Research Scientist Engineer 1

University of Washington

Seattle, WA, USA 🇺🇸

Req #:196167
Job Location:Seattle Campus
Posting Date:09/22/2021 
Closing Info:Closes On   09/29/2021
Salary:Salary is commensurate with education and experience. 
Limited Recruitment:Other
Limited Recruitment Other:OPEN TO UW EMPLOYEES ONLY 
Shift:First Shift 

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 College of the Environment fosters existing and new collaborations between outstanding faculty, staff and students who are engaged in the study of: the solar system and Earth’s dynamic land, water and atmosphere; the development and application of environmental engineering and technological advances; and the impact of policy and human actions on the environment, and the management of natural resources.

Founded in 1919, the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences (SAFS) is dedicated to sustaining healthy marine and freshwater environments. Our school comprises one of the largest and most diverse academic aquatic and fisheries sciences program in the United States. Our faculty conduct innovative research from the organism to the ecosystem scale and are recognized leaders in aquatic biology, sustainable fisheries management, aquatic resource conservation, and resource management. We study natural systems and diverse species and present solutions to foster the sustainable use of aquatic resources. Central to our work is the study of human-induced impacts on ecosystems, such as habitat change and restoration, climate change, and effects of invasive species.

The School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Scientist Engineer 1.  The position will work in the research field of coastal systems, involving the interactions of ecology and human dimensions. This includes wetland and nearshore marine systems, as well as the rivers and deltas that flow into the estuary and out to the marine environment. The position will work in research fields that focus on restoration ecology, and effects of human stressors, on juvenile salmon, as well as other nearshore fishes and also invertebrates that inhabit coastal systems.

The position will participate in research projects on the nearshore in Puget Sound. The ideal candidate has skills and interests related to the fields of fish and invertebrate ecology. The purpose of the research projects are to monitor the effectiveness of restored beaches in Puget Sound, as well as habitat interactions with natural features such as eelgrass, and artificial structures such as seawall and piers.


* Participate in a team laboratory and fieldwork setting.

* Help collect and enter fieldwork data and laboratory processed data on invertebrate taxonomy and counts.

* Participate in fieldwork involving collecting samples on beaches and conducting snorkel and SCUBA surveys, some of which is based on small boats.

* Assist in writing reports and maintaining integrity of research output.

As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.


Master’s Degree in Biological Sciences or equivalent and less than one year’s experience.

* Ability to participate in a team laboratory and fieldwork setting.

* Experience with microscope processing of invertebrate samples in the laboratory

* Experience in laboratory management

Equivalent education/experience may substitute for all minimum qualifications.

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


* Experience in fieldwork and working with community science groups

* Skills in analyzing and visualizing data in R and writing of reports

Application Process:
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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.