The High Altitude Observatory (HAO) is one of seven labs that make the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). The HAO lab focuses on projects and opportunities in solar and heliospheric physics, and the effects of solar variability on Earth’s magnetosphere, ionosphere, and upper atmosphere. HAO was the first Lab to be created, and led to the development of NCAR. HAO has developed eight strategic working groups, including Solar Flux Origins, Emergence, and Eruptions (SWG1), Geospace Community Modeling (SWG4), and Space Climate: Radiation, Particles, and Responses (SWG6). HAO is involved within the community by collaborating with universities and hosting scientists from institutions around the world via the HAO Visitor Program. HAO 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 solar and geospace science.

Search committee (To date)

  • Anne Smith, Chair, Senior Scientist, NCAR-Atmospheric Chemistry Observations & Modeling Laboratory (ACOM)
  • Maura Hagan, Dean of the College of Science, Utah State University
  • Dana Longcope, Professor, Montana State University
  • Astrid Maute, Project Scientist III, NCAR-High Altitude Observatory (HAO)
  • Matthias Rempel, Senior Scientist, NCAR-High Altitude Observatory (HAO)
  • Bill Schreiner, COSMIC Project Director, UCAR-Constellation Observing system for Meteorology, Ionosphere, and Climate (COSMIC)
  • Scott Spuler, Research Engineer III, NCAR-Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL)

What we offer

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

Leadership profile

The opportunity overview, role, qualifications, personal qualities, and opportunities and expectations for leadership can all be found in the leadership profile.

Timeline for recruitment and interviews

  • Job posted: 12/10/2019 to 2/7/2020
  • Interviews: 3/9/2020 to 3/13/2020

Opportunity & how to apply

Those interested, please apply or nominate an applicant.


We are also hiring for our Atmospheric Chemistry Observations & Modeling (ACOM) Lab Director and the Mesoscale &Microscale Meteorology (MMM) Lab Directors!