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

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

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

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

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


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


Post-Doctoral Research Positions


Software Developer Positions

CIMMS Profile Observation Software and Data Analyst
The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) seeks to fill a Research Associate position for its collaborative research with scientists at the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) in Norman, Oklahoma. The incumbent will contribute to the Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes EXperiment-Southeast (VORTEX-SE) project (https://www.nssl.noaa.gov/projects/vortexse/).

Background:
VORTEX-SE brings together forecasters, researchers, and social scientists to collaborate on a research program designed to understand how environmental factors characteristic of the southeastern United States affect the formation, intensity, structure, and path of tornadoes in this region. As part of the VORTEX-SE project, NSSL has deployed ground-based profilers for multiple seasons to retrieve temperature, humidity, and wind in the boundary layer. These profilers are deemed essential to understanding the rapidly-evolving environments typical of tornadic storms in the Southeast U.S. A successful candidate for this position will modernize software and instrument data systems from multiple profiling systems and contribute to the ongoing development of the technical and meteorological capabilities of the NSSL profiling systems. This position requires an individual with a strong interest in software infrastructure development, as well as a desire to contribute to scientific data analysis of the observations obtained by the NSSL profiling systems. While a candidate will need to be self-directed, he/she will work closely with members of a team made up of scientists, engineers, students, and staff from a variety of research and educational organizations (e.g., NOAA-NSSL, CIMMS, OU, and others) to accomplish the primary job responsibilities listed below.

Primary Job Responsibilities:
1. Code optimization, development, and testing of kinematic and thermodynamic profile retrieval algorithms (e.g., Doppler lidar wind retrievals, microwave radiometer thermodynamic retrievals, and atmospheric emitted radiance interferometer thermodynamic retrievals)
2. Optimization and development of a software infrastructure to support the Collaborative Lower Atmospheric Mobile Profiling System (CLAMPS) platform operation and data archival
3. Development of software tools for the research community for using boundary layer profile observations
4. Analysis of the profiler retrievals in collaboration with CIMMS and NSSL scientists to support NSSL’s mission and/or multi-institutional field programs.

Desired Qualifications:
● A MS degree in Meteorology, Computer Science, Atmospheric Science, Software Engineering, or a closely related field
● Strong computer programming skills with particular emphasis on Fortran, C/C++, and modern scripting languages (Python, NCL, Shell scripting)
● Experience with version control software, especially Git
● Experience with quality-controlling and/or visualizing meteorological data sets
● 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
Job Requisition: VSE Software Data Analyst


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 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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