UCAR Update - January 2012

Opportunities, resources, and deadlines for university faculty and students

January 2012 - In this issue

Seeking nominees for 2012 Undergraduate Leadership Workshop
Current job openings at UCAR
Opportunities beyond UCAR
New from COMET: satellite-based climate monitoring, satellite use in Africa, space weather basics
Reminders from previous issues

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Seeking nominees for 2012 Undergraduate Leadership Workshop

University faculty are invited to nominate outstanding students for the 11th annual Undergraduate Leadership Workshop, to be hosted by NCAR on 11–15 June. One student, with leadership aptitude, may be nominated from each department.

Participants explore the laboratories, instrumentation, and computing facilities that support studies of weather, climate change, solar dynamics, Sun-Earth system, and weather and climate impacts. They also learn about graduate and postdoctoral opportunities and hone their leadership skills. The week-long workshop strengthens the students’ commitment to further study and links their coursework to current research and careers.

Application deadline: 2 March 2012
Contact: Tim Barnes, Spark | UCAR Science Education, 303-497-1169
ULW application information

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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.

  • Associate Scientist II (12069), NCAR/NESL/MMM
  • Associate Scientist III (12075), NCAR/NESL/CGD
  • Petascale Modeling Postdoctoral Fellow (12059), NCAR/CISL/IMAGe
  • Postgraduate Scientist (12074), NCAR/NESL/ACD
  • Project Scientist I/II (12066), NCAR/NESL/ACD
  • RAL Program Manager (12077), NCAR/RAL

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.

  • Stony Brook University: Faculty tenure-track positions (3) in the areas of Atmospheric Sciences, Physical Oceanography & Fisheries Ecology
  • University of Tennessee at Martin: Assistant or Associate Professor in Meteorology
  • Purdue University: Faculty Position in Climate Modeling
  • University of Washington: Assistant Professor Faculty Positions (2) in the areas of Ocean Acidification and Climate-Related Ocean Modeling (PDF)

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: satellite-based climate monitoring, satellite use in Africa, space weather basics

Below are details on three new online publicationx available from UCP/COMET. Please see the accompanying Web links for more details.

Monitoring the Climate System with Satellites
Exploring the benefits of monitoring the climate system with satellites is the topic of this module. Key features of the module include reviewing how satellites observe key atmospheric elements and features; exploring events at different scales; the contributions that satellites make to improving understanding, monitoring, and prediction; and finally the challenges involved in monitoring climate with satellites.

ASMET (African Satellite Meteorology Education and Training) project
The COMET Program has published three modules for the ASMET project, which helps African forecasters enhance their forecasts by making better use of satellite images and products. The modules are produced by the ASMET team, a group of meteorology instructors from the South African Weather Service and regional training centers in Kenya and Niger. The three modules include: Flooding in West Africa, which examines the major flood event in Burkina Faso in 2009; Drought in East Africa, which examines the region’s 2009 drought; and Satellite Precipitation Products for Hydrological Management in Southern Africa.

Space Weather Basics, 2nd Edition
This module presents an overview of space weather processes, their impacts on Earth and human activities, and the technologies used for forecasting space weather events.

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

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Reminders from previous issues

SOARS now accepting applications for summer 2012
Application deadline: 1 February 2012

SIParCS now accepting applications for summer 2012
Application deadline: 3 February 2012

Seeking large-scale climate-related proposals for CISL computing
More on Yellowstone
More on CSL, including submission instructions
Submission deadline: 20 February 2012

Early-use computing opportunities on Yellowstone
Details and requirements for NSF-supported university researchers
Details and requirements for NCAR researchers
Extended application deadline: 5 March 2012

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