Job vacancy: Research Scientist/Engineer 2 – University of Washington Seattle

The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

A leader in the environmental sciences, the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) is a Cooperative Institute between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Washington that fosters collaborative research on a broad range of global and regional topics of concern and interest to the public.

JISAO has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Scientist to join the PMEL/JISAO Marine Carbon Group located at NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL).


This cutting edge research involves the anthropogenic impacts on the marine carbon cycle, including the emerging field of ocean acidification. JISAO is a “Center of Excellence” that fosters research collaboration between NOAA and the University of Washington. Its research themes are aligned with the NOAA Strategic Plan and include Climate Research and Impacts, Environmental Chemistry, Marine Ecosystems, Protection and Restoration of Marine Resources, Ocean and Coastal Observations, Seafloor Processes and Tsunami Observations and Modeling.

The successful candidate will take a lead role in the PMEL/JISAO Marine Carbon Group validation activities during the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE ( The Ocean Health XPRIZE is a global competition that challenges teams of engineers, scientists, and innovators to create pH sensor technology that will affordably, accurately, and efficiently measure ocean chemistry. The PMEL/JISAO Marine Carbon Group will be providing the high-quality pH measurements during the testing phase of the competition, which includes a controlled tank test and field tests in coastal and open ocean waters.

While this position is based at PMEL in the NOAA Western Regional Center in Seattle, it also involves participation in research field activities at sea and other locations. The successful candidate must be able to work independently and must be able to perform work at remote locations and at sea for extended periods.

Specific duties will include:
1) design and implementation of the coastal and open ocean testing phases of the competition
2) collection and measurement of estuarine and seawater samples for spectrophotometric analysis of pH during all three testing phases
3) prompt analysis and delivery of data to inform the XPRIZE competition
4) further analysis of coastal and open ocean data for publication.


Education requirement, minimum: Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or higher in an appropriate field.

Experience requirement, minimum: Two years’ experience in a related area,

Or: Equivalent combination of education and experience.

The successful candidate is expected to have experience in spectrophotometric measurements of pH in seawater, including data quality control and quality assessment, and a good understanding of the oceanic inorganic carbon system. This position is open to all, including technical staff, post-graduate students, and research scientists
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


-This position is located at the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory at Sand Point in Seattle, WA. It will require the incumbent to spend extended periods at sea and in the field.

Application Process:
The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Criminal Conviction History, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your “My Jobs” page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

University of Washington, via Research Gate, April 2014. Vacancy notice.


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