Scientific Visitors

About HAO

The High Altitude Observatory (HAO) conducts research and provides community support and facilities in the following areas: Atmosphere, Ionosphere and Magnetosphere (AIM), Solar Transients and Space Weather (STSW), and Long-term Solar Variability (LSV). Each quadrant in the image above contains a picture representing science that is currently taking place in each of these research areas. Please click image for more information on the different images.

HAO is located in Boulder, Colorado, at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. HAO conducts research in the areas of the solar interior, lower solar atmosphere, corona and heliosphere, and terrestrial and planetary atmosphere, ionosphere and magnetosphere. Radiative transfer, hydrodynamics, magnetohydrodynamics, radiation hydrodynamics, and plasma physics are pursued for both their fundamental physical interests and their applications in the above areas of research. Visitors will have access to the HAO Linux/Unix computers, NCAR super computer system (link to CISL), and the HAO and NCAR libraries and data archives (link to UCAR library).

Fields Of Research

HAO conducts research in the areas of the solar interior, lower solar atmosphere, corona and heliosphere, and terrestrial and planetary atmosphere, ionosphere and magnetosphere. Radiative transfer, hydrodynamics, magnetohydrodynamics, radiation hydrodynamics, and plasma physics are pursued for both their fundamental physical interests and their applications in the above areas of research. Visitors will have access to the HAO Linux/Unix computers, NCAR super computer system (link to CISL), and the HAO and NCAR libraries and data archives (link to UCAR library).

Appointees will be expected to pursue research in collaboration with members of the HAO scientific staff and other long- term visitors in these areas.

Terms Of Appointment

Scientific Visitors are established researchers visiting HAO from their home institution. The term of appointment ranges from a few days to a year (this includes sabbatical visits), depending upon the collaborative research being propoosed, and may occur at any time during the year. Scientific Visitors are expected to work at HAO in Boulder, Colorado, with the exception of required time spent participating in field research and observing programs. Scientific Visitors generally receive travel support. Also, certain employee benefits are available in accordance with NCAR policy, and NCAR will provide assistance in locating Boulder accommodations.

How To Apply

The following will comprise a complete application:

  • a vita summarizing education and work experience;
  • a list of all scientific publications;
  • a list of computing and other resources requested, and a statement regarding financial needs;
  • a letter of support from HAO staff contact.

Application material should be sent to:

Teresa Rivas
HAO Visitor Committee
High Altitude Observatory
National Center for Atmospheric Research
P.O. Box 3000
Boulder, CO 80307-3000, U.S.A.

Further details may be obtained by sending an e-mail to Teresa Rivas or Dr. Roberto Casini.

Considerations of long-term visitor applications will be made continuously throughout the year. Long-term applicants should submit a brief memo stating their interests, proposed staff member or collaborator(s), dates of the visit, and specific requests for resources, both financial and computational.

Visitor appointments will be made on the basis of proven scientific ability and relevance to planned HAO research programs.

-Revised November 2013 by whawkins