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CIMMS Research Scientist – SPC S2S Severe Weather
The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at The University of Oklahoma (OU) is currently looking for a Research Scientist to work with the NOAA/Storm Prediction Center (SPC) and NOAA/Climate Prediction Center (CPC). This Research Scientist will provide scientific and meteorological expertise, as well as technical support for the development of advanced mesoscale hazardous weather prediction techniques in the subseasonal to seasonal (S2S) timescales. This 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 CPC, and will have opportunities to interact with NOAA and academic scientists within the NWC, as well as scientists and forecasters in the severe storms community.

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 for S2S timescales, especially the Week 2 period.

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 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 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: 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
Attn: SPC S2S
treinke@ou.edu


CIMMS Research Associate – Transportation-Related Warnings
The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at The University of Oklahoma (OU) seeks to fill a 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. This position will start in Fall 2019 to develop impacts-based decision support tools as a part of the Transportation Applications Team. This team works collaboratively with the National Weather Service (NWS) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to develop the next generation of products and tools for use within operations, with particular focus on decision support for transportation-related warnings/advisories (e.g., blizzards, aircraft hail encounters, icing, etc). This position is located in Norman, Oklahoma.

The duties of this position will be to:
1. Work collaboratively with the NWS and FAA to develop decision-support tools for use in operations
2. Assist with quality control and evaluation of observations within the Multi-Radar/Multi-Sensor (MRMS) system (http://mrms.nssl.noaa.gov)
3. Publicly disseminate results via formal publications and professional conferences
4. Keep abreast of new science in emerging journal articles and at conferences/workshops

The minimum qualifications for the position are:
1. A Master’s Degree in Meteorology, Geography, Civil Engineering, or another related area
2. Experience with computer programming and interest in further development of these skills (most of our products are written in C++, Python, or Fortran)
3. Experience with visualization of meteorological datasets
4. Strong written and verbal communication skills.

Expertise with any of the above skills is not required, but a willingness to tackle new science, the ability to quickly learn new computer-programming skills, and independence in decision making are critical for success in this position. Applicants whose cover letters speak to these things in the context of their previous research experience(s) will be given the strongest consideration.

Supervision will be provided by CIMMS staff. The incumbent is not expected to supervise other employees, but may eventually serve as a science/technical lead and/or supervise students. The beginning salary will be based on qualifications and experience. Standard retirement/health care benefits are included (more information may be found at http://www.hr.ou.edu). The incumbent would ideally start in early Fall 2019, but the starting date 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
ATTN: Transportation Applications


CIMMS Research Scientist – Coordinator VORTEX-SE Social Scientist

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies at The University of Oklahoma seeks a highly qualified social or behavioral scientist 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). The position is located in Norman, Oklahoma.

Created by congressional mandate, the purpose of the VSE program is to improve societal resiliency to tornadoes in the Southeastern US. Central to this theme is survivability, involving both an understanding of the factors that increase vulnerability to tornadoes and also what steps can be undertaken to improve survivability for those at risk. These factors can be structural, infrastructural, and behavioral in nature. Program leadership now seeks a highly qualified individual to improve understanding of the factors that most affect the survivability of tornadoes, and to make recommendations for future research and applications. In addition to reviewing previous works in this area, the scientist would coordinate among social scientific research projects ongoing within the VSE program to accomplish this goal. The scientist would help organize field deployments after key events that draw significant attention within a particular region. Information on the program can be found here: https://www.nssl.noaa.gov/projects/vortexse/.

As part of this opportunity, the scientist would be invited to: (a) coordinate deployments to the field for VSE-funded social and behavioral scientists, (b) conduct a meta-analysis of epidemiological studies done following tornado events, (c) systematically review literature relating to tornado vulnerability; (d) engage with VSE PIs to incorporate their up-to-date research findings into the analysis, (e) produce reports or independent analyses synthesizing individual findings into broader lessons learned, (f) propose revised scientific priorities as new knowledge is generated, and (g) propose and plan for activities that transition the research findings into broader research programs or applications.

Candidates for this position would (or soon will) possess a PhD in the social sciences or public health, including (but not limited to) epidemiology, health or risk communication, hazards geography, or other fields, and have expertise in topics relating to natural hazards. The ideal candidate will have experience working with the National Weather Service or Emergency Managers and conducting social science field work.

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/. The start date for the position is negotiable but prior to September 1, 2019.

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 Coordinator


CIMMS Research Associate – MRMS Severe Weather Applications

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 severe convective weather guidance applications for the Multi-Radar / Multi-Sensor project, which is widely used in the National Weather Service, private sector, and in academia for analyzing thunderstorm events.

The duties of this position are:
1. Developing and/or testing new 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. Participate in 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 Masters Degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, Geographic Information Systems, or related area;
2. Experience with scientific programming on UNIX/Linux using a high level language (e.g. C++, Java, Python)
3. Experience with statistical methods or software for meteorological data analysis and visualization
4. Interest in new radar algorithm development for severe storm detection and diagnosis
5. 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 http://www.hr.ou.edu. The position is expected to begin February 2019.

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 Severe Weather Applications


Post-Doctoral Research Positions

CIMMS Post-Doctoral Research Associate – Joint Technology Transfer Initiative

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies at The University of Oklahoma seeks a highly qualified postdoctoral research associate to work on a project related to the Joint Technology Transfer Initiative (JTTI). This position is funded by a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR). PIs for the project are housed at the University of Oklahoma Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (OU CIMMS).

The postdoctoral associate will work with our research team to design and test novel representations of severe weather forecast uncertainty that vary spatially and temporally. For the past several years, the research team has developed and tested probabilistic hazard information (PHI) for severe hazards like wind, hail, lightning, and tornadoes. Through this process, the team has uncovered the need to examine geospatial uncertainty visualizations, especially considering nuances in best communicating change over time. A postdoctoral researcher would be invited to: (a) work with the research team to produce novel representations that meet the challenges identified in prior work, and (b) design and conduct experimental research to test the efficacy and efficiency of visualizations for decision-making by forecasters, end-users such as emergency managers or broadcast meteorologists, and/or members of the US public. More information on this work may be found at https://www.nssl.noaa.gov/research/social/ and https://www.nssl.noaa.gov/projects/facets/

Candidates for this position should (or soon will) possess a PhD in one of the following disciplines including (but not limited to) geography, psychology, communication, human-computer interaction, or other related fields. The ideal candidate would have a background in research topics related to spatial cognition, cartographic cognition, human-centered design, and/or visualization of uncertainty. A background in topics relating to risk and hazards is especially desirable but not required.

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/. The start date for the position is negotiable but prior to September 1, 2019.

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

To apply, please forward a 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: JTTI Postdoc


Software Developer Positions

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

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

Responsibilities:
The incumbent will:
● Collaboratively work in an interdisciplinary team to develop, implement, test, document, maintain, and/or enhance computer applications for NSSL radar systems and associated measurement/test equipment. Projects are focused on software applications for radar/equipment monitoring and control and may involve working on low-level software applications for embedded systems, microcontrollers, and/or single-board computers.
● Follow best practices for configuration management, concurrent development, and production of technical documentation.

Required Qualifications:
● United States citizenship or permanent residency.
● A Master’s degree in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Physics, or related field OR a Bachelor’s degree in the same fields with at least 2 years of relevant experience.
● Demonstrated experience with low-level programming for hardware monitoring and control using C or C++.
● Demonstrated experience with high-level programming for data analysis and visualization, preferably including large data sets (e.g., MATLAB, Python).
● Ability to work in Unix/Linux operating systems, including basic system administration.
● Strong oral and written communication skills.
● The ability to work both independently and cooperatively in an interdisciplinary team.

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

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


CIMMS 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 enhancing the Weather Event Simulator for AWIPS-2 and transitioning the software 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 Linux and Windows workstations and virtual machines.
6) Participate in experimental warning/forecast exercises and WDTD training workshops.
7) Review technical/professional publications and attend seminars to stay abreast of current developments in meteorological software applications.
8) Perform related duties as assigned.

The minimum qualifications for the position are:

1) A Master’s Degree in 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 placed on applicants with software support and development experience including:
• Strong knowledge of Java, Eclipse, and/or Python
• 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; 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 full benefits (insurance and retirement) and a generous leave policy provided through The University of Oklahoma (https://hr.ou.edu/). The start date for the position is negotiable.

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

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 Warn-on-Forecast Scientific Programmer

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at The University of Oklahoma (OU) seeks to fill a Scientific Programmer position to support the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Severe Storms Laboratory’s (NSSL) Warn-on-Forecast (WoF) research and development program. This position is located in Norman, Oklahoma.

Background:
The WoF program is developing a regional, convective-scale numerical weather prediction (NWP) model-based ensemble data assimilation and prediction system with the goal to increase warning lead times of hazardous weather events. A successful candidate for this position will help develop an experimental WoF system within NOAA’s Unified Forecast umbrella, which will use the stand-alone-regional (SAR) Finite Volume Cubed Sphere (FV3) dynamical core and the Joint Effort for Data Assimilation Integration (JEDI) system. The incumbent will develop new code and/or optimize existing SAR-FV3 and JEDI code for WoF application. This position requires an individual with a strong interest in software development, model building, and a desire to aid in the construction of a software infrastructure that will eventually be used for both research and operations within NOAA and academia. While a candidate will need to be self-directed, he/she will work closely with members of NSSL’s WoF team, scientists and developers from a wide variety of research and operational organizations (e.g., NOAA’s Environmental Modeling Center, other OAR laboratories, and our academic partners) to accomplish the primary job responsibilities listed below. The research and operational working environment here at NSSL within the National Weather Center in Norman, OK will provide the candidate with ample opportunities for career advancement.

Primary Job Responsibilities:
1) Code optimization, development and testing of SAR FV3 model for high-resolution ensemble modeling (e.g., WoF system).
2) Code optimization, development and testing of NSSL’s WoF system using the new JEDI software and the SAR FV3.
3) Development of workflow systems that can be used by the research community for running the SAR FV3 – JEDI WoF system
4) Research and establish the computational requirements for operational implementation of WoF system with our partners at NOAA’s Environmental Modeling Center.

Desired Qualifications:
• A MS degree in Meteorology, Computer Science, Atmospheric Science, Software Engineering, or closely related field with at least 5 years of professional experience OR PhD in one of those areas with at least 2 years of experience as a scientific programmer and researcher.
• Strong computer programming skills with particular emphasis on Fortran, C/C++, Object Oriented Programming and modern scripting languages (Python, NCL, Shell scripting)
• Experience with running NWP models (e.g., FV3, MPAS, WRF-ARW, HWRF) and modifying code within the models.
• Experience with running ensemble data assimilation software (e.g., NOAA’s GSI EnKF, NCAR’s DART system).
• Experience with version control software, especially Git.
• Experience with using cloud computing platforms for HPC or related applications.
• Ability to work and communicate effectively in diverse team environments.
The 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
ATTN: WoF Scientific Programmer


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


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