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The Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington (APL-UW) is a national center for advanced science and engineering research and development and education. APL-UW was formed in 1943 for the U.S. Navy to bring university research resources to bear on urgent WWII defense problems. APL-UW has developed an international reputation for its broad based programs in science, engineering and for designing, building, and deploying the advanced technology required to meet the research needs of numerous government and commercial sponsors. With modern facilities, equipment and over 350 talented researchers and staff, APL-UW provides a unique, dynamic work environment with many opportunities.
APL has an outstanding opportunity for a full time Research Scientist/Engineer Senior.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The Polar Science Center of the Applied Physics Laboratory-University of Washington conducts basic and applied research on the oceanography, climatology, meteorology, biology and ecology of the ice-covered regions on Earth and elsewhere in our solar system. The scope of PSC research and fieldwork includes the Arctic and the Antarctic, as well as sea-ice, glaciers and continental ice sheets.
This research will work toward a better understanding of the processes that drive sea ice variability in the polar regions. In general, research in the polar regions is extremely complex. The locations are remote and cannot be accessed year-round, and the physical environment presents a unique and distinct array of challenges when compared to more temperate locations.
A novel framework the energy budget of the coupled cryosphere/ocean/atmosphere/radiative climate system will be used to disentangle drivers from the response to sea ice loss events. This framework represents a new approach to research in this area, as it distinguishes whether ice loss events are triggered by oceanic process, atmospheric dynamics or radiative processes. Little research to date has isolated these processes in any significant way.
A diversity of tools will be employed. These include coupled model experiments, analysis of satellite data and reanalyzes. The exploration of biases (between models and observations) in both the mean state and specific processes that lead to the discrepancy between the magnitude and mechanisms of year-to-year sea ice variability will yield more accurate projections of the future of sea ice in the Southern Ocean.
The work consists of: (i) observational analysis of the ocean coupled energy budget, (ii) analysis of existing state-of-the art coupled climate model simulations and (iii) performance of model simulations with idealized perturbations to separate the atmospheric, oceanic and radiative drivers of sea ice loss.
The appointee will be independently responsible for -study design (planning of numerical model experiments using global climate models; selection of the appropriate parameterizations and variables that are suitable for characterizing the atmospheric energy budget; design and apply algorithms to compute corresponding variables from satellite remote sensing data) -execution of the analysis (examination of the phase relationship of observed and modeled data) -the synthesis of data with numerical models (implementation of algorithms in Matlab or other high level language) -dissemination of results and data to the scientific community and the general public (in the form of peer reviewed publications, reports, and presentation at scientific meetings).
This role is a Principal Investigator who must generate their own funding in order to perform their research. Their research must be successful in order to compete for ongoing future funding. The concept and content of the research is entirely up to the individual -- while other researchers are available as resources within the community, the person in this position generally works autonomously. The appointee will have a demonstrated research record and high potential to develop their own well-funded program and has completed her/his postdoctoral research. This person will be developing as an authority with national recognition in polar sea ice research. Independently plans and executes research and analysis. Is the technical lead for their research, and consults on other related projects. May consult with supervisor and more senior researchers regarding unusual problems or developments, but generally demonstrates strong creativity and professional judgment while conducting research.
Current University of Washington employee.
Doctoral degree in Oceanography, Ecology, Geophysics, Atmospheric Sciences or a closely related discipline, and a minimum of five to seven years of related experience.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Conditions of Employment: Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check.
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