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
Scientists at HAO conduct research related to solar/stellar interiors and variability (including asteroseismology and the solar-stellar connection), the lower solar atmosphere, corona and heliosphere, and terrestrial and planetary atmospheres, ionospheres and magnetospheres. Projects involving radiative transfer, hydrodynamics, magnetohydrodynamics, radiation hydrodynamics, plasma physics and other topics are pursued both out of fundamental physical interest and for their application to the above areas of research. Successful applicants will pursue research in collaboration with members of the scientific staff and other long-term visitors in these and related areas.
Terms of Appointment
Postdoctoral Fellows are appointed for 2 years beginning in September or October; some flexibility is possible on the specific times of arrival and departure. Fellows are expected to work at HAO in Boulder, Colorado, with the exception of time spent participating in field research and observing programs. Fellows will have access to the HAO Linux/Unix computers, NCAR supercomputer systems, and the HAO and NCAR libraries and data archives from Mauna Loa Solar Observatory and other facilities.
Fellows will receive a salary of $56,000 in the first year and $58,500 in the second year, and a scientific travel budget of $2,000 per year. Relocation expenses to NCAR will be reimbursed up to a maximum of $1000 for the fellow and his or her family. Fellows living abroad will have round-trip travel for themselves and their families paid up to a maximum of $2,500. An allowance of $750 for moving and storing personal belongings is also provided. In accordance with NCAR policy, benefits include health insurance, vacation time and retirement contributions, and NCAR will provide assistance in finding Boulder accommodations.
How to Apply - (January 2013 Deadline)
A complete application will include the following:
- Statement of Research from the applicant regarding the nature of his or her research interests and the work he or she would plan to pursue during the fellowship (it may be helpful to interact with an HAO scientist when formulating the research plan)
- Curriculum Vita summarizing education and work experience, including a list of scientific publications
- Transcripts of graduate school grades
- Names and email addresses of up to four people who will provide a letter of reference.
[How to Apply] - The deadline for applications and reference letters is January 14, 2013.
HAO Fellowships will be granted on the basis of proven scientific ability and relevance to HAO research programs. Applications will be accepted through the Advanced Study Program (ASP). Applicants who specify HAO as a host laboratory will automatically be considered for both fellowships, and initial offers will be made in the first week of February. Additional offers may also be made later in the spring. All application materials must be submitted as PDF files. See the ASP website for complete application details.
Contact for Questions
Questions about the HAO postdoctoral fellowship program may be addressed to:
HAO Visitor Committee
High Altitude Observatory
National Center for Atmospheric Research
P.O. Box 3000
Boulder, CO 80307-3000, U.S.A.