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Postdoctoral Scholar: Molecular Ecology & Biological Oceanography

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School / Campus / College: College of the Environment

Organization: Cooperative Institute for Climate, Ocean, and Ecosystem Studies

Title: Postdoctoral Scholar: Molecular Ecology & Biological Oceanography

Position Details

Position Description


The University of Washington – Cooperative Institute for Climate, Ocean, & Ecosystem Studies (CICOES)is seeking an enterprising and talented person for a full-time (100% FTE) position as a Post-Doctoral Scholar (Molecular Ecologist & Bioinformatician). This position will contribute to research conducted in collaboration with the Omics Lab at NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory  on climate change impacts on marine mammal, fish, zooplankton, phytoplankton, and microbial ecology. The ideal candidate will have strong molecular ecological experience with knowledge of bioinformatics and software development as well as a deep understanding of California Current and Arctic marine ecologies and impacts of climate change and ocean acidification. The position requires independent planning, prioritizing, and execution of projects and tasks under the general direction of the UW faculty advisor and the NOAA/PMEL project PI.


Postdoctoral scholars 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.


Typical Responsibilities  

  • Lead molecular work and analysis on PMEL-related environmental samples. (40%)
  • Write reports and contribute to external scientific documentation including peer-reviewed research papers. (20%)
  • Prepare and manage data and metadata including collecting, cleaning, organizing, and maintaining datasets. (15%)
  • Interface with collaborating research scientists and contractors. (10%)
  • Supervise UW CICOES laboratory technicians. (10%)
  • Perform related duties as required. (5%)


Supervisory Responsibility        

Will supervise UW CICOES laboratory technicians.



The base salary range for this position will be $65,508 to $70,908 per year, commensurate with experience and qualifications, or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination. Other compensation associated with this position may include a moving allowance or a relocation incentive.

Postdoctoral scholars 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

Applications will be reviewed once per month.

Anticipated start date is September 1, 2023.

Initial appointment is for 24 months with the opportunity for additional years depending on performance and funding availability



Minimum Requirements

  • Ph.D. at the time of appointment in biology, statistics, chemistry, or related fields and have no more than 3 years of total postdoctoral experience at the time of appointment.
  • Experience with DNA extraction, PCR Amplification, Multiplex PCR and High-Throughput Sequencing.
  • Knowledge of Bioinformatics and Statistics.
  • Demonstrated ability to create clear and concise visual displays of quantitative data.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Identifying and defining research problems
  • Designing approaches or hypotheses to be tested and the methodology to be used
  • Designing specific phases of research projects
  • Analyzing results
  • Developing conclusions and hypotheses
  • Presenting research results in publishable form
  • Obtaining research grants

Desired Skills

  • Molecular ecology experience.
  • Computer programming experience.

University of Washington postdoctoral scholar appointments are for a temporary, defined period not to exceed five years/60 months, including any previous postdoctoral experience.


Please submit—through Interfolio—a cover letter describing your relevant experience, a Diversity Statement, and a CV.

For questions about the position duties, please reach out to Dr. Dave Butterfield at

 For questions about applying, including potential disability accommodations, please contact Carol Pérez at or (206) 543-5216.


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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.

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