Postdocs, scientists celebrate National Postdoc Appreciation Week

NCAR Fellows Association is focusing on professional development

Postdocs chat with an NCAR scientist

September 29, 2017 | Three NCAR postdoctoral fellows share a relaxing moment with CGD scientist Ahmed Tawfik (left) at a Mesa Lab reception on September 19 in honor of National Postdoc Appreciation Week. The three —Jessica Luo (second from left), Hannah Christensen, and Salvi Asefi-Najafabady, all with CGD — were among more than two dozen postdocs who enjoyed the opportunity to chat informally with each other as well as with lab directors and representatives.

The reception gave the postdocs an opportunity to get their photos taken for use on a professional web page or on their LinkedIn profiles. The NCAR Fellows Association will follow up with a session on building effective LinkedIn profiles as part of its ongoing workshops on professional development for postdocs and grad students.

“It's invaluable to be a postdoc at an organization like NCAR that brings together scientists from across the spectrum of atmospheric research, from mathematicians, through modelers, to those who apply weather and climate science to real-world problems," Christensen said. "This gives me a constant exposure to new ideas, helped by the scores of visitors passing through NCAR's doors each year. NCAR is a very stimulating place to be a postdoc.”

NCAR has a total of about 50 postdocs, with the number fluctuating during the year. About 25 work in UCP.

"One of our fundamental responsibilities at NCAR is to attract, motivate, and train future generations of diverse scientists and engineers for a broad range of careers," said NCAR Director Jim Hurrell. "I would not want to imagine NCAR without the energy, enthusiasm, and new ideas that our very bright and motivated students bring on a daily basis. It is through them — the next generation of leaders in academia, education, industry and public service — that the next chapters in our science will be written, full of accomplishments that will exceed expectations."

Photo by Caryle Calvin, UCAR.

David Hosansky