The Climate and Global Dynamics (CGD) Laboratory is one of eight labs that make up the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). CGD conducts directed research that discovers the key processes in each component of the Earth’s climate system and the interactions among them. CGD representation of this understanding frequently includes models and thereby provides a basis for prediction of climate; and applies this understanding and these models to scientific problems of societal relevance. CGD fulfills the mission through a strong record of achievement in scientific research, community modeling and data set development. CGD is vital to the overall success of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and the lab helps contribute knowledge to the scientific and civilian communities alike, helping progress the ever-changing dynamics of the Earth's climate system.

Leadership profile

The opportunity overview, role, qualifications, personal qualities, and opportunities and expectations in our leadership profile, learn more.

What we offer

UCAR offers excellent benefits. A detail of those available to the CGD Director can be found in our benefits summary

Timeline for recruitment and interviews

  • Job posted: January 26, 2023, for full consideration
  • Interviews: March 13-17, 2023

Procedure for Candidacy

WittKieffer is assisting NCAR in this search. Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by January 26, 2023 and be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal.

Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in this Leadership Profile, and a Diversity Statement (include how you build a psychological safe environment, how you you know psychological safety is achieved with examples of how you've built diverse, equitable and inclusive environments on project and programs you've led).

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to the WittKieffer consultants supporting this search, Suzanne Teer, Jessica Herrington and Sarah Seavey, at

Search Committee

Bill Collins (Chair) Berkeley Lab's Earth & Environ. Sciences Area
Clara Deser Climate & Global Dynamics Lab, NCAR
Gregory Flato Canadian Centre for Climate Modeling and Analysis
Gregory Jenkins Penn State
Gunter Leguy Climate & Global Dynamics Lab, NCAR
Sheri Mickelson Computational & Inform. Systems Lab, NCAR
Gretchen Mullendore Mesoscale & Microscale Meteorology Lab, NCAR
Gabi Pfister Atmospheric Chemistry Observations & Modeling Lab, NCAR
Dave Randall Colorado State University
Britt Stevens Earth Observing Lab, NCAR