[ES_JOBS_NET] Postdoctoral Fellow I, NCAR High Altitude Observatory, Boulder, CO

Christine Wiedinmyer christine.wiedinmyer.ucar at gmail.com
Mon Aug 27 10:48:27 MDT 2018

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Postdoctoral Fellow I

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Job Description


Postdoctoral Fellow I


This is a full-time, 2-year term position.


Relocation assistance is available for this position.


UCAR/NCAR will sponsor a work visa to fill this position.


Where You Will Work

Located in Boulder, Colorado, the National Center for Atmospheric Research
(NCAR) is one of the world's premier scientific institutions, with an
internationally recognized staff and research program dedicated to advancing
knowledge, providing community-based resources, and building human capacity
in the atmospheric and related sciences.


The Geospace Frontiers section of the NCAR High Altitude Observatory studies
the dynamics on the Earth's upper atmosphere and ionosphere, and the solar,
magnetospheric and terrestrial drivers that cause its variability.
Understanding space weather and space climate are the key challenges
confronting our field. By space weather, we refer to short-term variability
on global to microscales, while space climate encompasses systematic changes
on seasonal time scales, solar-driven and anthropogenic changes to the upper
atmosphere and ionosphere, and the propagation of solar effects to lower


The primary activities of the Geospace Frontiers section are: coupled
numerical model development, observations of the upper atmosphere and
ionosphere, analysis of data from those observations and assimilating them
into models, and synthesis of our models with others through collaborations
with the larger scientific community. All of
<https://www2.hao.ucar.edu/model-summary> our models and data are openly
provided to that community, and to the general public. This is the core of
our service role, but as a section of a National Laboratory, our service
extends to support of workshops and collaborative visitors, postdoctoral,
student, and instructional programs, the NSF CEDAR initiative, the NASA
Living-with-a-Star program and Community Coordinated Modeling Center, and
the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center.


What You Will Do

This position offers post graduate scientific research in thermodynamics and
composition of the upper atmosphere. The successful candidate will perform
data analysis and modeling of the temperature and composition response to
solar extreme ultraviolet (EUV) radiation and geomagnetic activity using
Global-scale Observations of Limb and Disk (GOLD) data and suitable models.
Research is directed by an NCAR staff member and includes pre-defined
research and deliverables.


.        Analyze GOLD data and compare with other datasets.

.        Perform model runs, develop and analyze diagnostics for
interpretations of results, and compare with observational results.

.        Participate in team efforts with HAO researchers and the GOLD team
to carry out integrated analysis of model simulations and data-model

.        Write reports and publish papers.

.        Prepare for and attend scientific conferences.


What You Need

.        PhD in physics, atmospheric physics, or a related field, within
less than five years of the application date.

.        Ability to pursue thermospheric and ionospheric physics research,
including skills in modeling, data analysis, scientific computing and

.        Ability to work with and to further analysis techniques for
satellite data.

.        Strong computational skills are required:

.        Operating systems: Familiarity with Unix/Linux (clusters and

.        Programming languages: Proficient in Fortran and IDL (experience
with Python, Matlab, or Mathematica potentially desirable).

.        Ability to work with and perform analysis on large models and
scientific data sets.

.        Knowledge of thermospheric and ionospheric processes and modeling

.        Good communication skills in presenting research.

.        Some skill in writing scientific reports and articles.

.        Knowledge of word processing programs for creating
scientific/mathematical documents and presentation software.

.        Publication record in the field of thermospheric physics,
ionospheric physics, or a related field.


The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is an equal
opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer that strives to develop
and maintain a diverse workforce. UCAR is committed to providing equal
opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment and does not
discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national
origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic
information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or


Whatever your intersection of identities, you are welcome at the University
Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). We are committed to inclusivity
and promoting an equitable environment that values and respects the
uniqueness of all members of our organization.

Job Location

Boulder, Colorado, United States

Position Type


Appointment Type

Term Full-Time (T1)


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