Applied Physics Laboratory – Research Associate (NN23792)

Position Overview

Organization: College of the Environment, Oceanography

Title : Research Associate

Search Number : NN23792

Position Details


The Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington (APL-UW) is seeking Post-doctoral Research Associates (job class code 0148) with research interests in Oceanography, Polar Science, Remote Sensing, Environmental Acoustics and Ocean Engineering. This is a full-time (100% FTE) appointment, with expected terms of two years subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

Positions are not project-specific; a specific 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), Polar Science Center (PSC). 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. Details are available at

Screening of applicants will begin June 19, 2017; applications should be received prior to June 16, 2017 to be considered in the screening process.  Finalists will be contacted in July.  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 2017 with start dates negotiable between October 2017 and March 2018.

Application Instructions

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:

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.