WHRC scientists and staff
  • Lead in presentation and publication of scientific results

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Ph.D. and postdoctoral experience in a relevant field
  • Experience with terrestrial ecology and the global carbon cycle
  • Experience with land-use change
  • Modeling skills
  • Success in obtaining external funding
  • Excellent record of publications
  • Collaborative, flexible, organized, and efficient work ethic
  • Excellent writing and communication skills

Application Deadline: May 1, or until filled.

Desired Start Date: Summer 2014.

Salary Range: Commensurate with experience, with full benefit package.

Application Instructions: To apply, please send cover letter referencing "Job# SCIENCE14," curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to . Please type “Science14” in the subject line.


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.