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CIMMS Research Associate – Weather Event Training

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at The University of Oklahoma is currently seeking a Research Associate to collaborate with scientists, instructors and developers at the National Weather Service (NWS) Warning Decision Training Division (WDTD) in Norman, OK, in creating weather event training simulations for the United States Air Force (USAF) and NWS forecasters.

The duties of this position are:

1) Develop technical expertise with the AWIPS-2 (Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System) software.
2) Modify AWIPS configurations to mimic weather displays used by USAF weather forecasters.
3) Create a library of training simulations on particular weather events to be used by both USAF and NWS forecasters.
4) Adapt the Weather Event Simulator software for potential use on the NWS operational hardware and software platforms.
5) Acquire skills in operation of Linux and Windows workstations and virtual machines.
6) Participate in experimental warning/forecast exercises and WDTD training workshops.
7) Review technical/professional publications and attend seminars to stay abreast of current developments in meteorological software applications.
8) Perform related duties as assigned.

The minimum qualifications for the position are:

1) A Master’s Degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, or related area; or
2) A Bachelor’s Degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, or related area and at least three years fulltime related experience.

Emphasis will be placed on applicants with severe weather or AWIPS experience.

Applicants should identify expertise within any of the following areas: experience in teaching/training, operational experience related to weather forecasting and warning techniques; warning-related inputs such as radar, satellite, lightning, models; use and/or configuration of weather analysis software (such as AWIPS); graphic design or illustration; project management/teamwork; oral and written communication, including collaboration tools; Linux operating systems, shell scripting or software/hardware support.

Normal working hours will be observed except for occasional irregular hours during data collection, warning/forecast experiments, or workshops conducted at remote sites. Incumbents will receive training and gain expertise in the latest training technology and warning decision-making methodologies.

Supervision will be provided by CIMMS staff. Technical oversight will be provided by CIMMS staff, NWS meteorologists, and WDTD management. The incumbent will work under general supervision but is expected to determine action to be taken in handling all but unusual situations. Incumbents in this position are not expected to supervise other employees, but may serve as leaders of technical teams.

The beginning salary will be based on qualifications and experience with full benefits (insurance and retirement) and a generous leave policy provided through The University of Oklahoma (https://hr.ou.edu/). The start date for the position is negotiable.

To apply for the position, please forward your resume, cover letter and list of three references to:

CIMMS Careers
University of Oklahoma
120 David L. Boren Blvd., Suite 2100
Norman, OK 73072-7304
CIMMS-careers@ou.edu
JOB REFERENCE: WDTD-USAF


CIMMS Research Associate – Hazardous Weather Research SPC
The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at The University of Oklahoma (OU) is currently looking for multiple Research Associates to work with the NOAA/NWS Storm Prediction Center (SPC). These positions will be located at the SPC in Norman, OK, which is located within the National Weather Center (NWC), a highly collaborative operational, research, and academic environment containing a number of NOAA and OU organizations. Here, you will work directly with development meteorologists and operational forecasters at the SPC and will have opportunities to interact with NOAA and academic scientists within both the NWS and the broader meteorological community.

As a CIMMS Research Associate working with SPC, you will provide scientific and meteorological expertise, along with technical support for the development of advanced mesoscale hazardous weather prediction techniques. More specifically, the list below describes potential projects:

1. Developing and/or improving calibrated probabilistic forecast guidance for the prediction of thunderstorms, severe weather, and fire weather, covering the following forecast periods:
a. Subseasonal-to-seasonal (S2S), especially Week 2
b. Medium-to-extended range (Days 3-8)
c. Short range (Days 1-2), using convection-allowing model (CAM) ensembles
d. Nowcasting (out to a few hours), using observations, analyses, and a prototype Warn-on Forecast System (WoFS)
2. Extracting information from high-resolution numerical weather prediction models for severe weather and fire weather applications
3. Statistical modeling of societal impacts derived from the current and future SPC forecast suite
4. Facilitating and executing experiments in the Hazardous Weather Testbed (HWT)
5. Collaborating with scientists at NSSL and EMC on WoFS-related research to link FV3 CAM development activities with operational testing and implementation

The minimum qualifications for the position are:

1) A Master’s Degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, or related area;
2) United States citizenship or permanent residency.

When applying, please indicate your preference(s) as to which project areas in which you are interested. Additionally, please include information related to your experience in software development, web development, graphic design/visualization, and Linux (UNIX) environments including the AWIPS2/N-AWIPS systems. Your ability to communicate clearly is of utmost importance.

Normal working hours will be observed except for occasional irregular hours during data collection, warning/forecast experiments, or workshops conducted at remote locations. General supervision will be provided by CIMMS staff with technical oversight provided by SPC management. You will work under general supervision but are expected to work independently and determine action to be taken in handling all but unusual situations. This is a non-supervisory position, although you may serve as a leader of technical teams. Salary is based on your education, experience, skills, and knowledge. Information on University of Oklahoma benefits may be found at https://hr.ou.edu.

To apply, please forward your resume or CV, cover letter, and list of three references to:

University of Oklahoma
CIMMS Careers
120 David L. Boren Blvd., Suite 2100
Norman, OK 73072-7304
Attention: SPC-RA
CIMMS-careers@ou.edu


CIMMS Research Scientist – Hazardous Weather Research SPC
The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at The University of Oklahoma (OU) is currently looking for multiple Research Scientists to work with the NOAA/NWS Storm Prediction Center (SPC). These positions will work at the SPC in Norman, OK, which is located within the National Weather Center (NWC), a highly collaborative operational, research, and academic environment containing a number of NOAA and OU organizations. Here, you will work directly with development meteorologists and operational forecasters at the SPC and will have opportunities to interact with NOAA and academic scientists within both the NWS and the broader meteorological community.

As a CIMMS Research Scientist working with SPC, you will provide scientific and meteorological expertise, along with technical support for the development of advanced mesoscale hazardous weather prediction techniques. More specifically, the list below describes potential projects:

1. Developing and/or improving calibrated probabilistic forecast guidance for the prediction of thunderstorms, severe weather, and fire weather, covering the following forecast periods:
a. Subseasonal-to-seasonal (S2S), especially Week 2
b. Medium-to-extended range (Days 3-8)
c. Short range (Days 1-2), using convection-allowing model (CAM) ensembles
d. Nowcasting (out to a few hours), using observations, analyses, and a prototype Warn-on Forecast System (WoFS)
2. Extracting information from high-resolution numerical weather prediction models for severe weather and fire weather applications
3. Statistical modeling of societal impacts derived from the current and future SPC forecast suite
4. Facilitating and executing experiments in the Hazardous Weather Testbed (HWT)
5. Collaborating with scientists at NSSL and EMC on WoFS-related research to link FV3 CAM development activities with operational testing and implementation

The minimum qualifications for the position are:

1) A Doctorate Degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, or related area;
2) United States citizenship or permanent residency.

When applying, please indicate your preference(s) as to which project areas in which you are interested. Additionally, please include information related to your experience in software development, web development, graphic design/visualization, and Linux (UNIX) environments including the AWIPS2/N-AWIPS systems. Your ability to communicate clearly is of utmost importance.

Normal working hours will be observed except for occasional irregular hours during data collection, warning/forecast experiments, or workshops conducted at remote locations. General supervision will be provided by CIMMS staff with technical oversight provided by SPC management. You will work under general supervision but are expected to work independently and determine action to be taken in handling all but unusual situations. This is a non-supervisory position, although you may serve as a leader of technical teams. Salary is based on your education, experience, skills, and knowledge. Information on University of Oklahoma benefits may be found at https://hr.ou.edu.

To apply, please forward your resume or CV, cover letter, and list of three references to:

University of Oklahoma
CIMMS Careers
120 David L. Boren Blvd., Suite 2100
Norman, OK 73072-7304
Attention: SPC-RS
CIMMS-careers@ou.edu


CIMMS Research Associate – Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) seeks a research associate to assist in a new project that aims to transition small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) into operations within NOAA. This position will be located at the NOAA/Air Resources Laboratory (ARL) Atmospheric Turbulence and Diffusion Division (ATDD) in Oak Ridge, TN. The associate will play a vital role in operating the sUAS, as well as acquiring and processing the data collected by the sUAS. The most critical task will be performing daily flights at a nearby site using ATDD’s vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) and fixed-wing sUAS to sample boundary layer temperature, moisture, and wind fields. These datasets will be provided to the nearest National Weather Service office to assist with short-term weather forecasts. Additionally, the associate will operate ATDD’s other fixed-wing sUAS used for obtaining in-situ meteorological and flux measurements, as well as spectral characteristics of the land surface. Following data collection, the research associate will lead efforts to process the data for further analysis. This work will provide opportunities for the associate to author research papers.

Job Responsibilities:
1) Operate the sUAS on a daily basis at weather-dependent times.
2) Download and process data collected for expedited transmission to the local National Weather Service forecast office.
3) Participate in further analysis of the data, and preparation of scientific research papers.

Job Requirements:
1) United States citizen or permanent resident;
2) A B.S. degree or higher in aerospace engineering, meteorology, computer science, or a closely-related field;
3) At least three years’ experience with piloting sUAS and flight planning is desirable;
4) Expertise in one or more programming languages (IDL, C, Python, FORTRAN, etc.) is also desired;
5) CIMMS seeks candidates that are creative, have an ability to work independently, and have good communication skills;
6) The ability to travel to field study sites will also be required.

The salary will be based on qualifications and experience with benefits provided through the University of Oklahoma (https://hr.ou.edu/).

To apply for the position, please send your CV, cover letter, and list of three references to:
Tracy Reinke
Executive Director, Finance and Operations
University of Oklahoma CIMMS
120 David L. Boren Blvd., Suite 2100
Norman, OK 73072-7304
treinke@ou.edu
Job Requisition: ATDD Research Associate


Post-Doctoral Research Positions

Peter Lamb PostDoctoral Fellowship
The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at the University of Oklahoma has established the Peter Lamb Postdoctoral Fellowship that we envision will be offered annually. CIMMS is a research organization that promotes collaborative research between National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and University of Oklahoma (OU) scientists on problems of mutual interest. This collaborative basic and applied research includes the study of mesoscale and storm-scale meteorological phenomena to help produce better forecasts and warnings that save lives and property and the investigation of the societal impacts of such phenomena. Research scientists within CIMMS use observations, analysis and models to improve the understanding and prediction of high-impact weather elements and systems ranging in size from cloud nuclei to multi-state areas.

Applications must include a 3-4 page novel proposal developed by the applicant that addresses at least one of the CIMMS research themes: 1) weather radar research and development; 2) storm-scale and mesoscale modeling research and development; 3) forecast improvements research and development; 4) impacts of climate change related to extreme weather events; and 5) societal and socioeconomic impacts of high-impact weather systems. Applicants are highly encouraged to contact a CIMMS scientist before writing their research proposal to receive guidance when drafting a proposal and to ensure the mentorship of an eligible CIMMS research scientist. The CIMMS website http://cimms.ou.edu/index.php/research has more information on projects underway within these research themes as well as contact information for CIMMS scientists working on these themes.

Terms of appointment are for one (1) year, renewable for a second year subject to satisfactory performance. An annual salary of $60,000 and a research budget of up to $5,000 per year is included in the award, along with a modest relocation stipend. Successful applicants must have obtained a Ph.D. within the last five years; proof of a Ph.D. is required before assuming the post-doctoral position, but those in the final stages of Ph.D. dissertation completion are encouraged to apply provided a finish date before July 31, 2020 is anticipated.

Applicants are asked to submit electronically: (1) a curriculum vitae; (2) a list of all products (e.g., papers, patents, technology transfers, licensed software, etc.) generated over the course of their career; (3) a cover letter which includes the expected start date and any non-standard resources that might be needed to complete the proposed work; (4) a brief proposal (no more than 4 pages, double-spaced, excluding the list of references and figures) describing the work to be pursued during a 2-year tenure at CIMMS; and (5) a list of three references. In addition, applicants should request that their referees directly send their reference letters to CIMMS at the email address listed below.

To receive full consideration, applications and supporting material should be received prior to January 31, 2020. All materials should be sent electronically to:

Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS)
The University of Oklahoma
120 David L. Boren Blvd, Norman, OK, 73072
CIMMS-careers@ou.edu
ATTN: Peter Lamb Postdoctoral Fellowship


Software Developer Positions

CIMMS Computer Engineer
The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) seeks to fill a Research Associate position for projects funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL). The Research Associate will contribute to research and development of radars and other sensors in support of the CIMMS mission. This position will be located in Norman, Oklahoma.

Background:
NSSL and CIMMS have long collaborated to conduct pioneering research to advance radar technology for meteorological applications. The Advanced Technology Demonstrator (ATD) is a recent example of this effort: it is a full-scale, dual-polarized, phased-array weather radar. The incumbent will apply Computer Engineering expertise working in a multidisciplinary team to maintain and improve the ATD and other radar systems and associated equipment in support of the CIMMS mission. The incumbent will also be involved in the design and implementation of new sensors in support of meteorological and hydrological research. This position does not require specialized knowledge of radar engineering, radar meteorology, remote sensing, or atmospheric science.

Responsibilities:
The incumbent will:
● Collaboratively work in an interdisciplinary team to develop, implement, test, document, maintain, and/or enhance computer applications for NSSL radar systems and associated measurement/test equipment. Projects are focused on software applications for radar/equipment monitoring and control and may involve working on low-level software applications for embedded systems, microcontrollers, and/or single-board computers.
● Follow best practices for configuration management, concurrent development, and production of technical documentation.
Required Qualifications:
● United States citizenship or permanent residency.
● A Master’s degree in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Physics, or related field OR a Bachelor’s degree in the same fields with at least 2 years of relevant experience.
● Demonstrated experience with low-level programming for hardware monitoring and control using C or C++.
● Demonstrated experience with high-level programming for data analysis and visualization, preferably including large data sets (e.g., MATLAB, Python).
● Ability to work in Unix/Linux operating systems, including basic system administration.
● Strong oral and written communication skills.
● The ability to work both independently and cooperatively in an interdisciplinary team.

The starting salary will be based on qualifications and experience, with benefits provided through the University of Oklahoma (https://hr.ou.edu/). The start date for the position is negotiable.
This position is a full-time appointment funded by grants from NOAA. The appointment is contingent on passing a Department of Commerce/NOAA background check. The appointee will serve a customary probationary period during the first year.

To apply, please forward your resume, a cover letter describing relevant computer engineering experience and contact information for three references to:
Tracy Reinke
Executive Director, Finance and Operations
University of Oklahoma CIMMS
120 David L. Boren Blvd. Suite 2100
Norman, OK 73072
treinke@ou.edu
ATTN: Radar Computer Engineer July 2019


Engineer Positions


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