Susanne Demaree sdemaree at ucar.edu
Thu Jan 12 11:43:53 MST 2017


*National Centers for Environmental Prediction *

*Managed by the UCAR Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth
System Science (CPAESS) Applications accepted anytime and are reviewed on a
rolling basis.*

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Centers for
Environmental Prediction (NCEP) and UCAR announce a Visiting Scientist
Program that will provide opportunities for scientists in the academic
community, government laboratories, and the private sector to interact with
colleagues at NCEP.

NCEP delivers national and global weather, water, climate and space weather
guidance, forecasts, warnings and analyses to a broad range of users and
partners. These products and services respond to user needs to protect life
and property, enhance the nation's economy, and support the nation's
growing need for environmental information.

This program offers an opportunity for the research community to be fully
integrated within a national scale operational environment for discrete
periods of time. Researchers integrated within “operations” will provide
great benefit to NOAA research to operations (R2O) transition activities,
bringing new concepts, tools, processes, and innovation to the conduct of
“operations” more efficiently. Their presence will enhance ongoing
activities and catalyze new efforts at several of the onsite test-beds
while promoting an environment ripe for innovation. By immersing visiting
scientists in the NCEP operational infrastructure, they can carry valuable
insights and capabilities back to their home institutions, thereby
facilitating O2R support.

*Visiting appointments will be made at the NCEP locations listed below:*

   - Aviation Weather Center (Kansas City, MO)
   - Climate Prediction Center (College Park, MD)
   - Environmental Modeling Center (College Park, MD)
   - National Hurricane Center (Miami, FL)
   - NCEP Central Operations (College Park, MD)
   - Ocean Prediction Center (College Park, MD)
   - Storm Prediction Center (Norman, OK)
   - Space Weather Prediction Center (Boulder, CO)
   - Weather Prediction Center (College Park, MD)

*Suggested Collaboration Subjects*

Please note that an important criterion for the funding is that the work be
truly collaborative. Examples of projects include the following:

   - Activities that improve understanding of forecasting problems
   - Activities that address some critical aspect of operational model
   - Incorporation of social science knowledge and practices to communicate
   forecast uncertainty
   - Activities that will increase university research community’s
   awareness of operational problems and needs
   - Activities that will create new data analysis techniques with wide
   application and usefulness in operational forecasting
   - Activities that facilitate or improve the use of new observing systems

*Types of Appointments*

Openings include positions for Visiting Scientists and Graduate Students.

*Visiting Scientists*: The program places a special emphasis on short-term
visits (e.g., one week to a few months) by experienced research scientists
from academia, government laboratories, or the private sector. Such visits
will permit interested scientists to interact both with model developers
and diagnosticians in the Environmental Modeling Center and with
forecasters and technique developers in the various service centers of
NCEP. Proposed visits that offer the potential for improving the utility of
successful research projects in the operational framework are of particular
interest to NCEP, but visitors whose interest is principally on some
critical aspect of model or tool development are also strongly encouraged
to apply.

*Graduate Students:* Graduate students interested in working on a thesis
topic specifically relevant to the efforts of the various service centers
are encouraged to apply with the appropriate center. Such student
participation will require a close collaboration between NCEP and the
student home institution, specifically the thesis advisor. Applications for
graduate students should be initiated by a sponsoring scientist.

All participants in this program will be UCAR visitors. Travel and local
living costs will be covered and administered by the UCAR UCAR Cooperative
Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science (CPAESS) office.

*How to Apply*

*There is no application form or deadline for applications. Applications
are reviewed throughout the year as they are received. Qualified scientists
are encouraged to apply to this program by submitting the following as a
single *.pdf attachment:*

1.­­­ A cover letter stating the name of this program and the specific
center(s) to which the applicant is applying. The letter (2 page maximum)
should include:

   - the proposed visit goals and objectives,
   - an approximate time schedule,
   - a general statement of how research interests and experience relate to
   the specific activities of the NCEP center.

2. Curriculum vitae (3 page maximum)

3. A two-page summary (with a specific title) of the proposed project. The
summary must include the following:

   - Current area of work and what new work you would initiate in this
   - Previous or potential collaborations with NCEP
   - A description of the work in non-technical detail
   - Specific resources you would require
   - Describe the tangible outcomes you expect from the collaboration

4. The names and contact information of three professional references.

Applications may be sent electronically to *Kendra Greb (kgreb at ucar.edu
<kgreb at ucar.edu>)*.
(UCAR cannot accept *.zip files)

CPAESS also accepts applications mailed to:

UCAR Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science
P.O. Box 3000
Boulder, CO 80307-3000

*Review Criteria*

Proposals are reviewed by the NCEP Office of the Director and the
appropriate NCEP Center, generally within one month of receipt. Proposals
will be evaluated on the quality of the applicant's proposed goals and
objectives, relevance of activity to NCEP’s strategic needs, and the
availability of funds.

*For More Information*

Please contact:

*Genene Fisher, NCEP Executive Officer (genene.fisher at noaa.gov
<genene.fisher at noaa.gov>) *or
*Meg Austin, Senior Advisor, UCAR CPAESS (austin at ucar.edu
<austin at ucar.edu>)*.


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