Research Scientist/Engineer 3, University of Washington

Posted by: CAKE Team
Post Date: 5/10/2024
Opportunity Type: Job
Organization/Grantor: Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center, University of Washington
Position/Title/Fund: Research Scientist/Engineer 3
Type/Term: Full-time, Permanent
Location: Seattle, Washington
Salary: $5,870-$7,325 per month
Deadline: June 10, 2024

The Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (NW CASC) is hiring a full-time research scientist to coordinate the Northwest Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change (NW RISCC) Network and to lead the planning and implementation of its annual Actionable Science Deep Dives

The NW CASC is seeking candidates with science synthesis experience and strong organization and communication skills. Candidates must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in natural resource management, environmental sciences, natural sciences, or a related field and 4 years of relevant experience. A doctoral degree is preferred.  This position is based at the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group in Seattle, Washington. 


Manages the Northwest Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change (RISCC) Network (50%):

  • In conjunction with the NW RISCC Advisory Committee, develop a work plan that describes the guiding principles, direction, and priorities of the NW RISCC Network.
  • Organize and lead outreach and engagement that includes a NW RISCC webinar series and annual NW RISCC symposium that incorporates a variety of sessions including research talks, management talks, expert panels, brainstorming sessions, and one-on-one conversations to solicit research needs.
  • Maintain the NW RISCC website and produce an online compendium of relevant publications, topical research briefs and summaries for managers.
  • Engage undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and university faculty in NW RISCC activities, including research and product development, and promote the nexus of invasive species and climate change as research and learning focus with students and faculty associated with the NW CASC multi-institution consortium.
  • Manage, organize, and lead regular meetings with the NW RISCC core team and advisory committee.
  • Lead production of an annual state-of-the-science report, including conducting a literature review, knowledge synthesis, and summary of key findings; and produce fact sheets on the nexus of climate change and invasive species.

Coordinates the NW CASC Actionable Science Deep Dives (40%):

  • In conjunction with NW CASC staff and partners, lead the planning and execution of the annual
  • In conjunction with NW CASC staff and partners, lead the planning and execution of the annual Actionable Science Deep Dive, which convenes researchers, practitioners, and students in collaborative research to assess the state of knowledge and practice around management of an emerging climate risk, and identify science and capacity needs for advancing adaptation.
  • Lead development of the annual Deep Dive topic, convening of a planning committee, and coordination of research teams spanning diverse entities (e.g., Tribal Nations, universities, non-profits, private, federal, state, and local governments)
  • Provide management, logistical, and organizational support for Deep Dive workshops and external engagement activities focused on advancing research on emerging climate risks.
  • Lead the biophysical work group for each Deep Dive, conducting literature reviews, collaborative syntheses, and development of key findings, in coordination with leads for the management and human dimensions work groups.
  • Lead the collaborative completion and dissemination of Deep Dive products (e.g., writing summary reports, developing fact sheets, delivering webinars, producing manuscripts, and delivering other science communication products).
  • Recruit, supervise, and mentor Deep Dive research assistants.

Supports NW CASC operations (10%):

  • Contribute natural science expertise in support of NW CASC programs (fellowships, communications, evaluation).
  • Support NW CASC evaluation and contribute to the regular reporting of NW CASC activities and accomplishments through annual reports and reviews.
  • Support dissemination and uptake of NW CASC products.
  • Assist with proposal development and grant writing.
  • Engage with the Climate Impacts Group team through monthly team meetings, strategic planning efforts, and other organization-wide activities.


  • Bachelor’s degree in natural resource management, environmental sciences, natural sciences, or a related field and four years of relevant experience in scientific synthesis and assessment, management of large research collaborations with diverse partners, science communication, and program management
  • OR Equivalent combination of education/experience
  • Experience synthesizing scientific literature and data
  • Experience producing science communication materials for diverse audiences, including natural resource managers and policy makers
  • Knowledge of or experience with applied climate change impacts and adaptation
  • Experience with co-production and use-inspired research
  • Demonstrated attention to detail and insistence on technical accuracy
  • Experience with convening partners and organizing meetings, webinars and workshops
  • Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration


  • Ph.D. in natural resource management, environmental sciences, natural sciences, or a related field
  • Experience with website development and management
  • Experience working in or closely with science-management boundary organizations
  • Experience engaging with federal agencies, state fish & wildlife and natural resource departments, Northwest Tribes and intertribal organizations.
How to Apply:

Apply online. Application review begins June 10, 2024.