Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) – Research Associate (NN21838)

Position Overview

Organization: College of the Environment, Atmospheric Sciences

Title : Research Associate

Search Number : NN21838

Position Details

The Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) at the University of Washington is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate (job class code 0148) in the area of atmospheric modeling on the LES or regional modeling scale. JISAO fosters collaborative research and education between the University of Washington and NOAA, as well as with other major organizations throughout the U.S. This is a 12-month, full-time (100% FTE) appointment, renewable for a second year, subject to approval, satisfactory performance, and availability of funding.

Research is currently underway at the University of Washington to explore the feasibility of marine cloud brightening as a means of cooling Earth’s climate. Current research topics include techniques to generate fine aerosol salt particles, aerosol-cloud interactions at the LES scale including both models and field experiments, possible links to regional scale circulations, and implications of climate engineering for global-scale climate. We are seeking a post-doc with experience in numerical modeling of atmospheric processes, particularly in the areas of aerosol physics, cloud physics and aerosol-cloud interactions, to engage in modeling in support of this research program. Priority will be given to applicants in the areas of aerosol-cloud interactions at the LES scale or at the scale of regional cloud-resolving models, but applicants interested in the global scale will also be considered. The research will be in collaboration with Professors Tom Ackerman ( and Rob Wood ( and Affiliate Professor Phil Rasch ( Questions regarding the position may be addressed to any one of them.

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 UW 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 UW is a recipient of a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award to increase the advancement of women faculty in science, engineering, and math (see All University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research and service.

Application Instructions

Applicants are asked to submit electronically (in PDF): (1) a curriculum vita; (2) a cover letter including a statement of interest in the climate engineering problem; (3) a description of potential research to be pursued during a two-year tenure at the University of Washington (limited to 4 pages including figures and references), and (4) the names and contact information of three individuals who can serve as references. Applications should be sent to: Collen Marquist, Assistant to the Director, ( Manuscripts that have been submitted to peer-reviewed journals but not yet published may be attached if they are relevant to the research topic. Applicants must provide proof of the Ph. D. conferral and be within 6 years of receipt of the PhD. Applicants who expect to receive a Ph. D. in the first quarter of 2017 will be considered. Applications should be received by January 31, 2017; applications received after that date may be considered. Applicants are expected to be available to assume the post-doc position no later than May 1, 2017. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should notify Mary Smith, JISAO, 206-543-5216 or

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.