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CIMMS Research Scientist – SENSR

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) seeks to fill a Research Scientist 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 Scientist will participate in NSSL’s Multifunction Phased Array Radar (MPAR) program and related Spectrum Efficient National Surveillance Radar (SENSR) research.

Background:

NOAA and other agencies are developing concepts and performing risk reduction for a next-generation Multifunction Phased Array Radar. MPAR could subsume current national operational radar functions including surveillance for civil aviation, airport wind shear detection, severe weather observation and warning, quantitative precipitation monitoring and air-domain security. MPAR will exploit highly digital, active electronically scanned array technology to perform these missions. Critical challenges include maintaining the high data quality provided by the current operational weather radars (WSR-88D), developing efficient scanning strategies and achieving accurate dual-polarization observations in spite of inherent biases associated with array radars. The incumbent in this position will focus on developing and validating technical approaches in these areas through a combination of analysis, simulation and field measurement.

Responsibilities:

The incumbent will develop and assess techniques that exploit MPAR’s digital array architecture for calibration, data quality compensation and effective, multi-mission scanning. As appropriate, he/she will exploit test assets at NSSL, OU or industry facilities to perform measurements and quantitative analysis of these techniques. Assets available for this research include scaled (~1000 element) active arrays with both planar and cylindrical geometries, a future “Advanced Technology Demonstrator” – a large-scale polarimetric planar array radar, fixed and mobile conventional polarimetric weather radars, and a growing corpus of analysis, simulation and modeling software. It is expected that the incumbent will contribute to the development and effective utilization of these assets in addressing key meteorological phased array radar research challenges. He/she will publish results of their research in peer-reviewed literatures and present at conferences.

Required Qualifications:

1. A Ph.D. degree (or be in the final stages of dissertation completion before applying) in electrical and computer engineering, observational atmospheric science or related area.
2. Research experience with weather radar system development, signal and data processing techniques and observational studies.
3. Experience with Linux/Unix operating systems. Strong software design and programming (Matlab, C, C++, Java) skills and scripting (Python) familiarity.
4. Excellent oral and written communication skills (including papers published in, or submitted to refereed journals).
5. An ability to work both independently and cooperatively with others.

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: SENSR Research Scientist October 2017


CIMMS Research Associate – MRMS

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 an operational Multi-Radar Multi-Sensor (MRMS) system that assimilates radar, rain gauge, lightning, satellite and atmospheric environmental data and generates 1-km and 2-min resolution severe weather and quantitative precipitation estimation (QPE) products. The high-resolution precipitation products are critical for flood/flash flood warnings and for water resource management.

The principal duties of this position are:

1. Maintain and enhance the current radar-based QPE product suite in the MRMS system

2. Develop a dual-polarization radar based winter QPE

3. Participate in a long-term re-analysis of high-resolution MRMS QPE products.

4. Attend meetings and professional conferences to present research results and contribute to technical documents and scientific publications.

The minimum qualifications for the position are:

  • A MS in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, Physics, Computer Science or related area.
  • Emphasis will be placed on applicants with scientific programming experience on UNIX/Linux using a high-level language (e.g. C++, Java, Python) and/or applicants with some experience with machine learning.

Applicants should identify experience with analysis and interpretation of weather radar and model data.  Excellent oral and written communication skills are highly desired.

Supervision will be provided by CIMMS staff.  Technical oversight will be provided by 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 https://hr.ou.edu/Employees/New-Employees-at-OU/OU-Benefits-Overview.

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 Research Associate


University of Oklahoma Post-Doctoral Research Associate – Warn-on-Forecast Vortex-SE P-3

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) seeks to fill a Post-Doctoral Research Associate 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) in Norman, Oklahoma. The Post-Doc will contribute to the NOAA P-3 research aircraft component of NSSL’s Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment – Southeast (VORTEX-SE) program.

Background:

Prediction of severe storms can be particularly challenging in the Southeastern United States; this is one motivation for the VORTEX-SE program. The low-CAPE, high-shear regime common in the SE promotes smaller storm updrafts whose structure and process evolutions are poorly understood due to paucity of storm observations. This motivates the collection and analysis of detailed airborne radar storm observations for improved conceptual and numerical models of storm processes to increase the skill of human and numerical storm prediction in the SE United States.

Responsibilities: 

The incumbent will use specialized radar editing and radar data synthesis code to generate analyses of convective events observed during the 2017 campaign (possibly also the 2018 campaign) by the NOAA P-3 aircraft via its unique onboard dual tail Doppler radar (TDR) systems; integrate TDR wind syntheses with unique P-3 Raman lidar temperature and water vapor mixing ratio profiles in the atmospheric boundary layer (from 2018 data); collaborate with other NOAA weather research laboratories and University of Oklahoma researchers on airborne radar analysis and synthesis of airborne and ground-based radars; collaborate with University of Wyoming researchers concerning the relationships between Raman lidar profiler observations and storm evolution; publish the results in peer-reviewed literature; and present at conferences.

Required Qualifications:

  1. A Ph.D. (or be in the final stages of dissertation completion before applying) in meteorology, atmospheric science or related area.
  2. Research experience with weather observational processing systems and analysis.
  3. Experience with Linux/Unix, programming (e.g., Fortran, C, C++), and scripting (e.g. Python, NCL).
  4. Excellent oral and written communication skills (including papers published in or submitted to refereed journals) and the ability to work both independently and cooperatively with others.

The beginning salary range will be commiserate with experience (depending on qualifications) with University of Oklahoma benefits. Information on benefits may be found at http://hr.ou.edu/Employees/New-Employees-at-OU/OU-Benefits-Overview. Start date for the position will be as soon as the candidate can begin work.

This position is a full-time, one-year appointment and is funded by a partnership between NOAA and the University of Oklahoma through CIMMS. The appointment may be extended for one additional year subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability.

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: VORTEX SE P-3 PostDoc



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