UCAR Update - December 2013

Opportunities, resources, and deadlines for university faculty and students

December 2013 - In this issue

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Recruitment now under way for two NSF/AGS positions

The National Science Foundation is now seeking applicants for the following openings:

  • Section Head, Atmosphere Section
    (AGS-2013-0015)

    Duties: Serves as a member of the Division leadership team and as the Directorate's principal spokesperson in the area of lower atmosphere research. Responsible to the Director, Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences, for the overall planning, management and commitment of budgeted funds for the Section, which includes programs in Atmospheric Chemistry, Climate and Large-scale Dynamics, Physical and Dynamic Meteorology, and Paleoclimate. The incumbent also serves as the Division’s primary source of guidance concerning research priorities and program development. The incumbent is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Section, including developing and executing management plans for assigned projects and evaluating and ensuring the effective use of Section staff and resources in achieving organizational goals. He/she also develops and maintains effective liaison with officials in the scientific community; other federal, state, and local governments, and the private sector to represent Foundation and Division activities and interests and represents the Division on committees, boards, and panels in areas of expertise.
    —For more details, see the USAJOBS posting
    Closing date: 3 January 2014
  • Section Head, National Center For Atmospheric Research and Facilities Section
    (AGS-2014-0002)

    Duties: Serves as a member of the Division leadership team and is responsible to the Director, Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS), for the overall planning, management and commitment of budgeted funds for the Section, which includes the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and non–NCAR-based atmospheric sciences facilities and services. The incumbent also serves as a Division source of guidance concerning research priorities and program development. The incumbent is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Section, including developing and executing management plans for assigned projects and evaluating and ensuring the effective use of Section staff and resources in achieving organizational goals. S/he also develops and maintains effective liaison with officials in the scientific community; other federal, state, and local governments, and the private sector to represent Foundation and Division activities and interests and represents the Division on committees, boards, and panels in areas of expertise.
    —For more details, see the USAJOBS posting
    Closing date: 24 February 2014

General inquiries: Krystal Mendenhall, NSF, 703-292-4345

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Current job openings at UCAR

Below are the titles of scientific positions now open at UCAR/NCAR/UCP, along with the relevant tracking codes. All jobs are based in Boulder unless otherwise indicated.


Applicants can view the full descriptions for these and other positions online.

Contact: UCAR Human Resources
Careers at UCAR

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Opportunities beyond UCAR

Below is a summary of faculty positions, postgraduate fellowships, and other career opportunities now available at UCAR members and affiliates and other institutions in the atmospheric and related sciences.


These listings have been posted within the last month at the “Opportunities Beyond UCAR” website (see below), which includes links to more detail on these positions, previously posted positions, and ongoing opportunities.

Contact: Michelle Flores, UCAR Governance, 303-497-2115
Opportunities beyond UCAR

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New from COMET: Year-end fund drive, forecasting fog for African aviation

Below are details on a new online publication available from UCP/COMET. Please see the accompanying Web links for more details. To see all modules, including recent translations, please visit MetEd's module list.

The inaugural year-end fund drive to support MetEd is now under way. COMET continues to offer an outstanding collection of over 700 hours of online geosciences learning material, which is available free to over 300,000 registered users worldwide. But even "free" has its costs. Although sponsors provide funding to develop content, and generously allow it to be hosted on MetEd, it takes a lot of resources on top of that to keep MetEd up and running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with outstanding support services. If just 5% of COMET's registered users gave only $10 each, COMET could cover a significant portion of the annual costs to keep MetEd up and running smoothly. Please consider a tax-deductible donation to this worthwhile program. Thank you for your consideration and generosity. Make a donation

Forecasting Fog for Aviation: Kenya Case Study
This new lesson, part of the African Satellite Meteorology Education & Training series, aims to improve aviation forecasts of fog in the African airspace by teaching forecasters to make more accurate forecasts using satellite imagery, numerical weather prediction, and other available data. A process for diagnosing and forecasting fog is presented and applied to a case over the Nairobi, Kenya region.

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

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Reminders from previous issues


Call for applications: PACE host mentors
Deadline for letters of intent: 1 January 2014

SUPER seeking applications for summer 2014
Deadline: 1 January 2014


SIParCS seeking applicants for summer 2014
Application deadline: 15 January 2014

SOARS now accepting applications for summer 2014
Deadline: 1 February 2014

Heliophysics Summer School for physics teachers & students
Registration deadline: 22 February 2014

Call for abstracts: World Weather Open Science Conference 2014
Deadline: 24 February 2014


VSP postdoc openings in heliophysics, climate and global change, applied climate science

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