Prospective Applicants

The deadline to submit application materials has passed.
The next recruitment period will begin in Late october or early November.


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Research Opportunities and service requirements

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is a federally funded research and development center devoted to service, research and education in the atmospheric and related sciences. NCAR's mission is to understand the behavior of the atmosphere and related Earth and geospace systems; to support, enhance, and extend the capabilities of the university community and the broader scientific community, nationally and internationally; to foster the transfer of knowledge and technology for the betterment of life on Earth. The National Science Foundation is NCAR's sponsor, with significant additional support provided by other U.S. government agencies, other national governments and the private sector. Through its Advanced Study Program (ASP), NCAR offers a continuing program of postdoctoral study in the atmospheric and related sciences.

The postdoctoral fellowships provide successful applicants with considerable freedom to pursue their own research interests. Most fellows develop research projects in collaboration with NCAR scientists and engineers, but all are expected to choose their own research directions and are responsible for the design and conduct of their own projects.

Besides research in core geosciences, NCAR has a strong interdisciplinary mission to bring other fields to bear on substantial problems in climate, weather and related disciplines. Thus there is also significant opportunity for projects in computational science, data science, social science, or engineering. An overview of NCAR science is featured in the NCAR Annual Scientific Report, which can be found at and in the NCAR Strategic Plan at

Fellows are expected to participate in ASP activities including seminars, lecture series, and research reviews and are expected to provide community service such as outreach, mentoring of undergraduate students or committee work during their term.


An applicant must have a Ph.D. or Sc. D. degree granted in an area related to NCAR science or must be able to complete such a degree and finish all thesis revisions and defense before starting the NCAR appointment. Primary criteria used in the selection of postdoctoral fellows are the applicant's scientific capability and potential, especially as indicated by originality and independence, and the match between the applicant's interests and the research opportunities available at NCAR. The ASP strives to have diverse representation of universities and student backgrounds in the postdoctoral fellows cohort each year; and encourages applications from individuals who are members of a group that is historically under-represented in the atmospheric and related sciences, including students who are Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, and Hispanic or Latino, female, LGBTQ, first generation college students, veterans, and people with disabilities. There are no special restrictions for foreign applicants.

Stipend and Benefits

Successful applicants currently receive a stipend of $64,570 in the first year, and $66,200 in the second year, plus a minimum of $3500 for annual scientific travel support. All fellows are eligible for life and health insurance. Each postdoc will be provided with a relocation package to help cover the cost of moving to Boulder, Colorado.

Deadlines, Number and Terms of Appointments

The application will open December 1, 2017 and closes January 6, 2018. Offers will be made no later than March 2018. Fellowships typically start October 2018, but may start earlier if funds are available.  Fellowships must begin by 1/31/2019.

ASP hires approximately ten new postdoc fellows a year.  Appointments are for a maximum of two years. Most fellows begin their appointments between June and October, but earlier or later arrivals can usually be accommodated if discussed in advance.


How to Apply

Specific instructions will be posted here when the next application period begins.

Your application consists of these components:

1. Statement of Research

Your statement of research should clearly articulate what you propose to research at NCAR and be not more than three pages (12 pt font, single spaced, including figures and references) and.

2. Curriculum Vita

3. Transcripts

We only need your graduate transcripts, and they can be unofficial. If you attended an US institution and your transcript contains your social security number, please be sure to block out that number before scanning. If you attended graduate school at an institution that does not have transcripts, please provide a list of your graduate coursework and any grades/marks received.

4. Cover Letter

The application system allows you one additional upload. You may include a cover letter or some other document. Please address the cover letter to the ASP director, Rebecca Haacker.

Components 1-4 must be uploaded in PDF format.


5. Select a preferred NCAR unit

In order to help us properly route your applications materials for review, you will be required to identify at least one research group at NCAR that is relevant to your research. You may select up to three if your interests span multiple programs. To see an overview of the organization, along with links to specific programs, please click here.

6. Letters of Reference

As part of the application process, we ask for four letters of recommendation from your references. The ASP Application system will automatically send an email requesting a letter of reference to the email address that you enter into the system for a reference, the email is sent immediately after you click 'submit reference'. You will receive notice from the system when each of your references have successfully uploaded a letter on your behalf. It is important that you enter the contact information for your references as soon as possible so that they will have time to write and upload the letter before the deadline! If your reference has not received the automated email or has deleted it due to it being marked as spam (unsolicited bulk email) please have them send the letter via email to

If you have any questions please contact the Advanced Study Program at