Postdoctoral Scholar – Marine Genomics

Position Overview

School / Campus / College: College of the Environment

Organization: Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

Title: Postdoctoral Scholar – Marine Genomics

Position Details

Position Description

A postdoctoral scholar position is available at the Friday Harbor Laboratories, University of Washington We seek a marine genomics scholar who can benefit from facilities and equipment being acquired as part of an NSF-funded Genomics at the Shoreline funding. The scholar is expected to conduct work appropriate for a marine field station and to reside on San Juan Island, working under the mentorship of a faculty member at FHL or at other UW campuses. Co-mentorship by a non-UW scientist can be considered. This position will be an initial 12-month appointment, with funds available for an additional year pending satisfactory performance. Funding for the position will include a modest supplement for research and travel costs. Salary will be determined by prior work experience (


·Conduct independent marine genomics research based at FHL

·Provide additional service to the FHL community, e.g. committee work and outreach.

We seek candidates whose experiences have prepared them to fulfill a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and have given them the confidence to fully engage audiences from a wide spectrum of backgrounds. Applicants from underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Anticipated start date is June 1, 2023. Preference will be given to applications received by Nov. 15, 2022.

About FHL

Friday Harbor Laboratories is the University of Washington's marine lab, located on San Juan Island, 70 miles north of the Seattle campus in the Salish Sea, on Lummi, Samish, Klallam, and Tulalip land. FHL is located on a 490-acre biological reserve. The primary mission of FHL is marine research, with teaching and public outreach also important parts of our mission. FHL was established over 100 years ago and operates year-round, bringing scientists, students, and scholars from all over the world together to study and conduct research in the marine sciences.

FHL is a unique unit within the College since it is a research station, offers undergraduate and graduate classes, runs dormitories and The Whiteley Center for Scholars, hosts conferences and workshops, operates scientific diving and other research from FHL-owned vessels and small boats, and runs a dining hall. Given this diversity of operations, FHL is also home to diverse users and visitors from all over the globe who come to learn, study, teach, and discover. FHL is committed to fostering an environment that is professional, ethical, inclusive and respectful of all who participate in our community, and expects all FHL employees, students and visitors to contribute positively to the community.

The property consists of coastal and upland habitat with 70 buildings, including onsite housing and a dining hall that is open for three quarters per year, as well as in winter for workshops and conferences. There are 12 lab buildings, 11 of which have flow-through seawater; a computer lab; a campus-wide mesh wifi network; and a stockroom that carries many of the consumables needed for the range of research conducted at the labs. There is a fully equipped lab for molecular biology, including an RT-PCR machine. FHL also has a 42’ research vessel and smaller boats for nearshore work, an active diving program, a cabled ocean observing center, flow cytometer, flume lab, and imaging facility.

FHL is a part of the UW College of the Environment, which includes six Schools and Departments plus multiple programs, institutes, and centers; the College connects educators, researchers, students and citizens, cultivating communities who work with and learn from each other while tackling critical environmental challenges. Field stations are focal points for both hands-on education and cutting-edge research. All FHL facilities are available to visiting and resident researchers, including students at all levels (with appropriate training), creating an egalitarian atmosphere. We have robust scholarship and internship programs that enable us to attract underrepresented minorities and students with few financial resources. The wealth of tools available in buildings that sit adjacent to healthy and diverse marine habitats make FHL an attractive destination for students and researchers from around the world. FHL postdocs therefore join a core mass of resident faculty and graduate student researchers and have ample opportunities to interact with a broad spectrum of scientists from UW and beyond. Friday Harbor Labs is also a center for science outreach to K12 students, scientists, and the general public on San Juan Island. Postdocs at FHL frequently volunteer in our outreach program.

The salary range for this position will be $5,459 to $6,824 per month ($65,508-$81,890 annual salary), commensurate with experience and qualifications, or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination.

Postdoctoral scholars at UW are represented by UAW 4121 and are subject to the collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For more information, please visit the University of Washington Labor Relations website.


Desired Qualifications

Hold a PhD by June, 2023.

Demonstrated strong analytical and writing skills.

A demonstrated record of publication in peer-reviewed journals.

Experience engaging with audiences from a wide spectrum of backgrounds



To apply for this position, please submit an application via Interfolio. Applicants must submit:

1. A 1-2 page cover letter that includes an overview of research interests plus a brief research proposal describing potential research project(s) and faculty mentor(s). Address questions about this statement to Megan Dethier (

2. CV

3. A separate statement about your demonstrated history of working with BIPOC populations.

4. Names, addresses, emails and telephone numbers of three references

Questions regarding potential disability accommodations during the application process can be directed to the UW Disability Services Office at (206) 543-6450 or 206-543-6450 (TTY) or

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

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

Benefits Information

A summary of benefits associated with this title/rank can be found at Appointees solely employed and paid directly by a non-UW entity are not UW employees and are not eligible for UW or Washington State employee benefits.

Commitment to Diversity

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint ( Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (

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COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements and Information

Under University of Washington (UW) Policy, University-compensated personnel must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof thereof, or receive a UW-approved medical or religious exemption. This requirement will be a condition of any offer associated with this recruitment. For more information, please visit