UCAR Update - October 2010

Opportunities, resources, and deadlines for university faculty and students


October 2010 - In this issue

ASP begins 2011 postdoc recruitment
ISP colloquium on African weather and climate
WRF tutorial coming in early 2011
Apply now for 2011–12 CSL allocations
Current job openings at UCAR
Opportunities beyond UCAR
New from COMET:  Tsunami warning systems, fog and aviation, avalanche weather, distributed hydrologic models
Reminders from previous issues

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ASP begins 2011 postdoc recruitment

NCAR’s Advanced Study Program (ASP) intends to hire as many as ten new postdoctoral fellows in early 2011. This program is open to individuals who have earned doctoral degrees in atmospheric science or related fields and who seek to broaden their understanding by interacting widely with scientists and other postdoctoral researchers at NCAR. Applicants must be able to conduct research with minimal supervision, exercise considerable independent judgment and creativity, and demonstrate strong communication skills.

ASP postdoc positions are for one year with an opportunity to renew for a second year. Successful applicants will join the appropriate divisions, institutes, or programs at NCAR that best match their interests.

Appointments may begin as early as June. Applicants who cannot begin work until after January 2012 should wait until the 2012 recruitment period, which will begin in November 2011.

Application deadline: 5 January 2011
Contact: Paula Fisher, NCAR/ASP, 303-497-1328
NCAR/ASP Postdoctoral Fellowship Announcement

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ISP to host colloquium on African weather and climate

The NCAR Integrated Science Program is organizing African Weather and Climate: Unique Challenges and Application of New Knowledge, a colloquium that will take place from 25 July to 5 August 2011 in Boulder. The primary audience for the colloquium is advanced graduate students who have completed at least one year of graduate coursework in meteorology, climatology, or related environmental sciences. ISP will fund travel and living expenses for approximately 25 students, including students from Africa.

The colloquium will explore the unique land-ocean-atmosphere interactions in Africa, which present interesting challenges for research and applications. The focus will be on developing synthesized knowledge on African weather and climate and on applying modern tools of remote sensing, numerical simulation and prediction, statistical data analysis, and visualization to understand variability, make and interpret predictions, and optimize societal benefits.

Deadline: 31 December
Contact: Paula Robinson, NCAR/ISP, 303-497-2642
NCAR Integrated Science Program

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WRF tutorial coming in early 2011

A Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model tutorial will take place at NCAR from 31 January to 8 February 2011. The program will be divided into two sessions: 

  • Basic WRF Tutorial (31 January–4 February).  Lectures will cover various components of the Advanced Research WRF (WRF-ARW) and the Nonhydrostatic Mesoscale Model (WRF-NMM). Hands-on practice sessions will also be included.
  • MET Tutorial (7–8 February). This covers the MET package of state-of-the-art forecast evaluation (verification) tools designed for use with WRF model output.

The registration website for the tutorial will be open at the end of October.  To be notified by e-mail when the site is open, please send a request to workshop@ucar.edu

Contact:  Kris Marwitz, NCAR/NESL/MMM, 303-497-8198
WRF-ARW Tutorials

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Apply now for 2011–12 CSL allocations

The U.S. Global Change Research Program is soliciting proposals for the use of the NCAR-based Climate Simulation Laboratory computing facilities for the period from 1 April 2011 through 30 June 2012. The deadline for submitting proposals is 1 December 2010. If you are currently using the CSL and wish to continue using the facility after March 2011, please submit your renewal proposal and a progress report by the 1 December deadline.

This round of CSL allocations will have access to NCAR's Bluefire, an IBM Power6 system, as well as storage, data analysis, and visualization resources. NCAR is on track to deploy its next-generation computing resource at the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC) in early 2012. Therefore, this round of CSL allocations will have a slightly shorter-than-usual term of 15 months, and requests should only propose work that can be completed in its entirety on Bluefire. The next CSL solicitation will provide opportunities to take advantage of the NWSC resource.

Deadline:  1 December
Contact:  Dave Hart, NCAR/CISL, 303-497-1234
Solicitation of proposals (PDF)
Climate Simulation Laboratory

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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 (11003), UCP/VSP, Chanhassen, MN
  • Heliophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (10204), UCP/VSP, various
  • NOAA Climate & Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (10202), UCP/VSP, various
  • Postdocs Applying Climate Expertise (PACE) Fellowship Program (10203), UCP/VSP, various

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.

  • Tenure Track Professor of Climate Modeling, Brown University
  • Senior Positions in Global Change Science and Adaptation, Brown University
  • Assistant Professor, Oregon State University
  • Dean, Fok Ying Tung Graduate School, Hong Kong University
  • Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Chair of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska Lincoln

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:  Tsunami warning systems, fog and aviation, avalanche weather, distributed hydrologic models

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

Tsunami Warning Systems

This module describes the processes involved in anticipating, detecting, and warning for a tsunami. It summarizes data collection, modeling, analysis, and alert procedures used at NOAA’s Tsunami Warning Centers.

Fog: Its Processes and Impacts to Aviation and Aviation Forecasting

This module introduces forecasters to aviation-forecast customers and their needs and discusses how fog impacts aviation operations. It then explains the physical processes and life cycle of radiation and advection fog, including the preconditioning environment, initiation, growth, and dissipation.

Avalanche Weather Forecasting

Along with basic information about avalanches, highlighting weather’s role in their development, this module explains how to make an avalanche weather forecast—that is, one in which key weather parameters are evaluated for their impact on avalanche potential.

Distributed Hydrologic Models for Flow Forecasts – Part 2

The second in a two-part series, this module focuses on the science of distributed models and their applicability to different flow forecasting situations. Presented by Dennis Johnson (Juniata College), it provides a more detailed look at the processes and mechanisms involved in distributed hydrologic models.

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

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Reminders from previous issues

Graduate students and advisors: consider NCAR’s Graduate Visitor Program
Application deadline: 31 October

Apply now for Faculty Fellowship Program
Application deadline: 30 November

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