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UCAR Update

November 2009


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In brief
Seeking undergraduates for SOARS program
Current job openings at UCAR
New from COMET: Model products and fundamentals
Reminders from previous issues


Seeking undergraduates for SOARS program
The UCAR-based SOARS program is now accepting applications. Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) is an undergraduate-to-graduate bridge program for students interested in the atmospheric and related sciences. The program provides up to four years of paid summer research experience, strong mentoring, community support, and funding for conferences, undergraduate and graduate education. SOARS participants spend the summer in Boulder at NCAR and partnering laboratories, working on projects matched to their interests and skills.

SOARS invites students from many disciplines—including meteorology, chemistry, physics, engineering, mathematics, ecology, and the social sciences—to apply their expertise to understanding Earth’s atmosphere. In particular, SOARS seeks to involve students from groups that are historically under-represented in the sciences, including black or African-American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Hispanic or Latino, female, and/or first-generation college students and students with disabilities. SOARS welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students; students who have experienced and worked to overcome educational or economic disadvantage; and/or students who have personal or family circumstances that may complicate their continued progress in research careers.

Application deadline: 1 February 2010
Contact: Rebecca Haacker-Santos, UCAR/SOARS, 303-497-8623
SOARS application instructions


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.

  • Postdoctoral Scientist in Arctic System Science (10022) , NCAR/NESL/CGD
  • Project Scientist I (10007) , NCAR/NESL/CGD
  • Project Scientist I (Chemistry-Climate Liaison) (10021), NCAR/NESL/ACD
  • Project Scientist II (10013) , Silver Spring, Maryland, UCP/VSP
  • 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
The following three modules, all recently published, are part of COMET'S new distance learning course in numerical weather prediction, Effective Use of NWP in the Forecast Process.

Intelligent Use of Model-Derived Products—version 2
This module discusses three aspects of forecast guidance developed from raw NWP model data: post-processing, statistical guidance, and model assessment tools.

How Models Produce Precipitation and Clouds—version 2
This module explores how NWP models handle both grid-scale microphysical and convective processes through parameterizations and/or explicit methods, with an emphasis on how model treatment of these processes, and errors in how they are triggered, affects forecast depiction of precipitation and related variables.

Model Fundamentals—version 2
The components of an NWP model and how they fit into the forecast development process is the focus for this module. It also explores why parameterization of many physical processes is necessary in NWP models.

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


Reminders from previous issues

Register now for WRF tutorial

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


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