NOAA Climate & Global Change

How Postdoctorates Apply

Deadline: 8 Jan 2016, 5:00PM MST

A program designed to train the next generation of climate research leaders

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), Visiting Scientist Programs, helps prepare the next generation of weather and climate leaders and workforce by managing fellowship, visitor and workshop programs that meet emerging needs of the atmospheric and related sciences communities.

This fellowship program is designed to provide an independent research opportunity to recently graduated PhDs who want to pursue interests that align with the NOAA Climate Program Office. The program focuses on observing, understanding, modeling, and predicting the climate system on seasonal and longer time scales.

Experienced scientists at U.S. universities and research institutions host the appointed fellows providing mentoring and a collaborative environment to carry out their research projects.

Advanced contact with a potential host is required. Interested host scientists are required to submit a brief letter of intent to host the fellow, a curriculum vita, and a list of current and pending research support. Hosts are expected to mentor the fellow and cover office, computing, laboratory, and field research needs of the fellow as appropriate.


Applicants must have a PhD degree in an area related to climate change research and have completed defense of the degree before starting the fellowship. Preference is given to candidates who have held a PhD for no more than three years. We encourage applications from women and minorities and U.S. citizenship is not a requirement.


You Must apply online at the UCAR Career Opportunities Page

Before you begin the OpenHire process please prepare your application in one (1) PDF document, in the order listed below.

1. A cover letter stating the name of this program, potential host and institution, and where you learned of this opportunity.

2. Curriculum vitae with a list of publications.

3. Names, addresses and emails for four professional references.

  • Note: Applicants are responsible for contacting their references to have letters sent to UCAR/VSP by the application deadline.
    • One letter must be from thesis advisor, but not from a potential host mentor. 
    • Reference letters from more than one institution are encouraged.
    • References should refer to letter writing guidance located at:

4. PhD dissertation abstract, including title of dissertation.

5. Titled project description. 

  • Note: Description must be titled and not to exceed five pages including figures and appendices (minimum 12 pt. type size).
    • References are NOT included in this 5-page limit.
    • Proposals must describe an actual research project.
    • Applicant is encouraged to seek help from potential mentor(s) in writing the project description.
6. Statement of relevance to the NOAA Climate and Global Change Program (one-page limit). 
    • Note: Your Statement of Relevance should enhance and complement the research goals outlined at the NOAA Climate Program Office website.

Additional Notes: Advanced contact with a potential host mentor is Required! In the case of specific laboratory needs, a letter should accompany the application from the specific institution willing to provide the resources.

Step 1. 

When you begin the application process you will see the screen below. Select “Upload a resume/CV document”. 

Step 2. 

You will then be prompted to submit your résumé or CV as seen below.  At this point Upload your complete application as one (1) PDF document.
Step 3. 

Continue the application process as prompted.

Questions on the OpenHire application process may be addressed to Randy Schalhamer, or 303-497-8703.

Step 4. 

Please have reference letters sent by email to UCAR Visiting Scientist Programs at

  • 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 online reference requirements.

Questions on the VSP application process may be addressed to or 303-497-1605.

U.S. citizenship is not required to participate in this program, but the selected postdoctoral fellows must be hosted at a research institution within the U.S. Appointed scientists are employees of UCAR. The two-year fellowships include a fixed annual salary and benefits: health & dental insurance, paid time off, paid holidays, mandatory participation in TIAA/CREF retirement fund, and life insurance. A relocation allowance is provided as well as an allowance for travel to scientific conferences and other support costs.


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