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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-UW is organized into eight scientific and technical departments. The ability to turn ideas and hypotheses into experiments, field programs, and new instrumentation relies on the composite of many science and engineering disciplines. The Laboratory owes its success to the synergy created by investigators and technicians working across these departments and their commitment to basic and applied research.
Research at APL-UW is funded by grants and contracts, primarily with government federal agencies such as the U.S. Navy, NSF, NASA, NIH, and DARPA. APL-UW receives no support from the state of Washington. The Laboratory relies on private gifts for new faculty positions, new buildings, student fellowships, seed funding for new research projects, endowments, matching funds to secure federal research grants, educational outreach to schools, undergraduate mentorships, and new programs.
The Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington has an outstanding opportunity for a full time sea-going experimental Physical Oceanographer or Marine Geophysicist - Junior to lead a program in ocean electrodynamics.
The appointee will undertake research at the Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in the Ocean Physics Department (OPD) with potential for collaboration with the UW School of Oceanography and other units within the College of Environment including the support and supervision of graduate students. Further opportunities exist with the large and vibrant oceanographic community in Seattle.
The successful candidate will be expected to develop a research program that includes ocean electrodynamics with an emphasis on sensors and measurement of ocean EM fields. Related activities at APL/UW focus on oceanography including theory, modeling, instrumentation, and field programs spanning basic research to applied and classified efforts. Historically, electrodynamics work has implemented motionally induced voltage sensors on many platforms (e.g., ships, profilers, gliders, floats, drifters, landers and submarine cables) to study oceanic flows and turbulence. Newer topics include adding turbulence sensors to profiling floats, EM remote salinity profiling in marine estuaries, observing the global electric circuit and installing EM sensors on NSF's OOI submarine cable. Several such measurement systems are available for immediate use for both ocean velocity and magnetotelluric studies.
Responsibilities will include proposal writing, reporting of research results at conferences and in high quality publications, and establishing a self-sustaining research funding base. Initial support is over a nominal 1-year period that will come from current projects and start-up funds. The initial assignment will be with Dr. Eric D'Asaro.
PhD in Oceanography, Marine Geophysics or a closely related discipline plus 2 years of experience.
Equivalent experience of 6 years in Oceanography or related disciplines may be substituted for PhD.
Demonstrated progressive research responsibility and experience.
Established technical expertise; serves as a resource to research unit/department.
Ability to acquire and maintain a US Security clearance.
Candidates will require the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the job satisfactorily, including:
Understanding of electrodynamics as it relates to oceanographic or geophysical processes.
Proven ability to utilize oceanic measurements to address scientific or practical problems.
Demonstrated record and high potential to develop a well-funded program.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.