Research scientist 4 – moored carbon

The Carbon Group at UW CICOES (located at the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory [PMEL] at Sand Point in Seattle, WA) has an exciting opportunity to support the mission of cutting-edge research and technology development in ocean carbon monitoring (

The primary mission of this project is to evaluate variability and long-term change in air-sea CO2 flux and ocean acidification by conducting sustained, highly-resolved autonomous measurements and further developing ocean observing technologies for expanding and improving these measurements.


• Serves as co-lead on operational activities, including developing and coordinating standardization related to lab quality assurance (QA) activities and data quality control (QC), based on project research priorities. Drafts standard operating procedure documentation for public dissemination. Schedules, prepares, and leads regular team meetings on these topics as needed.
• Serves as one of the primary points of contact within the project for planning and carrying out autonomous observing field operations. Maintains communications with project personnel and external partners to ensure critical time-sensitive information is received and necessary actions are taken.
• Coordinates staffing schedules and designates staffing assignments for supporting deployment of autonomous observing platforms. Documents notes related to field operations and sensor performance.
• Supervises research scientists. Works with employees to establish goals and performance time lines. Mentors employees and serves as employee advocate. Conducts employee performance reviews.
• Contributes to the group’s data QC efforts on delayed-mode carbon and biogeochemical data, ensuring timely public access to observational data. This may include developing data QC reports for internal review, submission of data, consistency checks among several data archives and products, and evaluating and applying innovative approaches to data QC.
• Assists CICOES PIs with CICOES budgets and reports. Fields, directs, and/or responds to requests for marine carbon information, data, and graphics.
• Represents the project at internal (PMEL) and external forums such as meetings and working groups relevant to autonomous carbon observing


Minimum 6 years of relevant experience and a Bachelor’s degree.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


• Demonstrated skill (at least 2 years of experience) with supervising employees.
• Knowledge of oceanographic operations related to autonomous equipment and platforms.
• Ability and interest to learn and/or apply programming languages, such as Python, MATLAB, and LabVIEW.

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 Work Authorization, 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, 27 May 2022. More information.

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