Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Creating clear paths for your scientific career


CPAESS collaborates with the community to provide an array of scientific opportunities that promote lifelong professional and workforce development and that fosters a new generation of leaders within the scientific community.

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

Founded by UCAR in 1990, through the vision of Dr. J. Michael Hall (former director of the NOAA Climate Program Office), this program has been instrumental in developing today’s climate research experts and leaders.

Appointed fellows carry out their research projects, and are mentored by hosting scientists, at U.S universities and national laboratories. Appointments are for two years.  The current fellows and alumni of the program gather at an annual luncheon at AGU and also participate in a biennial summer institute.  The format of the program has promoted lifelong career relationships with fellow alumni and hosting scientists.

As of 2016, 208 new PhDs have come through this prestigious program.  The award process is highly competitive.  The annual application deadline is in early January.

NOAA Postdocs Advancing Climate Education (PACE) Fellowships

The goal of PACE fellowships is to grow the pool of scientists qualified to transfer advances in climate science and climate prediction into climate-related decision frameworks and decision tools.

Why does this matter? Increasing demand for individuals who understand both climate science and the needs of decision-makers is an increasing priority for agencies, businesses, industries, and programs that engage in decision support and risk/disaster management, and that provide avenues for the adoption and adaptation of research into operational settings. 

The PACE approach encourages and enables PhDs with expertise in climate science to work directly with institutions engaged in these processes, creating a pool of experts in climate science whose knowledge base is balanced by an understanding of the needs and issues that affect decision support processes in critical sectors. 

NASA Heliophysics Jack Eddy Postdoctoral Fellowships

Heliophysics embraces all science aspects of the Sun-Earth connection. CPAESS has conducted the Jack Eddy Postdoctoral Fellowship program in partnership with NASA's Living With a Star (LWS) program since 2009 (as the UCAR Visiting Science Program, prior to 2016).

The program matches early career PhDs with experienced scientists at U.S. research institutions. Hosting scientists mentor the postdoctorates during their two-year fellowships. The goal of the program is to train the next generation of researchers needed for the emergent field of Heliophysics.

Scientific Appointments

CPAESS facilitates and manages scientific research and research-to-operations appointments for early career and expert scientists, at federal laboratories and program offices. CPAESS also offers long term job opportunities and workforce management at selected federal locations, in accordance with UCAR collaboration agreements with federal sponsors and agencies.  

Research Internship Program

As part of its support for NOAA's Okeanos Ocean Research program, CPAESS conducts a yearly recruitment and appointment process for two or more research internship positions aboard the Okeanos Explorer-In-Training for its twice-yearly expeditions. Current or recent undergraduates are eligible for the program.

CPAESS CAMP Proposal Website

To submit a proposal to the UCAR Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Program (CAMP), please visit the
CAMP website


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