NOAA Climate & Global Change


NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship Program 2010

This deadline was January 2010.
See the 2010 Awards
Check back early September 2010 for information on the 2011 Program

NOAA C&GC 2010 Poster
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The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) announces the 2010 recruitment for the NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. UCAR manages this NOAA-sponsored program, which pairs recently graduated postdoctorates with host scientists at U.S. institutions to work in an area of mutual interest. The program starfishaims to create the next generation of climate researchers. It endeavors to attract recent PhDs in sciences that address studies with relevance to the NOAA Climate and Global Change Program (see www.climate.noaa.gov).

The NOAA Climate and Global Change Program focuses on observing, understanding, modeling, and predicting the climate system on seasonal and longer time scales.

Applications are due 15 January 2010. Preference is given to those who have held a PhD for no more than five years. Awardees must change institutions in the absence of compelling circumstances. A clear indication of the scientific areas to be pursued and goals erosionis particularly important. A steering committee, broadly representing the skills and interests covered by this program, selects the fellows and recommends appointments withU.S.agencies andinstitutions.The selection criteria used by the steering committee in making these awards may be found on the internet at www.vsp.ucar.edu.

Advanced contact with a potential host is strongly encouraged. To assist applicants, a list of possible hosts may be found at www.vsp.ucar.edu/cgc. Please note that this list is not exclusive. In the case of specific laboratory needs, a letter should accompany the application from the specific institution willing to provide the resources. Interested host scientists are required to submit a letter of intent (two-page limit) and curriculum vitae to help the committee in the selection process. Hosts are expected to mentor the fellow, provide a reasonable office environment, a workstation, and any other unique research costs associated with this fellowship.

How to apply:
Qualified scientists are encouraged to apply by sending the following materials to the UCAR Visiting Scientist Programs:

Step 1

For HR tracking purposes, please apply at UCAR Employment Opportunities first.


Step 2

Send the following materials to the UCAR Visiting Scientist Programs at vspapply@ucar.edu:

  • Cover letter stating the name of this program.
  • Curriculum vitae including list of publications.
  • Names and addresses of at least four professional references. Applicants are responsible for contacting referees to have letters sent to UCAR/VSP by the application deadline. One letter must be from thesis advisor, but not from a potential host, and letters from more than one institution are encouraged. Referees should be directed to the online reference requirements.
  • PhD dissertation abstract, including title.
  • Titled project description, not to exceed five pages including figures and appendices (minimum 12 pt. type size, references excluded). Proposals must describe actual research project. Applicants are encouraged to seek help from mentors in writing the project description.
  • Statement of relevance to the NOAA Climate and Global Change Program (one-page limit).


Interested hosts should send:

  • One or two-page letter of intent to host specific fellow or describing the type of background preferred.
  • Curriculum vitae, including publications (two-page limit).
  • A list of current and pending research support.

Guidelines for reference letters and hosting letters of intent

  • Applications must include the names and contact information of at least four professional references. Applicants are responsible for personally contacting their references to have letters submitted electronically to UCAR/VSP by the application deadline. One letter must be from the thesis advisor. Letters from more than one institution are encouraged.
  • Reference letters should include assessment of the applicant's level of scholarship, including placement in class, scientific potential, and qualifications for postdoctoral research.
  • The primary objective of this fellowship program is to grow the pool of scientists needed for a specific objective. Comments regarding the applicant will be treated confidentially and will be used by the steering committee to help determine both strengths and weaknesses of the applicant. Any specific comments regarding the applicant’s ability to work independently, to pursue new topics, and to interact with others are very useful.
  • Potential hosting scientists should submit a Letter of Intent to Host the applicant, explaining plans for mentoring. Potential hosts should not provide a letter of reference for the applicant. Letters of Intent should include a CV and a list of current and pending research support.


The program offers two-year postdoctoral fellowships, reviewed annually. Fellows receive a fixed annual salary. UCAR benefits include health and dental insurance, paid time off, paid holidays, mandatory participation in a retirement fund (TIAA/CREF), and life insurance. A relocation allowance is provided as well as an allowance for scientific travel and other support costs.

Appointments will be announced in early spring 2010. Applications must be submitted in electronic form and preferably in portable document format (PDF), via e-mail attachments sent to vspapply@ucar.edu.

Reference letters should also be sent electronically, but we will accept hard copies or faxes. If unable to send electronically, please mail to:
UCAR Visiting Scientist Programs
P.O. Box 3000
Boulder, CO 80307-3000 USA

Need more information? Call 303-497-8649, e-mail: vspapply@ucar.edu or visit web site: www.vsp.ucar.edu

The NOAA Climate Program Office (Chester J. Koblinsky, Director) sponsors this program. UCAR is an EE/AAE who values and encourages diversity in the workplace.