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Postdoctoral Scholar in Atmospheric Chemistry, Jaffe Research team

Postdoctoral Scholar in Atmospheric Chemistry, Jaffe Research team

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University of Washington, School of STEM

The School of STEM is the largest school at UW Bothell, and we remain committed to attracting diverse faculty and staff who create an exceptional student experience in support of our core values of COLLABORATION, OPPORTUNITY, RESPONSIBILITY, and ENGAGEMENT. Our faculty are dynamic educators who engage in innovative, evidence-based pedagogies. Seventy-five percent of UW Bothell faculty engage students as research collaborators, and we continue to develop community and industry partnerships to expand internship, capstone, and collaborative research opportunities for students and faculty. We offer twenty-three undergraduate and graduate degrees and eight minors across four Divisions (Biological Sciences, Computing and Software Systems, Engineering and Mathematics, Physical Sciences). The School is housed in several buildings on a vibrant campus colocated on a restored 100-acre wetland with an active salmon stream, including the 74,000 square-foot Discovery Hall teaching and laboratory facility, with a new 77,000 square-foot STEM building in collaboration with Cascadia College opening in Fall 2023.

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Bothell, Washington, United States of America


Relevant division
Atmospheric Sciences (AS)

Full time

Entry level

Competitive with full benefits

Required education

Application deadline
Open until the position is filled

13 October 2022

Job description

The Jaffe research team at the University of Washington (UW) is looking to add 1 or 2 post-doctoral fellows. These positions will involve modeling (photochemical box modeling, machine learning/statistical modeling, etc.) and interpretation of large datasets and possibly new measurements (including low-cost sensors). Experience with statistical/machine learning tools, satellite data, and global models, such as GEOS-Chem, is also highly valuable.

One project is focused on understanding impacts of smoke on the urban photochemical environment and will use both photochemical box and statistical models. The second position is focused on interpretation of large-scale atmospheric chemistry datasets applied to a variety of
scales (e.g., EPA data, NOAA data, Mt. Bachelor observations, low cost sensor networks and/or satellite data). We are also working with a variety of low-cost PM and gas sensors, with a particular emphasis on indoor air quality to understand how smoke, cooking, and major freeways impact
indoor air.

We are seeking one to two candidates to join our faculty on a fulltime basis (100%) for a 12-month service period. Positions in this title are non-tenure track and not promotion eligible.

The primary responsibilities for both positions include:

-Evaluation and interpret atmospheric observations to understand air quality implications.
-Use observations with other tools such as photochemical models, statistical/machine learning models, meteorology, and satellite data to better understand the specific questions.
-Publish the results in top scientific journals.

The initial appointment will be for one year with possible extensions. Compensation for the positions is competitive and post docs at the University of Washington are considered faculty and receive a full benefits package. For more information about the Jaffe research group, the Mt. Bachelor Observatory, recent news, and our more than 150 scientific publications, please see our website at:

Ph.D. in Chemistry, Physics, Atmospheric Sciences, or closely related field, or foreign equivalent.

Qualification for these positions include strong expertise in one (or more) of the following areas: Instrumentation for gas and aerosol measurements, data interpretation, photochemical modeling, statistical modeling (e.g., Generalized Additive Modeling, Random Forest), integration of other data (e.g., meteorology, satellite data).

Good communication skills and past experience in publishing in scientific journals is also required. The position is based at the UW Bothell campus, but will include field work and significant interactions with our colleagues at UW Seattle and other universities.

Any interested scientists can contact Dan Jaffe directly for more information at:

How to apply

All applications must be submitted through the UW Interfolio site:

Please submit the following application materials at the Interfolio site:

-Cover letter addressing qualifications
-Curriculum vitae
-A list of three references who will be prepared to submit letters of recommendation upon request.