Job Location:
Foothills Lab 4

Location: Proposed U.S. University or Research Institution

Type: Full-time, Exempt

Position Term: 2-year term position, based on continued program funding

Application Deadline: This position will be posted until January 7, 2022.

Relocation: Partial relocation costs paid per UCAR’s relocation policy.

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

Full Salary Range: $68,220

Benefits: UCAR affirms its continuing commitment to developing, providing, and administering its employee benefit programs with due consideration for equal employment opportunity and diversity guidelines.
UCAR’s rich package of employee benefits includes medical, dental, vision, education assistance, retirement, and life insurance.  UCAR offers a variety of programs designed to assist with work-life balance including flexible work alternatives, paid time off and 14 weeks of paid parental leave.

As required by Executive Order 14042, all Federal Contractor employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee’s duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. Effective immediately, UCAR requires all new employees to be fully vaccinated prior to entering on duty, subject to such exceptions as required by law.

If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by December 8, 2021 or before appointment or onboarding with UCAR, if after December 8, 2021. UCAR will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request of UCAR a legally required exception from this requirement.

Where You Will Work:

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) manages the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and various UCAR Cooperative Programs (UCP) – all in service of advancing knowledge, providing community-based resources, and building human capacity in atmospheric and related sciences.

The Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science (CPAESS), under the UCP, provides an extensive portfolio of placement, management, and organizational services for the broad Earth System Science community. CPAESS develops innovative solutions to complex scientific challenges, advances research capacity, and fosters community collaborations.

CPAESS provides professional development, training, and research opportunities for early career to expert scientists.  The CPAESS community includes placements at prestigious postdoctoral fellowships, short- and long-term appointments at US Federal research labs and institutions, research internships, and summer school opportunities for graduates and postdoctoral scientists. These research and training opportunities provide mentoring and career advancement; lifelong collaboration through program alumni networks; and the advancement of science worldwide through university, federal, state, municipal level, and private sector partnerships. CPAESS employees and sponsors collectively work toward advancing scientific research for the benefit of society.  

What You Will Do:

To help create and train the next generation of leading researchers needed for climate studies (see https://www.climate.noaa.gov/Who-We-Are/About-CPO). The program focuses on observing, understanding, modeling and predicting the climate variability and change on seasonal and longer time scales. This includes the documentation and analysis of past, current, or possible future climate variability and change and the study of the underlying physical, chemical, and biological processes.  NOAA’s Climate Program Office sponsors the program.


  • Conducts independent or collaborative research under a proposed plan related to the goals of the program.
  • Publishes and presents results of the research at seminars and conferences.
  • Pursues outside activities that advance professional growth, which may include contributing to educational programs, serving on committees, and attending workshops.

What You Need:

Education and Years of Experience:

  • Ph.D. degree related to climate change research; with
  • Preference given to those who are seeking their first fellowship.
  • Applicants have held a Ph.D. for no more than three years from the application deadline of January 7, 2022.
  • Awardees must change institutions in the absence of compelling circumstances.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to work independently and conduct research with minimal supervision.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.

Applicant Instructions:

Before you begin the Workday process please prepare your application in one (1) PDF document, in the order numbered below

1) Cover letter stating the name of this program, potential host and institution, and where you learned of this opportunity.  Please also add a justification statement, if applicable, to explain any breaks in career path. (One-page limit)

2) Curriculum vitae, including list of publications.

3) Name, address, and email information of four professional references. 

Note: Applicants are responsible for contacting their references to have letters sent to UCAR/CPAESS by the application deadline.

a) One letter must be from thesis advisor, but not from a potential host mentor.

b) Reference letters from more than one institution are encouraged.

c) References should refer to the Letters of Reference section.

d) Applications without four (4) letters are incomplete and may not be reviewed by the Steering Committee.

e) Reference letters should be sent to [email protected].

4) Ph.D. dissertation abstract, including title.

5) Titled project description.

Note: Description must be titled and not exceed five pages including figures and appendices (minimum 12 pt. type size).

a) References are NOT included in this 5-page limit.

b) Proposals must describe an actual research project.

c) Proposals must be original, not sourced from a previously submitted proposal to a different funding agency.

d) Address the broader impact of your research to the community at large.

6) Statement of relevance and future interactions with NOAA (one-page limit). 

  • Your Statement of relevance should enhance and complement the research goals outlined at the NOAA website, and
  • Future interactions with NOAA could include using NOAA data, establishing new collaborations with a NOAA scientist, giving a talk on your work and research outcomes at a NOAA Laboratory or Program Office, etc…

7) Inclusion Response Statement (one-page limit)

UCAR and CPAESS embrace a work environment that is inclusive, diverse, and equitable. Our employees come from diverse backgrounds, and we strive to create the kind of inclusive, supportive, and welcoming workplace that will attract and retain an even greater diversity of individuals in the future. As part of the commitment, we require an “Inclusion Response Statement” from applicants that addresses the role of inclusion, diversity, and equity in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. 

Note: Statement may not exceed one page, minimum 12 pt. font, single spaced.

  • The written statement should include a discussion of the applicant’s past activities and plans for future contributions to support diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • For more information please download the NOAA C&GC Inclusion Response Statement Guidelines.

8) Host Institution Materials – Host materials should be provided to applicant by 7 January 2022 and submitted as part of the postdoctoral fellowship application. (Please see How Hosting Institutions Apply for more information)

  • Letter of Intent – in the case of specific laboratory needs, a letter should accompany the application from the specific institution willing to provide the resources.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Mentoring Plan
  • List of current and pending research support

For additional information please visit the NOAA Climate & Global Change How to Apply website.

Step 1. To begin the application process, select the “Apply” button. When prompted create a new account. If you have applied to a different position within UCAR please sign in to your existing account.

Step 2. You will then be prompted to submit your current résumé.  At this point, upload your complete application as one (1) PDF document.  Click “Select File” to find your file on your computer and then select Next.

Step 3.  Add any missing information and/or edit and verify any information that pre-populated on the My Information and My Experience pages. Continue the application process as prompted. 

  • You may receive an Alert warning that there was a problem processing your resume and it can’t be used to automatically complete your job application. Please note your application PDF has been received but the software was not able to use the information provided to autofill the information on the following pages.  

Questions on the Workday application process may be addressed to [email protected].

Step 4. Please have reference letters sent by email to UCAR Cooperative Program for the Advancement of Earth System Science at [email protected]:

  • Applicants are responsible for contacting four referees to have letters sent to UCAR/CPAESS by the application deadline. One letter must be from the thesis advisor, but not from a potential host, and letters from more than one institution are encouraged. Referees should be directed to online reference requirements.

General questions regarding this fellowship program may be addressed to [email protected].

Please note that while the position description details both minimum requirements as well as desired skills and experience, we want to remind applicants that you do not need to have all the desired skills and experience to be considered for this role. If you have the passion for the work along with experience in a related field, you are encouraged to apply. We can provide on-the-job training for the rest.

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 pregnancy. 

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.