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Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) Postdoctoral Scholar

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School / Campus / College: College of the Environment

Organization: Applied Physics Lab

Title: Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) Postdoctoral Scholar

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Position Description

The Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington (APL-UW) invites applications for a postdoctoral researcher in physical and/or biological oceanography as part of a NASA-funded project investigating the role that (sub)mesoscale fronts, eddies, and meanders, play in structuring the population of phytoplankton communities. This work is in support of the upcoming NASA PACE mission which will provide new insight into the structure and distribution of phytoplankton communities. The postdoc will use data from a range of in situ and remote sensing platforms along with machine learning systems developed to investigate the spatio-temporal evolution of phytoplankton communities.  Additionally, the postdoc will join a series of ongoing projects that include autonomous vehicles and simulated satellite datasets which are used to further our understanding of ocean ecosystems structure and function. Specific research directions will be designed by the postdoc in conjunction with the Principal Investigator.

In addition to disseminating results at major conferences and in peer-reviewed journals, postdocs are encouraged and mentored in writing grant proposals. A notable feature of APL postdoc positions is the ability to submit grant proposals as PIs under supervision, with the goal of establishing an independent research program and career path. 

The postdoc will be based at the University of Washington – Seattle Campus with the possibility for hybrid telework arrangement. The start date is expected within calendar year 2022 and the duration of appointment is 2 years (24 months).


We strive to promote greater diversity among applicants than is currently found in our field, and we strongly encourage applications from all groups that are underrepresented in the Geosciences. The position is open to capable doctoral recipients in research fields including oceanography, marine biology, botany, earth sciences, applied math and many other related fields; degrees not in the list above will also be considered. Candidates must have completed the Ph.D. degree requirements within 1 year of the start date. 

Candidates should have experience in analyzing in situ, satellite, or model data, and the ability to work well in a team environment. Demonstrated experience with Python, Matlab, or other programming languages is a prerequisite for this position. Ability to communicate scientific results to both broad and expert audiences, orally and in writing, is indispensable to both this position and any subsequent appointments at APL-UW.

Desired skills include experience with observational data, statistics, and data visualization. 

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


Each applicant will be expected to submit:

  1. A CV including demonstrated scholarly output (e.g., list of publications, presentations, public datasets or code) 

  2. Cover letter to include current interest and how it aligns with future interest in phytoplankton analysis

To request disability accommodation in the application process, please contact the UW's Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450, or 206-543-6452 (TTY), or

Please contact Dr. Peter Gaube ( for any questions about the position.


The Applied Physics Laboratory is a research unit at the University of Washington. Our research expertise is in ocean physics and engineering, ocean and medical acoustics, polar science, environmental remote sensing, and signal processing. We conduct research and development that is sponsored by a variety of federal and state agencies and take great pride in our long-standing status as a US Navy-designated University Affiliated Research Center (UARC). Our work takes place not only on the University of Washington campus and medical centers, but in field locations around the world – at sea, in the air, and on polar ice caps. We apply rigorous scientific inquiry and engineering excellence in pursuit of solutions to important problems for the good of our region, nation, and world.

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