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CIMMS Research Associate – High-Resolution Fire Weather
CIMMS Research Associate – Objective Mesoanalysis
CIMMS Research Associate – Severe Weather Warning Decision Making Training
CIMMS Research Associate – Meteorological Software Developer
CIMMS Research Associate – MRMS Transportation
CIMMS Research Associate – Severe Convective Weather Applications
CIMMS Research Fellow – Impact Based Decision Support Services
CIMMS Research Scientist – MRMS / FACETs
CIMMS Research Associate – Radar Hardware Engineering
CIMMS Research Associate – Radar Software Engineering
CIMMS Research Associate – Radar Software Development
CIMMS Research Associate – AWIPS2
CIMMS Post-Doctoral Research Associate – VORTEXSE Social Scientist
CIMMS Research Scientist – Warn-on-Forecast Liaison

 


CIMMS Research Associate – High-Resolution Fire Weather

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at The University of Oklahoma (OU) is currently looking for a Research Associate to provide scientific and meteorological expertise, and technical support for the development of advanced mesoscale hazardous weather analysis and prediction techniques. A key focus will be development and enhancements to fire weather forecasting guidance, including prediction of fine resolution high impact environments conducive to rapid fire ignition and spread, utilizing observational and Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) convection-allowing model data. The position will be based at the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) in Norman, OK within the National Weather Center (NWC), a highly collaborative forecasting, research and academic environment containing a number of NOAA and OU organizations. The incumbent will work directly with development meteorologists and operational forecasters at the SPC, and will have opportunities to interact with NOAA and academic scientists within the NWC, as well as scientists and forecasters in the lightning, fire weather, and severe storm communities.

The principal duties of this position are:

1. Provide scientific and technical expertise in the development, testing, evaluation, and transition to NWS operations of innovative tools and technologies designed to improve the prediction of fire weather conditions, thunderstorms, and lightning.

2. As appropriate, contribute to Hazardous Weather Testbed experiments to test and evaluate guidance and products central to SPC core mission requirements relating to fire weather forecasting.

3. As needed, represent CIMMS/SPC by contributing to scientific publications and attending off-site conferences, workshops, symposia and hazardous-weather-related outreach events.

4. Perform related duties as assigned.

The minimum qualifications for the position are:

1. A Master’s or PhD Degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science or related area.

2. Emphasis will be placed on applicants with knowledge and experience in areas of fire weather, thunderstorms, lightning, numerical weather prediction models/ensemble systems including convection-allowing models, and application of statistical techniques including creation of probabilistic hazard information.

Applicants should identify experience in software development including compiled and scripting programming languages, web page development, graphic design/visualization, and Linux (UNIX) environments including AWIPS2/N-AWIPS systems. Excellent oral and written communication skills are highly desired.

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

To apply for the position, please forward your resume, 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
ATTN: Fire Weather


CIMMS Research Associate – Objective Mesoanalysis

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at The University of Oklahoma (OU) is currently looking for a Research Associate to provide scientific and meteorological expertise, and technical support for the development of advanced mesoscale hazardous weather analysis and prediction techniques. A key emphasis will be enhancements to objective analysis of the mesoscale 4-D environment, focusing on improvements to the current hourly SPC Mesoscale Analysis incorporating observational and NWP regional plus convection-allowing model data, to support a dynamically consistent analysis system that bridges seamlessly across the mesoscale-stormscale environment. The position will be based at the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) in Norman, OK within the National Weather Center (NWC), a highly collaborative forecasting, research and academic environment containing a number of NOAA and OU organizations. The incumbent will work directly with development meteorologists and operational forecasters at the SPC, and will have opportunities to interact with NOAA and academic scientists within the NWC, as well as scientists and forecasters in the lightning, fire weather, and severe storm communities.

The principal duties of this position are:

1. Provide scientific and technical expertise in the development, testing, evaluation, and transition to NWS operations of innovative tools and technologies designed to improve the analysis and short-term prediction of hazardous mesoscale phenomena, focusing on thunderstorms, lightning, severe thunderstorms and fire weather.

2. Assist in the development of a unified and consistent convective storm analysis and forecasting system that will serve as a foundational component for multiple service dimensions across the NWS and larger weather enterprise.

3. As appropriate, contribute to Hazardous Weather Testbed experiments to test and evaluate guidance and products central to SPC core mission requirements of hazardous mesoscale weather.

4. As needed, represent CIMMS/SPC by contributing to scientific publications and attending off-site conferences, workshops, symposia and hazardous-weather-related outreach events.

5. Perform related duties as assigned.

The minimum qualifications for the position are:

1. A Master’s or PhD Degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science or related area.

2. Emphasis will be placed on applicants with knowledge and experience in areas of objective analysis techniques, numerical weather prediction models/ensemble systems including convection-allowing models, severe thunderstorms, lightning, fire weather, and application of statistical techniques.

Applicants should identify experience in software development including compiled and scripting programming languages, web page development, graphic design/visualization, Linux (UNIX) environments including AWIPS2/N-AWIPS systems, and high performance computing systems. Excellent oral and written communication skills are highly desired.

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

To apply for the position, please forward your resume, 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
ATTN: Surface Analysis


CIMMS Research Associate – Severe Weather Warning Decision Making Training

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at The University of Oklahoma is currently seeking a Research Associate to collaborate with scientists and instructors at the National Weather Service (NWS) Warning Decision Training Division (WDTD) in Norman, OK, on training for severe weather warning decision making.

The duties of this position are:

1) Integration of NWS operational warning decision making principles of science, technology, and human factors into support of training development and delivery.
2) Collaborate with WDTD instructors in a project-based environment to mine warning operations data and develop/deliver training on severe weather warning decision making principles.
3) Develop technical expertise with AWIPS-2, WSR-88D products and applications, and the warning decision-making process.
4) Acquire skills in operation of Linux and Windows workstations to support development of simulations and other tools for warning decision-making training.
5) Participate in experimental warning/forecast exercises and WDTD training workshops.
6) Attend meetings and professional conferences to become knowledgeable of new meteorological applications and to interact with the applied-research community.
7) Review technical/professional publications and attend seminars to stay abreast of current developments in meteorological 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 experience in operational meteorology or applied research.

Emphasis will be place on applicants with severe weather experience.

Applicants should identify expertise within any of the following areas: experience in teaching/training; operational experience related to severe weather forecasting and warning, including winter weather forecasting techniques; warning-related inputs such as radar, satellite, lightning, and convective allowing models; weather analysis software (such as AWIPS); graphic design or illustration; project management/teamwork; oral and written communication, including collaboration tools; Linux (or Unix) operating systems; programming skills (Python, Perl, JAVA, object oriented programming, GIS-based, web-based, etc.); human factors and human performance technology.

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 benefits 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:

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 REFERENCE: WDTD – Severe Weather Training


CIMMS Research Associate – Meteorological Software Developer

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 transitioning the Weather Event Simulator for AWIPS-2 into AWIPS-2 baseline code.

The duties of this position are:

1) Develop technical expertise with the AWIPS-2 (Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System) software.
2) Develop and add functionality to the Weather Event Simulator software for AWIPS-2 compatibility.
3) Develop the Weather Event Simulator software to enhance utility by NWS field office staff including forecasters, science officers and focal points.
4) Adapt the Weather Event Simulator software for potential use on the NWS operational hardware and software platforms.
5) Acquire skills in operation of Linus 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 Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, or related area; or
2) A Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, or related area and at least three years fulltime related experience.

Emphasis will be place on applicants with software support and development experience including:
• Strong knowledge of Java, JMS and Eclipse
• Basic understanding of relational database design
• Intermediate knowledge of standard query language (SQL) for simple to complex queries
• Strong understanding of Object Oriented Programming
• User Interface Design using tools like SWT

Applicants should identify expertise within any of the following areas: Linux shell scripting or software/hardware support; Python; Service Oriented Architectures or the Spring framework; Hibernate; SWT or Eclipse RCP; PostgreSQL database; Experience with basic computer networking; XML; Eclipse Integrated Development Environment; Project management, teamwork; Oral and written communications.

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 benefits 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:

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 REFERENCE: Meteorological Software Development


CIMMS Research Associate – MRMS Transportation

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) seeks to fill a Research Associate position for its collaborative research with scientists in the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) in Norman, Oklahoma. The incumbent will contribute to NSSL’s Multi-Radar Multi-Sensor (MRMS) project (http://www.nssl.noaa.gov/projects/mrms/). Specifically, they will join the effort for new applications in the transportation sector working towards integrating new observation sets into the MRMS system for enhanced decision support at the National Weather Service.

Background
NSSL in collaboration with CIMMS has developed a cutting-edge system to assimilate radar, rain gauge, lightning, satellite and atmospheric environmental data into a single system to aid in warning-decision making within the National Weather Service. This system, Multi-Radar Multi-Sensor (MRMS), is being expanded into the transportation sector. The incumbent for this position will work towards integrating novel datasets into the MRMS system including terminal doppler weather radars, foreign radars, new surface observations, and other datasets useful to the transportation sector.
The principal duties of this position are:
1) Develop and test new quality control protocols for new radars
2) Explore different methods to include new radars in the national mosaic
3) Identify and find ways to incorporate new observational datasets into the MRMS system

The minimum qualifications for the position are:
• Masters degree in meteorology, atmospheric science or a related field
• Strong computer programming skills with particular emphasis on C++ (or ability to spin up very quickly)
• Ability to decode binary formats
• Comfort and familiarity with the unix operating environment

Applicants should identify experience with the above qualifications in their written statements. Excellent oral and written communication skills are highly desired.

Supervision will be provided by CIMMS staff. Technical oversight will be provided by CIMMS staff and NSSL Federal staff and management. This is a non-supervisory position, although the incumbent may serve as a leader of technical teams.

The beginning salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications with University of Oklahoma benefits. Information on benefits may be found at http://hr.ou.edu/Employees.
To apply for the position, please forward your resume, 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
ATTN: MRMS Transportation


CIMMS Research Associate – Severe Convective Weather Applications

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at the University of Oklahoma currently is seeking a research associate to collaborate with scientists in the National Severe Storms Laboratory’s (NSSL) Warning Research & Development Division on the development and testing of Multi-Radar Multi-Sensor (MRMS) severe weather applications.

The duties of this position are:
1. Development of new applications and techniques for the analysis of MRMS and WSR-88D data;
2. Development and review of current and new radar-based algorithms within the Warning Decision Support System-Integrated Information (WDSS-II)
3. Evaluation of existing products and applications, specifically focusing on data quality control and short-term nowcasting (0-2 hour) of convective events;
4. Acquire and apply expertise in severe local storms and the warning-decision-making process;
5. Attend meetings and professional conferences to present research results and interact with collaborators and users;
6. Review technical and professional publications and attend seminars to stay abreast of current developments in meteorological and remote sensing science.

The minimum qualifications for the position are:
1. A Masters Degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, Geographic Information Systems, or related area;
2. Computer programming experience (e.g. C++, Java, Python);

Individuals with two or more years of programing experience working independently and within a team setting are preferred for this position.

Applicants should identify expertise with any of the following areas: Computer Programming; Visualization; Geographic Information Systems; Warning Decision Making; Weather Radar; MRMS; WDSS-II. Good oral and written communication skills are needed for the position. Please indicate experience with Linux (or UNIX) operating systems and programming skills (including web-based and mobile applications).

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 radar and other remote sensing technology and warning decision-making.

General supervision will be provided by the CIMMS leadership. Technical oversight will be provided by CIMMS staff, NSSL scientists, and NSSL management. Appointee 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 dependent on experience, with University of Oklahoma benefits. Information on benefits may be found at https://hr.ou.edu.

To apply for the position, please forward your resume, 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
ATTN: Severe Convective Weather Applications


CIMMS Research Fellow – Impact Based Decision Support Services

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at The University of Oklahoma is currently looking for a Research Fellow to collaborate with scientists and instructors at the National Weather Service Training Center (NWSTC) in Kansas City, MO to study meteorology and the application of Impact-Based Decision Support Services (IDSS) with NWS partners. IDSS is an important component of the NWS Weather-Ready Nation roadmap, with the goal of providing easily understandable information critical to federal, regional, state, and local partners.

The duties of this position are:

1) Develop expertise in meteorological forecasting and the delivery of Impact-Based Decision Support Services (IDSS).
2) Develop skills in operation of Linux and Windows workstations.
3) Participate in NWS designed simulations to study the effectiveness of newly developed applications and improve field use.
4) Review technical and professional publications, and attend seminars to stay abreast of current developments in meteorological and hydrological applications.
5) Attend meetings and professional conferences to understand new meteorological and hydrological applications and interact with the operational community.
6) Perform related duties as assigned to support the development and delivery of training for IDSS. The minimum qualifications for the position are:
1) A Master’s Degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science or related area;
2) Or a Bachelor’s Degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science or related area and at least three years’ experience in operational meteorology, operational hydrology or applied research;
3) Emphasis will be placed on applicants with experience in: forecast operations, operational forecast systems, and adult education.

Applicants should identify expertise with any of the following areas: operational forecasting, providing decision support information, and adult education. Excellent oral and written communication skills are needed for the position. Please indicate experience with Linux (or UNIX) operating systems, National Weather Service systems, and commercial software applications specifically Dreamweaver, Articulate, PowerPoint, and other graphic design programs and software. Please also indicate any experience with emergency management or similar fields.

Normal working hours will be observed except for occasional irregular hours during system testing or workshops. Incumbents will receive training and gain expertise in the latest meteorological forecasting systems. This position is located in Kansas City, Missouri.

Supervision will be provided by CIMMS staff. Technical oversight will be provided by CIMMS staff, NWS meteorologists/hydrologists, and NWSTC 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.

Beginning salary is based on experience and qualifications. The position is a limited-term 18-20 month appointment and has the standard university insurance benefits but does not include retirement.

The position is expected to begin by September 1, 2018.
To apply for the position, please forward your resume, 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 REFERENCE: NWSTC IDSS


CIMMS Research Scientist – MRMS / FACETs

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at the University of Oklahoma is currently seeking a research scientist to collaborate with scientists in the National Severe Storms Laboratory’s (NSSL) Warning Research & Development Division on the development of scientific applications, algorithms, and applied research that assists forecasters in the warning decision-making process for severe convective weather events. The incumbent will work to develop probabilistic severe convective weather guidance for the Forecasting A Continuum of Environmental Threats (FACETs) project.

The duties of this position are:
1. Developing and/or testing new single radar and multi-sensor (e.g., satellite, lightning, numerical models) algorithms and techniques (e.g, machine learning) for short-term probabilistic prediction and nowcasting;
2. Acquire and apply expertise in severe local storms and the warning-decision-making process;
3. Design and lead applied research and operational experiments in the Hazardous Weather Testbed’s Experimental Warning Program that facilitate the evolution of how severe convective weather threats are analyzed and communicated;
4. Attend meetings and professional conferences to present research results and interact with collaborators and users; formally publish results when appropriate;
5. Review technical and professional publications and attend seminars to stay abreast of current developments in meteorological and remote sensing science.

The minimum qualifications for the position are:
1. A Ph.D. Degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, or related area;
2. Experience with scientific programming on UNIX/Linux using a high level language (e.g. C++, Java, Python)
3. Background in radar meteorology and radar analysis
4. Experience with statistical methods or software for meteorological data analysis and visualization
5. Interest in new radar algorithm development for severe storm detection and diagnosis
6. Ability to communicate scientific research through conference presentations, formal publications and technical documents

Applicants should identify expertise with any of the following areas: Severe Local Storms; Machine Learning; Statistics; Warning Decision Making; Weather Radar; Lightning Data; Numerical Modeling; Remote Sensing and Satellite. Strong oral and written communication skills are needed for the position. Please indicate experience with Linux (or UNIX) operating systems, programming skills (including web-based and mobile applications) and Geographic Information Systems.

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 radar and other remote sensing technology and warning decision-making.

Supervision will be provided by CIMMS staff. Technical oversight will be provided by CIMMS staff, NSSL scientists, and NSSL management. Works 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 and supervise students.

The beginning salary will be based on qualifications and experience with University benefits. Information on benefits may be found at https://www.hr.ou.edu. The position is expected to begin July 2018.

To apply for the position, please forward your resume, 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
ATTN: FACETs Scientist


 

CIMMS Research Associate – Radar Hardware Engineering

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 participate in research and development of radars and other sensors to support NSSL’s meteorological research mission.

Background:
NSSL and CIMMS have long partnered to perform pioneering research advancing radar for meteorological applications. Current development includes the Advanced Technology Demonstrator (ATD), a full scale, dual-polarized, active electronically steered array (AESA) weather radar. Critical challenges to the ATD include developing equipment and strategies to accurately characterize performance and calibrating the array to maintain the high quality of dual-polarimetric data provided by the current operational weather radars (WSR-88D). In addition to phased-array weather radar research, the incumbent will be responsible for maintaining and improving NSSL’s existing radar assets and designing new systems that provide the observational complement to the work of CIMMS/NSSL meteorological and hydrological scientists.

Responsibilities:
The incumbent will:
● Design, develop, and implement enhancements for NSSL radar systems including traditional dish radars, dual polarized radars, interferometric radars, mobile radars, and Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA)-based radars.
● Develop, deploy, support, and operate remote sensing equipment complementing CIMMS/NSSL modeling and theoretical work.
● Perform novel RF measurements to characterize radar performance, including developing equipment and strategies to enable these measurements.
● Provide engineering expertise in assuring NSSL radar systems are properly calibrated, maintained and capable of supporting scientific data collection to meet scientific research requirements of NSSL.
● Produce documentation and reports on all aspects of engineering activities (including system testing and evaluation) and, as appropriate, collaborate with scientists to participate in publishing scientific papers and articles.

Required Qualifications:
● A Masters degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Physics, or related field
● Experience designing, developing, and implementing engineering enhancements for equipment for observational science (radar preferred)
● Understanding of RF concepts and circuitry
● Ability to work in Unix/Linux operating systems, including basic system administration
● Familiarity with programming for automation and data analysis (MATLAB, C/C++, Python)
● Ability to independently research and solve problems

Emphasis will be given to candidates
● Competence with RF test equipment, including signal generators, oscilloscopes, network analyzers, and spectrum analyzers
● Low-level electronics including printed circuit board design, FPGA firmware, and embedded systems
● Automated instrument control and data acquisition

The beginning salary will be based on qualifications and experience, with benefits provided through the University of Oklahoma (https://hr.ou.edu/Employees/New-Employees-at-OU/OU-Benefits-Overview). 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, cover letter 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 73072-7304
treinke@ou.edu
ATTN: Radar Hardware Engineering March 2018


 

CIMMS Research Associate – Radar Software Engineering

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 participate in research and development of radars and other sensors to support NSSL’s meteorological research mission.

Background:
NSSL and CIMMS have long partnered to perform pioneering research advancing radar for meteorological applications. Current development includes the Advanced Technology Demonstrator (ATD), a full scale, dual-polarized, active electronically steered array (AESA) weather radar. The incumbent will apply expertise at the intersection of radar software and hardware, working with a team of engineers to ensure that the ATD and other radar systems are properly calibrated, maintained, and capable of supporting CIMMS/NSSL’s meteorological mission. The incumbent will also be involved in the design and implementation of new sensors that provide the observational complement to the work of CIMMS/NSSL meteorological and hydrological scientists.

Responsibilities:
The incumbent will:
● Work with a team of engineers and technicians to design, develop, and implement enhancements for NSSL radar systems including traditional dish radars, dual polarized radars, interferometric radars, mobile radars, and Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA)-based radars.
● Maintain, troubleshoot, and improve low-level software for radar control and hardware interfacing. Projects may include software for embedded systems, microcontrollers, and/or single-board computers.
● Assist in developing the infrastructure for novel measurements to characterize radar performance, including developing measurement strategies and automating tests.
● Apply systems-level understanding to interpret radar data and measurement results.
● Produce documentation and reports on all aspects of engineering activities (including system testing and evaluation) and, as appropriate, collaborate with scientists to participate in publishing scientific papers and articles.

Required Qualifications:
● A Masters degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, or related field
● Experience with low-level programming for instrument control (e.g. C/C++)
● Experience with high-level programming for data analysis, preferably including large data sets (e.g. MATLAB, Python)
● Ability to work in Unix/Linux operating systems, including basic system administration
● Ability to independently research and solve problems

Emphasis will be given to candidates with:
● Experience interfacing and programming single-board computers, microcontrollers, embedded systems, and/or FPGAs
● Experience with electronics, RF systems, and test equipment
● Automated instrument control and data acquisition

The beginning salary will be based on qualifications and experience, with benefits provided through the University of Oklahoma (https://hr.ou.edu/Employees/New-Employees-at-OU/OU-Benefits-Overview). 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, cover letter 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 73072-7304
treinke@ou.edu
ATTN: Radar Software Engineering March 2018


 

CIMMS Research Associate – Radar Software Development

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 participate in NSSL’s Phased Array Radar (PAR) research program.

Background:

NOAA and other agencies are developing concepts and performing risk reduction for a next-generation Multifunction Phased Array Radar. As part of these efforts, NOAA partnered with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to develop the Advanced Technology Demonstrator (ATD). The ATD is a modern, active, dual-polarization phased array radar that will be primarily used for weather research. When operational, the ATD will accomplish a significant milestone towards reducing technological risk for the PAR research program. The incumbent in this position will contribute to the development of software in support of research activities related to the ATD.

Responsibilities:

The incumbent will be a Radar Software Developer affiliated with NSSL’s Radar Research and Development Division (RRDD), working in an interdisciplinary team of engineers and scientists to plan, design, develop, test, and maintain software related to operational and experimental weather radar applications in support of CIMMS and NSSL’s research missions.

Required Qualifications:

1. A Master’s degree in engineering, computer science, or related field OR a Bachelor’s degree in the same fields with at least 2 years of experience.
2. One year of experience in Software Development projects.
3. Programming experience with C or C++.
4. Programming experience with engineering and/or scientific applications.
5. Strong oral and written communication skills.
6. The ability to work both independently and cooperatively with others.

Knowledge of radar systems and/or radar operations is preferred but not a requirement. Other preferences include: programming experience with Linux/Unix, programming experience with Java, programming experience with MATLAB, experience debugging and/or troubleshooting software (e.g., using gdb, ddd, and valgrind), experience testing complex software applications, programming experience with real-time embedded systems, and experience optimizing software for performance.

The beginning salary will be based on qualifications and experience, with benefits provided through the University of Oklahoma (https://hr.ou.edu/Employees/New-Employees-at-OU/OU-Benefits-Overview). 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, cover letter 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 73072-7304
treinke@ou.edu
ATTN: Radar Software Development March 2018


 

CIMMS Research Associate – AWIPS2

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at The University of Oklahoma currently is seeking a research associate to collaborate with scientists in the National Severe Storms Laboratory’s (NSSL) Warning Research & Development Division on the implementation of severe weather applications to support research to operations initiative via transition into the National Weather Service’s Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System- 2nd generation (AWIPS2) operational software platform.

The duties of this position are:
1. Integration of experimental datasets (ex. Phased Array Radar, Warn-on-Forecast products, multi-sensor products, NUCAPS, satellite, etc.) into AWIPS2;
2. Support and participate in applied research experiments in the Hazardous Weather Testbed;
3. Development of new applications and visualization techniques in the AWIPS2 development environment.

The minimum qualifications for the position are:
1. A Masters Degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, Computer Science/Software Engineering, Geographic Information Systems, or related area;
2. Computer programming experience (Linux, Java, Python, PostgreSQL, Eclipse, etc.);

Applicants should identify expertise with any of the following areas: AWIPS2; Computer Programming; Visualization; Geographic Information Systems. Some knowledge of National Weather Service warning and forecast operations and weather radar would be beneficial. Good oral and written communication skills are needed for the position. Please indicate additional experience with operating systems and programming skills (including web-based and mobile applications) beyond the requirements stated above.

Normal working hours will be observed except for occasional irregular hours during data collection, warning/forecast experiments, or workshops conducted at remote sites.

General supervision will be provided by the CIMMS leadership. Technical oversight will be provided by CIMMS staff, NSSL scientists, and NSSL management. Appointee will work under general supervision but is expected to determine action to be taken in handling all but unusual situations. Incumbent in this position is not expected to supervise other employees, but may serve as a leader of technical teams.

The beginning salary will be based on qualifications and experience with University benefits. Information on benefits may be found at http://www.hr.ou.edu/employment/ WorkingatOU.asp. The position is expected to begin May 2018.

To apply for the position, please forward your resume, 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 – AWIPS


 

CIMMS Post-Doctoral Research Associate – VortexSE Social Scientist

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies at The University of Oklahoma seeks a highly qualified postdoctoral research associate to serve as a research coordinator for the social scientific research portfolio of the VORTEX-SE (VSE) program. This position will be funded by a project from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL).

Created by congressional mandate, the purpose of the VSE program is to improve societal resiliency to tornadoes in the Southeastern US. After several years of VSE funding opportunities and workshops, communication and behavior-related objectives have consistently emerged as among the most critical issues for addressing this mission. A scientific steering committee established research priorities for the program, and for the social sciences these include: 1) building in-depth understanding of key intersections contributing to harm identified in prior years; 2) developing evidence-based recommendations for policies to alleviate SE tornado vulnerabilities; and 3) utilizing the findings of the vulnerability research to develop evidence-based recommendations for the best protective actions for members of the public to take under different circumstances. As the primary funding mechanism for VSE remains open competitions with diverse and unconnected projects spanning many social scientific traditions, achieving these priorities will require broader programmatic and scientific coordination. Information on the program can be found: https://www.nssl.noaa.gov/projects/vortexse/.

As part of this opportunity, the postdoc would be invited to: (a) engage with VSE PIs and track their research findings and progress, (b) produce reports or independent analyses synthesizing individual findings into broader lessons learned, (c) propose revised scientific priorities as new knowledge is generated, and (d) propose and plan for activities that transition the research findings into broader research programs or applications.

The ideal candidate for this position would (or soon will) possess a PhD in the social sciences, including (but not limited to) communication, geography, sociology, political science, education, psychology, economics, anthropology, or other fields, and have expertise in topics relating to natural hazards. Experience with field work and/or grants management is especially desirable.

The beginning salary will be based on qualifications and experience with University benefits. Information on benefits may be found at http://www.hr.ou.edu/employment/WorkingatOU.asp. The start date for the position is negotiable but prior to September 1, 2018.

Appointment to this position is contingent on passing a Department of Commerce/NOAA background check.

To apply, please forward 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
ATTN: VSE Social Science PostDoc


 

CIMMS Research Scientist – Warn-on-Forecast Liaison

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at The University of Oklahoma seeks to fill a research scientist position for its collaborative research as a Cooperative Institute with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) and the NOAA National Weather Service (NWS) National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) Storm Prediction Center (SPC).

Background:
The NSSL, in collaboration with the SPC and other NOAA and university partners, is leading a Warn-on-Forecast program (WoF) to develop and refine an ensemble-based, convection-resolving model forecast system that will enable the NWS to issue warnings for hazardous weather events earlier and with reliable probabilistic content. Increasing severe thunderstorm, flash flood, and tornado warning lead times is a key NOAA strategic mission goal designed to reduce the loss of life, injury, and economic costs of high-impact weather by providing more trusted weather and water information in support of organized public mitigation activities. Furthermore, probabilistic information has great potential value for decision makers in weather-sensitive industries and for the general public.

The successful candidate in this position will play a critically important role in linking research and development to operational testing and implementation. Specifically, as a CIMMS employee, he/she will have formal working relationships with experts in severe weather research at the NSSL, operational severe weather forecasters at the SPC, and operational numerical modelers with broad expertise at the NCEP Environmental Modeling Center (EMC). Given that NSSL and SPC are in Norman, OK, and EMC is in College Park, MD, success in this position will require considerable flexibility and a willingness to work for extended periods (i.e., more than 1 week continuously) in multiple locations, from an expected home base at EMC. The successful candidate will also collaborate actively with research scientists and forecasters in other locations, e.g., NOAA research entities and the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO, as well as NWS forecast offices and centers across the U.S., and thus the candidate must be willing to travel. Frequent correspondence with collaborators at NSSL and SPC will be essential.

The primary responsibilities of this position are 1) performing independent or collaborative research related to data assimilation, numerical modeling, post-processing, visualization, and/or verification of convection-resolving ensemble prediction systems and 2) establishing and enhancing productive channels for collaboration, transfer of technology and information, and cooperation between NSSL, SPC, EMC, and collaborating partners. The goal of the work performed in this position will be to promote informed, efficient and unified advances in operational capabilities for convection-resolving ensemble prediction systems eventually culminating in operational WoF capabilities within the FV3 modeling framework. It is expected that this goal will be achieved through the cultivation of cross-agency working relationships that promote and reward 1) effective communication to the research community of the needs, constraints, expertise, and insights of operational forecasters and EMC modelers; 2) effective communication to the operational community of theories, technologies, and opportunities that are emerging from the research community; and, ultimately, 3) accelerated and more effective transfers from research to operations. The candidate will be expected to present his/her work at national conferences, meetings, and workshops, and to publish regularly in peer-reviewed journals.

Desired Qualifications:
• PhD in the physical sciences (Physics/Math/Remote Sensing/Meteorology or related area) with professional experience as a scientific researcher with programming skills.
• Experience with using cutting-edge data assimilation methods and nonhydrostatic numerical weather prediction models for prediction of severe convective weather.
• Demonstrated success in publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
• Demonstrated proficiency in collaborating effectively with both research and operational-forecasting communities, especially in collaborative work environments like the NOAA Hazardous Weather Testbed.
• Proficiency with common programing and scripting languages (emphasis on FORTRAN, CSH, Python languages) in UNIX environments.
• Ability to write proposals to obtain funding support for research activities.
• Ability to work and communicate effectively in diverse team environments.

Annual Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications.

To apply for the position, please forward your resume, 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
REFERENCE: WoF Liaison


The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer.