UCAR Update - September 2011

Opportunities, resources, and deadlines for university faculty and students

September 2011 - In this issue

2012 postdoctoral positions through VSP
Current job openings at UCAR
Opportunities beyond UCAR
New from COMET: Pacific tsunamis, spotter training
Reminders from previous issues

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2012 postdoctoral positions through VSP

Several postdoctoral positions administered by UCP’s Visiting Scientist Programs are now accepting applications for 2012. U.S. citizenship is not required to participate in these programs, but selected postdoctoral fellows must be hosted at a U.S. research institution. Note that all applicants must submit materials through the VSP website.

NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowships
-- Deadline: 18 January 2012
The NOAA C&GC Postdoctoral Fellowships focus on observing, understanding, modeling, and predicting climate variability and change on seasonal and longer time scales. The program pairs recently graduated Ph.D.s with host scientists at U.S. institutions to work in an area of mutual interest. Preference is given to those who have held a Ph.D. for no more than three years. Awardees must change institutions and identify a host, who must be at a U.S. institution. A clearly articulated research proposal is particularly important.

Postdocs Applying Climate Expertise (PACE) Postdoctoral Fellowships
-- Deadline: 4 January 2012
PACE fellows research and develop tools that will apply climate prediction information to climate-impacted decisions. The program seeks recent or anticipated Ph.D.s who have expertise in climate science and who are interested in applying their knowledge of the climate system to increase decision-making capacity in climate-sensitive sectors. Applications are judged primarily on the quality of climate research education and background. Applicants to this program are expected to have had a Ph.D. for no more than five years.

Jack Eddy Postdoctoral Fellowships
-- Deadline: 11 January 2012
Sponsored by the NASA Living With a Star (LWS) program, these fellowships are designed to train the next generation of researchers in heliophysics. Preference is given to applicants whose proposed research addresses the science of space weather or the the Sun-climate connection, but any research relevant to LWS is considered. Preference is also given to research projects that cross the traditional heliophysics subdomains of the Sun, heliosphere, magnetosphere, and ionosphere/upper atmosphere, as well as sun-climate investigations.

Heliophysics 2012 Summer School
-- Deadline: 14 December 2011
The NASA-sponsored 2012 Heliophysics Summer School (31 May–7 June), with the theme Heliophysical Explorations, will focus on the science underlying current and future heliophysical missions. Successful candidates will be enrolled as a graduate student in any phase of training, a first- or second-year postdoctoral fellow, or beginning faculty in four-year liberal arts colleges; majoring in physics with an emphasis on astrophysics, geophysics, plasma physics, and space physics, or experienced in at least one of these areas; and/or pursuing a career in heliophysics or astrophysics.

For all of the above programs, candidates must apply directly through the VSP website.
For other questions, contact VSP, 303-497-8649

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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 (11194), NESL/CGD
  • Radio Occultation Postgraduate Scientist (11195), UCP/COSMIC

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.

  • University of California, Irvine: Assistant Professor in Climate Dynamics
  • University of California, Irvine: Assistant Professor in Atmospheric Chemistry
  • Mount Washington Observatory (MWO) and Plymouth State University (PSU): Shared Director of Research/Faculty Position
 in Meteorology
  • University of Michigan: Faculty Position in Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space 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: Pacific tsunamis, spotter training

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

Tsunami Strike! Pacific Edition
Tsunami Strike! Pacific Edition is a scenario-based learning experience for children from middle through high school. Fourteen short lessons provide interactive instruction focused on the science, safety, and history of tsunamis. The module includes a teacher's guide and other resources for teachers that provide ideas on how to use Tsunami Strike! in the classroom.

SKYWARN Spotter Training Course
This course offers two modules for prospective NWS SKYWARN spotters or anyone interested in learning more about how to observe weather knowledgeably and safely: Role of the SKYWARN Spotter and SKYWARN Spotter Convective Basics. The modules include scenarios, reporting procedures, and numerous photos to help with identifying important storm features.

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

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Reminders from previous issues

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

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