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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 Principal Research Scientist/Engineer.
The appointee will be housed in the Polar Science Center at the Applied Physics Laboratory and will study the demography of terrestrial and marine wildlife populations, develop and apply state-of-the-art methods (e.g., multi-event capture-recapture models in a Bayesian framework) to estimate animal population vital rates (e.g., survival and reproduction) and understand relationships between vital rates and environmental conditions such as the loss of sea ice. Focus of this position is to conduct population projections and biological risk assessment of polar bear populations in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas. The appointee will study the interactive effects on wildlife populations of climate change and direct human-caused impacts. To do so the appointee will develop a coupled modeling and management framework for large mammals that addresses the interactive effects of habitat loss and harvest. The appointee will work closely with physical scientists at the Polar Science Center to integrate biological research with physical environmental research. The appointee is expected to have strong relationships with the international polar bear research community.
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 appointee will have a demonstrated research record and high potential to develop their own well-funded program and has completed her/his postdoctoral research.
Field of Research: Quantitative research on polar bear populations in Alaska.
Purpose of the Research Project: This work will provide estimates on polar bear populations and analyze their risk to changes in environmental conditions and harvesting.
Work independently with no oversight required; reports significant issues as necessary.
Apply independent problem-solving requiring the application of existing and emerging scientific or engineering knowledge.
Develop new research or engineering methods and approaches; contributes toward development of strategies for problem solution.
Participate in strategic planning (understanding markets, state-of-the-art); plays a lead role in the acquisition of research funding; identifies sources of new project funding and directs the preparation of proposals and presentations. Is responsible for maintaining positive relationships with major customers/grant sponsors/investigators of external research and development contract funding.
Leads and implements development of programs/projects of major significance to the UW or industry; widely recognized by key customer/grant/sponsors as being central to their mission; typically directs/participates in major proposal preparation and presentation.
Provide ideas to improve organizational efficiency at group and department levels; identifies and evaluates recruits for open positions; mentors junior staff in development of technical, project and business development skills; monitors the work of others and redirects efforts to achieve task/project objectives or enhance quality.
Be recognized for technical contributions by external peer networks; chairs sessions at technical meetings; gives invited papers.
Doctoral Degree in Oceanography, Ecology, Geophysics or a closely related field, with six years of experience of:
-proven field work experience on polar bears in arctic region/remote locations
-proven experiences in the development and application of state of the art methods for modeling wildlife populations
-ability to develop and execute wildlife population risk assessments
-publication record that indicates high potential for future success in the field
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Demonstrated ability in writing proposals for grant-funded research and publication of postdoctoral research results
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