Applied Physics Laboratory – Research Associate, Upper-Ocean Restratification (NN27325)

Position Overview

Organization: College of the Environment, Applied Physics Laboratory

Title : Research Associate

Search Number : NN27325

Position Details

The Ocean Physics Department (OPD) in Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington (APL-UW) is seeking Post-doctoral Research Associates with research interests in upper ocean mixing processes and turbulence. This is a full-time (100% FTE), 12-month appointment, with available funding for at least a 24-month term, pending satisfactory performance.

The Research Associate will work with an observational dataset targeting submesoscale horizontal restratification of the surface mixed-layer.  Measurements were collected at 3 sites in the North Pacific Subtropical Front during March 2017, using 1-5 km arrays of autonomous profiling floats, larger-scale repeated ship-based profiler and ADCP surveys, and a drifting air-sea flux buoy. The floats (EM-APEX) collected flow-following time series of temperature, salinity, horizontal velocity and chi (temperature variance dissipation rate) in the upper 150 meters, while the high-resolution ship surveys sampled the horizontal gradients due to submesoscale fronts and eddies for roughly one week at each site. This position will be mentored by APL-UW scientists James Girton ( and John Mickett (

Skills in oceanographic data analysis, ocean dynamics and mixing processes are desirable.  Successful applicants must hold a recent (no more than 4-years) Ph.D. or foreign equivalent in order to assume a post-doctoral position.

While the successful candidate will primarily be engaged in research, all University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research, and service. A transition to permanent staff following the completion of the post-doc appointment is possible to 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 APL and the UW campus provide access to a broad range of disciplines, cultures and academic backgrounds 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.

Further information on current research at OPD and APL, by department and principal investigator, can be found at

The position offers a 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

Application Instructions

To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Lowell Jones at 206-221-9071 or

Screening of applicants will begin on March 1, 2018; the position will be open until filled. Travel expenses may be covered to allow finalists to present their recent work in an APL seminar in Seattle, WA.

Applicants are asked to submit electronically:

  • A curriculum vitae,
  • A publication list,
  • A brief statement of research interests (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.

Applications should be submitted preferably via email to:

Dr. James B. Girton
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.