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UNESCO-UNEP-funded Postdoctoral Research Associate, Modeling Coastal Zone Nutrient Impact, Vancouver

WSU Vancouver, WA
Washington State University Vancouver, WA Campus
Annual Salary $54,000 - $69,264
Closing date
Apr 27, 2024

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Dr. John Harrison has a Postdoctoral Biogeochemistry Research Associate position that focuses on Modeling Coastal Zone Nutrient Impacts. This position is based at Washington State University Vancouver campus.

Summary of Duties:

Washington State University Vancouver’s Global Change and Watershed Biogeochemistry Lab seeks an individual to contribute to a dynamic program in global change and watershed biogeochemistry. The successful candidate’s principal charge will be to work with an international, interdisciplinary research group to study interactions between coastal nutrient loading and harmful algal blooms (HABs) at the global scale, including development and evaluation of the Index of Coastal Eutrophication Potential (ICEP), an indicator for the attainment of UNEP Millennium Sustainability Goals. There will also likely be opportunities to participate in projects related to: 1) the biogeochemistry of reservoirs; 2) continental-scale coastal nutrient loading; and/or 3) another topic of mutual interest (See

The appointment is for one year, potentially renewable contingent on performance and availability of funds.  The position will be full-time and includes benefits and a competitive salary.  Washington State University Vancouver is a vibrant, Carnegie R-1 institution, located within the greater Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area, near the Columbia River, Cascade Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, and as such offers an exceptional quality of life. 

Required Qualifications:

Ph.D. degree in biogeochemistry, biogeochemical modeling, limnology, marine or estuarine.

Additional Information:

Work Location and Schedule: 

This position is not eligible for remote/hybrid work assignments.

Annual Salary:


In accordance with RCW 49.58.110, the above salary reflects the full salary range for this position. Individual placement within the range is based on the candidate’s current experience, education, skills, and abilities related to the position or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination.


WSU offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes paid sick and vacation leave; paid holidays; medical, dental, life and disability insurance package for employees and dependents; retirement; deferred compensation and optional supplemental retirement accounts.

For a summary of benefits offered by WSU for postdoctoral scholars visit:

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The appointment is for one year, potentially renewable contingent on performance and availability of funds.

Screening and Posting Close Date:

The screening of applicants begins April 12, 2024, and will be open until filled.

Background Check:

This position has been designated by the department to require a background check because it requires access to children or vulnerable adults as defined by RCW 74.34, engages in law enforcement, requires security clearance, interacts with WSU students in a counseling or advising capacity, has access to personal identifying and/or financial information, unsupervised access to university buildings/property, or other business-related need.  A background check will not be completed until an initial determination of qualification for employment has been made.

Application Instructions:

Applicants must apply through our Workday application portal and will need to attach multiple documents at the time of application. Please read the entire posting description and follow the instructions below to apply. For questions, contact Dr. John Harrison ( for additional details.

Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications and additional requirements. Documents may be submitted in one file or separate files and applicants are encouraged to upload as a PDF if possible.

Applicants must attach the following documents to their online application in the Resume/Cover Letter section:

  • Current CV or Resume.
  • Cover letter describing past research experience and future career interests.
  • A Statement on Contributions to Equity (see information and link below) *
  • Applicants will also be requested to provide contact information for professional references within the online application.

  *Please include a statement on contributions to equity. Provide examples from your past activities and experience as well as your future plans to advance equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging at WSU Vancouver. Include examples such as any of the following: Programming, events, and initiatives; Committee, council, or board service; Student and/or staff outreach, recruitment, and retention; Community engagement and volunteerism. WSU Vancouver's strategic plan embeds equity in all 5 goals, including a specific goal for equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging (Goal 4). Please see our Strategic Plan, Goal 4 for more information on what WSU Vancouver is doing in this space,

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About WSU Vancouver

As one of six campuses in the Washington state University system, WSU Vancouver provides baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people, communities and economy of Southwest Washington.  

As the only public four-year educational institution in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver is dedicated to its land-grant tradition for openness, accessibility and service to people. WSU Vancouver enjoys extraordinary community support and is committed to developing areas of academic and research excellence that fulfill regional needs.  

Situated on 351 scenic acres, WSU Vancouver is in the homelands of the Chinookan and Taidnapam peoples and the Cowlitz Indian Tribe. Employees and students alike value the beauty of campus.  

Recognized by Insight Into Diversity magazine as a top college for diversity, WSU Vancouver is committed to advancing equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging in all that it does.

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veteran, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521 (v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or


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