Postdoctoral Researcher

NOAA Office of Water and Air Quality

Silver Spring, Maryland

Initial consideration will be given to applications received prior to 4:00 p.m. (MDT) on Friday, May 23, 2014.

Thereafter, applications will be reviewed on an as-needed basis.

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research Visiting Scientist Programs is seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher to work at the Office of Weather and Air Quality (OWAQ), Silver Spring, Maryland.

Position Overview

Conduct research and provide analysis leading to recommendations on how social sciences can be integrated into the public Cumulonimbuspolicies, products, and services of the meteorological community and how best to engage and foster interdisciplinary research to help create a Weather Ready Nation.


Serve as a liaison between the meteorological community and groups working on disaster risk communication and other relevant societal impacts research to aid in improving policies and weather products and services. Develop relationships and partners to enhance the Weather Ready Nation initiative.

Conduct interdisciplinary research to support the use of social sciences in the federal Weather Ready Nation Initiative, in particular in the creation of weather Comulonimbusdecision support tools and disseminating forecasts and warnings to the nation.

Provide recommendations on how public policies in the Weather Ready Nation initiative can be strengthened by interdisciplinary research between the social sciences and meteorological communities.

Plan and organize workshops and meetings to gather input and feedback from the weather enterprise and social sciences communities on how to strengthen the Weather Ready Nation initiative via research.


Education and Experience

  • PhD in a social science field or interdisciplinary social science and meteorology/atmospheric science fields.
  • Experience working in the context of high-impact weather events and/or emergency management of weather events.
  • Experience working with federal researchers and/or public policy issues and conducting interdisciplinary research relating to weather hazards, disaster science, or risk communication.
  • Limited to candidates who have received their PhD’s within the past five years.flood


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the Weather Ready Nation initiative of the federal government and problems facing the meteorological community, and is able to incorporate research in the social sciences to meeting these problem areas.
  • Skill in planning and organizing meetings among groups from differing backgrounds and skills.
  • Skill in preparing technical and administrative reports, and giving oral and written presentations on topics relating to research in weather and the social sciences, as well as public policy.
  • Skill in identifying program opportunities and problems and suggesting courses for action.
  • Skill in assessing constituent needs and in modifying activities to meet those needs.
  • Skill in conducting interdisciplinary and mixed methods research.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.


The selected candidate will be an employee of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), Boulder, CO, and subject to and covered by UCAR policies with respect to all personnel matters. UCAR will provide a salary that is commensurate with education and experience. UCAR benefits include group health and dental insurance, paid time off, paid holidays, mandatory participation in a retirement fund (TIAA/CREF), and life insurance.

To apply, please submit the following as a *.pdf attachment at UCAR Employment Opportunities

1. One-page statement of interest and experience related the positions description.
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. PhD Abstract
4. Three names to contact as references (name, organization, email)

Initial consideration will be given to applications received prior to 4:00 p.m. (MDT) on Friday, May 23, 2014.

Thereafter, applications will be reviewed on an as-needed basis.


    UCAR Visiting Scientist Programs
    P.O. Box 3000
    Boulder, CO 80307-3000, USA
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