Research Associate – University of Washington, Applied Physics Laboratory

The Ocean Physics Department (OPD) in Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington (APL-UW) is seeking Post-doctoral Research Associates with research interests in upper ocean mixing processes and turbulence. This is a full-time (100% FTE) appointment, with an expected term of up to 36 months subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

The Research Associate will work with an observational and modeling team to conduct and analyze a detailed observational study of mixing processes at the base of the upper ocean boundary layer during Fall 2018.  Skills in oceanographic data analysis, ocean dynamics and mixing processes are desirable.  Successful applicants must hold a recent (no more than 4-years) PhD or foreign equivalent in order to assume a post-doctoral position.

A transition to permanent staff following the completion of the post-doc appointment is possible subject to availability of funds and the demonstration of an interest in developing independent research initiatives during the course of the post-doc appointment. Opportunities to collaborate with scientists across APL and the UW campus provide access to a broad range of expertise both during the post-doctoral research and as a permanent member of the staff.

APL-UW serves society by contributing new knowledge and technology to the national defense enterprise, industry, public policy makers, and academia. The Laboratory’s broad and deep experience in undersea science and technology is a significant reason why APL-UW is one of only five Department of Defense-designated University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs) having long-term, large-scale, formal connections to the U.S. Navy.

All University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research and service.

The University of Washington is located in the greater Seattle metropolitan area, with a dynamic, multicultural community of 3.7 million people and a range of ecosystems from mountains to ocean. The University 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 University promotes diversity and inclusivity among our students, faculty, and staff and the public; we seek applicants who are committed to these principles. Thus, we are strongly seeking applicants whose research, teaching, and/or service have not only prepared them to fulfill our commitment to inclusion, but have also given them the confidence to fully engage audiences in higher education from a wide spectrum of backgrounds.

The position offers salary commensurate with experience, as well as the University’s excellent comprehensive benefits package. Details are available at

Further information on current research at OPD and APL, by department and principal investigator, can be found at:

Application Instructions

Screening of applicants will begin on February 1, 2018; the position will be open until filled. Travel expenses may be covered to allow finalists to present their recent work in an APL seminar in Seattle, WA.

Applicants are asked to submit electronically:

  • A curriculum vitae,
  • A publication list,
  • A brief research proposal (no more than 5 pages, double-spaced, excluding bibliography and figures) describing research to be pursued during a two-year tenure at the University of Washington, and
  • The names of four individuals who can provide a letter of reference.

Applications should be submitted preferably via email to:

Dr. Eric D’Asaro

Sr. Principal Oceanographer, Ocean Physics Department Chair

Applied Physics Laboratory – University of Washington

1013 NE 40th Street

Box 355640

Seattle, WA 98105-6698

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