How Postdoctorates Apply

Deadline: 12 January 2018, 11:59 p.m. MIDNIGHT, MT

The Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science (CPAESS) announces the annual call for applications for the Jack Eddy Postdoctoral Fellowships.  Several new appointments will be made.  The recruitment period ends January 12, 2018.

UCAR postdoctoral positions are generally for two years with the second year based on continued program funding.  Successful applicants in this program work under the mentorship of host scientists in areas of mutual interest.

Partial relocation costs paid per UCAR’s relocation policy.


To train the next generation of researchers needed in the emerging field of Heliophysics (the broad field of Sun-Earth connections).  The program is sponsored by the NASA Living With a Star (LWS) Program.


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


Education and Experience:

  • Ph.D. in related science
  • Preference is given to those who are seeking their first fellowship and have held a PhD for no more than three years.
  • 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.

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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. Cover Letter

Cover letter stating the name of this program, potential host and location, and where you learned of this opportunity. Please also add a justification statement, if applicable, to explain any breaks in career path.

2. Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum vitae, including publication list.

3. Four Professional References

Names, address and email for four professional references.

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

  1. One letter must be from thesis advisor, but not from a potential host mentor.
  2. Reference letters from more than one institution are encouraged.
  3. References should refer to the Letters of Reference section.
  4. Applications without four (4) letters are incomplete and may not be reviewed by the Steering Committee
  5. Reference letters should be sent to

4. PhD dissertation abstract

PhD 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).

  1. References are NOT included in this 5-page limit.
  2. Proposals must describe an actual research project.
  3. Applicant is encouraged to seek help from potential mentor(s) in writing the project description.

6. Statement of relevance

Statement describing the relevance of the proposed project to the NASA Living with a Star program, not to exceed one page.

7. Host Institution Materials (provide to applicant by 5 January  in order to make the 12 January application deadline. Please see How Hosting Institutions Apply for more information)

1.  Letter of Intent

2.  Curriculum vitae

3.  Mentoring Plan

4.  List of current and pending research support


You must apply online at the UCAR career Opportunities Page

Step 1. 

To begin the application process, at the bottom of this page click “New Resume/CV.” The next page presents options for you to submit your materials. Select “Upload a resume/CV document.”

Step 1.

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 2.
Step 3. 

Continue the application process as prompted. Step 4 of the online application process will ask you if you want to upload additional documentation. Ignore this step.

Questions on the OpenHire application process may be addressed to Courtney Gibson, or 303-497-8722.

Step 4. 

Please have reference letters sent by email to CPAESS at

  • Applicants are responsible for contacting four referees to have letters sent to CPAESS 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 the online Reference Requirements.

General questions regarding this fellowship program 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 U.S. research institution. Jack Eddy fellows are UCAR employees and receive a fixed annual salary plus UCAR's benefits (health and dental insurance, paid time off, paid holidays, TIAA retirement fund, and life insurance). A relocation allowance and an allowance for travel during the appointment are provided. See Stipend & Benefits for details.

NASA Living With a Star, Heliophysics Division sponsors this program.
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