Monday, August 18, 2014

AeroSpace Ventures tenure track position, CU Boulder

************This is still open************


Posting Information

Posting Title AeroSpace Ventures tenure track position
Campus Boulder
City Boulder, CO
Position Type Faculty
Posting date 11/21/2013
Closing date
Full/Part Time
Background Check Required? Yes
Job Summary
Posting Description The University of Colorado Boulder (CU) invites applicants for a tenure-track faculty position in support of an exciting new initiative called CU AeroSpace Ventures. CU has a well-established reputation as a world leader in space, geosciences, and aerospace engineering. CU AeroSpace Ventures brings together related departments, institutes, and centers along with government labs and industry to create knowledge and develop new technologies to observe, measure and better understand Earth and our space environment. The primary units involved are the Departments of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, and Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences along with CU institutes: Laboratory of Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) and Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science (CIRES). The Boulder / Denver area is home to the government labs of NCAR, NOAA, NREL, USGS, and National Solar Observatory (NSO), all in close proximity of campus.
Candidates who specialize in developing engineering solutions for Earth and space science research or who perform scientific research in Earth or space science with an emphasis on instrumentation or aerospace vehicles are of particular interest. We seek applicants from any relevant area of focus who complement existing department and institute strengths while bridging geosciences, space, and aerospace engineering. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to develop an innovative and robust research program, as well as have the vision and potential for excellence in both classroom teaching and student mentoring.
The position is nominally at the level of Assistant Professor, but more senior ranks may be considered for exceptional candidates with suitable experience. The home department will be determined based on the hired candidate’s research and teaching alignment. Applicants will be expected to pursue multidisciplinary research across departments, college and campus, and to establish interactions with the various geoscience and space-related labs and companies in the Boulder/Denver area and across the nation. Women and underrepresented minorities are especially encouraged to apply. This is a 9-month tenure-track position, rostered in any one of the three departments and jointly with either LASP or CIRES.
A PhD in an appropriate engineering or science field is required at the time of appointment, and post-degree experience is preferred. Teaching experience and familiarity with government funding activities is desirable.
The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and veterans. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at: or 303-492-6475.
The University of Colorado conducts background checks for all final applicants.
Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2014, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. See more at the Jobs at CU web site.
Minimum Qualifications A PhD in an appropriate engineering or science field is required at the time of appointment.
Required Competencies/Knowledge, Skills and abilities
Desired Qualifications
Special instructions to applicants Applications are accepted electronically at Applications must include a cover letter which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications, curriculum vitae, statement of research interest, statement of teaching interest, and the names, daytime phone numbers, and email addresses of four professional references.
Job posting contact Patti Gassaway
Job posting contact telephone
Job posting contact email
Job Posting Number F00952
Quicklink for Posting

Monday, August 11, 2014

Environmental Informatics session at AMS 2015


31st Conference on Environmental Information Processing Technologies

Call for Papers
The theme for the 2015 AMS Annual Meeting is “Fulfilling the Vision of Weather, Water, and Climate Information for Every Need, Time, and Place”. People, businesses, and governments depend increasingly on weather, water, and climate information matched to their specific needs. We are converging on a day when such information is integrated into nearly every decision or action people take. This revolution in highly targeted, customized information - delivered when and where it is most useful - will make our lives safer, more productive, and more enjoyable.  The challenge for our community is this: collaborate and innovate to develop – and ultimately deliver – actionable, user-specific weather, water, and climate information across all spatial and temporal scales in support of our nation’s safety, health, and prosperity.  The meeting will explore the many topics required for our community to implement this vision.

Following this theme, the 31st Conference on Environmental Information Processing Technologies (EIPT) is soliciting papers that demonstrate successes and advances in interactive computing tools; technologies and observing systems; data management and communication related to advances in observations, modeling, new technologies and media; cyber infrastructure; and applications that address the ability to provide information to a wide audience at any time, for any purpose.
The theme also allows for exploration of an array of topics including effective strategies for communication; social and policy theory; adaptation; mitigation; intervention; emergency response; and public behavior or perceptions. Further, the timeliness of the topic and its broad accessibility to the scientific, stakeholder and public communities should make it particularly appealing to many segments of our traditional AMS community, as well as nontraditional communities.
Papers addressing issues related to all forms of information processing technologies in the environmental sciences – including research institutions, private sector, government and education – are also being accepted.

Student Award Opportunities
Program Chair(s)
For additional information please contact the program chairperson, Nazila Merati (

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

A couple of interesting job postings in computational atmospheric chemistry & physics

A couple of interesting job postings in computational atmospheric chemistry & physics



Postdoctoral Researcher

University Corporation for Atmospheric Research - Boulder, Colorado

 Postdoctoral Researcher, Tracking Code

  • Job Description

    PLEASE NOTE: This is a new, full-time, one-year term position with possibility of extension. Initial consideration will be given to applications received prior to Tuesday, August 5, 2014. Thereafter, applications will be reviewed on an as-needed basis.

    NCAR - NCAR Earth System Laboratory (NESL)

    Atmospheric Chemistry Division (ACD)

    Relocation benefits not provided.

    If necessary, UCAR/NCAR will sponsor a work visa (e.g., H1B, etc.) to fill this position.

    Basic Function of Job: The Postdoctoral Researcher will work as part of interdisciplinary teams that are working on cookstove intervention experiments in West Africa and China. The Postdoctoral Research will conduct original research and engage in group research using the Weather Research Forecasting Model with Chemistry (WRF-Chem) to investigate the impact of cooking technologies on emissions, chemistry and climate. The Post-Doctoral Researcher will use laboratory and field measurements to develop emissions inventories and scenarios, and use WRF-chem to simulate air quality and climate.

    Duties Include
    Works with team members to develop emission inventories for the study region. Designs and conducts modeling experiments with WRF-chem. Uses in-situ measurements and satellite observations to evaluate the results. Analyzes WRF-Chem data with respect to other observations and in-situ measurements.

    Collaborates with other researchers and team members to analyze modeling and measurement results. Communicates the results of the research through publication in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, meeting proceedings, presentations at scientific meetings, and contributions to scientific assessments.

    Will work safely in accordance with ACD and NESL procedures, the Employee Safety Handbook and the UCAR Safety Manual. Will report injuries and unsafe conditions to supervisor and the Safety Office

    Education & Experience
  • Ph.D. in physics, atmospheric science or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated record of research and publication.
  • Knowledge, Skills And Abilities
  • Detailed knowledge of fundamental processes controlling atmospheric chemistry and transport.
  • Familiarity with global and regional chemical transport models, so as to be able to run simulations and to customize the model code and inputs for specific studies, along with analyzing the results.
  • Skill in the analysis and interpretation of experimental results.
  • Ability to participate and interact productively in multidisciplinary research.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively on scientific research.
  • Detailed knowledge of differential and integral equations, numerical and statistical methods and linear algebra.
  • Skills in written and oral communication of research results and presentation of proposals.
  • Skills in UNIX, FORTRAN and IDL.
  • DESIRED (but Not Required)
  • Experience using the WRF-chem model.
  • The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is anequal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, domestic partner status, disability, or veteran status.

    Job Location
    Boulder, Colorado, United States



    Scientific Programmer

    Harvard University - Cambridge, Massachusetts

    School/Unit: School of Engineering & Applied Sciences
    Department: Atmospheric Sciences Group

    Duties & Responsibilities
    This position is responsible for a variety of assignments within the Atmospheric Chemistry Modeling Group as a member of the GEOS-Chem Support Team. In this role, the incumbent uses the GEOS-Chem global transport model ofatmospheric chemistry and composition, which is used by more than 70 institutions world-wide, to incorporate new scientific and technicalfeatures submitted by the GEOS-Chem user community into the standard source code repository.

    • Benchmarking each successive GEOS-Chemversion with a standard simulation in order to ensure that GEOS-Chem continues to function properly.
    • Writing online documentationthat details recent updates to the GEOS-Chem source code repository. This involves updating the online GEOS-Chem Users' Guide, GEOS-Chemwiki pages, and GEOS-Chem website with information on new features added to the model.
    • Providing help-desk support to over 250GEOS-Chem users worldwide. This often involves responding to questions about running GEOS-Chem simulations, assisting users with debuggingGEOS-Chem code, fulfilling data requests, or providing documentation via the GEOS-Chem website and wiki pages.
    • Assisting Harvardpost-doctoral fellows and graduate students with their research projects. This often involves implementing new scientific features intoGEOS-Chem, conducting GEOS-Chem simulations, or preparing graphical output.
    • Updating the GEOS-Chem Adjoint model to processsatellite data, plane flight data, and surface observations of methane. Also conducts methane simulations using the GEOS-Chem adjoint modeland creates graphical output of the results.
    • Assisting with the refactoring (i.e. major structural renovation) of the GEOS-Chemsource code that will allow the model to become compliant with the Earth System Modeling Framework (ESMF).
    NOTE: This is a one yearTerm appointment with the possibility of extension.

    Basic Qualifications
    A Bachelor's degree in atmospheric science is required. In addition, a minimum of two years ofexperience working with a research group is required. Programming experience is also required. Experience with Dreamweaver CS5: ACMGwebsite, GEOS-Chem website and MediaWiki: GEOS-Chem wiki is essential.

    Additional Qualifications
    An advanced degree is preferred. Excellent written and interpersonal communication skillsare also necessary to provide help-desk support to worldwide users over 250 users.

    Additional Information
    OTE: Applicants must include a cover letter and a resume to be considered for this position.Please include the cover and resume in one document.

    We regret that SEAS does not provide Visa sponsorship.

    The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) serves as the connecter and integrator of Harvard's teaching and research efforts inengineering, applied sciences, and technology. Our core tenets are - educating broad-minded students; interdisciplinary research;integration across disciplines; and balancing theory, experimentation and practice to create an unmatched environment for learning andexploration. Through collaboration with researchers from all parts of Harvard, other universities, and industry, we bring discovery andinnovation directly to bear on improving human life and society. For more information about us, please visit


    Thursday, July 10, 2014

    Carbon Pricing webinar, from the MIT Climate CoLab

    Announcement from the MIT Climate CoLab:

    Webinar with former US Secretary of State George Shultz and former Congressmen Bob Inglis and Phil Sharp

    Join us tomorrow for an informational webinar on how a national carbon price can be implemented in the United States, hosted by the Advisors of the U.S. Carbon Price contest: former US Secretary of State George Shultz and former Congressmen Bob Inglis and Phil Sharp.
    They will discuss major political challenges facing carbon pricing in the US and the strengths and weaknesses of various policy approaches.  Attendees can ask questions on the topics discussed and about the carbon price contest.
    Friday, July 11, 2014, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
    - George P. Shultz, former U.S. Secretary of State
    - Bob Inglis, former U.S. Representative (R-SC) and current Director of the Energy and Enterprise Initiative
    - Phil Sharp, former U.S. Representative (D-IN) and current President of Resources for the Future

    The webinar is free and open to the public, and provides an exciting opportunity for contest participants and others considering submitting a proposal by the July 20th deadline, to ask questions and get feedback from advisors who will also be serving as judges.

    The webinar will cover several prominent issues in the news on carbon pricing in the US, including:

    • Discussion of the Clean Air Act regulations on carbon pollution that the Obama Administration released in early June.

    • Perspectives on the Supreme Court ruling in late June, which struck down the Tailoring rule, yet reaffirmed the EPA’s mandate to regulate carbon under the Clean Air Act.

    • Thoughts on the major political challenges facing carbon pricing in the US, and the strengths and weaknesses of various policy approaches.

    • Open Q&A with Advisors from webinar participants on the topics discussed and the contest.  
     go here to register 


    Thursday, May 29, 2014

    Second Conference on Atmospheric Biogeosciences

    Missed this one:


    Second Conference on Atmospheric Biogeosciences, 12–15 May 2014, Portland, OR
          The Second Conference on Atmospheric Biogeosciences, sponsored by the American Meteorological Society, will be held 12–15 May 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Portland Downtown Convention Center, Portland, Oregon. The conference theme is “Human Impacts on the Earth-Atmosphere System—Past, Present, and Future” Abstracts related to Atmosphere-Biosphere Interactions are welcome for submission by 24 January 2014.

          This conference is organized by the AMS Board on Atmospheric Biogeosciences and will be jointly held with the 31st AMS Conference on Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. Preliminary programs, registration, hotel, and general information will be posted on the AMS Web site by mid February 2014.

          The goal of the conference is to showcase the diversity in research in the field of biosphere-atmosphere interactions. More specifically, the conference is directed toward improving our understanding how the earth-atmosphere system evolves under changing environmental pressures. Sample abstract topics include: atmospheric fluxes of greenhouse gases and other trace gases from ecosystems due to anthropogenic activities; historic perspectives on the human ecological footprint; impacts of biosphere emissions and/or the carbon, nitrogen, and hydrologic cycles on climate and air quality; new techniques or instrumentation in atmospheric biogeosciences; the use of stable isotopes as indicators of biogeochemical processes; the use of remote sensing to monitor terrestrial biosphere changes; and theory and simulation of coupled biophysical, biogeochemical, and ecological processes. The conference will also honor Ray Leuning’s contribution to the atmospheric biogeosciences.
           For additional information please contact the Atmospheric Biogeosciences co-chairs Dr. Tim VanReken ( and Laura Edwards ( or the Agricultural and Forest Meteorology co-chairs Dr. April Hiscox ( and Dr. Joe Alferi ( (11/13)

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

    Climate Informatics Workshop 2014 - Boulder

    The amount of observational and model-simulated data within the climate sciences has grown at an accelerating rate since the early 1980s. The increasing amount of available data creates many opportunities for researchers in machine learning and statistics to partner with climate scientists in the development of new methods for interdisciplinary knowledge discovery.
    Climate informatics broadly refers to any research combining climate science with approaches from statistics, machine learning and data mining. The Climate Informatics workshop series, now in its third year, seeks to bring together researchers from all of these areas. We aim to stimulate the discussion of new ideas, foster new collaborations, grow the climate informatics community, and thus accelerate discovery across disciplinary boundaries.
    The format of the workshop seeks to overcome cross-disciplinary language barriers and to emphasize communication between participants by featuring tutorials, invited talks, panel discussions, posters and break-out sessions. The programs of previous workshops can be found here (CI 2013, CI 2012, CI 2011). We invite all researchers interested in learning about critical issues and opportunities in the field of climate informatics to join us, whether established in the field or just starting out.

    Important Dates
    Friday, July 25, 2014 Poster abstracts due
    Friday, August 15, 2014 Author notification
    Friday, August 15, 2014 Travel fellowship notification
    Friday, September 5 2014 Revised abstracts due
    Thursday-Friday, September 25-26, 2014 Workshop takes place at NCAR, in Boulder, CO       

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

    Rutgers Evolution Journal Club news: Meteors May Have Brought Vitamin B To Earth

    In this week's Rutgers Evolution Journal Club weekly news:

    Meteors May Have Brought Vitamin B To Earth

    Did life here begin...out there? We don't yet know and may never.
    But there is compelling evidence that I might not be sitting here
    writing this today, or you reading it, if not for meteorite-enabled
    distribution of a simple vitamin billions of years ago.

    Scientists funded by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center have found
    vitamin B3, a.k.a. niacin, in a group of eight ancient, carbon-rich
    meteorites. And the more pristine a meteorite is, the more B3 it contains.

    Link to full text:

    (posted by):
    Dr. Lena Struwe | Associate Professor & Director, Chrysler Herbarium | Rutgers University |
    Dept of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources | Dept of Plant Biology and Pathology

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

    Aerosols on your mind - visit the NASA Giovanni-4 Portal

    Just when I thought the science visualization tools from NASA couldn't get any better, I stumble across this: Giovanni-4, the Next Generation of Giovanni, with improved functionality for interactive data analysis and mapping.  This new addition to Giovanni contains certain aerosol, hydro & turbulent flux data, with more to come.  Within a few minutes of playing around in this new instance of Giovanni, I really like this direction. 

    The severity of air pollution in China (and elsewhere) has received a great deal of attention lately, and NASA's suite of visualization tools are a good way to track the development of aerosol plumes, and examine the occurrences in light of industrial activity, as well as developing and prevailing atmospheric processes.  The three maps above are weekly maps for the first three weeks in March, and the extent of aerosol pollution is clear across most of eastern China.  The scale below refers to the pixel shades and their interpretation.  Optical thickness values in the 0.1 range (yellow shades) are indicative of clear skies, while values in the 0.8-0.9 range (red-brown) represent significant haze and smog.  The data in these maps was captured from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument on the NASA Terra satellite.