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CIMMS Research Associate – MRMS Meteorological Analyst

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at the University of Oklahoma is currently seeking a research associate 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 related to improving Multi Radar/Multi Sensor (MRMS) quantitative precipitation estimates and other hydrological applications used by operational forecasters in the warning decision-making process for flash flood and river flooding events.  MRMS is a operational software system that contains a number of algorithms used to ingest multiple sources of environmental information, analyze the data and produce severe weather, hydro-meteorological and transportation based products, many of which are used by National Weather Service (NWS) forecasters as well as the private sector and academia.

The duties of this position are:

  1. Advancing the scientific understanding of MRMS quantitative precipitation estimate (QPE) biases and data quality discontinuities via basic and/or applied research and development
  2. Developing and/or testing new (e.g., radar and satellite) precipitation algorithms as well as furthering machine learning approaches, all with the goal of further improving MRMS precipitation estimates
  3. Develop interfaces (decoding, remapping) between external data (e.g., satellite, model, gauge data etc.) and MRMS algorithms
  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 M.S. Degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, or related area, or a M.S. Computer Science with experience working in meteorological applications.  An equivalent qualification would be a B.S. degree in one of the areas mentioned with 3 years of fulltime work experience.
  2. Experience with scientific programming on UNIX/Linux using a high level language (e.g. C, C++, Python)
  3. Experience with statistical methods and software for meteorological data analysis and visualization (e.g. MATAB, GIS, etc.)
  4. Ability to communicate scientific research through conference presentations, formal publications and technical documents

Applicants should identify expertise with any of the following areas: Remote Sensed Precipitation Estimates and Measurements; Flooding; Hydrology; Weather Radar; Satellite; Statistics; Warning Decision Making; Numerical Modeling, Cloud Processing, Machine Learning.  Strong oral and written communication skills are needed for the position. Please indicate experience with Linux (or UNIX) operating systems, programming skills, Cloud processing, MATLAB and Geographic Information Systems.

Normal working hours will be observed except for occasional irregular hours during data collection, field 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 July 2021.

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

CIMMS Careers
University of Oklahoma CIMMS
120 David L. Boren Blvd., Suite 2100
Norman, OK 73072-7304
CIMMS-careers@ou.edu
ATTN: MRMS Meteorological Analyst

The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.


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CIMMS Computer Engineer – Radar

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.

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, cover letter describing relevant computer engineering experience, and contact information for three references to:

CIMMS-Careers
University of Oklahoma CIMMS
120 David L. Boren Blvd., Suite 2100
Norman, OK 73072-7304
CIMMS-Careers@ou.edu
ATTN: Radar Computer Engineer 2021


CIMMS Cloud Computing Engineer – MRMS

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 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 research into methods for transitioning the MRMS system into a cloud computing environment.

The principal duties of this position are:

  • Develop technical expertise with the MRMS system and with the various processes and programs that make up the MRMS system;
  • Engineer software, procedures and processes for the ingest of real-time data into a cloud architecture and the effective and efficient cloud/network based storage of said data;
  • Research and explore methods for improving system performance of the MRMS system in a cloud computing environment;
  • Acquire and/or apply skills in the operation of Linux workstations, virtual machines as well as various forms of network communications, networked storage and cloud computing paradigms in support of these principal MRMS duties;
  • Work closely with other groups and organizations to understand current and future data needs and requirements;
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

The minimum qualifications for the position are:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or related area and at least three (3) years of full time related experience OR Master’s Degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or related area and at least one (1) year of full time related experience;
  • AWS Practitioner Certification (AWS Associate Certification preferred) with at least one (1) year of full time work experience;
  • Strong familiarity with the UNIX/Linux operating environment and system administration skills;
  • Computer programming skills with languages and areas such as C++, Python, Object Oriented Programming, scripting, Git, Jenkins, and software support;
  • Permanent Resident status or US citizenship is required.

Applicants should identify experience with the above qualifications in their written statements. Other preferences include; familiarity and/or skills with Kubernetes, Docker, Terraform, Ansible or Puppet a plus, 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 others.

Supervision will be provided by CIMMS staff.  Technical oversight will be provided by CIMMS staff and NSSL Federal staff.  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:

CIMMS-Careers
University of Oklahoma CIMMS
120 David L. Boren Blvd., Suite 2100 Norman, OK 73072-7304
CIMMS-Careers@ou.edu
ATTN: MRMS Cloud Computing Engineer


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