The Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington (APL-UW) invites applications for a postdoctoral researcher in physical oceanography as part of a NASA-funded study of Arctic salinity and stratification at the sea ice edge (SASSIE). The postdoc will use data from a range of in situ and remote sensing platforms to investigate the spatio-temporal evolution of fresh meltwater layers in the Beaufort Sea and their impacts on upper ocean properties and sea ice. The postdoc will have the opportunity to join the month-long SASSIE research cruise in September 2022 to help collect these observations, which will include ship-based measurements, remotely-piloted surface and aerial vessels, drifters, and floats.
The postdoc will join a collaborative observational team that spans three APL-UW departments (Air-Sea Interaction and Remote Sensing Department, Polar Science Center, and Ocean Physics Department), and will also work closely with the broader SASSIE team, with investigators from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Earth and Space Research, and the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
The postdoc will synthesize a variety of in situ, airborne, satellite, and model data. Specific research directions will be designed by the postdoc in conjunction with the SASSIE team, and could include upper ocean stratification and dynamics; sea ice evolution, formation and interaction with the ocean; impacts of surface waves; or other topics to be determined.
In addition to disseminating results at major conferences and in peer-reviewed journals, postdocs are encouraged and mentored in writing grant proposals. A notable feature of APL postdoc positions is the ability to submit grant proposals as PIs under supervision, with the goal of establishing an independent research program and career path.