Postdoctoral Research Scientist 2

University of Washington-Tacoma
Tacoma, WA, United States
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The Puget Sound Institute at the University of Washington ( is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Scientist 2 who focuses on modeling the connections between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, especially how the built environment controls the movement of water, nutrients, and chemical contaminants into adjacent surface waters.  This position will contribute to our collaborative group by conducting qualitative or quantitative analysis of the connections between land use, stormwater quantity and quality, and the resulting impacts on ecological, social and economic endpoints.  Regional-scale strategies currently being developed to protect and restore critical Puget Sound habitats and ecosystem functions depend on such modeling tools to design smart land use and water management policies for Puget Sound.

Specific opportunities and approaches include:

  • Evaluating the linkages between stormwater treatment and social, economic, and ecological endpoints in Puget Sound using qualitative modeling techniques, which could include Bayesian network models, fuzzy logic, quantitative network models (i.e., “loop analysis”), or other approaches.
  • Developing relatively simple qualitative tools to inform, support, and guide the development of more complex quantitative models that address policy options, including stormwater management options in the Puget Sound region.
  • Coordinating with multiple stakeholders and collaborators to define objectives and research questions, to refine conceptual models, to devise management scenarios, and to interpret and communicate results.
  • Publishing and presenting modeling approaches and results and engaging with other regional, national and international experts.

    Minimum Requirements:

    Doctoral degree in fisheries biology, oceanography, ecology, environmental science/engineering or a related field and one year of experience. The candidate will have demonstrated clever and impactful approaches to relating human activities on the landscape to impacts in estuaries.  We are especially interested in candidates whose work considers the social and economic benefits and costs of both watershed development and the resulting strategies to mitigate impacts on adjacent waters.
    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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