Research Faculty, Tenure-Track Faculty and Postdoctoral Research Opportunities in Polar Regions Science at University of Washington

University of Washington
Research Faculty, Tenure-Track Faculty and Postdoctoral Research Opportunities in Polar Regions Science

The University of Washington is expanding its commitment to research and education about the Earth’s polar regions through its “Future of Ice” Initiative. The Future of Ice Initiative aims to strengthen disciplinary areas, foster collaborative interdisciplinary research, and further develop partnerships with the diverse set of stakeholders in the polar regions, where the triple challenges of climate change, new economic pressures, and rapid social and political disruption intersect.

As part of the Future of Ice Initiative, the University of Washington invites applications for tenure-track faculty positions in the College of the Environment, and several new research faculty positions in the Applied Physics Laboratory. In addition, the Quaternary Research Center and the Polar Science Center in the Applied Physics Laboratory invite applications for postdoctoral researchers. Detailed descriptions of the each of the positions are given below. Note the various target dates.

The University of Washington promotes research and education to serve an increasingly diverse population of students, staff, and the public. For all of the positions described below, we seek applicants who are committed to engaging culturally and ethnically diverse audiences. The University of Washington is recognized for supporting the work-life balance of its faculty and is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. A PhD is required at the time of appointment.

More information on the Future of Ice Initiative can be found at: http://depts.washington.edu/coenv/ice.

RESEARCH POSITIONS IN THE APPLIED PHYSICS LABORATORY
The Polar Science Center at the Applied Physics Laboratory 9invites applications for research scientists with principal investigator responsibilities in the following areas: a) fundamental physics of ice and interaction of ice and water, b) physical oceanography, particularly observation or numerical modeling of ice-ocean interaction, for example, as applicable to fjord or ice-shelf cavity circulation and its influence on outlet glaciers, and c) biology of the ice-ocean environment with a focus on lower trophic levels including remote sensing. PSC researchers have access to excellent capabilities in field logistics and engineering and we encourage applications from researchers who will utilize those. Candidates in other areas of specialization may be considered depending on qualifications and research record. We seek candidates who have completed their postdoctoral research with a record that demonstrates high potential to develop their own well-funded program. Initial research support over a nominal 2-year period will come from start-up funds and existing project funds. Thereafter, candidates are expected to have established self-sustaining grant-funded research programs.
Applications including CV, research interest summary, publication and funding history, and names of four references and should be sent to: pscjobs@uw.edu.

TENURE-TRACK POSITIONS IN THE COLLEGE OF THE ENVIRONMENT
The College of the Environment invites applications for three 9-month, tenure-track positions (Assistant Professor). Successful candidates will be expected to enhance the University of Washington’s multi-disciplinary research in polar science, to develop a funded research program, to mentor the next generation of scientists, and to contribute to education at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Polar Marine Ecosystems. We seek an integrative scientist who will contribute to an understanding of biological processes and ongoing changes in high-latitude marine ecosystems. Research approaches could include field observations, remote sensing, or modeling. This appointment is expected to be made jointly between the School of Oceanography and School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, though an appointment with a different College of the Environment unit is also possible. Applicants should describe how their research and teaching will enhance collaborative linkages among disciplines. Send curriculum vitae, description of research and teaching interests, and the names of four references, addressed to Polar Marine Ecosystem Search. Electronic materials are preferred; send to qrc@uw.edu. Hard copies can be sent to Quaternary Research Center, University of Washington, Box 351310, Seattle, WA98195-1310. Preference will be given to applications received prior to February 3rd, 2014.

Polar Climate (Ocean-Ice-Atmosphere) Dynamics. We seek applicants whose research contributes to quantitative understanding of coupled dynamical processes at high latitudes. Examples of relevant research areas include the polar heat and water budget, interacting ocean-atmosphere circulation dynamics, albedo changes at sea or on land, and ocean-ice sheet interactions. Approaches could include field observations, analysis of remotely-sensed observations, or modeling. This appointment will be joint between two of the following three academic units: Atmospheric Sciences, Oceanography, and Earth and Space Sciences. Applicants should describe how their research and teaching will enhance collaborative linkages among disciplines. Send curriculum vitae, description of research and teaching interests, and the names of four references, addressed to Polar Climate Dynamics Search. Electronic materials are preferred and may be sent to qrc@uw.edu. Hard copies can be sent to Quaternary Research Center, University of Washington, Box 351310, Seattle, WA 98195-1310. Preference will be given to applications received prior to February 3rd, 2014.

Glaciology. We seek applicants with expertise in physical glaciology. Relevant research areas include, but are not limited to, ice physics, dynamic behavior of ice sheets, sub-glacial processes, ice-shelf physics and ice-shelf/ocean interactions, and mountain glaciers. We are particularly interested in individuals who combine gathering and interpretation of data with theoretical work, and who are likely to develop a breadth of research interests over the course of their careers. The development and use of ice-sheet models to link to broader questions such as sea level rise is also a desired research direction. This appointment will be in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences. Send curriculum vitae, description of research and teaching interests, and the names of four references, addressed to Glaciology Search Committee. Electronic materials are preferred and may be sent to essasst@uw.edu. Hard copies can be mailed to: April Huff, Department of Earth and Space Sciences, University of Washington, Box 351310, Seattle, WA 98195-1310. Preference will be given to applications received prior to January 2nd, 2014.

POSTDOCTORAL OPPORTUNITIES
The Quaternary Research Center (QRC) and the Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) are seeking Postdoctoral Research Associates with interests in the polar regions. APL is a multi-disciplinary research institution with a long tradition of high latitude research, engineering and logistics. QRC encompasses a diversity of fields of study, including archaeology, land surface processes, paleoclimatology and paleobiology and glaciology.
Applicants are expected to define a research plan that fits within the broad program areas of either QRC or APL and includes collaboration with researchers in another unit at the University, such as Oceanography, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, Marine Affairs, Earth and Space Sciences, Atmospheric Sciences, Environmental and Forest Sciences, Anthropology, Law, and the Jackson School of International Studies.
Expected terms are two years, renewable after the first year. A Ph.D. less than 4 years prior to the time of employment is required. Screening of applicants will begin at the beginning of March, 2014 and applications should be received prior to February 28th, 2014. Applicants are asked to submit: (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) a publication list, (3) a brief research proposal (no more than 1500 words) describing research to be pursued during a two year tenure at the University of Washington, (4) the names and contact information of four individuals who can provide a letter of reference. In addition, a letter of support from a prospective mentor in one of the participating units is encouraged. Current research of faculty is available at the individual web pages for the participating departments listed above.
Applicants should send all materials and any questions to pscjobs@uw.edu.
Electronic submission is preferred but hardcopies can be mailed to Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington, 1013 NE 40th Street, Seattle Washington, 98105 c/o Polar Science Center (Isosaki). The positions offers salary commensurate with experience and excellent benefits.

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