MARINE BIOGEOCHEMISTRY RESEARCH SCIENTIST Req #: 185187 Department: COLLEGE OF THE ENVIRONMENT-CICOES Job Location: Sand Point Posting Date: 12/02/2020 Closing Info: Open Until Filled Salary: Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Shift: First Shift

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

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The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the Nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. UW is in the greater Seattle metropolitan area, with a dynamic, multicultural community of 3.7 million people and a range of natural environments from mountains to ocean. The UW is a community 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 Cooperative Institute for Climate, Ocean, and Ecosystem Studies (CICOES) has existed since 1977 for the purpose of fostering research collaboration between UW and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). CICOES’s research is at the forefront of investigations on climate change, ocean acidification, fisheries assessments, and tsunami forecasting.

CICOES has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Scientist in Marine Biogeochemistry. This is a full-time position eligible for benefits. The successful applicant will engage in data processing, management, quality control, and analysis with a team working to advance the biogeochemical (BGC) Argo program ( at NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL: CICOES and PMEL scientists will provide guidance to enhance the professional skills and independence of the Research Scientist who will work directly with PMEL scientist Dr. Andrea Fassbender. Specifically, the Research Scientist will contribute to the shore-side maintenance of data flows from autonomous platforms, quality control of biogeochemical datasets, application and improvement of quality assessment tools and protocols, data management, data dissemination and advancement of data products. Depending on experience level, proficiency with job duties, and i nterest, the Research Scientist may contribute to and/or lead research projects studying ocean biogeochemistry.

Duties include:

*Use MATLAB, Python, or comparable programming language to process and analyze biogeochemical datasets;

*Ensure receipt, organization, transmission, and archival of data files;

*Identify issues or unusual patterns in BGC sensor data or float diagnostics that require inspection;

*Application and possible advancement of BGC Argo data quality assessment and quality control methods;

*Contributions to BGC Argo community discussions on data quality control issues and protocols;

*Contributions to publications in peer-reviewed journals, presentations at scientific conferences, and proposals for additional research;

*Contributions to scientific data reports;

*Documentation of progress on tasks and communication of progress regularly with other team members and leadership.

The impact of CICOES’s environmental research is felt by communities all over the world, and a broad variety of perspectives and life experiences is essential to the success of this research. We encourage candidates from groups historically and currently underrepresented in this field to apply. Please read about our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion here.

As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.


The following are required qualifications:

*Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in Earth Sciences, Physical Sciences, Engineering or related field;

*One or more years of experience in marine biogeochemical research;

*Proficiency with Python, MATLAB, or comparable programming language for quantitative analysis;

*Experience managing and moving datasets using Linux/Unix tools;

*Familiarity with publishing scientific manuscripts;

*Excellent teamwork, and effective verbal and written communication skills;

*Demonstrated organizational skills, attention to detail;

*Ability to multitask and meet strict deadlines;

*Ability to work independently and as part of a team, interacting cooperatively with people from diverse backgrounds and academic levels;

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.

Desired Qualifications:

*Master’s degree in oceanography or marine science;

*Laboratory and/or sea-going experience working with autonomous oceanographic/biogeochemical sensor technology;

*Understanding of ocean biogeochemical cycling including carbon, oxygen, and nutrient cycles;

*Interest in marine biogeochemistry;

*Experience with ocean data quality control, assessment, and analysis;

*Experience working with large oceanographic, remote sensing, or model datasets;

*Demonstrated responsibility and accountability;

*Code management skills and experience with git and unit-testing scripts;

*Ability to quickly develop technical skills that support research activities;

*Experience with one of these would be expected to meet the “one or more years of experience in marine biogeochemical research” requirement.

As this position is located in a Federal laboratory, the applicant must be a US citizen or permanent resident in order to be considered for the position.

The team is open to discussing the option to start remotely, but applicants are expected to be able to move to Seattle as their situation and the pandemic allows.

Application Process: The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your “My Jobs” page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

Application Instructions

Please include a CV or resume along with a cover letter that describes your experience and how it is relevant to this role. Please also include in your cover letter a brief response to this question: What does it mean for you to have a commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)? How have you demonstrated that commitment, and how would you see yourself demonstrating it here. Cover letter may be longer than one page.

For questions about the position duties, please reach out to Dr. Brendan Carter at For questions about applying, including potential disability accommodations, please contact Abby Zorn at or (206) 543-5216.

Please read about our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion here.

Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.[The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.] University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The 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.

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