CEDAR email: GNSS Postdoctoral Opportunity at UCAR COSMIC

Susanne Demaree sdemaree at ucar.edu
Mon Mar 14 13:30:20 MDT 2016

*GNSS Postdoctoral Opportunity*

* Deadline: **To receive maximum consideration, applications should be
received by April 15, 2016.*

The UCAR Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere and
Climate (COSMIC) Program is initiating a postdoctoral fellowship program to
support and encourage the advancement and application of Global Navigation
Satellite System (GNSS) remote sensing for atmospheric and Earth sciences.
GNSS Radio Occultation (RO) is a powerful observational technique with
demonstrated impact on space weather, climate, and numerical weather
prediction. The upcoming launch of the COSMIC-2 constellation in early 2017
will usher in a new era of RO technology. When compared to existing RO
systems, this operational mission will provide improved data quality due to
higher signal to noise ratio, multi-GNSS constellation retrievals, deeper
penetration into the moist atmospheric boundary layer, and a higher number
of occultations per day. The COSMIC-2 mission will extend the existing data
record of RO. With more than 10 million neutral atmospheric profiles, and
nearly 5 million ionospheric profiles processed from more than 10 satellite
missions spanning 20 years, the COSMIC Data Analysis and Archive Center
(CDAAC) is recognized as a world leading RO data provider.

This fellowship program is designed to support early career scientists who
are interested in GNSS remote sensing and would like to begin their careers
working with a group of scientists whose research interests include new
retrieval technology, space weather, numerical weather prediction, and
weather and climate processes.


All COSMIC fellows will work within the COSMIC program office in Boulder,
Colorado. The COSMIC program is one of nine programs within the UCAR
Community Programs (UCP) umbrella. Its mission is to develop innovative
observational techniques that use signals from Global Navigation Satellite
Systems (GNSS), and to support the application of these techniques in
research and operations for the broad Earth Science Community.


A recent Ph.D. or Sc. D. degree granted in an area of research that is
related to atmospheric science, climate, space weather, remote sensing, or

*Areas of Research*

All COSMIC fellows are expected to pursue a research agenda that includes
GNSS radio occultation. Leveraging the unique characteristics of RO by
combining with other remote sensing systems is encouraged. Potential topics
may include, but are not limited to, the following:

   - Numerical Weather Prediction
   - Climate
   - Space Weather
   - Water Cycle
   - RO Science
   - Improved GNSS and RO retrieval development
   - Emerging GNSS research opportunities, including GNSS reflectometry

*Deadline: **To receive maximum consideration, applications should be
received by April 15, 2016.*

* Application Packages*

All applications must include the following elements:

   - Statement of research, not to exceed three pages (PDF)
   - Curriculum Vita (PDF)
   - Transcripts (PDF)
   - A list of four references (names and email address) (PDF)

The statement of research is a critical component of the application
package. It should contain a clear statement of your research interests and
how they would align with the broader mission of the COSMIC program.

Please send all materials to:

COSMIC Postdoctoral Review Committee at cosmic-postdoc at ucar.edu

* Appointment Term*

The term of the fellowship is expected to be two years. Postdoctoral
fellows will undergo comprehensive evaluation after completing the first
year of the program.

* Salary and Benefits*

COSMIC Postdoctoral fellows are employees of the University Corporation for
Atmospheric Research (UCAR) and receive a fixed annual stipend that is
competitive with other institutions. Benefits include health and dental
insurance, paid time off, paid holidays, a TIAA/CREF retirement fund and
life insurance. Support for travel and publication charges is available.
COSMIC will sponsor a J1 visa for this position. The start date for this
appointment is flexible, but expected to be around or after July 2016.

The COSMIC Postdoctoral Fellowship is sponsored by the National Science
Foundation (NSF) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Please contact Dr. John Braun, Director of COSMIC Postdoctoral Program at
braunj at ucar.edu for any questions related to this announcement. Additional
information regarding the COSMIC program, RO science, and application
instructions can be found at: www.cosmic.ucar.edu.
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