Postdoc Position: Research Associate in Ocean Acidification/Chemical Oceanography, University of Washington

The University of Washington seeks to hire a postdoc to work on an ocean acidification experiment in French Polynesia under the guidance of Drs. Julian Sachs and Alex Gagnon.

The successful candidate will deploy, maintain, and analyze data from a variety of physio-chemical sensors in addition to the analysis of alkalinity, dissolved inorganic carbon, and nutrients in seawater. The primary goal of this project is to conduct a Free Ocean Carbon dioxide Enrichment experiment to discern the effects of elevated carbon dioxide on reef chemistry and ecology. A secondary goal is the determination of net rates of calcification (accretion minus dissolution), photosynthesis, and respiration for Tetiaroa atoll.

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The successful candidate will have a PhD or foreign equivalent in chemical oceanography or related field, experience with carbonate chemistry, and a willingness to spend several weeks at a time on a sparsely populated atoll in French Polynesia.

This is a full-time (100%FTE), one-year appointment with the possibility to extend beyond beyond one year if funds are available. This position is based in Seattle, WA but involves extensive travel to a sparsely populated atoll in French Polynesia. Review of applications will begin April 1, 2016 and it is anticipated that the position will commence no later than June 1, 2016. Please send cover letter, CV and the names of three references to Julian Sachs (jsachs(at), University of Washington, Box 355351, Seattle, WA 98195.

More information about Dr. Sachs’ lab, Dr. Gagnon’s lab and the School of Oceanography at the University of Washington can be found at:,,

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The University of Washington and the School of Oceanography promote diversity and inclusivity among our students, faculty, staff, and public. Thus, we are strongly seeking candidates whose research, teaching, and/or service have not only prepared them to fulfill our commitment to inclusion, but have also given them the confidence to fully engage audiences in higher education from a wide spectrum of backgrounds. The University of Washington (UW) is located in the greater Seattle metropolitan area, with a dynamic, multicultural community of 3.7 million people and a range of ecosystems from mountains to ocean. The UW serves a diverse population of 80,000 students, faculty and staff, including 25% first-generation college students, over 25% Pell Grant students, and faculty from over 70 countries.

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