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UCAR Update

October 2009

 

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In brief
ASP/CDC postdoctoral fellowship combining public health applications and climate science
ASP begins 2010 postdoc recruitment
Graduate students and advisors: consider NCAR’s Graduate Visitor Program
Register now for WRF tutorial
Current job openings at UCAR
New from COMET: Distributed hydrological models
Reminders from previous issues

 
 

ASP/CDC postdoctoral fellowship combining public health applications and climate science
NCAR's Advanced Study Program (ASP) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are launching a partnership to provide postdoctoral training for climate-related public health challenges. The program is open to individuals who have earned doctoral degrees in public health, epidemiology, ecology, atmospheric sciences, climatology, geography, biology, social and behavioral sciences, health economics, or related fields. Applicants must have earned a Ph.D, Sc.D, Dr.PH, DVM, MD, or equivalent degree no earlier than January 2005 in an area specified above, or they must be able to complete such a degree and finish all thesis revisions and defense before starting the appointment. Successful foreign applications will be contingent on visa and security requirements.

Primary criteria used in the selection of postdoctoral fellows are the applicant's scientific capability and potential, especially as indicated by originality and independence, and the match between the applicant's interests and the research opportunities available at NCAR and CDC.

In this initial period, two postdoctoral fellowship training positions will be awarded, each for a maximum of two years. It is anticipated that these fellows will begin their appointments in early 2010.

Application deadline: 5 January 2010
Contact: Scott Briggs, NCAR/ASP, 303-497-1607
Postdoctoral fellowship announcement

 
 

ASP begins 2010 postdoc recruitment
NCAR's Advanced Study Program (ASP) intends to hire as many as ten new postdoctoral fellows in early 2010. This 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 cannot begin work until after January 2011 should wait until the 2011 recruitment period, which will begin in November 2010. Fellows should not be more than four years beyond the Ph.D. degree at the start of the appointment.

Application deadline: 5 January 2010
Contact: Scott Briggs, NCAR/ASP, 303-497-1607
Postdoctoral fellowship announcement

 
 

Register now for WRF tutorial
A Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model tutorial will be offered this winter at the NCAR Foothills Laboratory. The tutorial will be divided into three sessions; participants can attend any combination of the three. They are:

  • Basic WRF Tutorial (25-29 January 2010)
  • WRF-Var Tutorial (1-3 February)
  • MET Tutorial (3-4 February)
The basic tutorial will consist of lectures on various modeling-system components for both the Advanced Research WRF (WRF-ARW) and the Nonhydrostatic Mesoscale Model (WRF-NMM), along with hands-on practice sessions. The WRF-Var includes variational data assimilation. MET is a package of state-of-the-art forecast evaluation (verification) tools designed for use with WRF model output.

Registrations are limited due to the available space and computers. Interested users are encouraged to register early using the website below.

Contact: Sudie Kelly, NCAR/MMM, 303-497-8951
WRF tutorial

 
 

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.

  • Biogeochemical Modeling Scientist II/III (9162) , NCAR/CGD
  • Geophysical Turbulence Program Postdoc Fellow (9247), NCAR/CISL/IMAGe
  • Project Scientist I (9230), NCAR/CISL/IMAGe
  • Research Economist in Integrated Assessment Modeling (9218), NCAR/CGD

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: Distributed hydrological models
Below are details on two new online publications available from UCP/COMET. Please see the accompanying Web links for more details.

NWS Hydrologic Ensemble Forecast System
In this one-hour webcast, Richard Koehler, the national hydrologic sciences training coordinator for NOAA’s National Weather Service, provides an introduction to the elements of the NWS Hydrologic Ensemble Forecast System. The module includes background on ensemble streamflow prediction techniques, along with an historical perspective on their development.

Writing TAFs for Winter Weather
This module is the fourth of a series in Distance Learning Aviation Course 2 (DLAC2): Producing Customer-Focused TAFs. It describes how the airport’s operational thresholds can be used to modify a TAF (Terminal Aerodrome Forecast) and produce a Practically Perfect TAF that conveys information about winter weather.

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

 
 

Reminders from previous issues

Apply now for Faculty Fellowship Program
Deadline: 31 October

Graduate students and advisors: consider NCAR’s Graduate Visitor Program
Deadline: 31 October

Announcing the 2010 AMS Artificial Intelligence Contest
Registration deadline: 1 November

Register now for 4th FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC Data Users Workshop

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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