Job opportunity for postdoctoral research scientist

Job opportunity for postdoctoral research scientist

The Puget Sound Institute is hiring a post-doctoral research scientist. The listing from UW Human Resources is below. 


Req #: 165198
Job Location: UW Tacoma
Posting Date: 11/15/2019
Closing Info: Open Until Filled
Salary: Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Shift: First Shift
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The Puget Sound Institute at the University of Washington ( is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Scientist 2 to develop decision support tools in support of ecosystem-based management. A primary focus will be accounting for the influence of multiple stressors on ecological and social endpoints, including connections between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and tradeoffs associated with land use. There is a need to develop systems-level tools that complement more focused, highly quantitative models under development (e.g., Atlantis ecosystem model, the Salish Sea Model) to help prioritize management actions. 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 land use 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.
    The position reports to PSI Lead Ecosystem Ecologist Tessa Francis.
    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.
    Application Process
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