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CIMMS Research Associate – Hazardous Weather Research SPC
The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at The University of Oklahoma (OU) is currently looking for multiple Research Associates to work with the NOAA/NWS Storm Prediction Center (SPC). These positions will be located at the SPC in Norman, OK, which is located within the National Weather Center (NWC), a highly collaborative operational, research, and academic environment containing a number of NOAA and OU organizations. Here, you will work directly with development meteorologists and operational forecasters at the SPC and will have opportunities to interact with NOAA and academic scientists within both the NWS and the broader meteorological community.

As a CIMMS Research Associate working with SPC, you will provide scientific and meteorological expertise, along with technical support for the development of advanced mesoscale hazardous weather prediction techniques. More specifically, the list below describes potential projects:

1. Developing and/or improving calibrated probabilistic forecast guidance for the prediction of thunderstorms, severe weather, and fire weather, covering the following forecast periods:
a. Subseasonal-to-seasonal (S2S), especially Week 2
b. Medium-to-extended range (Days 3-8)
c. Short range (Days 1-2), using convection-allowing model (CAM) ensembles
d. Nowcasting (out to a few hours), using observations, analyses, and a prototype Warn-on Forecast System (WoFS)
2. Extracting information from high-resolution numerical weather prediction models for severe weather and fire weather applications
3. Statistical modeling of societal impacts derived from the current and future SPC forecast suite
4. Facilitating and executing experiments in the Hazardous Weather Testbed (HWT)
5. Collaborating with scientists at NSSL and EMC on WoFS-related research to link FV3 CAM development activities with operational testing and implementation

The minimum qualifications for the position are:

1) A Master’s Degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, or related area;
2) United States citizenship or permanent residency.

When applying, please indicate your preference(s) as to which project areas in which you are interested. Additionally, please include information related to your experience in software development, web development, graphic design/visualization, and Linux (UNIX) environments including the AWIPS2/N-AWIPS systems. Your ability to communicate clearly is of utmost importance.

Normal working hours will be observed except for occasional irregular hours during data collection, warning/forecast experiments, or workshops conducted at remote locations. General supervision will be provided by CIMMS staff with technical oversight provided by SPC management. You will work under general supervision but are expected to work independently and determine action to be taken in handling all but unusual situations. This is a non-supervisory position, although you may serve as a leader of technical teams. Salary is based on your education, experience, skills, and knowledge. Information on University of Oklahoma benefits may be found at https://hr.ou.edu.

To apply, please forward your resume or CV, cover letter, and list of three references to:

University of Oklahoma
CIMMS Careers
120 David L. Boren Blvd., Suite 2100
Norman, OK 73072-7304
Attention: SPC-RA
CIMMS-careers@ou.edu


CIMMS Research Scientist – Hazardous Weather Research SPC
The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at The University of Oklahoma (OU) is currently looking for multiple Research Scientists to work with the NOAA/NWS Storm Prediction Center (SPC). These positions will work at the SPC in Norman, OK, which is located within the National Weather Center (NWC), a highly collaborative operational, research, and academic environment containing a number of NOAA and OU organizations. Here, you will work directly with development meteorologists and operational forecasters at the SPC and will have opportunities to interact with NOAA and academic scientists within both the NWS and the broader meteorological community.

As a CIMMS Research Scientist working with SPC, you will provide scientific and meteorological expertise, along with technical support for the development of advanced mesoscale hazardous weather prediction techniques. More specifically, the list below describes potential projects:

1. Developing and/or improving calibrated probabilistic forecast guidance for the prediction of thunderstorms, severe weather, and fire weather, covering the following forecast periods:
a. Subseasonal-to-seasonal (S2S), especially Week 2
b. Medium-to-extended range (Days 3-8)
c. Short range (Days 1-2), using convection-allowing model (CAM) ensembles
d. Nowcasting (out to a few hours), using observations, analyses, and a prototype Warn-on Forecast System (WoFS)
2. Extracting information from high-resolution numerical weather prediction models for severe weather and fire weather applications
3. Statistical modeling of societal impacts derived from the current and future SPC forecast suite
4. Facilitating and executing experiments in the Hazardous Weather Testbed (HWT)
5. Collaborating with scientists at NSSL and EMC on WoFS-related research to link FV3 CAM development activities with operational testing and implementation

The minimum qualifications for the position are:

1) A Doctorate Degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, or related area;
2) United States citizenship or permanent residency.

When applying, please indicate your preference(s) as to which project areas in which you are interested. Additionally, please include information related to your experience in software development, web development, graphic design/visualization, and Linux (UNIX) environments including the AWIPS2/N-AWIPS systems. Your ability to communicate clearly is of utmost importance.

Normal working hours will be observed except for occasional irregular hours during data collection, warning/forecast experiments, or workshops conducted at remote locations. General supervision will be provided by CIMMS staff with technical oversight provided by SPC management. You will work under general supervision but are expected to work independently and determine action to be taken in handling all but unusual situations. This is a non-supervisory position, although you may serve as a leader of technical teams. Salary is based on your education, experience, skills, and knowledge. Information on University of Oklahoma benefits may be found at https://hr.ou.edu.

To apply, please forward your resume or CV, cover letter, and list of three references to:

University of Oklahoma
CIMMS Careers
120 David L. Boren Blvd., Suite 2100
Norman, OK 73072-7304
Attention: SPC-RS
CIMMS-careers@ou.edu


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


Post-Doctoral Research Positions

CIMMS Post-Doctoral Research Associate – Cloud Physics

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) seeks to fill a Postdoctoral Research Associate position for projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The Postdoctoral Research Associate will participate in and analyze data from experimental field projects seeking to obtain a better quantitative knowledge of the microphysical properties of clouds, to better understand cloud processes and to represent them in weather and climate models.

Background:
The Director of CIMMS has a number of ongoing and planned field projects making air- and ship-borne in-situ and remote sensing measurements of cloud properties, including projects investigating Southern Ocean clouds, Arctic clouds, mesoscale convective systems, winter storms, tropical cyclones, and others. Investigations using these data to determine how cloud properties vary with environmental and aerosol conditions are expected to continue for several years. Further, the uncertainties in derived cloud properties will be used to develop a new-generation of stochastic parameterizations for incorporation into models.

Responsibilities:
The incumbent will participate in the collection of data during field campaigns, process data collected by cloud probes using the University of Oklahoma software, help organize future field campaigns, assist in proposal preparation, conduct scientific analysis with the collected data, write papers for the refereed literature, and present the results of findings at national and international meetings. It is also expected that the incumbent will interface with investigators at several other universities and institutes, making derived cloud products available to other investigators as well as receiving data from probes operated by others for use in scientific investigations. Development of parameterizations and execution of model simulations may also be required.

Qualifications:
1. A Ph.D. degree in atmospheric science or related area.
2. Background in cloud physics, and especially in observations, is desired.
3. Strong software design and programming (e.g., Matlab) 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/). The position is currently available and is a full-time appointment.

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: Cloud Physics


Software Developer Positions

CIMMS Radar Software Developer
The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at The University of Oklahoma seeks to fill a Research Associate position for projects funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL). The Research Associate will contribute to the Advanced Technology Demonstrator (ATD) project (https://www.nssl.noaa.gov/tools/radar/atd). This position will be based at the NSSL in Norman, OK, within the National Weather Center.

Background:

NSSL and CIMMS have long collaborated to conduct pioneering research to advance radar technology for meteorological applications. The ATD is a recent example of this effort: it is a full-scale, dual-polarized, phased-array weather radar. The incumbent in this position will contribute to the development of real-time control, monitoring, and processing software in support of research activities related to the ATD. This position does not require specialized knowledge of radar engineering, radar meteorology, remote sensing, or atmospheric science.

Responsibilities:

The incumbent will be a Radar Software Developer in the Advanced Radar Techniques (ART) team, affiliated with NSSL’s Radar Research and Development Division (RRDD). Expectations for this position include working in an interdisciplinary team of engineers and scientists to
• Design, implement, document, test, and maintain weather-radar application software in support of the CIMMS and NSSL missions.
• Acquire and apply knowledge of the existing codebase and of applicable software-development methodologies.
• Identify and resolve issues related to the stability, performance, and/or quality of the application software (developed either by the incumbent or by other software developers).
• Develop, maintain, and present documentation related to the application software.

Required Qualifications:

1. A Master’s degree in software engineering, computer science, or closely related field OR a Bachelor’s degree in the same fields with at least 2 years of fulltime relevant experience.
2. Strong computer programming skills, with at least one year of experience programming with C or C++.
3. Experience developing engineering and/or scientific software applications.
4. Strong oral and written communication skills.
5. The ability to work both independently and cooperatively in an interdisciplinary team.

Preference will be given to candidates who have experience in one or more of the following: programming with Linux/Unix, programming with Java, programming with MATLAB, debugging and/or troubleshooting software (e.g., using gdb, ddd, and valgrind), testing complex software applications, programming with real-time embedded systems, and optimizing software for performance.

The starting salary will be based on qualifications and experience, with benefits provided through the University of Oklahoma (https://hr.ou.edu/Employees). 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 software development 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 73072-7304
treinke@ou.edu
ATTN: Radar Software Developer August 2019


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


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