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Postdoctoral Scholar Program 2024 - CICOES

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School / Campus / College: College of the Environment

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

Title: Postdoctoral Scholar Program 2024 - CICOES

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Position Description

The Cooperative Institute for Climate, Ocean, and Ecosystem Studies (CICOES) seeks applications for Postdoctoral Scholars with research interests in climate, oceanography, and/or ecosystem science including management and policy. We anticipate offering two to three Postdoctoral Scholar appointments. Postdocs are appointed at the University of Washington (UW) and may be located on UW campus or at one of our National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) sponsored laboratories: the Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC), the Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC), and/or the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL).


Appointments are based on the strength of the applicant’s research proposal, the fit to CICOES’ research portfolio, and the composition of the mentoring team. Applicants are expected to conduct research in at least one of CICOES’ nine research themes: climate and ocean variability, change, and impacts; earth systems and processes; environmental chemistry and ocean carbon; marine ecosystems; ocean and coastal observations; environmental data science; aquaculture science; human dimensions in marine systems; and polar studies. Applicant proposals must address research goals that are relevant to both CICOES and at least one of the NOAA programs at AFSC, NWFSC, or PMEL. In addition to their university-based mentor, the Postdoctoral Scholar will conduct research in association with a CICOES and/or Federal scientist mentor located at AFSC, NWFSC, and/or PMEL. A central foundation of this program is to foster collaboration between CICOES and NOAA Laboratories. 


The impact of CICOES’s environmental research is felt by communities all over the world, and a broad variety of perspectives and life experiences is essential to the success of our research. We encourage candidates from groups historically and currently underrepresented in these fields to apply. Please read our institutional commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion at the end of this ad.


Appointments are 100% FTE for 12 months, renewable for a second 12 months subject to approval and availability of funding. A competitive salary, a small research/travel budget, and a relocation stipend are included in the award. The salary range is between $5,837 and $6,072 per month, commensurate with experience and qualifications, or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination. 


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


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


A Postdoctoral Scholar is an academic appointment that requires evidence of a conferred PhD in a CICOES relevant field by the appointment start date (approximately September 2024). Candidates cannot exceed 5 years of Postdoctoral experience from the start of their first Postdoctoral appointment to the end of the CICOES Postdoctoral appointment.  


Applicants are asked to submit an electronic package via Interfolio that contains:

  • A cover letter specifying research interests, proposed project summary, academic and NOAA-affiliated mentors who have agreed to support the research, and a brief narrative describing connections between the proposed project, CICOES, PMEL, AFSC, and/or NWFSC. Cover letters may not exceed 2 pages using one-inch margins, single or greater line spacing, and ≥ 11 point font.  Headers and footers may be outside of the one-inch margins.
  • A current Curriculum Vitae with dates of education, appointments, experience, and publication list. Curriculum Vitae may not exceed 5 pages. One-inch margins, single or greater line spacing, and ≥ 11 point font must be used. Page numbers should be used. Page numbers, headers, and footers may be outside of the one-inch margins.
  • A research proposal describing objectives, methods, and expected outcomes during a two-year period. The proposal should be accessible to a general scientific audience while also addressing issues more suited to a specialist in the proposed area of study. It should address the relevance of the proposed research to CICOES research themes and to PMEL, AFSC, and/or NWFSC programs. Proposals should not exceed seven pages, using 1-inch margins (except for page numbers) and single or larger line spacing. One-inch margins, single or greater line spacing, and ≥ 11 point font must be used.  Page numbers should be used. Page numbers, headers, and footers may be outside of the one-inch margins.
  • One letter of support from a proposed academic mentor and one letter of support from a proposed mentor representing a NOAA program (a joint letter of support from both mentors is acceptable).
  • In addition, three letters of support from professional references should be submitted within one week of the application due date. Letters should be emailed directly by the referee to Marlene Poches at with the name of the applicant in the subject line.

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