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UCAR Update

December 2008


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In brief
ASP postdoc deadline coming up
Seeking protégés for 2009 SOARS program
Learn about CISL’s services for universities at AMS meeting
Current job openings at UCAR
New from COMET: Wildland fire, weather and health, remote sensing
Reminders from previous issues


ASP postdoc deadline coming up
NCAR's Advanced Study Program (ASP) intends to hire as many as seven new postdoctoral fellows in early 2009. The postdoc program is open to individuals who have earned doctoral degrees in atmospheric science or related fields and who seek to broaden their understanding by interacting widely with scientists and other postdoctoral researchers at NCAR. Applicants must be able to conduct research with minimal supervision, exercise considerable independent judgment and creativity, and demonstrate strong communication skills.

ASP postdoc positions are for one year with an opportunity to renew for a second year. Successful applicants will join the appropriate divisions, institutes, or programs at NCAR that best match their interests.

Appointments may begin as early as June. Applicants who will not be available to begin work until after January 2010 should wait until the 2010 recruitment period, which will begin in November 2009. Fellows should not be more than four years beyond the Ph.D. degree at the start of the appointment. See below for more details.

Application deadline: 5 January 2009
Contact: Paula Fisher, NCAR/ASP, 303-497-1328
ASP Postdoctoral Fellowship Announcement


Seeking protégés for 2009 SOARS program
SOARS (Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science) provides up to four years of paid summer research, mentoring, community support, and funding for undergraduate and graduate education. Students from many disciplines, including meteorology, geography, chemistry, physics, engineering, mathematics, ecology, and the social sciences, are invited to apply their expertise to understanding our planet’s atmosphere and to use that understanding to improve life on Earth. SOARS seeks to involve more students from historically under-represented groups in the sciences, including black or African-American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Hispanic or Latino, female, and first-generation college students, as well as students with disabilities. SOARS welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students.

Protégés will perform original research guided by scientists at NCAR and partnering laboratories in projects matched to their interests and skills. Benefits include a competitive wage, housing in Boulder, and transport to and from Boulder.

Application deadline: 1 February 2009
Contact: Moira Kennedy, UCAR/SOARS, 303-497-8622
SOARS Application


Learn about CISL’s services for universities at AMS meeting
Staff from NCAR’s Computational and Information Systems Laboratory invite you to join them in Phoenix at the American Meteorological Society’s annual meeting. CISL staff will provide two short presentations followed by a question-and-answer session on Tuesday, January 13, in the Gilbert Room of the Hyatt Regency Phoenix (across from the convention center). The presentations will cover computing and data analysis services at NCAR (5:10 p.m.) and new and future resources in the Research Data Archive (5:40 p.m.). Refreshments will be available starting at 4:30 p.m.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to the CISL contact below.

Contact: Janie Young, NCAR/CISL, 303-497-1288


Current job openings at UCAR
Below are the titles of scientific positions now open at UCAR/NCAR/UOP, along with the relevant tracking code. All jobs are based in Boulder unless otherwise indicated.

  • Advanced Study Program Postdoctoral Fellows (9044)
  • Climate Prediction Application Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (CPAPP) (9034)
  • Director, IPCC Working Group II Technical Support Unit (9047)
  • HAO Postdoctoral Scientist Recruitment (9016)
  • NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (9035)
  • Post Graduate Scientist (9048)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow I (9002)
  • Project Scientist I (9040)
  • Scientist I (9028)

Applicants can view the full descriptions for these and other positions at the UCAR Human Resources site.

Contact: UCAR Human Resources
Careers at UCAR


New from COMET: Wildland fire, weather and health, remote sensing
Below are details of three new online publications available from UOP/COMET. Please see the accompanying Web links for more details.

Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior Unit 5: Temperature and Relative Humidity Relationships
This 45-minute module focuses on methods of describing humidity in the atmosphere and how temperature changes can affect relative humidity. This module is the second of thirteen units that will make up the Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior Course.

Weather and Health
Funded by the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), this course will help meteorologists and others broaden their understanding of the impacts of weather and climate on public health, including the impacts of heat waves and cold temperatures, winter storms and thunderstorms, flooding, drought, poor air quality, tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfire, ultraviolet radiation, and other phenomena.

Microwave Remote Sensing Topics
This self-paced distance learning course is aimed at forecasters, students, researchers, and developers who have a need or desire to know more about basic microwave remote sensing science and applications. The modules are intended to provide an understanding of basic microwave remote sensing principles and concepts, spacecraft and instrument configurations, applications, and available datasets.

Contact: Hildy Kane, UOP/COMET, 303-497-8470
COMET MetEd site


Reminders from previous issues

Climate Prediction Applications Postdoctoral Program
Application deadline: 15 December

Postdoctoral fellowships in HAO
Application deadline: 5 January 2009

HAO seeks undergraduate summer interns
Application deadline: 9 January 2009

NOAA climate and global change postdocs sought for 2009
Application and recommendation deadline: 15 January 2009

Seeking undergraduates for NCAR summer workshop
Application deadline: 6 March 2009

Applications now being accepted for 2009 Heliophysics Summer School
Deadline: 1 April 2009

Visiting scientist openings: air pollution, space weather, satellite retrievals


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