Postdoctoral research opportunity in Seattle

Postdoctoral research opportunity in Seattle

Applicants are sought for a postdoctoral research associate position at NorthWest Research Associates, Inc., an employee-owned scientific research institute located just east of Seattle in Redmond, Washington.

The successful candiate will join a recently NSF-funded project, “Global Impact of Eddies on Inertial Oscillations of the Mixed Layer”.  This is a collaborative project, with a team of ten researchers participating on both sides of the Atlantic.  The goal of the project is to understand the role of eddies in shaping the energy flux from the mixed layer to propagating near-inertial waves in the deep ocean, using data analysis as well as numerical modeling.

The postdoctoral researcher will be primarily responsible for a detailed analysis of the global surface drifter dataset, and will map out the joint distributions of eddy and near-inertial variability.  A key benefit will be the opportunity to work with new data analysis techniques that have been developed recently by some of the PIs.

Applicants are required to have a PhD in physical oceanography or a sufficiently related field prior to employment.  A strong foundation in data analysis is essential.  The successful candidate should also be eager to work as a part of a collaborative team.

The start date for this position is on or around September 1, 2011.  The initial term is one year, with the possibility of renewal for up to three years.  Among other mentoring activities, the postdoctoral researcher will eventually be encouraged to write or participate in writing future proposals, in order to begin his or her transition to an independent scientist.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, a research statement, and contact information for three references, to Dr. Jonathan Lilly at <lilly@nwra.com>.   Questions may be sent to the same address.  Review of applicants will commence December 1, 2010.

NorthWest Research Associates is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.  Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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