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Research Positions

CIMMS Research Associate – Operations Proving Ground
CIMMS Research Scientist – MRMS Severe Weather
CIMMS Research Associate – MRMS Severe Weather Applications

Post-Doctoral Research Positions

CIMMS Post-Doctoral Research Associate – VORTEX-SE Social Scientist
CIMMS Post-Doctoral Research Associate – Decision Support for the Alaska Marine Community
CIMMS Post-Doctoral Research Associate – Social Scientist Tornado Warning Improvement

Software Developers

CIMMS Research Associate – Scientific Programmer for Developing & Integrating Warn-on-Forecast Guidance into AWIPS 2
CIMMS Research Associate – MRMS Software Developer

Radar Engineers

CIMMS Research Associate – Radar Hardware Engineering
CIMMS Research Associate – Radar Software Engineering


Research Positions

CIMMS Research Associate – Operations Proving Ground

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at The University of Oklahoma is currently looking for a Research Associate (RA) to collaborate with scientists and National Weather Service (NWS) forecasters at the Operations Proving Ground (OPG) in Kansas City, MO. This position will assist with projects designed to transition meteorological research and forecasting tools into the operational environment, develop practical applications for emerging technologies, incorporate risk communication skills into the warning and forecast process, and optimize NWS forecast delivery systems. Much of the work will be conducted on the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System, Version 2 (AWIPS-2). Concentrating on AWIPS-2 enables the OPG to focus development and evaluation efforts on the primary NWS operational system, as well as allowing meteorological research, development and operational services to be integrated and leveraged with other federal, regional, state and local partners.

The duties of this position are:
1. Develop expertise in meteorology and the delivery of warnings, forecasts, and impact-based decision support services (IDSS).
2. Develop expertise in utilizing AWIPS-2 to generate and disseminate forecast products and deliver IDSS.
3. Develop expertise in creating AWIPS-2 cases that can be used to evaluate and validate the usefulness and usability of promising tools or capabilities emerging from NOAA-affiliated laboratories and testbeds.
4. Refine skills needed in the operation of Linux and Windows workstations. The person applying to this position should have a basic knowledge of Linux and experience with Python.
5. Participate in NWS designed simulations to study the effectiveness of newly developed applications and capabilities designed to enhance forecasting and/or service delivery.
6. Assist in testing and fielding new capabilities and services in a simulated operational environment. By validating both scientific integrity and human factors, deployment risks will be reduced prior to implementation.
7. Review technical and professional publications, and attend seminars to stay abreast of current developments in meteorological and hydrological applications.
8. Attend meetings and professional conferences to understand new meteorological and hydrological applications and interact with the operational community.
9. Perform related duties as assigned to support the development and delivery of user and focal point training for the AWIPS-2 system.

The minimum qualifications for the position are:
1. A Master’s Degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science or related area;
2. Or a Bachelor’s Degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science or related area and at least three years’ experience in operational meteorology, operational hydrology or applied research;
3. Emphasis will be placed on applicants with experience in operational forecast operations, operational forecast systems, applied meteorology, Linux, Python, and AWIPS-2.

Applicants should identify expertise with any of the following areas: operational forecasting, forecast systems, risk communication and adult education. Strong oral and written communication skills are needed for the position. Please indicate experience with Linux (or UNIX) operating systems, National Weather Service systems, programming skills and commercial software applications – specifically Python, GIS, Java, Dreamweaver, and graphic design programs.

Normal working hours will be observed except for occasional irregular hours during system testing or workshops. Incumbents will receive training and gain expertise in the latest meteorological forecasting systems. This position is located in Kansas City, MO.

Supervision will be provided by CIMMS staff. Technical oversight will be provided by CIMMS staff and OPG 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.

Beginning salary range is scalable to experience and qualifications, supplemented by University of Oklahoma employment 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: OPG KC


CIMMS Research Scientist – MRMS Severe Weather

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 and assessment of scientific applications, algorithms, and applied research that assists forecasters in the warning decision-making process for severe convective weather events. The incumbent will lead the development of severe convective weather guidance applications for the Multi-Radar / Multi-Sensor system, 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. Lead development and assessment of techniques and algorithms that utilize a variety of sensors (e.g., satellite, lightning, polarimetric radar, or numerical models) to improve the short-term prediction of high impact weather including tornadoes, hail, lightning, and damaging wind.
2. 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;
3. Develop scientific talent and enhance diversity within the field through the advisement of undergraduate and graduate students.
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 statistical methods or software for meteorological data analysis and visualization
3. Experience with scientific programming on UNIX/Linux using a high level language (e.g. C++, Java, Python)
4. Interest in new severe and convective applied research and operational applications of research
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, including the ability to collaborate on proposals and reports. 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 Scientist


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 – VORTEX-SE Social Scientist

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies at The University of Oklahoma seeks a highly qualified postdoctoral research associate 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).

Created by congressional mandate, the purpose of the VSE program is to improve societal resiliency to tornadoes in the Southeastern US. After several years of VSE funding opportunities and workshops, communication and behavior-related objectives have consistently emerged as among the most critical issues for addressing this mission. A scientific steering committee established research priorities for the program, and for the social sciences these include: 1) building in-depth understanding of key intersections contributing to harm identified in prior years; 2) developing evidence-based recommendations for policies to alleviate SE tornado vulnerabilities; and 3) utilizing the findings of the vulnerability research to develop evidence-based recommendations for the best protective actions for members of the public to take under different circumstances. As the primary funding mechanism for VSE remains open competitions with diverse and unconnected projects spanning many social scientific traditions, achieving these priorities will require broader programmatic and scientific coordination. Information on the program can be found: https://www.nssl.noaa.gov/projects/vortexse/.

As part of this opportunity, the postdoc would be invited to: (a) engage with VSE PIs and track their research findings and progress, (b) produce reports or independent analyses synthesizing individual findings into broader lessons learned, (c) propose revised scientific priorities as new knowledge is generated, and (d) propose and plan for activities that transition the research findings into broader research programs or applications.

The ideal candidate for this position would (or soon will) possess a PhD in the social sciences, including (but not limited to) communication, geography, sociology, political science, education, psychology, economics, anthropology, or other fields, and have expertise in topics relating to natural hazards. Experience with field work and/or grants management is especially desirable.

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/ .

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 PostDoc


CIMMS Post-Doctoral Research Associate – Decision Support for the Alaska Marine Community

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies at The University of Oklahoma seeks a highly qualified postdoctoral research associate to perform research with the Arctic Test Bed and Proving Ground (ATPG) in Anchorage, Alaska. This one year position is funded by a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) National Weather Service Alaska Region.
Marine transportation and fisheries are critical to the support of almost all facets of life and the economy of Alaska. Weather conditions have a significant impact on the marine community in Alaska. With such a broad community, from large container ships transiting between North America and Asia, to small recreational vessels, and subsistence activities, the impacts of weather and risk thresholds vary considerably. Poor communications infrastructure can complicate messaging of significant events, especially to the recreational and hunter communities.
The NWS Alaska, has been providing marine forecast services for over half a century in support of the marine community. To enhance and improve the decision support services, this position will evaluate the value of NWS marine forecasts utilized by core marine stakeholders to make critical decisions. This position will investigate the current use of services in specific sectors of the marine community and their risk thresholds; and help NWS Alaska enhance marine products and services in a way that is meaningful and adds value for key marine stakeholders.
The ideal candidate for this position would (or soon will) possess a PhD in the social sciences, including (but not limited to) communication, geography, sociology, political science, education, psychology, economics, anthropology, or other fields, and have expertise in qualitative and experimental research in topics relating to decision making process. Experience working in remote areas or with tribal communities is especially desirable.
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. The position is located in Anchorage, Alaska.
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: Alaska Marine Community


CIMMS Post-Doctoral Research Associate – Social Scientist Tornado Warning Improvement

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies at The University of Oklahoma seeks a highly qualified postdoctoral research associate to serve as a postdoctoral research scientist for the Tornado Warning Improvement and Extension Program (TWIEP). This position will be funded by a project from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR). PIs for the project will come from the University of Oklahoma and Austin College in Sherman, TX.
The TWIEP was created by congressional mandate in the Weather Act of 2017, and the purpose of this research is to quantify the economic benefits of futuristic tornado warnings. The identification and analysis of vulnerabilities leading to higher casualties from tornadoes are the central focus with strategies that reduce casualties as the primary deliverable.
As part of this opportunity, the postdoc would be invited to: (a) engage with TWIEP PIs and track their research findings and progress in identifying vulnerabilities using econometric casualty models, (b) design and conduct mixed-methods research, survey based and experimental, to further investigate identified vulnerabilities, (c) propose mitigation strategies which lower casualties for persons in the identified vulnerable populations, (d) assist in estimating the economic value of the reduced casualties and (e) propose and plan for activities that transition the research findings into broader research programs or applications.
The ideal candidate for this position would (or soon will) possess a PhD in the social sciences, including (but not limited to) communication, geography, sociology, political science, education, psychology, economics, anthropology, or other fields, and have expertise in qualitative and experimental research in topics relating to natural hazards. Experience with field work and/or grants management is especially desirable.
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 July 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: TWIEP Social Science PostDoc


Software Developer Positions

CIMMS Research Associate – Scientific Programmer for Developing & Integrating Warn-on-Forecast Guidance into AWIPS 2

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at the University of Oklahoma (OU) seeks to fill a Research Associate position to support the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Severe Storms Laboratory’s (NSSL) Warn-on-Forecast (WoF) research and development effort. NOAA’s WoF program seeks to develop a storm-scale ensemble prediction system to provide short-term, probabilistic guidance of high-impact weather.

The incumbent will work within the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) Global Systems Division (GSD) in Boulder, CO as part of the Hazard Information Services project within the Weather Information Systems Evolution group. Hazard Services is a multi-year effort, and one foundational aspect of the project is to combine the existing capabilities of AWIPS WarnGen, Graphical Hazard Generator, and RiverPro into a single application. Currently, these critical applications allow National Weather Service (NWS) forecasters to produce hazard watch, warning, and advisory products and deliver various hazard-related services. Other development areas for Hazard Services include probabilistic hazard information, NWS National Center applications, and potential applications for international agencies. Hazard Services will be the primary software for operationalizing many concepts related to FACETs (Forecasting a Continuum of Environmental Threats) in the NWS.

The primary job responsibility of this position will be integrating WoF guidance into the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS 2) for use in the Hazard Services program. Additional responsibilities include close collaboration with CIMMS and NSSL researchers in Norman, Oklahoma on the development, visualization, and implementation of novel probabilistic guidance products for WoF, which will require coordination calls and travel to Norman on approximately a quarterly basis.

The principal duties of this position are:
• Develop software for visualizing WoF guidance products in the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS2).
• Closely collaborate with CIMMS, ESRL, and NSSL scientists working on WoF and Hazard Services to develop advanced capabilities of the Hazard Services program using WoF guidance.
• Design and implement novel post-processing and visualization techniques for ensemble numerical weather prediction.
• Assist in assessing the usability, strengths, and limitations of WoF within NWS operations and during Hazardous Weather Testbed experiments.
• Attend meetings, workshops, and professional conferences to present research results and interact with operational forecasters, collaborators, and users.

Required Qualifications:
• A Master’s degree or higher in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, Computer Science, or related area.
• Strong programming (e.g., Java, C, C++) and scripting (e.g. Python, NCL) skills, and experience with Linux (or Unix) operating systems.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Ability to work and communicate effectively in diverse team environments.
• Ability to pass a National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI, federal background check). U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Residency is required.

Desired Qualifications:
• Experience in designing and developing interactive software applications
• Experience with ensemble-based data assimilation and numerical weather prediction, probabilistic weather forecasting, and transition of research to operations (R2O).

Normal working hours will be observed except for occasional irregular hours during Hazardous Weather Testbed Experiments or for workshops conducted at remote sites. This position will primarily be located in Boulder, Colorado with quarterly trips to Norman, Oklahoma.

Supervision will be provided by CIMMS staff. Technical oversight will be provided jointly by CIMMS Research Scientists, GSD collaborators, and NSSL management. Works under general supervision but is expected to work in a team environment and determine action to be taken in handling all but unusual situations. Incumbent is not expected to supervise other employees.

The salary for this position is very competitive and will be based on experience, skills, and knowledge. Information on University benefits may be found at https://hr.ou.edu/. The position is expected to begin January-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: Scientific Programmer WoF AWIPS2


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


Radar Engineer Positions

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


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