University of Washington

Postdoctoral Scholar - Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO)

College of the Environment

University of Washington JISO logoThe Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) at the University of Washington (UW) seeks Postdoctoral Scholars with research interests in atmospheric science, climate science, fisheries science and management, and/or oceanography. As a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) sponsored Cooperative Institute, JISAO promotes and facilitates collaborative research between the University of Washington and the Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC), the Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC), and the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL).

We anticipate three positions will be filled at 100% FTE. Positions are not tied to an existing project but based on the applicant’s research proposal. Applicants are expected to conduct research in at least one of JISAO’s research themes: climate research and impacts; environmental chemistry; marine ecosystems; ocean and coastal observations; protection and restoration of marine resources; seafloor processes; and tsunami observations and modeling.

Applicants are required to demonstrate research relevance to both JISAO and at least one of the NOAA programs at AFSC, NWFSC, or PMEL. The Postdoctoral Scholar will conduct research in association with at least one mentor from AFSC, NWFSC, PMEL, or UW. Research that promotes and facilitates collaborative research between the University of Washington and the federal labs is encouraged.

JISAO, as a unit of UW’s College of the Environment, promotes diversity and inclusivity among students, faculty, staff, and the public. We seek candidates with commitments to inclusion and engagement of audiences from a wide spectrum of backgrounds. The UW serves a diverse population of 80,000 students, faculty and staff, including 25% first-generation college students, and faculty from over 70 countries. The UW is a recipient of a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award to increase the advancement of women faculty in science, engineering, and math (see

Terms of the appointment are for two years, subject to approval and availability of funding. A Postdoctoral Scholar is an academic appointment that requires evidence of a conferred PhD by the appointment start date (no later than November 2020) and candidates cannot exceed 5 years of Postdoctoral experience prior to the end of an appointment. A competitive salary, a small research/travel budget, and a relocation stipend are included in the award. International doctoral graduates are encouraged to apply.

Condition of Employment

Postdoctoral scholars are represented by UAW 4121 and are subject to the collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For more information, please visit the University of Washington Labor Relations website.

Applicants are asked to submit electronically via Interfolio link (see

  • A cover letter that includes: research interests, a summary of the proposed project, identifying a mentor that you have contacted, and a brief discussion of the relation between the proposed work and JISAO, PMEL, AFSC, and/or the NWFSC (2 pages maximum)
  • A current Curriculum Vitae with dates of relevant education and experience, and a publication list
  • A research proposal describing research objectives, methods, and expected outcomes during a two-year tenure at the University of Washington. The proposal should also briefly address the relevance of the proposed research to JISAO, PMEL, AFSC, and/or NWFSC (max. 5 pages, excluding references and figures)
  • Contact information only for 4 references
  • A letter of support from a Postdoctoral mentor

All submissions should have 1-inch (2.54 cm) margins, single line spacing, and 12-point font. Applications are due in Interfolio by January 6, 2020 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

For disability accommodations and/or questions about the position, please contact Collen Marquist, JISAO Administrative Specialist, at or 206-685-6548.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Commitment to Diversity

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint ( Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching, and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (

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Last updated: 2019-11-24