2021 SIParCS Graduate Student Internships
Location: Mesa Lab Building, Boulder, CO

Application Deadline: Applications and References must be received before January 8, 2021.

Position Term: Students applying to a SIParCS Internship must be able to work from May 17th, 2021 to July 30th, 2021.

Relocation: Students accepted into the SIParCS Internship Program will be expected to reside in the housing provided by the SIParCS Program. SIParCS housing will provide students with their own room and shared bathroom (gender-inclusive shared suite style). Travel assistance is provided to and from home institution.

For Summer 2021, we are currently planning for an in-person internship program although everything is bound by the local safety and health regulations due to COVID-19. In 2020, our entire program continued as a completely remote internship program.

Work Authorization: UCAR/NCAR will not sponsor a work visa to fill this position. Students must be authorized to work in the U.S. to be eligible for a SIParCS Internship. This includes foreign nationals with the ability to obtain work authorization associated with their U.S. Student Visa (e.g. OPT, CPT, academic training, etc.).

Where You Will Work:

NCAR’s Computational and Information Systems Laboratory (CISL) is a leader in supercomputing and data services necessary for the advancement of atmospheric and geospace science. CISL’s mission is to remain a leader at the forefront of ensuring that research universities, NCAR, and the larger atmospheric, oceanographic, and related research communities have access to the computational resources they need for their research. To fulfill the need for a stronger workforce at the intersection of High Performance Computing (HPC) and geoscience problems, CISL engages in education and outreach activities to inspire and attract a diverse future workforce.

What You Will Do:
The Summer Internships in Parallel Computational Science (SIParCS) program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) offers graduate students and undergraduates who have completed their sophomore year significant hands-on R&D opportunities in high performance computing (HPC) and related fields that use HPC for scientific discovery and modeling. This program embeds students as summer interns in the Computational and Information Systems Laboratory (CISL), an organization within NCAR charged with provisioning supercomputing and data systems to the geosciences research community, as well as conducting research and development in computational science, data analysis, scientific visualization and numerical modeling. These twin roles of service and research in CISL support NCAR’s broad scientific mission of discovery in the atmospheric and related sciences.

The 2021 summer internships are 11 weeks in duration. Applicants must be available to work 40 hours per week from May 17, 2021 through July 30, 2021 for participation in the program.

Program requirements, beyond working on projects, include attending appropriate technical seminars, attending skills-enhancing workshops, preparing a poster, and giving an oral presentation of results at the end of the summer.

UCAR values diversity and encourages those in underrepresented groups to apply. AA/EOE

Project Descriptions by Title:
For full project descriptions, visit the SIParCS website

Project 6. GPU-Accelerated Insitu Analysis of Weather and Climate Model Data
Project 7. Software Engineering and Application Development for GDEX-Obs: Enabling Scientific Data Discovery and Use
Project 8. Enabling Zero-friction Reproducible Analysis of Gridded Datasets with Xgcm
Project 9. Performance Portability of Weather and Climate Modeling Mini Apps
Project 10. Pi-WRF Educational Modules and Classroom Activities Development
Project 11. Test Cloud Optimized Data Formats for Swath (L3) Satellite Data
Project 12. Using Machine Learning to Dynamically Allocate Resources for Data Delivery

Education and Skills/Abilities:

– Must currently be enrolled in a United States university.
– Must be authorized to work in the U.S. to be eligible for the SIParCS program.
– For F visa students accepted to the SIParCS program, CPT work authorization issued through a U.S. Designated School Official (DSO) or OPT issued through both a DSO and the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) will be required.
– Must be a graduate or doctoral student.
– Ability to work with a diverse group of peers.
– Skill in the use of software for communication purposes (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, email).
– Ability and willingness to learn and use scientific computing tools and programs.
– Good oral and written communication skills.
– Basic problem solving skills.
– Ability to analyze data and draw conclusions.
– Basic knowledge, through coursework, of mathematics, computer science or engineering.
– Ability to work full-time (40 hours per week) during the summer program.
– Ability to interact with mentors and peers in a manner that supports collaboration and inquiry.
– Ability and willingness to work within guidelines and policies of organization and assigned work groups.

Application Instructions:

Before you begin the online application process, please prepare your application materials in one (1) PDF document. Application materials must be in the order numbered below. Please apply to no more than two (2) SIParCS projects.

Application Materials Must Include:

Please attach one (1) PDF document with the three required components to your online application. Required materials, in order are:.

1. A not-to-exceed one-page cover letter clearly describing each of the following five items:

· your technical interests and skills

· why you are interested in this specific project

· how this program addresses your educational and career goals

· what you expect to gain if selected

· how your personal background and life experience may help you make unique contributions to the program (include social, cultural, familial, economic, educational or other opportunities or challenges).

2. CV or resume

3. Copy of most recent undergraduate and graduate university transcript (unofficial transcript).

For the Online Application Process:

To begin the application process, at the bottom of this page click “New Resume/CV.” The next page presents options for you to submit your materials. Select “Upload a resume/CV document” then select “Continue.”

You will then be prompted to submit your résumé or CV. At this point, upload your complete application as one (1) PDF document. Click “Choose File” to find your file on your computer. Click on the document, select “Open,” and then select “Continue.”

Continue the application process as prompted. Step 4 of the online application process will ask you if you want to upload additional documentation-ignore this step. Complete the rest of the online application information.


In addition to the required application materials, you must submit two (2) references. Please visit https://forms.gle/YH1mhwbXUTqThBFD9 to submit names and email addresses of two academic references.


If you have questions or limitations to using the online application system, please contact Diona Duvall at dduvall@ucar.edu or 303-497-8606.

If you have questions regarding submitting references or about the SIParCS program, please contact siparcs@ucar.edu or 303.497.1288.

More information on the SIParCS program may be found at http://www2.cisl.ucar.edu/siparcs.

Applicant Notes:
– The 2020 hourly rate was $20.65 for grad level. 2021 rates have not yet been set.
– Must be authorized to work in the U.S. to be eligible for the SIParCS program. For F visa students accepted to the SIParCS program, CPT work authorization issued through a U.S. Designated School Official (DSO) or OPT issued through both a DSO and the U.S. Citizen and ImmigrationServices (USCIS) will be required.
– A pre-employment screening is conducted in conjunction with an offer for employment. This screening may involve verifying or reviewing any of the following relevant information: restricted parties screening, employment verification, performance records of internal candidates, education verification, reference checks, verification of professional licenses, certifications, and Motor Vehicle Records. UCAR complies with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).
– Please note that while the position description details both minimum requirements as well as desired skills and experience, we want to remind applicants that you do not need to have all thedesired skills and experience to be considered for this role. If you have the passion for the work along with experience in a related field, you are encouraged to apply. We can provide on-the-job training for the rest.

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer that strives to develop and maintain a diverse workforce. UCAR is committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy.

Whatever your intersection of identities, you are welcome at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). We are committed to inclusivity and promoting an equitable environment that values and respects the uniqueness of all members of our organization

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