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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 (https://biogeochemical-argo.org) at NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL: https://www.pmel.noaa.gov/). 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 interest, the Research Scientist may contribute to and/or lead research projects studying ocean biogeochemistry.
•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.
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.
•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.
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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.
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