The UW School of Oceanography is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work with a team (Crusius, Murray, Bundy) focused on understanding the inputs of metals and/or metal isotopes to Gulf of Alaska surface waters from Alaskan and Asian dust, from fossil fuel combustion and from other atmospheric sources. This position is full-time (100% FTE), 12-months/year, with an initial term appointment of one year (12 months), renewable for a second year, assuming satisfactory performance. The start date is negotiable and the position is available immediately.
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. The UW is a recipient of a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award to increase the advancement of women faculty in science, engineering, and math (see http://advance.washington.edu/).
This position will contribute to a project that involves land-based sampling in remote Alaskan island and/or coastal locations, together with metal and isotopic analyses, aimed at assessing the dust flux to Gulf of Alaska surface waters and at distinguishing Alaskan dust, Asian dust, and fossil fuel-derived inputs. The Research Associate will be involved in all stages of the research, from field observations to laboratory analyses and experiments, to contributing to publications. Field observations will include collection of size-fractionated as well as bulk samples, with optional sector control to allow sample collection during optimized wind direction. Laboratory analyses will include elemental concentrations by ICP-MS, tracers that best distinguish the dust source end members, and metals to infer contributions from fossil fuel combustion. Activities and depositional fluxes of 210Pb and 7Be will be determined to convert elemental concentrations in dust into flux estimates to surface waters. Experiments will be carried out to evaluate the control of different organic ligands on the solubility of iron and other metals in surface seawater, the relative solubility of different size fractions, and the relative solubility of dust- versus fossil fuel-derived metals. As part of an interdisciplinary team, the Research Associate will be expected to collaborate with project investigators and other researchers.
Laboratory facilities available for use by the Research Associate to complete this work include an Element2 High-Resolution Magnetic Sector ICP-MSand an iCap RQ Quadrupole ICP-MS, inthe UW School of Oceanography (http://depts.washington.edu/tracelab/). A NuI multi-collector icp-ms is available at the UW Department of Earth and Space Sciences.
In addition to mentoring from the project's faculty principal investigators, other professional development opportunities are available to the Research Associate through the University of Washington Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (https://grad.uw.edu/for-students-and-post-docs/post-doctoral-affairs/).This includes guidance toward campus resources to address career, appointment, mentoring, teaching and research skills, and help connecting with others with similar questions and career development goals. All UW faculty engage in teaching, research, and service.
The University of Washington, College of the Environment, and School of Oceanography are dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural, inclusive environment and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans. The School of Oceanography is therefore seeking candidates whose experiences have prepared them to fulfill our commitment to inclusion. For more information on our commitment to building a culturally diverse workforce, please see: http://www.washington.edu/diversity/ and https://environment.uw.edu/about/diversity-commitment/.
Required: A Ph.D. or foreign equivalent in chemical oceanography or a related field is required. The successful candidate will have experience with trace element and/or isotopic analyses. The research associate must be willing to travel and to conduct field work in remote locations for up to one month.
Applicants should apply via Interfolio and should submit (1) a letter of interest describing their skills and experience, (2) a curriculum-vitae including a list of publications, and (3) the names and contact information for three references. PDF files are preferred.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
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