How Postdoctorates Apply to PACE 2016

Keeping pace with a changing climate

This year there are two projects for applicants to choose from: 

  • Food security and climate adaptation in Southern Africa, Eastern Africa or Central America. Position located in California.
  • Emphasis on research related to climate change and potential impacts on the Everglades restoration effort. Position located in Florida.

The UCAR/CPAESS announces the annual call for applications for the PACE (Postdocs Applying Climate Expertise) Fellowship Program. Several postdoctoral fellows will be appointed.

UCAR postdoctoral positions are generally for two years with the second year based on continued program funding. Successful applicants in this program will hosted by two mentors: one mentor in climate research, the other mentor in the decision making area.

The program seeks recent or anticipated PhDs who have strong expertise in climate science and who are interested in applying their knowledge of the climate system to increase decision-making capacity in climate-sensitive sectors.

Partial relocation costs paid per UCAR’s relocation policy.

Basic Job Function

The program has been developed to:

  • Grow the pool of scientists qualified to work at the interface between climate science and its applications.
  • Transition advances in climate science and climate prediction into climate-related decision-making tools and frameworks.
  • Increase and strengthen collaboration between climate research institutions and decision-making institutions across all sectors.


Duties Include

  • Conducting 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 presenting those 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. related to climate science and climate prediction.
  • Preference is given to those who have held a Ph.D. for no more than three years.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

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

Have questions?  Please call (303) 497-1605 or e-mail

Application Instructions

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

  1. Cover letter that includes a statement of interest and how those interests relate to the PACE goals and objectives.
  2. A one to two page description explaining why you are a climate expert.
  3. Curriculum vitae including a list of publications.
  4. Names and contact information for four professional references. One reference must be from the thesis advisor. See reference information below.
  5. PhD thesis title and abstract.
  6. Description of PhD thesis research (and other research, if applicable), including general areas of expertise (e.g., regional modeling, drought dynamics, extreme event estimation, etc.).


Click Here to 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."


Screen shot of UCAR Career Opportunities Page


Step 2.

You will then be prompted to submit your résumé or CV.  Click “Browse” to find your file on your computer. At this point, upload your complete application as one (1) PDF document.

Upload your complete application as one (1) PDF document.


Screen shot of UCAR Career Opportunities Page


Step 3.

Continue the application process as prompted.

Step 4.

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


Reference Information

Applicants are responsible for contacting four referees to have letters sent to CPAESS by the application deadline. One letter must be from the thesis advisor, and letters from more than one institution are encouraged. Referees should be directed to Reference Letter Guidance.



Please have reference letters sent by email to CPAESS at

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

Questions on the OpenHire application process may be addressed to Martha Jones at, or 303-497-8715.


Click Here to Apply online at the UCAR career Opportunities Page

U.S. citizenship is not required to participate in this program, but the selected post-doctoral fellows must be hosted at a U.S. research institution. 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 retirement fund, and life insurance. A partial relocation allowance is provided as well as an allowance for travel to scientific conferences and other support costs per UCAR’s relocation policy.