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Postdoctoral Scholar - Advanced Tech Data Aquisition

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School / Campus / College: College of the Environment

Organization: Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

Title: Postdoctoral Scholar - Advanced Tech Data Aquisition

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Position Description

The School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences is looking for a Postdoctoral Scholar to identify a topic for which new technologies are providing data such AUVs, eDNA, saildrones and link their results into models used for management.This a full-time, 12-month position located at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Estimates of fish population indices from traditional methods are often very imprecise and extremely personnel intensive to obtain. In addition, they do not provide estimates of absolute abundance. Meanwhile, in other areas of ocean research, and in robotics and computer vision research in general, huge technological gains are being made, pushed by rapidly increasing processing power and sensor development, which could be leveraged for updating population assessment methods

Responsibilities include the following:

  • Manage estimates of fish population guides from traditional often imprecise data.
  • Oversee technology expertise and fisheries expertise to foster an environment where a deeper understanding of fisheries challenges can provide possible technical solutions.   
  • Move current monitoring practices toward more rigorous, safer, and less personnel-intensive results.
  • Develop and implement new sensors, software, or automation processes for data and fish population estimations.

The College of the Environment fosters existing and new collaborations between outstanding faculty, staff and students who are engaged in the study of: the solar system and Earth’s dynamic land, water and atmosphere; the development and application of environmental engineering and technological advances; and the impact of policy and human actions on the environment, and the management of natural resources.

The School of Aquatic and Fisher Sciences (SAFS) is dedicated to sustaining healthy marine and freshwater environments. Our school comprises one of the largest and most diverse academic aquatic and fisheries sciences program in the United States. Our faculty conduct innovative research from the organism to the ecosystem scale, and are recognized leaders in aquatic biology, sustainable fisheries management, and aquatic resource conservation.

The School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences values the strengths and professional experience that students, faculty, and staff bring to our community. We are committed to providing excellent education to all of our students, regardless of their race, gender, class, nationality, physical ability, religion, age, or sexual orientation. We are proud of the different roles that our students, staff, and faculty play in the community of the School and in the College of the Environment. We recognize that science is richer and the SAFS community is more vibrant when a diverse group of people participate the SAFS community. 

The University of Washington (UW) is located in the greater Seattle metropolitan area, and offers one of the most exceptional research and teaching environments in the United States. Seattle is a region of explosive growth, global trade, technological advancement, a thriving nonprofit community, and a long history of progressive government. It is also a cultural metropolis surrounded by the unparalleled natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Seattle offers a quality of life that is among the highest in the country, with beautiful lakes and parks, superior walkability, bike lanes, and a lively music and cultural scene. The UW 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 UW is a recipient of a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award to increase the advancement of women faculty in science, engineering, and math (see

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.





  • PhD or foreign equivalent in Quantitative Ecology, Engineering, Applied Statistics or a related field.
  • Experience in conducting research in the field.
  • Familarity bridging science and engineering research.
  • Experience with fisheries-related research.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative setting.




To apply please submit your application through Interfolio with the following:  (1) A cover letter including a personal statement of proposed research to be prused (including any potential relevant collaborations within SAFS and APL (2) A curriculum-vitae including publications. (3) The names and contact informaiton of three individuals who can serve as references. (4) Any sample publications 

For questions about this position please contact Andre Punt or Sarah Webster Questiong regarding potential disability accommodations, please contact Katie Effert, at or 206-685-6083.

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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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