Postdoc Program

Initiated in 1977, JISAO’s founding director, John M. Wallace, committed a major share of JISAO’s program budget to support postdoctoral research fellows. The program has been highly successful because postdocs are given the opportunity to conduct their own research project, think broadly, and to work with the distinguished scientists at the UW and the NOAA laboratories.

The list of former JISAO postdocs is impressive and their current positions indicate the quality of scientists attracted to the program.

In the newly created Cooperative Institute for Climate, Ocean, and Ecosystem Studies, all CICOES fellowship postdocs are appointed for one year with a second-year appointment assuming available funding and reasonable progress. The appointment supports salary, moving expenses, and provides a modest research/travel budget. The program wants to attract postdocs whose research interests align with at least one of the nine CICOES research themes. These research themes span atmospheric science, climate, fisheries science, and oceanography. Each postdoc works with a mentor team composed of academic and NOAA mentors. The CICOES consortium consists of the University of Washington, University of Alaska Fairbanks, and Oregon State University. Our NOAA partner laboratories include the Alaska Fisheries Science Center,  the  Northwest Fisheries Science Center, and the  Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory.

For more information on the CICOES fellowship postdoc program, contact John Horne, Director, at

2021 CICOES Fellowship Postdoctoral Program

Now accepting applications

The Cooperative Institute for Climate, Ocean, and Ecosystem Studies (CICOES) at the University of Washington (UW) seeks Postdoctoral Scholars with research interests in atmospheric science, climate science, fisheries science, and/or oceanography. As a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) sponsored Cooperative Institute, CICOES promotes and facilitates collaborative research between the University of Washington and the Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC), the Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC), and the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL).

We anticipate three positions will be filled at 100% FTE. Positions are not tied to an existing project but based on the applicant’s research proposal. Applicants are expected to conduct research in at least one of CICOES research themes:

  1. Climate and Ocean Variability, Change and Impacts
  2. Earth Systems and Processes
  3. Environmental Chemistry and Ocean Carbon
  4. Marine Ecosystems: Observation, Analysis, and Forecasts
  5. Ocean and Coastal Observations
  6. Environmental Data Science
  7. Aquaculture Science
  8. Human Dimensions in Marine Systems
  9. Polar Studies

Applicants are required to demonstrate research relevance to both CICOES and at least one of the NOAA programs at AFSC, NWFSC, or PMEL. The Research Associate will conduct research in association with at least one mentor from AFSC, NWFSC, PMEL, or a CICOES consortium university including the University of Washington, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and Oregon State University. A list of potential PI mentors can be found here.

Description and application instructions are available at UW’s Interfolio website. The deadline to apply is January 31, 2021. All applications must be submitted through Interfolio.

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