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UCAR Update

May 2005


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In brief
Scientist and engineer openings at NCAR
UCAR/NOAA fellowship at Tropical Prediction Center
NCAR strategic planning process
GLOBE Annual Conference
Congressional testimony from Tim Killeen
Reminders from last issue


Scientist and engineer openings at NCAR
NCAR intends to hire as many as four new scientists and research engineers this year. The recruitment period is from 23 May to July 1. Details are posted at the URL below.

This recruitment will focus on scientists and research engineers with specific interest in one of the following areas:

  • Multi-scale modeling of the Earth-Sun system or of its components
  • Multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research relevant to NCAR institutes
  • Instrument development for high-altitude research aircraft
  • Engineering science, with a focus on innovative research applications

Scientist I positions are for terms of up to three years. Appointments to the next higher level are not automatic and are made in accordance with the NCAR scientific appointments policy. Successful applicants will join the appropriate NCAR divisions, institutes, or programs that best match their interests. Applicants will be evaluated based on accomplishments and potential in both leading and conducting important research in areas of relevance to NCAR's mission.

Contact: UCAR Human Resources
Job posting


UCAR/NOAA fellowship at Tropical Prediction Center
UCAR, in cooperation with NOAA, is seeking a research meteorologist to work at the Tropical Prediction Center/National Hurricane Center (TPC/NHC) of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP), part of the National Weather Service (NWS). The selected fellow will work with scientists and forecasters at the TPC/NHC, located in Miami, Florida, on the campus of Florida International University.

Applicant should have a Ph.D. or M.S. in meteorology or atmospheric science. The selected fellow will be employed by UCAR. Benefits include health/dental insurance, sick/annual leave, paid holidays, retirement fund (TIAA/CREF), and life insurance. Some funds will be provided for scientific travel.

Screening begins 15 June; however, the position will remain open until filled.

Contact: Meg Austin, UOP/VSP, 303-497-8649
Position announcement


NCAR strategic planning process
NCAR is updating its 2001 Strategic Plan, "NCAR as an Integrator - A Vision for the Atmospheric Sciences and Geosciences." From now through July NCAR is seeking input and preparing the plan for review in September by the UCAR Board of Trustees.

With its university and research center partners, NCAR is faced with unprecedented opportunities and challenges. What are the critical activities in science, facilities and education through which NCAR can best serve the broad geosciences community? NCAR welcomes and values your input.

Please take a moment to view the Strategic Plan Web page at the URL below and provide your comments and contributions via the links available on the site. Draft goals and objectives will be added in the next few weeks, along with other components as the plan evolves.

Contact: Peter Backlund or Terry Woods, Office of the NCAR Director, 303-497-1112
NCAR Strategic Plan update


GLOBE Annual Conference
The Ninth Annual GLOBE Conference will be held in Prague, Czech Republic, from 31 July to 5 August. As in the past, the conference will bring together GLOBE country coordinators, U.S. partnership coordinators, principal investigators, and others to address key education and science elements of GLOBE. Registrations are still being accepted for this year's conference.

Managed by the UCAR Office of Programs, GLOBE is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based education and science program.

Contact: Paula Robinson, GLOBE, 303-497-2642
GLOBE Annual Conference


Congressional testimony from Tim Killeen
NCAR director Tim Killeen recently testified before Congress in two hearings related to federal science budgets and NASA Earth science activities. His remarks are available on line at the URLs below.

4 May 2005
U.S. House Subcommittee on Science, State, Justice, and Commerce and Related Agencies
Hearing on the FY 2006 Budget Request
Killeen testimony

28 April 2005
U.S. House Committee on Science
Hearing on NASA's Earth Science Program
Killeen testimony
Contact: Cindy Schmidt, UCAR Office of Government Affairs, 303-497-2107


Reminders from last issue

10th Annual CCSM Workshop
Dates: 21–23 June

2005 Training Workshop for Unidata Software
Dates: 20 July–6 August


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