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Opportunity at National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Response of the Upper Atmosphere to Solar, Magnetospheric, and Lower Atmosphere Forcing


National Weather Service, NCEP, Space Weather Prediction Center

RO# Location
26.07.45.B0580 Boulder, CO 80305


Name E-mail Phone
Codrescu, Mihail V. 303.497.6763


The upper atmosphere is a strongly forced region driven by solar radiation and magnetospheric sources; and by tides, planetary waves, and gravity waves propagating upward from the lower atmosphere. Research would focus on understanding and quantifying the dynamics, chemistry, electrodynamics, or energetics of the thermosphere, ionosphere, and mesosphere. Particular areas of study include thermosphere/ionosphere coupling, changes through the solar cycle, the response to geomagnetic activity, magnetosphere/ionosphere interactions, the response to lower atmosphere forcing, and data assimilation. Available numerical models include a three-dimensional, time-dependent, coupled thermosphere-ionosphere-plasmasphere-electrodynamics (CTIPe) model, a Whole Atmosphere Model (WAM), which is based on an operational weather predictions model extended to the exosphere. Further development and coupling of these models for space weather applications is particularly encouraged.


Solar radiation; Magnetosphere; Ionosphere; Atmospheric coupling; Upper atmosphere; Thermosphere; Mesosphere; Lower atmosphere; Geomagnetism;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents and non-U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$55,000.00 $2,500.00

$2000 Location Supplement for Boulder, CO. 

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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