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Business Intelligence Developer/Analyst, Req. #113213

The Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington has an outstanding opportunity for a full time Business Intelligence (BI) Developer/Analyst to work in the Business and Finance Department.

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Posting Date: 14 October 2014

Closing Date: Open Until Filled


Business Operations & Finance

The Business Intelligence (BI) Developer/Analyst who will be responsible for design,,development and support of business intelligence systems that meet the information needs of APL-UW. This primarily involves gathering and documenting BI requirements from all levels of the organizational hierarchy and translating those requirements into fully functioning BI Systems. The candidate must have a thorough knowledge of both BI systems best practices and procedures as well as in-depth knowledge of business operations and environment. The BI Developer/Analyst is also viewed as the definitive source of information on the organization%u2019s BI Systems and is responsible for mentoring and advising End Users and Report Developers on all facets of the BI systems.

The BI Developer/Analyst must have an in-depth understanding of the business domain and operating procedures and be able to easily translate back and forth between the business and technical domains and simultaneously view both the big picture and the details in relation to BI systems. This person must be familiar with the entire suite of BI system tools and how to apply each of them in the most efficient manner.

Facility Security Officer, Req. #114637

The Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington has an outstanding opportunity for a full time Facility Security Officer (FSO).

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Posting Date: 21 November 2014

Closing Date: Open Until Filled


Director's Office

Presidential Executive Order 12829 establishes the National Industrial Security Program (NISP) for U.S.
Government contractors who require access to classified national security information. The University of
Washington is one of approximately 11,000 Department of Defense contractors that are covered by federal
statutes, policies, regulations, and guidelines that implement the NISP. The majority of classified
research conducted at the University occurs at the Applied Physics Laboratory (APL). APL is a Department
of Defense designated Navy University Affiliated Research Center (UARC). The position of Facility Security
Officer will supervise and direct security measures necessary for implementing applicable NISP
requirements and exist to comply with the federal requirements for contractors at APL and the University.

Under the direction the Director for Strategy and Special Programs, the incumbent will direct and control
all aspects of the Universities and APL%u2019s security program operations, including but not limited to policy
recommendations, security operations, information management, physical security, administrative staffing
for security, security program compliance monitoring, and security training, and other security issues as
assigned. This position would be responsible for the oversight and security management of Security Office.


Approve security controls as required by the NISP.
Responsible for the oversight and security management of the Security Office.
Assist a dynamic security team with responsibilities for multiple security disciplines.
Act as a designated agent of the federal government to witness and accept the execution of the
classified information nondisclosure agreement.
Assure that specific security roles and responsibilities are carried out, either by the FSO directly or
with any necessary concurrence from departments through employees they formally designate. These roles and
responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
*Federal information systems user (JPAS/JCAVS Account Manager. User; e-FCL User: ISFD User; and
other DoD information systems as required)
*Information Systems Security Manager and Officer
*Communications Security Custodian
*Defense Courier Service Account Representative
*Special Security Officer
Specify industrial security training and education requirements for employees and affiliates who are
involved with national security information.
Develop and direct the industrial security education and awareness program.
Work with senior UW and APL officials to develop, implement and maintain University policy that is
consistent with federal and state statutes; national security policies, regulations, and guidelines; and
contractual requirements for securing classified and sensitive unclassified national security information.
Leads and conducts internal audits, participates in Government vulnerability assessments, investigates
and mitigates areas of risk or non-compliance, and security-relevant reviews.
Coordinate industrial security activities of departmental industrial security staff.
Review and approve departmental procedures that involve the security of classified and related sensitive
unclassified information.
Develop, implement and manage a program to ensure continuing compliance of industrial security policy
and procedures with federal and state requirements, as well as the compliance of University affiliated
individuals with these policies and procedures.
Coordinate and report industrial security program-related activities and issues with federal agencies,
such as the Defense Security Service, National Security Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation,
Department of Commerce and Department of Homeland Security.

Under the NISP, the APL conducts 100% of the University%u2019s sponsored classified research (and hosts a
portion of the University%u2019s CUI information) for various U.S. government agencies, primarily the
Department of Defense (DOD), involving information critical to national security. Although specific
components may be classified, this research enhances the overall body of knowledge through the
Universities and APL%u2019s thrusts in its areas of scientific expertise, which include unclassified spin-off
and outreach opportunities. APL, generating approximately $60M in annual revenues from grants and
contracts, is one of the largest recipients of federal funds on campus (second only to the University%u2019s
School of Medicine). Thus, the FSO position resides at the Applied Physics Laboratory.

Failure to comply with federal law, policy, and regulations governing protection of national security
information can result in federal penalties, adverse notoriety, loss of research grants and contracts, and
prohibition from competing for future classified research opportunities. A successful security program
enables the University to optimally conduct scientific research and to compete for future grants and
contracts involving sensitive federal government information, both classified and CUI in APL and

Developing, implementing, and managing effective and efficient business practices that are compliant with
continually evolving national security federal law, policy, regulations, and guidelines is the most
complex requirement of this position. The incumbent will continuously integrate information gathered from
a variety of sources, including high-level DoD and Navy security officials, security journals, product
vendors, national peer groups, and industry and university partners to determine best business practices
in a public university environment for providing compliant security systems to protect national security
information. The incumbent will efficiently manage and maintain complete security compliance and
effective systems.

We can anticipate the possibility that this position may learn of a situation requiring prompt action to
prevent or mitigate a breach of national security requirements. In addition to the external law
enforcement tools that may be available under those circumstances, certain internal methods may be used to
address such a problem. Although the authority as FSO does not include the ability to directly impose
disciplinary action on employees outside their reporting chain, there are nonetheless important and
effective means available. Specifically, in such a circumstance, they have authority to direct UW
facilities and information systems personnel to summarily suspend access by individuals to UW buildings,
rooms, storage areas, labs, hardware, and information and data systems. In this event, you will be
expected to employ reasonable notice processes and to involve senior management and the President%u2019s
Office, to the extent circumstances permit. In addition, the position should assume to have full direct
access to supervisors who do have disciplinary authority, including the President and the Provost. On all
these matters, the work with be managed by this positions supervisor, APL Associate Director for Strategy
and Special Programs, who, has security clearance.


Bachelor%u2019s degree in Management, Security, Scientific/Technical field, or other appropriate specialty and five years of progressively responsible experience in a defense contractor classified security program.
Significant knowledge of and experience working with policies of SCI- and SAP-related security controls,
including: the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM), the NISPOM Supplement
and/or the DOD Overprint to the NISPOM supplement; and national Intelligence Community security
Significant knowledge of federal and local privacy statutes, export regulations, and DOD industrial
security regulations and guidelines involving both classified and CUI matters.
Must be able to support all functions of the security office in reference to, personnel clearances,
daily end of day checks, destruction, and incoming and outgoing classified correspondence.
Demonstrated ability to work independently, make critical decisions, and work effectively with all
levels of organization staff.
Ability to obtain and maintain a DOD Top Secret clearance; ability to obtain and maintain eligibility
for SAP; and SCI activities. Effective written and oral communications skills.

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


Masters or higher degree in management, national security affairs, a scientific/technical field, or other
appropriate specialty.
Previous military service as a commissioned officer.
Successful completion of the Defense Security Service FSO Program Management Course.
Knowledge of Director of Central Intelligence Directives and the NISPOM Supplement.
Understanding of security compliance programs at a research university.

Condition of Employment:
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check.

This position requires a flexible work schedule and the incumbent%u2019s normal work schedule may often extend
beyond normal University business hours (8 am %u2013 5 pm). The incumbent must be available to rapidly respond to
security alarms during all hours. Work beyond the normal 40-hour week, including evenings, nights, and
weekends, may be required.

Ability to acquire security clearance.

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

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 %u201CApply to this position%u201D. 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 %u201CMy Jobs%u201D 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.

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Req. #NN9427

The Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) at the University of Washington is seeking Post-doctoral Research Associates with research interests in Oceanography, Polar Science, Remote Sensing, Environmental Acoustics and Ocean Engineering.

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Posting Date: 9 December 2014

Closing Date: Open Until Filled



APL is a unit of the University of Washington and a University Affiliates Research Center of the Navy. This is a two-year appointment on a 12-month service period. Positions are not project specific; a specific applicant is expected to define his/her research goals within the broad program areas of the participating APL departments (Air-Sea Interaction & Remote Sensing (AIRS), Acoustics Department (AD), Ocean Engineering (OE), Ocean Physics Department (OPD), Polar Science Center (PSC). Successful applicants must hold a recent (no more than 4-years) PhD or foreign equivalent in order to assume a post-doctoral position.
A transition to permanent staff following the completion of the post-doc appointment is possible subject to availability of funds and the demonstration of an interest in developing independent research initiatives during the course of the post-doc appointment. Opportunities to collaborate with scientists across the UW campus provide access to a broad range of expertise both during the post-doctoral research and as a permanent member of the staff.
University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research and service. The University of Washington is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as protected veterans, or status as qualified individuals with disabilities The position offers salary commensurate with experience and excellent benefits.
Screening of applicants will begin June 16, 2015 and applications should be received prior to June 13, 2015. Finalists will be contacted in July. Travel expenses will be covered to allow finalists to present their recent work in an APL seminar.
Job offers be will made in September 2015 with start dates negotiable between October 2015 and March 2016.
Applicants are asked to submit electronically:
(1) A curriculum vitae,
(2) A publication list,
(3) A brief research proposal (no more than 5 pages, double-spaced, excluding bibliography and figures) describing research to be pursued during a two-year tenure at the University of Washington,
(4) The names of four individuals who can provide a letter of reference.
In addition, a letter of support from a mentor in one of the participating departments (AIRS, AD, OE, OPD, PSC) is strongly encouraged. Further information on current research at APL, by department and principal investigator, can be found at: http://www.apl.washington.edu/departments/departments.php
Applications should be submitted preferably via email to:
Dr. Kevin Williams
Sr. Principal Physicist, Acoustics Department Chair, and Liaison of Science and Engineering Group of APL
Applied Physics Laboratory %u2013 University of Washington
1013 NE 40th Street
Box 355640
Seattle, WA 98105-6698
For inquiries regarding this position, please contact Dr. Kevin Williams. For questions regarding potential disability accommodations, please contact Aileen Trilles at atrilles@apl.washington.edu.

Senior Computer Specialist, Req. #93365

The Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington has an outstanding opportunity for a Senior Computer Specialist to join the Software Development Group in the Center for Environmental and Information Systems (CEIS).

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Posting Date: 11 April 2013

Closing Date: Open Until Filled


Environmental & Information Systems

The Senior Computer Specialist will be responsible for providing a variety of computer-related technical support to one or more research and development efforts. The Senior Computing Specialist will normally be part of a multidisciplinary team, but they will often need to independently evaluate, select, and apply their knowledge of computer technology principles to address software and hardware issues that arise. As part of the research effort, he/she may also manage multiple servers and workstations and provide technical support to users of these research systems.

Systems Administration
- Build CEIS computers that run on all platforms, Mac OS, and Linux applications
- Provide support for CEIS users
- Provide reliable back-up/restore database, web and fileservers
- Maintain inventory of parts and supplies for EIS machines, including printers
- Create and manage SQL server databases and related services
- Maintain the security posture of the systems and provide appropriate reports and analysis

Programming support and User Interaction
- Assist the CEIS software development team in interface and graphic design work and implementation
- Work with the Laboratory's web development team to determine needs and create services, databases, and custom programming applications to meet those needs
- With guidance from technical lead, provide programming and scripting support for individual research efforts
- Complete assigned tasks which include the design, creation, and maintenance of server-side and client side web services

Administrative Management
- Purchase equipment
- Attend departmental meetings and provide reports and/or updates
- Interface with Principal Investigators, administrative staff, and Center Director


Bachelor's Degree in Information Systems, Computer Science or related field and two to three years of computer specialist professional experience in maintaining servers and participation in web application development
Experience in working with LINUX operating systems
Demonstrated ability to work in a highly agile environment with minimal supervision
Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative team environment
Demonstrated effective communication and strong analytical and problem solving skills

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

Programing or scripting skills in one or more of the following languages or tools: Java, C/C , Python, Java Script, PHP, MySQL/Postgres SQL
Competent in, or experience with the principles of visualizing data with Google Maps, matplotlib, or MATLAB
Experience in user interface development
Ability to acquire security clearance

Condition of Employment:
A satisfactory outcome from a criminal background verification may be required prior to hire.

-May be subject to successful completion of E-Verify process
-Must be able to work in a classified work facility
-Ability to acquire security clearance

Senior Scientist/Autonomy Engineer, Req. #111204

The Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington has an outstanding opportunity for a Senior Research Scientist/Autonomy Engineer

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Posting Date: 22 August 2014

Closing Date: Open Until Filled


Environmental & Information Systems


The appointee will undertake research at the Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in the Center for Environmental & Information Systems (EIS). The major field of research is persistent autonomy for marine robotics with a focus on the development of novel algorithms for Seagliders and other autonomous vehicles. These algorithms are intended to enable single and multi-vehicle deployments with both homogeneous and heterogeneous groups of vehicles, including undersea, surface, and aerial assets.

Develop field-deployable algorithms for single or multi-vehicle deployments of Seagliders and other autonomous vehicles that support both oceanographic and military goals for persistent autonomy.

Within EIS the appointee will perform duties of a principal investigator on research projects, develop new research proposals in both basic and applied areas, develop collaborations with APL-UW , the UW College of Engineering, and exterior to UW (NSF, ONR, DoD, Applied Navy Programs, NOAA).


This position requires a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and 6 years of experience.

General knowledge of robotics and ocean engineering, including familiarity with the operation of autonomous underwater vehicles and remotely operated vehicles; strong background in acoustic navigation algorithms for underwater vehicles from theory to deployment; experience designing algorithms for real-time operation; good communication skills in oral and written format; ability to extend current research to collaborate with other researchers at APL and areas of interest to funding agencies; real-time and post-processing filtering and smoothing.

Past experience with Seagliders, especially piloting and under-ice navigation; past experience with at-sea operations and oceanographic expeditions; past experience collaborating on a national or international research project; proven ability to obtain funding and create new collaborations; established publication record.

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

To view and/or apply for Current APL-UW Job Postings, visit:

Oceanography at APL-UW

APL-UW invites applications to a research position with Principal Investigator responsibilities in the Ocean Physics Department. Historically, OPD has emphasized small-scale oceanography, ocean instrumentation, and measurements. We seek candidates with interest and expertise in these areas and/or in their interactions with larger-scale ocean processes and with ocean biological and chemical processes. OPD researchers have excellent capabilities in ocean measurements and engineering and we encourage applications from researchers who will utilize these. The successful candidate will be permanent Professional Staff at APL-UW and have the opportunity to interact closely with the large and vibrant oceanographic community in Seattle. We seek candidates who have completed their postdoctoral research with a record that demonstrates high potential to develop their own well-funded program. Initial salary support over a nominal 1-year period will come from start-up funds. Thereafter, candidates are expected to have established self-sustaining, grant-funded research programs.

Applications including CV, research interest summary, publication and funding history, and names of four references should be sent by email to:

Polar Science at APL-UW

The Polar Science Center (PSC) is inviting applications for research scientists with principal investigator responsibilities in the following areas: a) fundamental physics of ice and interaction of ice and water, b) physical oceanography, particularly observation or numerical modeling of ice–ocean interaction, for example, as applicable to fjord or ice-shelf cavity circulation and its influence on outlet glaciers, and c) biology of the ice–ocean environment with a focus on lower trophic levels including remote sensing. PSC researchers have access to excellent capabilities in field logistics and engineering and we encourage applications from researchers who will utilize those. Candidates in other areas of specialization may be considered depending on qualifications and research record. We seek candidates who have completed their postdoctoral research with a record that demonstrates high potential to develop their own well-funded program. Initial research support over a nominal 2-year period will come from start-up funds and existing project funds. Thereafter, candidates are expected to have established self-sustaining, grant-funded research programs.

Applications including CV, research interest summary, publication and funding history, and names of four references should be sent to:

Postdoc (SEED) Science & Engineering Enrichment & Development

The Laboratory provides two fellowships per year; each is funded for 2 years. Applicants for the felowships will have research interests aligned with APL-UW areas of expertise: polar science, ocean physics, air-sea interaction and remote sensing, or ocean engineering.

Fellows will define their own research programs in conjunction with an APL-UW principal investigator mentor. Successful postdoc fellows will be motivated and prepared to pursue independent research funding at the end of the 2-year fellowship period.

Formal announcements are advertised in April each year. Finalists will travel to APL-UW for interviews before August. Start dates from 1 October to 31 March are anticipated, depending on candidate graduation dates or other job-related timelines.

Candidates will submit a CV and a proposal that outlines their planned research while at APL-UW as well as their long-term career goals.

The application window will re-open April 2015.

Benefits & Compensation   This is APL-UW  

A research unit of the University of Washington, APL-UW is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.

As an APL-UW employee you receive:

  • Medical and dental insurance
  • Life insurance and long-term disability insurance
  • Retirement and investment plans
  • Vacation up to 24 days/year depending on length of service
  • Eleven holidays
  • Tuition-free access to university credit classes
  • Group rates for auto and homeowners insurance
  • Pre-tax dependent care assistance
  • Subsidized sick child care on campus
  • Career development and general training courses at low or no cost
  • Subsidy for public transportation

Join us at APL-UW.


We advance scientific discovery and invention and enhance national security by being a premier center for basic and applied research, engineering and technology development, and advanced education.

We serve society by contributing new knowledge and technology to the national defense enterprise, industry, public-policy makers, and academia.

We educate future generations of scientists and engineers.

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