UCAR Update - September 2012

Opportunities, resources, and deadlines for university faculty and students

September 2012 - In this issue

Three VSP postdoctoral fellowships now open
ASP Faculty Fellowship Program accepting applications
Grad students and advisers: consider NCAR’s Graduate Visitor Program
Current job openings at UCAR
Opportunities beyond UCAR
New from COMET: Climate models, satellites, aviation forecasts, cyclogenesis

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Three VSP postdoctoral fellowships now open

UCAR’s Visiting Scientist Programs invite applicants for the three postdoctoral fellowships described below. More details and application procedures for all three programs can be found at the VSP website.

Jack Eddy Postdoctoral Fellowships
A collaboration between NASA’s Living With a Star program and VSP, this program matches early career Ph.D.s with experienced scientists at U.S. research institutions. Hosting scientists mentor the postdoctorates during their two-year fellowships. The goal of the program is to train the next generation of researchers needed for the emerging field of heliophysics.
Deadline: 11 January 2013

NOAA Climate & Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
This program aims to create the next generation of climate researchers by pairing recently graduated Ph.D.s with host scientists at U.S. institutions to work in an area of mutual interest. The fellowships focus on observing, understanding, modeling, and predicting climate variability and change on seasonal and longer time scales. This includes the documentation and analysis of past, current, or possible future climate variability and change and the study of the underlying physical, chemical, and biological processes. Deadline: 18 January 2013

Postdocs Applying Climate Expertise (PACE) Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Demand for research and guidance in climate-related risk management and decision making has increased in recent years, but the number of scientists working at the interface between climate science and its applications is relatively small. This program pairs early-career climate scientists with two co-hosting institutions—one involved in the development, production and application of climate information and the other involved in climate-related risk management and decision making.
Deadline: 4 January 2013

Contact: Meg Austin, UCP/VSP, 303-497-8649
Program and application details

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ASP Faculty Fellowship Program accepting applications

The Faculty Fellowship Program (FFP) of NCAR’s Advanced Study Program is now accepting applications for visits to occur between 1 May 2013 and 31 May 2015. The FFP is designed to foster fruitful and lasting intellectual collaborations between university faculty and the NCAR staff. It provides opportunities and resources for faculty employed at universities to work in residence at NCAR and enables NCAR scientific staff to spend a period of time in residence at U.S. universities.

Application deadline: 31 October
Contact: Paula Fisher, NCAR/ASP, 303-497-1328
Faculty Fellowship Program

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

Part of NCAR’s Advanced Study Program (ASP), the Graduate Visitor Program (GVP) brings graduate students to NCAR for 3- to 12-month collaborative visits, with the endorsement of their thesis advisers and in pursuit of their thesis research. The visits are designed to enhance NCAR partnerships with other public and private institutions.

ASP is now accepting applications from NCAR scientific staff for GVP visits to begin before 1 January 2014. Please note that this program only accepts applications via NCAR staff. If you are an adviser with a student who would benefit from this program, please contact NCAR scientific staff working in your student's field of research directly, or contact ASP (see below) for assistance. If you are a student who wishes to participate in this program, please ask your adviser to contact NCAR scientific staff directly, or contact ASP for help in identifying a suitable sponsor.

Application deadline: 31 October
Contact: Paula Fisher, NCAR/ASP, 303-497-1328
Graduate Visitor Program

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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.

  • Director, Online Professional Geosciences Education Program – COMET Director (12181), UCP/COMET
  • Jack Eddy Postdoctoral Fellow (12196), UCP/VSP, various U.S. locations
  • NOAA Climate & Global Change Postdoctoral Fellow (12198), UCP/VSP, various U.S. locations
  • PACE Postdoctoral Fellow (12197), UCP/VSP, various U.S. locations
  • Postdoctoral Fellow (12195), NCAR/NESL/CGD
  • Postdoctoral Fellow (12200), NCAR/NESL/ACD

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.

  • Center for Climate and Energy Solutions: Staff Scientist and Program Director
  • Ohio University: Assistant Professor of Meteorology
  • University at Albany, State University of New York: Assistant/Associate Professors, Atmospheric & Environmental Sciences
  • University of Miami: Postdoctoral Positions, MJO (Madden-Julian Oscillation) Modeling Research
  • Weather Decision Technologies: Meteorological Programmer/Project Lead
  • University of Connecticut: Assistant/Associate Professor of Water Resources Management under a Changing Climate
  • University of Connecticut: Assistant/Associate Professor of Hydrometeorology and Hazards Assessment
  • Florida State University: Chair, Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Science
  • Texas A&M University: Assistant Professor, Atmospheric 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: Climate models, satellites, aviation forecasts, cyclogenesis

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

Introduction to Climate Models
This module explains how climate models work. Because the modeling of both weather and climate share many similarities, the content throughout this module draws frequent comparisons and highlights the differences.

Remote Sensing Using Satellites, 2nd Edition
The second edition of this popular module includes updated imagery of recent hurricanes and provides an introduction for learning about remote sensing and how it is accomplished using weather satellites.

Writing Effective TAFs in the Caribbean
This module outlines effective forecast methodologies to develop Terminal Aerodrome Forecast (TAF) that represent the expected conditions that aviation customers can use to make operational decisions and minimize unnecessary costs. The module walks users through the process of analysis of satellite, surface, and observational data to create a TAF forecast for an airport in the Caribbean.

Satellite Feature Identification: Cyclogenesis
This module, part of the series “Dynamic Feature Identification: The Satellite Palette,” uses water vapor satellite imagery to present a satellite perspective of basic features associated with the formation and development of extratropical cyclones.

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

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