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Director of the Research Applications Laboratory

National Center for Atmospheric Research
Boulder, Colorado

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Search for the Director of the Research Applications Laboratory (RAL)

Boulder, CO

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is excited to announce an opening for the NCAR Associate Director/Lab Director to lead the Research Applications Laboratory (RAL). As one of NCAR’s seven laboratories, RAL conducts fundamental and use-inspired actionable Earth system sciences research and engineering to discover solutions to problems relevant to society and facilitate the transfer of information, expertise, and technology to the public and private sectors. RAL fulfills its mission of expanding the reach of applied research and implementing practical solutions by building multidisciplinary strategic partnerships with internal and external stakeholders. RAL’s research supports air-quality management; water, energy, and food security; the advancement of predictive science and technology for weather and hydrology; and the prevention of damage and disruption to critical infrastructure caused by weather hazards.

Reporting to the NCAR Director, this position carries a dual title and role of Director of the Laboratory and NCAR Associate Director. The Lab Director role is responsible for the scientific vision, direction, productivity, innovation capacity, and overall excellence of RAL’s research and development programs, including the formulation and implementation of strategic plans, budgets, and priorities of the lab. These responsibilities are carried out in coordination with the NCAR Director and in close alignment with the NCAR strategic plan and other programmatic priorities. The Lab Director fosters interaction and collaboration between NCAR and UCAR staff and programs as well as the external scientific community. The role of NCAR Associate Director affords responsibility in the overall leadership and management of NCAR. NCAR Associate Directors support the NCAR Director on NCAR-wide matters and in this role act in the best interest of NCAR rather than a particular lab. They serve on the NCAR Executive Committee, foster collaboration across NCAR, may serve as Acting NCAR Director in the absence of the NCAR Director, and can lead initiatives that are NCAR-wide. 

NCAR has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this recruitment. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For more details, including the full position profile, and to submit inquiries, nominations, and applications, visit

Vijay Saraswat, Partner

Courtney Cabansag, Associate

Isaacson, Miller

263 Summer Street, 7th Floor

Boston, MA 02210


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