UCAR Update - September 2013

Opportunities, resources, and deadlines for university faculty and students

September 2013 - In this issue

•  Recruitment under way for NSF/AGS Atmospheric Sciences Section Head
•  Observational researchers: A new digital guide to NSF facilities
•  IPCC teleconference and UForum webinar now online
•  GLOBE webinars on next generation science standards
•  VSP postdoc openings in heliophysics, climate and global change, applied climate science
•  Seeking hydrodynamic modeler for operational forecast systems
•  Current job openings at UCAR
•  Opportunities beyond UCAR
•  New from COMET: Ceiling and visibility forecasts for Africa
•  Reminders from previous issues

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Recruitment under way for NSF/AGS Atmospheric Sciences Section Head

The NSF Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) has announced a nationwide search to fill the position of Head of the Atmosphere Section, Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS). Appointment to this Senior Executive Service position may be on a career basis, or on a one- to three-year limited-term basis, with a salary range of $155,500 to $172,373. Alternatively, the incumbent may be assigned under the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) provisions.

The incumbent serves as a member of the Division leadership team and as the Directorate’s principal spokesperson in the area of lower atmosphere research. Responsible to the Director, Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences, for the overall planning, management, and commitment of budgeted funds for the Section. The incumbent also serves as the Division’s primary expert concerning research priorities and program development within the domain of the lower atmosphere. The incumbent is responsible for day-to-day operations of the Section, including developing and executing management plans for assigned projects and evaluating and ensuring the effective use of Section staff and resources in achieving organizational goals. He/she also develops and maintains effective liaison with officials in the scientific community; other federal, state, and local governments; and the private sector to represent Foundation and Division activities and interests and represents the Division on committees, boards, and panels in areas of expertise.

You may view the vacancy announcement for this position (AGS-2013-0015) at USAJOBS.

General inquiries: Krystal Mendenhall, NSF, 703-292-4345
Vacancy announcement

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Observational researchers: A new digital guide to NSF facilities

NCAR's Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL) is pleased to announce the release of the new Digital Guide to NSF's Lower Atmospheric Observing Facilities (LAOF), which is now available to be viewed online or downloaded from the Apple and Android app stores. Through text, video, infographics, maps, timelines, and downloadable content, you'll learn about each of the available research facilities and the extraordinary support services that go with them. You will also find out how to request these state-of-the-art platforms and instruments for your own field research.

The LAOF platforms and instruments will continue to play an integral role in taking geosciences research to the next level. These cutting-edge facilities, which include aircraft, radars, lidars, and surface and sounding systems, are available to all qualified researchers at no extra cost to their scientific grant. Through NSF support, NCAR/EOL manages and operates the LAOF with four partner organizations: the University of Wyoming, Colorado State University, the Center for Severe Weather Research, and the Center for Interdisciplinary Remotely-Piloted Aircraft Studies.

Contact: Alison Rockwell, NCAR/EOL, 303-497-8758

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IPCC teleconference and UForum webinar now online

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the first major segment of its new assessment report in Stockholm on Friday, September 27. Four U.S. scientists who helped write and edit the Working Group I assessment described the report and took questions from the media during an NCAR/UCAR teleconference that day. An audio recording of the teleconference can be accessed on the event's main page.

In the week preceding the IPCC release, two scientists gave the inaugural presentations in the UForum at UCAR series. Faculty, students, researchers, and other members of the UCAR community and the public are invited to participate in UForum, which offers webinars on issues and topics in atmospheric and Earth system science. Audio and slides from the first two presentations are now online:

Inside the IPCC Climate Science Assessments: From 1990 to 2013
Gerald "Jerry" Meehl (NCAR), September 17

Communicating Climate Change in the U.S.
Anthony Leiserowitz (Yale University), September 19

Community members can propose a topic or speaker and sign up to receive UForum Alerts about future events via email.

UForum contact: Teri Eastburn, UCP/Spark, 303-497-1152
UForum at UCAR

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GLOBE webinars on next generation science standards

The GLOBE Program Office (GPO) Science and Education team is hosting a series of webinars related to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). These webinars provide a basic introduction to NGSS and begin the conversation about how GLOBE fits with the standards. Join GLOBE Partners Marcy Seavey and David Bydlowski and GLOBE Program Office science team member Kristin Wegner in an upcoming hour-long discussion of NGSS and GLOBE in the classroom.

 An Introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards: Conceptual Shift 5
 9 October 2013

 1 pm ET/11 am MDT

This meeting is open to all. To join the webinar, follow this link.

Contact: Jan Heiderer, UCP/GLOBE, 303-497-2641
ReadyTalk link to webinar

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VSP postdoc openings in heliophysics, climate and global change, applied climate science

The UCAR Visiting Scientist Programs is now accepting applications for several of the postdoctoral programs it administers. For more details and applications instructions, see the VSP website.

Jack Eddy Postdoctoral Fellowships
Sponsored by the NASA Living With a Star (LWS) program, these fellowships are designed to train the next generation of researchers in heliophysics, which includes many of the basic physical processes found in our solar system, the laboratory, and throughout the universe. These processes generally involve the interactions of ionized gases (plasmas) with gravitational and electromagnetic fields and with neutral matter. The physical domain of interest ranges from deep inside the Sun to the Earth’s upper atmosphere.

NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowships
This program has developed an outstanding reputation of attracting the best and the brightest Ph.D.s in the sciences relevant to the NOAA Climate and Global Change Program. Each appointed fellow is hosted by a mentoring scientist at a U.S. university or research institution to work in an area of mutual interest. Participants focus on observing, understanding, modeling, and predicting climate variability and change on seasonal and longer time scales.

Postdocs Applying Climate Expertise Fellowships (PACE)
Each PACE fellow works with two mentoring organizations: a climate research institution and a decision-making institution. The program is designed to:
·      Grow the pool of scientists qualified to work at the interface between climate science and its applications;
·      Transition advances in climate science and climate prediction into climate-related decision making tools and frameworks; and
·      Increase and strengthen collaborations between climate research institutions and decision-making institutions across all sectors.

Contact: Susan Baltuch, UCP/VSP, 303-497-8649
VSP Opportunities

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Seeking hydrodynamic modeler for operational forecast systems

The UCAR Visiting Scientist Programs, in cooperation with NOAA National Ocean Service’s Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS), is seeking applications for a visiting scientist position in hydrodynamic modeling. The successful applicant will participate as a project manager and team member in model-related projects that generate operational products in areas of navigational significance within estuarine and coastal waters and will transition Operational Nowcast and Forecast Hydrodynamic Model Systems (OFS) to an operational computing infrastructure environment. The applicant will be responsible for monitoring and responding to operational model issues and the application and development of tools to evaluate model output using visualization techniques and statistical measures of quality. Please see the VSP website below for details and instructions.

Contact: Susan Baltuch, UCP/VSP, 303-497-8649
VSP Opportunities

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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, Education and Outreach -- UCAR Spark Program (13124), UCP
  • Hydro Data Analyst (Postdoc Researcher) (13157), UCP/VSP
  • Hydro Modeler (Postdoc Researcher) (13158), UCP/VSP
  • Jack Eddy Postdoctoral Fellowship (13134), various locations
  • NOAA Climate & Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship (13135), various locations
  • Postdoc Researcher (13159), NESL/CGD
  • Postdocs Applying Climate Expertise (PACE) Postdoctoral Fellowship (13137), various locations
  • Postdoctoral Researcher (13130), NCAR/ACD
  • Project Scientist I (Economic Modeler) (13126), NCAR/NESL/CGD

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.

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: Ceiling and visibility forecasts for Africa

Below are details on a new online publication available from UCP/COMET. Please see the accompanying Web links for more details. To see all modules, including recent translations, please visit MetEd's module list.

Writing TAFs for Ceilings and Visibility, Africa Edition
This module outlines the processes for developing an effective Terminal Aerodrome Forecast (TAF) that meets International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) guidelines. Geared specifically to forecasters in Africa, the lesson includes a case study for an event impacting Cape Town International Airport to provide practice applying the processes to real-life forecast situations.

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

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Reminders from previous issues

Now seeking applications for UVISIT
Next submission deadline: 18 October

Call for applications: PACE host mentors
Deadline for letters of intent: 1 January 2014

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