NOAA Climate & Global Change (C&GC) Postdoctoral Program

Program Overview

UCAR’s Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science (CPAESS) manages the NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Program on behalf of the NOAA Climate Program Office. Appointed fellows are UCAR employees and receive a fixed annual salary plus UCAR’s employment benefites.

The overarching purpose of the program is to help create and train the next generation of leading researchers needed for climate studies. The program focuses on observing, understanding, modeling, and predicting 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 as well as the study of the underlying physical, chemical, and biological processes.

Over the past 30 years, the fellowship program has hosted 238 NOAA Climate and Global Change Fellows and has developed an outstanding reputation of attracting the best and the brightest PhDs in the sciences relevant to the NOAA Climate Program OfficeAppointed fellows are hosted with mentoring scientists at U.S. universities and research institutions to work in an area of mutual interest.

How to Apply

CPAESS accepts applications for this program annually beginning in September. The recruitment period for this program lasts until January and appointments are announced by April 1. Additional information can be found on:

How Postdocs Apply

  • Applicants to this postdoctoral program are expected to have had a PhD for no more than 3 years at the start of tenure.  Advanced contact with a host is required.  Applicants must apply online at UCAR’s Career Opportunities website.

How Hosts Apply

  • Potential host scientists are required to submit a letter of intent to host, curriculum vitae, mentoring plan, and a list of current and pending research support as part of the selection process.  Hosts are expected to mentor the fellow, provide a reasonable office environment including a computer workstation, and cover any other unique research costs.

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