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Applied Physics Laboratory – SEG SEED Research Associate, Req. #AA27897

The Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington (APL-UW) is seeking Post-doctoral Research Associates with research interests in Oceanography, Polar Science, Remote Sensing, Environmental Acoustics and Ocean Engineering.

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Posting Date: 17 April 2018

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

The Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington (APL-UW) is seeking Post-doctoral Research Associates with research interests in Oceanography, Polar Science, Remote Sensing, Environmental Acoustics and Ocean Engineering. These are full-time (100% FTE) appointments, with expected terms of two years subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

Positions are not project-specific; each applicant is expected to define his/her research goals within the broad program areas of the participating APL departments: Air-Sea Interaction & Remote Sensing (AIRS), Acoustics Department (AD), Ocean Engineering (OE), Ocean Physics Department (OPD), and the Polar Science Center (PSC). All UW faculty engage in teaching, research, and service. Successful applicants must hold a recent (no more than 4-years) PhD or foreign equivalent in order to assume a post-doctoral position.

A transition to permanent staff following the completion of the post-doc appointment is possible subject to availability of funds and the demonstration of an interest in developing independent research initiatives during the course of the post-doc appointment. Opportunities to collaborate with scientists across the UW campus provide access to a broad range of expertise both during the post-doctoral research and as a permanent member of the staff.

APL-UW serves society by contributing new knowledge and technology to the national defense enterprise, industry, public policy makers, and academia. The Laboratory’s broad and deep experience in undersea science and technology is a significant reason why APL-UW is one of only five Department of Defense-designated University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs) having long-term, large-scale, formal connections to the U.S. Navy.

The University of Washington is located in the greater Seattle metropolitan area, with a dynamic, multicultural community of 3.7 million people and a range of ecosystems from mountains to ocean. The University serves a diverse population of 80,000 students, faculty and staff, including 25% first-generation college students, over 25% Pell Grant students, and faculty from over 70 countries. The University promotes diversity and inclusivity among our students, faculty, and staff and the public; we seek applicants who are committed to these principles. Thus, we are strongly seeking applicants whose research, teaching, and/or service have not only prepared them to fulfill our commitment to inclusion, but have also given them the confidence to fully engage audiences in higher education from a wide spectrum of backgrounds.

The position offers salary commensurate with experience, as well as the University’s excellent comprehensive benefits package to include health/vision/dental plans including spouse, domestic partner and/or dependents. Details are available at http://hr.uw.edu/benefits/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2016/05/BAAG-Faculty-9-mo-or-more-appointments.pdf).

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To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Lowell Jones at 206-221-9071 or lojones@apl.uw.edu

Screening of applicants will begin July 1, 2018; applications should be received prior to June 15, 2018 to be considered in the screening process. Finalists will be contacted in August 2018. Travel expenses will be covered to allow finalists to present their recent work in an APL seminar in Seattle, WA.

Job offers be will made in September 2018 with start dates negotiable between October 2018 and March 2019.

Applicants are asked to submit electronically:

- A curriculum vitae,
- A publication list,
- A brief research proposal (no more than 5 pages, double-spaced, excluding bibliography and figures) describing research to be pursued during a two-year tenure at the University of Washington, and
- The names of four individuals who can provide a letter of reference.

In addition, a letter of support from a mentor in one of the participating departments (AIRS, AD, OE, OPD, PSC) is strongly encouraged. Further information on current research at APL, by department and principal investigator, can be found at: http://www.apl.washington.edu/departments/departments.php

Applications should be submitted preferably via email to:

Dr. Kevin Williams
Sr. Principal Physicist, Acoustics Department Chair, and Liaison of Science and Engineering Group of APL
Applied Physics Laboratory – University of Washington
1013 NE 40th Street
Box 355640
Seattle, WA 98105-6698

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information

Research Scientist (Temporary), Req. #169715

PSC is seeking a Part-Time,Temporary Laboratory Research Scientist to study metabolic activities and protein expression in cold-loving bacteria (or psychrophiles) in ice and brines.

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Posting Date: 17 July 2019

Closing Date: Open Until Filled


Polar Science Center

The Polar Science Center (PSC) in the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington (APL-UW) conducts basic and applied research on the oceanography, climatology, meteorology, biology and ecology of the ice-covered regions on Earth and elsewhere in our solar system. The scope of PSC research and fieldwork includes the Arctic and the Antarctic, as well as sea-ice, glaciers and continental ice sheets.

PSC is seeking a Part-Time,Temporary Laboratory Research Scientist to study metabolic activities and protein expression in cold-loving bacteria (or psychrophiles) in ice and brines.

The position will have responsibilities to conduct and coordinate microbiological laboratory experiments under supervision. The work efforts will focus on using conventional microbiological and radioisotope tracer techniques to measure microbial growth rate, metabolic activity, ability to survive while inactive, and longevity for psychrophiles in three low-temperature liquid-water environments that mimic the known chemistry of brines: i) in sea ice on modern Earth, ii) on Snowball Earth, and iii) on Mars. The position will work with halophiles to choose a model organism that will be subjected to mars-analog ice or brine conditions at subzero temperatures.

Specific Duties include:
• planning of experiments
• generating a project website
• project related research team work with other Co-Is and international collaborator
• bacterial recovery and culturing of different bacterial isolates
• the assessment of bacterial metabolic activity and growth through tritiated leucine and thymidine incorporation assays
• the enumeration of total, viable and live/dead stained cells using MPN and epifluorescence microscopy
• the analysis of microbial growth, activity and abundance data
• supervision of undergraduate research student assistants
• in preparing research presentation material, such as PowerPoint slides, posters, abstracts, graphs, figures and text for publications.
• Perform related tasks as assigned.

Master’s Degree in Microbiology, Biological Oceanography, or Molecular Biology or a related discipline and 2 years of relevant experience. Equivalent combinations of education and experience are encouraged to apply.

- Experience with marine bacteria and/or extremophiles (especially working with halophiles or psychrophiles), most probable number (MPN) counting techniques, radioisotope tracer techniques for metabolic studies, proteomics and/or microscopy techniques will be considered positively.
- Demonstrated skills in scientific methodologies, especially aseptic microbiological technique and the ability to carry out complex experiments are required, including e.g. bacterial recovery and culture, light and epifluorescence microscopy.
- Publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals
- Interest in astrobiological research questions
- Ability to work independently with occasional oversight.
- Attention to detail, and an accurate and detailed note taker.
- Valid driving license.

To view and/or apply for Current APL-UW Job Postings, visit:

Acoustics Air-Sea Interaction & Remote Sensing Center for Environmental & Information Systems Center for Industrial & Medical Ultrasound Electronic & Photonic Systems Ocean Engineering Ocean Physics Polar Science Center