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UCAR Update

December 2009


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In brief
Summer Internships in Parallel Computational Science (SIParCS)
New postgraduate position in integrated social science
Heliophysics Summer School 2010
Notes from Copenhagen
Current job openings at UCAR
New from COMET: Model products and fundamentals
Reminders from previous issues


Summer Internships in Parallel Computational Science (SIParCS)
NCAR’s SIParCS program offers significant hands-on research and development opportunities in high-performance computing (HPC) and related fields that use HPC for scientific discovery and modeling. This program embeds students as ten-week summer interns, typically from June through August, in NCAR’s Computational and Information Systems Laboratory (CISL). Projects are tied to the HPC systems and activities that support NCAR's scientific mission.

The program is aimed at graduate students, and undergraduates who have completed their sophomore year by summer 2010, who are interested in pursuing a career in computational science, applied mathematics, statistics, computer science, or the computational geosciences. SIParCS’ goal is to make a long-term, positive impact on the quality and diversity of the workforce using and operating 21st-century supercomputers. The program offers a wide variety of experiences with a diverse collection of HPC equipment, software development projects, parallel computational science problems, and analysis of data and numerical methods.

Program requirements, beyond working on projects, include keeping a research journal, attending appropriate technical seminars, attending skills-enhancing workshops, and giving an oral presentation of results at the end of the summer.

Application deadline: 5 February 2010
Contact: Kristin Mooney, NCAR/CISL, 303-497-1288


New postgraduate position in integrated social science
The NCAR/NESL Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology Division is looking for a postgraduate scientist to conduct integrated social science—atmospheric science research on the socioeconomic impacts of weather and the communication, interpretation, use, and value of weather forecasts. The successful candidate must have a PhD in a relevant social science or interdisciplinary field, preferably within the last 5 years. Examples of relevant fields include (but are not limited to): risk communication, communication sciences, geography, economics, public policy, sociology, and psychology.

This position has a two-year term with the possibility of extension. Relocation benefits will be provided in accordance with UCAR policy. Applicants can apply at the UCAR job site below.

Application deadline: 5 February 2010
Contact: Jeff Lazo, NCAR, 303-497-2857
Careers at UCAR


Heliophysics Summer School 2010
Applications are now invited for the 2010 Heliophysics Summer School, to be hosted by UCAR in Boulder on 28 July–4 August. NASA’s Living with a Star program sponsors the school, which has two principal aims:

  • deepen the appreciation of the basic science of heliophysics for a select group of students as teachers take them through highly-interactive seminars and hands-on working groups
  • expand a newly published textbook series to include labs, problem sets, and more background material from which heliophysics may be taught at universities worldwide
The 2010 program will focus on teaching the fundamentals of heliophysics, along with the cause and effects of space storms, to graduate-level students as well as first- or second-year postdoctoral fellows.The first two textbook volumes—Plasma Physics of the Local Cosmos and Heliophysics II: Space Storms and Radiation: Causes and Effects—will be used as teaching tools.

Application deadline: 1 April 2010
Contact: Susan Baltuch, UCP/VSP, 303-497-8649
Heliophysics Science


Notes from Copenhagen
NCAR and UCAR participants in the United Nations climate meeting in Copenhagen, 7–18 December, will be filing occasional posts from the conference. "Notes from Copenhagen" will appear at the URL below as part of Currents, a Web-only section of UCAR Magazine.

Contact: Bob Henson, UCAR Communications, 303-497-8605
UCAR Magazine | Currents


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 (10018), NCAR/ASP
  • Associate Scientist I/II (10036), NCAR/NESL/ACD
  • Climate Change and Assessment Associate Scientist IV (10035), NCAR/NESL/CGD
  • High Altitude Observatory Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (10038), NCAR/HAO
  • Joint NCAR/CDC Postdoctoral Fellows (10030), NCAR/ISP, locations vary
  • Postdoctoral Scientist in Arctic System Science (10022), NCAR/NESL/CGD
  • Postgraduate Scientist (10037), NCAR/NESL/MMM
  • Project Scientist I (10007), NCAR/NESL/CGD
  • Project Scientist I (Chemistry-Climate Liaison) (10021), NCAR/NESL/ACD
  • Research Economist in Integrated Assessment Modeling (9218), NCAR/NESL/CGD
  • Scientist I/II (10025), NCAR/RAL

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: Model products and fundamentals
Below are details on four new online publications available from UCP/COMET. Please see the accompanying Web links for more details.

Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior Course: Wind Systems
This module outlines general and local winds and their processes. Detailed information is provided about winds critical to fire weather, including frontal winds, foehn winds, and thunderstorm winds, and their effects on wildland fires. The module also describes topographic influences on winds and provides guidelines for estimating winds based on location and fuel sheltering.

The following three modules, all recently published, are part of COMET's new distance learning course, Effective Use of NWP in the Forecast Process.

Understanding Assimilation Systems: How Models Create Their Initial Conditions—version 2
This module explains the data assimilation process, including the role of the model itself as well as the observations. It provides learners an appreciation for how models use data as a function of model resolution and data type, how data influence the analysis, the limitations of data assimilation systems, the importance of initial conditions on the quality of NWP guidance, and the challenges of assessing the quality of NWP guidance based on the initial conditions.

Impact of Model Structure & Dynamics—version 2
This module addresses how meteorological variables are represented in grid point and spectral models, fundamental differences between hydrostatic and nonhydrostatic models, horizontal resolution of orography, features of the free atmosphere, and vertical coordinate systems. Topics also include vertical resolution and the impacts of lower, upper, and lateral boundary conditions, including nesting of high-resolution domains.

MoInfluence of Model Physics on NWP Forecasts—version 2
Topics in this module include how NWP models handle both grid-scale microphysical (precipitation) and convective processes through parameterizations and/or explicit methods, with an emphasis on how model treatment of these processes, and errors in their triggering, affect the forecast depiction of precipitation and related forecast variables.

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


Reminders from previous issues

ASP/CDC postdoctoral fellowship combining public health applications and climate science
Application deadline: 5 January 2010

ASP begins 2010 postdoc recruitment
Application deadline: 5 January 2010

Applicants sought for VSP programs
Climate & Global Change Fellowship Program—Deadline: 15 January 2010
Heliophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship Program—Deadline: 8 January 2010
PACE (Postdocs Applying Climate Expertise) Fellowship Program—Deadline: 1 January 2010

Seeking undergraduates for SOARS program
Application deadline: 1 February 2010


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