Postdocs Applying Climate Expertise (PACE) Postdoctoral Fellowships

PACE fellows receive a fixed annual salary plus a generous UCAR benefits package.
March 05 2015
Physical Sciences
Position Type
Full Time

Postdocs Applying Climate Expertise (PACE)

Postdoctoral Fellowships

“Keeping pace with a changing climate”  

Application Deadline: 15 May 2015

The UCAR Visiting Scientist Programs (VSP) announces the 2015 call for applications to the Postdocs Applying Climate Expertise (PACE) Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. The goals of the program are 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; and
  • Increase and strengthen collaborations between climate research institutions and decision-making institutions across all sectors.

Postdoctoral scientists undertake research projects and develop tools that will apply climate prediction information to climate-impacted decisions. The work is conducted under the specification and direction of institutional mentoring partners. This year there are three projects for applicants to choose from: 

  1. Stream flow forecasting in the Colorado and Rio Grande River basins
  2. Water budget forecasting for hydropower in the Great Lakes Region
  3. Agriculture project in New York, Indonesia

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.

The application process entails two steps:

  1. Applicants submit a cover letter, vitae, one to two pages describing in detail your qualifications as a climate expert, which includes a statement of motivation for wanting this fellowship, three to four professional reference letters (sent by the referee directly to VSP), a description of PhD thesis research, and PhD and Master’s thesis titles and abstracts. Applications are judged primarily on the quality of climate research education and background. Due date is 15 May 2015.
  2. Finalists are notified by 15 June and are then provided information on the three 2015 hosting partner institutions and specific projects. To complete the application process, finalists write a short proposal to address the climate issues of interest to the decision-making institution. This portion of the application is due by 15 July 2015.

PACE fellows are UCAR employees and receive a fixed annual salary plus a generous UCAR benefits package  (health and dental insurance, paid time off, paid holidays, employer contribution to a TIAA/CREF retirement fund, and life insurance).  A relocation allowance and an allowance for travel during the appointment are provided. 

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

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