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Applied Physics Laboratory – SEG SEED Research Associate, Req. #AA27897

The Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington (APL-UW) is seeking Post-doctoral Research Associates with research interests in Oceanography, Polar Science, Remote Sensing, Environmental Acoustics and Ocean Engineering.

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Posting Date: 17 April 2018

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

The Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington (APL-UW) is seeking Post-doctoral Research Associates with research interests in Oceanography, Polar Science, Remote Sensing, Environmental Acoustics and Ocean Engineering. These are full-time (100% FTE) appointments, with expected terms of two years subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

Positions are not project-specific; each applicant is expected to define his/her research goals within the broad program areas of the participating APL departments: Air-Sea Interaction & Remote Sensing (AIRS), Acoustics Department (AD), Ocean Engineering (OE), Ocean Physics Department (OPD), and the Polar Science Center (PSC). All UW faculty engage in teaching, research, and service. 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 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.

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 to include health/vision/dental plans including spouse, domestic partner and/or dependents. Details are available at http://hr.uw.edu/benefits/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2016/05/BAAG-Faculty-9-mo-or-more-appointments.pdf).

Application Instructions

To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Lowell Jones at 206-221-9071 or lojones@apl.uw.edu

Screening of applicants will begin July 1, 2018; applications should be received prior to June 15, 2018 to be considered in the screening process. Finalists will be contacted in August 2018. Travel expenses will be covered to allow finalists to present their recent work in an APL seminar in Seattle, WA.

Job offers be will made in September 2018 with start dates negotiable between October 2018 and March 2019.

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.

In addition, a letter of support from a mentor in one of the participating departments (AIRS, AD, OE, OPD, PSC) is strongly encouraged. Further information on current research at APL, by department and principal investigator, can be found at: http://www.apl.washington.edu/departments/departments.php

Applications should be submitted preferably via email to:

Dr. Kevin Williams
Sr. Principal Physicist, Acoustics Department Chair, and Liaison of Science and Engineering Group of APL
Applied Physics Laboratory – University of Washington
1013 NE 40th Street
Box 355640
Seattle, WA 98105-6698
williams@apl.washington.edu

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information

Research Associate, Dissolved Gas Sensor Development, Req. #40144

POSTDOCTORAL OPPORTUNITY IN DISSOLVED GAS SENSOR DEVELOPMENT 

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Posting Date: 30 October 2018

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Department: 

Ocean Engineering

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research associate as a part of SCUID - Submergible Carbon nanotube Underwater Instrument for dissolved gas detection - project funded by the National Oceanographic Partnership Program and the National Science Foundation. The project is a collaborative effort of the Applied Physical Laboratory (APL) at the University of Washington (UW), NASA Ames Research Center (NASA-ARC), and Pro-Oceanus Inc.

SCUID is a carbon-nanotube based gas sensor system that aims to transform the way we measure dissolved gases. Measurement of climatically relevant trace gases are necessary to quantify ocean sources and sinks, and to understand their impact on global climate change. Currently in-situ measurement of dissolved gases is limited to only a few gases. SCUID aims to change that as a collaborative effort between industry, government, and APL by leveraging cutting edge gas sensor technology and proven-technology dissolved gas sensor housing.

This is a full-time (100% FTE) position with an anticipated service period of 21 months with an anticipated start date in December 2018 or January 2019. The Research Associate’s work will be split into two phases: Phase 1 (~12months) is located at NASA Ames Research Center and Phase 2 (~9months) is located at APL. The candidate will have the opportunity to bring her/ his expertise to the project and thus contribute in a significant way to the success of the new sensor system.

The postdoc for this position will be responsible for developing a modified carbon nanotube based sensor chip capable of detecting NO and N2O at relevant concentrations, including chip characterization in environmental chambers and definition and development of necessary electronic/ hardware interfaces. This work will be followed by laboratory tests of the system. Laboratory system tests will include a temperature controlled environmental chamber and a custom facility to test for detection of dissolved gases in water. The SCUID system will need to be characterized with regard to precision, accuracy, linearity, hysteresis, and cross-sensitivity. The postdoc is expected to lead the publication of sensor development and test results in year 2.

Qualifications
Demonstrated expertise related to one or more of the areas involved (such as surface chemistry, physical chemistry, carbon nanotube physics, gas theory) is expected. The candidate should also be familiar with the theory and application of standard signal processing techniques (filtering, FFTs, convolutions, etc.), have good programming skills (familiarity with Matlab is an advantage), and basic knowledge of electronics and standard test equipment.

Prior experience with set-up and follow-through of experimental research and development, a critical, and careful and systematic approach to sensor methods development, ability to identify and solve problems is desired. Candidate should be capable of self-led project planning while also integrating with the overall project goals and deadlines, and have the ability to become fluent in areas of the project that are new to him/her.

Due to the nature of the project, the postdoc must be willing to live in both the Bay Area, CA and Seattle, WA during the appointment. Candidates with a recent (no more than 4-years) PhD or foreign equivalent in Mechanical engineering, Electrical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Chemical and Materials Engineering, Applied Physics, or similar are encouraged to apply!

Instructions
The Ocean Engineering (OE) Department in Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington (APL-UW) conducts ocean engineering design and field operations support for ambitious basic and applied research programs, including at-sea engineering, research diving, and instrument design and fabrication. This position will be mentored by APL-UW Senior Scientist Anuscheh Nawaz, and NASA Ames Research Center Senior Scientist Jing Li.

While the successful candidate will primarily be engaged in research, all University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research and service. 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 NASA ARC, APL and the UW campus provide access to a broad range of disciplines, cultures and academic backgrounds 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.

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 to include health/vision/dental plans including spouse, domestic partner and/or dependents. Details are available at: Benefits Summary for Faculty with Appointments of 9 - 12 Months

To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Lowell Jones at 206-221-9071 or lojones@apl.uw.edu

Candidates should submit their application including the following information:

(1) A curriculum vitae including list of publications,
(2) A letter of interest detailing skills, experience, and qualifications for this project (no more than 2 pages, excluding bibliography and figures).
(3) The names of four individuals who can provide a letter of reference.

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status,
or genetic information.

Commitment to Diversity

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint (http://www.washington.edu/diversity/diversity-blueprint/). Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (https://www.washington.edu/admin/rules/policies/FCG/FCCH24.html#2432).

To view and/or apply for Current APL-UW Job Postings, visit:

Acoustics Air-Sea Interaction & Remote Sensing Center for Environmental & Information Systems Center for Industrial & Medical Ultrasound Electronic & Photonic Systems Ocean Engineering Ocean Physics Polar Science Center
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