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CIMMS Research Associate – ARM Data Quality Office
CIMMS Research Associate – Hazardous Weather Prediction
CIMMS Research Scientist – Hazardous Weather Prediction
CIMMS Research Scientist – MRMS Scientific Software Developer
CIMMS Research Associate – MRMS Software Developer
CIMMS Research Associate – MRMS Dataflow Software Developer
CIMMS Post-Doctoral Research Associate – Warn-on-Forecast for Hazards Associated with Landfalling Tropical Cyclones
CIMMS Research Associate – Meteorological Software Developer
CIMMS Research Associate – Severe Convective Weather Applications
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 Research Associate – ARM Data Quality Office

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies at the University of Oklahoma is seeking a Research Associate with strong attention to detail and excellent programming skills to join the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Program Data Quality (DQ) Office located in the National Weather Center at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma. The DQ Office Supports the ARM Program by serving as the first line of defense in discovering data quality issues with the final goal of providing the science community with the highest quality data possible. The primary responsibilities of the DQ Office are, in close cooperation with ARM instrument mentors, site operators, and other members of the ARM infrastructure, to create automated processes for inspection and assessment of data quality, inspect and assess the data, report detected problems and participate in their resolution, and communicate data quality findings to end-users of ARM data. Members of the DQ Office are active in many different areas of the data flow process, such as enforcing standards for data products, creating the software necessary to visualize and quality control the data, and helping to convey information about known problems to data users.

The duties of this position are:
● Develop software for displaying, inspecting, and assessing ARM data
● Help maintain and improve our web-based tools http://dq.arm.gov
● Work with ARM personnel to improve and develop new data quality analysis techniques and visualizations
● Facilitate problem resolution and communication of data quality problems with ARM infrastructure
● Mentor undergraduate student analysts who assist in the analysis of ARM data
● Participate in relevant data quality research projects as opportunities arise
● Represent the DQ Office at meetings and conferences
● Perform related duties as assigned

The minimum qualifications for this position are:
● M.S. in atmospheric science, earth system science, meteorology, or related field
● Strong computer programming skills, particularly in command-line Linux environments

Preference will be given to applicants with:
● Knowledge, experience, or previous education focusing on meteorological instrumentation, atmospheric chemistry and/or aerosols, radar, lidar, or atmospheric fluxes
● Experience or familiarity with meteorological or model data analysis, including scientific data formats such as netCDF, HDF, or GRIB
● Experience performing data analysis and visualization with Python; consideration will also be given for work done with other languages such as IDL, Matlab, Perl, or R
● Knowledgeable in new and emerging programming techniques, such as machine learning or big data analysis
● Experience with revision control systems such as Git or SVN
● Experience with web programming (Javascript, PHP, HTML, CGI, etc.)

The beginning salary will be competitive for this position, and will be dependent on experience. The University of Oklahoma provides a generous benefits package. Information on benefits may be found at https://hr.ou.edu/Employees. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified.

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 – ARM Data Quality


CIMMS Research Associate – Hazardous Weather Prediction

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/Storm Prediction Center (SPC). Research Associates in these positions will provide scientific and meteorological expertise, as well as technical support for the development of advanced mesoscale hazardous weather prediction techniques. The positions 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 severe storm and fire weather communities.

The principal duties of these positions are:

1. Provide scientific and technical support in the development, testing, evaluation, and transition to NWS operations of innovative tools and technologies designed to improve the prediction of severe weather and/or fire weather.

2. As appropriate, contribute to Hazardous Weather Testbed experiments to test and evaluate guidance and products central to SPC core mission requirements relating to severe weather and/or 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 Degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science or related area.

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

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 oversight 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://www.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
Attn: SPC-RA
treinke@ou.edu


CIMMS Research Scientist – Hazardous Weather Prediction

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/Storm Prediction Center (SPC). Research Scientists in these positions will provide scientific and meteorological expertise, as well as technical support for the development of advanced mesoscale hazardous weather prediction techniques. The positions 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 severe storm and fire weather communities.

The principal duties of these positions 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 severe weather and/or fire weather.

2. As appropriate, lead and facilitate Hazardous Weather Testbed experiments to test and evaluate guidance and products central to SPC core mission requirements relating to severe weather and/or 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 Ph.D. Degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science or related area.

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

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 oversight 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://www.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
Attn: SPC-RS
treinke@ou.edu


CIMMS Research Scientist – MRMS Scientific Software Developer

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) seeks to fill a Research Scientist 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/).

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, MRMS, includes several tools for data analytics and workflow. The incumbent in this position will contribute to the development of software in support of research activities related to the MRMS system.

Responsibilities
The incumbent will be a high-end scientific software engineer affiliated with NSSL’s Warning Research and Development Division (WRDD), working in an interdisciplinary team of engineers and scientists. The duties include:
● Provide high level expertise as a critical member of a team developing a new infrastructure that will be the basis for the next generation of the MRMS software systems for use on NOAA operational hardware and software platforms
● Research, design and implement new, advanced radar and satellite hydrometeorological algorithms and techniques for implementation into the MRMS system
● Acquire and apply expertise in new data quality control mechanisms and techniques for use in the MRMS system
● Prepare documentation on all aspects of engineering activities (including system testing and evaluation) and, as appropriate, collaborate with scientists to participate in publishing scientific papers
● Perform related duties as assigned

Required Qualifications
● A Doctorate’s Degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or related area
● At least five (5) years of scientific and operational programming experience
● Strong computer programming skills with particular emphasis on C/C++, Object Oriented Programming, modern scripting languages, and SQL-based databases
● Programming experience with engineering and/or scientific applications
● Experience dealing with radar data quality
● Ability to obtain all necessary security clearances for access to NCEP operational computer systems (Permanent Resident status or US citizenship is required).

Applicants should identify experience with the above qualifications in their written statements. Other preferred experience includes; experience debugging and/or troubleshooting software and hardware issues, experience working with complex software applications, experience with virtual machines and supercomputing environments. Excellent oral and written communication skills are highly desired as well as ability to work both independently and cooperatively with others.

Supervision will be provided by CIMMS staff. Technical oversight will be provided by CIMMS staff with NSSL Federal staff providing project 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 Scientific Software Developer


CIMMS Research Associate – MRMS Software Developer

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/).

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), includes several tools for data analytics and workflow. The incumbent in this position will contribute to the development of software in support of research activities related to the MRMS system.

Responsibilities
The incumbent will be a scientific software engineer affiliated with NSSL’s Warning Research and Development Division (WRDD), working in support of CIMMS and NSSL’s research missions.

● Acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to maintain and support the existing MRMS and Warning Decision Support System-Integrated Information (WDSS-II) software systems
● Work with an interdisciplinary team of engineers and scientists to design, develop and implement enhancements and improvements to the MRMS and WDSS-II software systems
● Assist in developing a new infrastructure that will be the basis for the next generation of the MRMS and WDSS-II software systems for potential use on the NCEP operational hardware and software platforms
● Prepare documentation on all aspects of engineering activities (including system testing and evaluation) and, as appropriate, collaborate with scientists to participate in publishing scientific papers
● Perform related duties as assigned

Required Qualifications
● A Master’s Degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or related area
● At least two (2) years of scientific and operational programming experience
● Strong computer programming skills with particular emphasis on C/C++, Object Oriented Programming, modern scripting languages, and other emerging technologies
● Programming experience with engineering and/or scientific applications
● Ability to obtain all necessary security clearances for access to NCEP operational computer systems (Permanent Resident status or US citizenship is required).

Applicants should identify experience with the above qualifications in their written statements. Other preferred experience includes: experience debugging and/or troubleshooting software and hardware issues, experience working with complex software applications, experience with supercomputing environment. Excellent oral and written communication skills are highly desired as well as ability to work both independently and cooperatively with others.

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 Software Developer


CIMMS Research Associate – MRMS Dataflow Software Developer

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/).

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), includes several tools for data analytics and workflow. The incumbent for this position will assist with the back-end research to develop new methods for data ingest, monitoring, processing, and display.

The principal duties of this position are:

1) Develop technical expertise with the various forms of data ingested into the MRMS system
2) Develop software for the real-time monitoring of all data ingested into the MRMS system
3) Develop software for the receiving, ingesting, processing, transmitting and storage of all data flowing through the MRMS system
4) Maintain an on-site archive of data ingest and produced by the MRMS system for future research needs
5) Acquire and/or apply skills in the operation of Linux workstations, and virtual machines as well as various forms of network communications, in support of these principal MRMS duties
6) Work closely with other groups and organizations to understand current and future data needs and requirements
7) Perform related duties as assigned

The minimum qualifications for the position are:

● A Master’s Degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or related area; or
● A Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or related area and at least three (3) years of full time related experience
● Strong computer programming skills with particular emphasis on C++, Object Oriented Programming, scripting, and software support
● Ability to decode binary formats
● Strong familiarity with the UNIX/Linux operating environment and system administration skills
● Ability to obtain all necessary security clearances for access to NCEP operational computer systems (Permanent Resident status or US citizen is required).

Applicants should identify experience with the above qualifications in their written statements. Other preferences include; experience debugging and/or troubleshooting software and hardware issues, experience working with complex software applications and network communications. Excellent oral and written communication skills are highly desired as well as ability to work both independently and cooperatively with other.

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 Dataflow Software Developer


CIMMS Post-Doctoral Research Associate – Warn-on-Forecast for Hazards Associated with Landfalling Tropical Cyclones

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at The University of Oklahoma (OU) seeks to fill a Post-Doctoral Research Associate position for its collaborative research with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) at the National Weather Center (NWC) in Norman, Oklahoma. The Post-Doc will contribute to applications of NSSL’s Warn-on-Forecast (WoF) research and development program to predicting tornadoes and other hazardous weather associated with landfalling hurricanes in accordance with directives from the VORTEX-Southeast program. The incumbent will work in close collaboration with the researchers at NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) Hurricane Research Division (HRD) in Miami, Florida. The dynamic research and operational working environment at the NWC and HRD will provide the candidate with ample opportunities for career advancement.

Background:
Congress has mandated that NOAA’s VORTEX-Southeast program conduct research to better understand landfalling hurricanes and tornadoes, and how environmental factors that are characteristic of the Southeastern United States affect the formation, intensity and storm path of tornadoes for this region. The National Weather Service issues outlooks for landfalling hurricane hazards, followed by mesoscale discussions and watches 1–12 h in advance of landfall. The National Hurricane Center, Storm Prediction Center, Weather Prediction Center, local Weather Forecast Offices and River Forecast Centers issue outlooks, watches, and warnings for tornadoes, high winds, extreme rainfall and flash floods. However, forecasting these hazards associated with landfalling hurricanes are very challenging. NOAA’s WoF program seeks to develop an ensemble of forecasts from convection-resolving numerical weather prediction models to increase watch-to-warning lead times of tornadoes, severe storms, and flash floods using probabilistic hazard guidance from the ensemble system.

Responsibilities:
The incumbent will advance the high-resolution modeling and prediction of extreme rainfall, hurricane-forced winds and tornado hazards associated with landfalling hurricanes in the United States through assimilation of radar and other remote sensing and in-situ convective and meso-scale observations using advanced ensemble based/variational/hybrid data assimilation methods. Responsibilities also include critically analyzing and interpreting the ensemble model output, publishing the results in peer-reviewed journals, and presenting scientific findings at conferences.

Desired Qualifications:
1. PhD in (or at the final stage of dissertation completion before applying) in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, Physics or related area.
2. Research experience in dynamics of convective storm, tropical meteorology, tropical cyclones and/or dynamics of tropical storms (particularly associated with tornadoes, high winds and heavy rainfall).
3. Proficiency with high-resolution atmospheric models such as WRF and HWRF, familiarity with advanced data assimilation systems such as GSI, EnKF, WRF DA.
4. Strong programming (e.g., Fortran, C, C++), and scripting (e.g. Python, NCL) skills, experience with Linux (or Unix) operating systems.
5. Excellent oral and written communication skills (including papers published in or submitted to refereed journals).
6. Ability to work and communicate effectively in diverse team environments.

Start date for the position will be as soon as the candidate can begin work. The position will remain open until filled. Salary will be competitive depending on experience and qualification with University of Oklahoma benefits. Information on 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
REFERENCE: WoF-LTC


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 – 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 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
● Ability to obtain all necessary security clearances for access to radar systems (Permanent Resident status or US citizenship is required)

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
● Ability to obtain all necessary security clearances for access to radar systems (Permanent Resident status or US citizenship is required)

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.
7. Ability to obtain all necessary security clearances for access to radar systems (Permanent Resident status or US citizenship is required)

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


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