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Current APL-UW Job Postings:

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Req. #NN0382

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: 1 April 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. The position offers salary commensurate with experience and excellent benefits.

Screening of applicants will begin June 16, 2014 and applications should be received prior to June 13, 2014. 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 2014 with start dates negotiable between October 2014 and March 2015.

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
williams@apl.washington.edu

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

Department: 

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

REQUIREMENTS:

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.

DESIRED:
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

Department: 

Environmental & Information Systems

RESPONSIBILITIES:

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).

REQUIREMENTS:

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.

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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.

VISION & MISSION

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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