Postdoctoral Research Associate – JISAO, UW

Postdoctoral Research Associate for Observationally Focused Studies in Tropical Pacific Air-Sea Interaction

The Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) at the University of Washington (UW) is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate for studies of Tropical Pacific air-sea interaction using data from Saildrone missions, the Tropical Pacific Observing System (TPOS), and potentially outputs of high resolution Coupled Models. Saildrone are wind- and solar-powered Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USV) that are equipped with state-of-the-art sensor systems to monitor air-sea heat, momentum and CO2 fluxes, surface properties and upper ocean currents. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will contribute to the international TPOS-2020 project, demonstrating how these USVs could add new capabilities to the current generation TPOS, for example by offering unique measurements of air-sea interaction across fronts in the ocean and atmosphere in near-realtime. For more information on the project, see NOAA PMEL’s Ocean Climate Station’s Saildrone webpage:

This is a recruitment for one 12-month, full-time (100% FTE) appointment, renewable for a second year, subject to approval, satisfactory performance, and availability of funding. The workplace is NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, a federal laboratory located about 3 miles from the UW. For this reason, only U.S. citizens or permanent residents will be considered. Applicants must provide proof of the PhD conferral prior to start. A late 2018/ early 2019 start date is anticipated.


  • PhD in Physical Oceanography, Meteorology, Atmospheric Sciences, or related fields.
  • Two or more years’ experience using and analyzing datasets from ocean observations and/or advanced ocean-atmosphere models.
  • Strong computer programming and diagnostic skills in analyzing large data sets.

Application Instructions Apply at Preference will be given to the applications received prior to November 1, 2018, though the position will remain open until it is filled. Enquiries may be directed to Dr. Meghan Cronin ( or Dr. Dongxiao Zhang (

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