Request for applications for co-lead of the Physical Oceanography Community of Practice

Wilbert Weijer December 15, 2022

We are seeking applications for co-leads for the Physical Oceanography Community of PracticeThese are volunteer positions. Wilbert Weijer (LANL) and Zhen Li (BOEM) are currently co-leading this team and new co-leads will join this amazing leadership team. We encourage people in all career stages and from diverse backgrounds to apply.

The Physical Oceanography team started in 2020 as a self-formed team under the previous Arctic Research Plan (2017-2021), and has become an official Community of Practice under the current Research Plan (2022-2026). The POCP is connecting a community of  Arctic Physical Oceanographers from across the agency spectrum, and enjoys active participation from international researchers as well. The POCP will work with the Priority Area Collaboration Teams (PACTs) and Foundational Activity Collaboration Teams (FACTs) to pursue their objectives as outlined in the recently released Biennial Implementation Plan (BIP).

Collaboration Team Co-leader Responsibilities:

Collaboration team leaders have cyclical and ongoing responsibilities that include:

  • Leading the Arctic physical oceanography research community in a thoughtful and inclusive way
  • Regularly communicating and working in a collaborative way with fellow co-leads
  • Acting as a resource and coordinator for community members’ questions and ideas on collaboration team activities
  • Planning activities for coming year
  • Reaching out to potential speakers for meetings and working with co-leads and IARPC Secretariat on meeting agendas and announcements
  • Organizing and chairing community meetings
  • Supporting reporting on community activities
  • Participating in annual leadership workshops

Co-leads can expect to devote between 10 and 15 hours per month on average to their leadership role. We ask applicants to be prepared to commit to serve at least two years as a co-lead. If there are unforeseen circumstances that require leaders to step down before two years, we request they help find a replacement in discussion with the other co-leads. All those selected to be co-leads will be trained and onboarded.

To apply please email Meredith LaValley ( with the following information by January 6.

  • Brief statement of intent stating why you are applying for a leadership role, what you hope to gain from the leadership experience, and what you want to contribute to the team(s) you would like to lead
  • Up to date resume/CV