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Research Scientist/engineer Senior

University Of Washington

This is a Full-time position in Seattle, WA posted June 11, 2021.

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Closing Info: To ensure consideration, Apply By 06/06/2021

Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and education. 

Limited Recruitment: Other

Limited Recruitment Other: Open to UW Office of Research employees only.

Shift: First Shift

Notes: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.

For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world.

UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty.

The Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington (APL/UW) is a premier center for research, development and advanced education in science and engineering.

APL/UW was formed in 1943 at the request of the U.S.

Navy to bring university resources to bear on urgent WWII defense problems.

From a wartime beginning focused on effective torpedo exploders, APL/UW initiated acoustic studies and oceanographic research programs to understand how variations in the ocean environment affected the performance of Navy systems.

Decades of acoustic and oceanographic studies yielded an understanding of the world’s deep oceans.

Today our scientists and engineers make important contributions to understanding the earth’s climate cycles with satellite and in situ sensing of ocean winds, currents, and air-sea fluxes; observations of Arctic sea ice, its variations and effects on mid-latitude oceans; and ocean tomography that reveals how the abyssal ocean mixes and sequesters carbon.

APL-UW continues to lead research in the basic and applied physics of sound—from sonars used to probe the geology of the deep ocean floor to hand-held high-frequency focused ultrasound devices to image and stop internal bleeding without surgery.

APL has an outstanding full time opportunity for a Research Scientist/Engineer Senior.

This recruitment is open to UW Office of Research employees only.

This research aims to understand the present and future contributions of the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets, through use of altimetric and gravimetric time series combined with atmospheric, solid-earth, and ice-sheet models.

The position involves the integration of remote-sensing observations with numerical models to advance our understanding of the fundamental mechanisms of ice-sheet dynamics and interactions between ice sheets, the atmosphere, and the ocean at varying time and spatial scales with the ultimate goal of generating better predictions.

Laser and Radar Altimeter data from ICESat, CryoSat-2, and IceBridge will be combined with satellite Gravimetry from the GRACE and GRACE-FO.

These data will directly inform estimates of the ice sheets’ past and present contributions to sea-level rise, and will also be used to inform and improve models of ice-sheet-atmosphere and ice-sheet-ocean interactions.
The work consists of (i) development of ICEsat-2 higher-level data products, (ii) development of fused ICESat-IceBride-ICESat-2 altimetry records, (iii) analysis of atmospheric and tidal model integration with ICESat-2 and fused data products, (iv) development of mass time series based on GRACE and GRACE-FO, and (v) development of advanced data-processing dissemination services on a cloud platform.

The appointee will be independently responsible for study design, execution of the analysis, the synthesis of data with numerical models, and dissemination of results and data to the scientific community and the general public.

The appointee will be independently responsible for study design (25%
– develop technical strategy; evaluate project plans and criteria; assess feasibility of proposed methods and tests), execution of the analysis (20%
– including project staffing decisions; management of resources, schedules, and work to optimize the analysis), the synthesis of data with numerical models (35%), and dissemination of results and data to the scientific community and the general public (20%).
This work will involve the development and implementation of advanced data-processing and data-handling techniques, both for deriving geophysical time series from altimetry and gravimetry data, and in analyzing these time series using model results.

The analysis will be conducted in scientific python and other high level languages, and data will be shared using novel techniques developed to take advantage of cloud-computing resources.

The appointee will disseminate and publicize study results in through peer reviewed publications, reports, and presentation at scientific meetings.
The appointee will have a demonstrated research record and high potential to develop their own well-funded program and will have completed postdoctoral research.

This person will be developing as an authority with national recognition in glaciological research.
Doctoral Degree in Geophysics or other relevant field and at least 6 years of experience to include:

– Proven experience handling satellite gravimetry and altimetry data.

– Proven experience in application of mathematical models to geophysical problems.

– Proven expertise in scientific software development and open-source community collaboration tools.

– Demonstrated ability to handle altimetric and gravimetric data, and understanding of the underlying data types and models.

– Demonstrated ability in writing competitive and successful proposals for grant-funded research and publication of postdoctoral research results.

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

May be subject to successful completion of E-Verify process.
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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.

Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment.

Disclosure is required under Washington state law .

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity.

Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

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