Careers


Research Positions

CIMMS Research Associate – AWIPS-2 Training Developer

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at The University of Oklahoma is currently seeking a Research Associate to collaborate with scientists and instructors at the National Weather Service (NWS) Warning Decision Training Division (WDTD) in Norman, OK, on creating technological and meteorological training for National Weather Service (NWS) forecasters and focal points using the Advanced Weather Information Processing System (AWIPS-2). This position focuses on using new AWIPS-2 capabilities and Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud technology to develop training designed to improve the configuration and use of AWIPS in NWS warning operations.

The duties of this position are:

  1. Developing technical expertise with AWIPS-2 including content of new builds and configuration/installation of AWIPS-2 software,
  2. Develop technical expertise with AWS cloud instances and using them to implement warning-related training,
  3. Collaborate with WDTD instructors in a project-based environment to develop and deliver training on AWIPS-2 with special emphasis on the technology used in NWS warning decision making,
  4. Acquire skills in operation of Linux and Windows workstations and cloud-based computing environments to support developing warning-related training, case studies, and simulations,
  5. Develop expertise with products and applications used in the warning-decision making process including the WSR-88D, MRMS, satellite, lightning and convective-allowing models,
  6. Participate in WDTD training workshops and experimental warning/forecast exercises,
  7. Attend meetings and professional conferences to become knowledgeable of new meteorological applications and to interact with the applied-research community,
  8. Review technical/professional publications and attend seminars to stay abreast of current developments in meteorological applications, and
  9. Perform related duties as

The minimum qualifications for the position are:

  1. A Master’s Degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, or related area; or
  2. A Bachelor’s Degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, or related area and at least three years’ experience in operational meteorology or applied

Emphasis will be placed on applicants with technical skills and experience in areas relating to NWS warning-decision making.

Applicants should identify expertise within any of the following areas: Linux (or Unix) operating systems and cloud technology; programming skills (Bash shell scripting, Python, JAVA, object oriented programming, GIS-based, web-based, etc.); experience in teaching/training; operational experience related to severe weather forecasting and warning; warning-related inputs such as radar, satellite, lightning, and storm-scale models; weather analysis software (such as AWIPS); graphic design or illustration; project management/teamwork; oral and written communication, including collaboration tools; human factors and human performance technology.

Normal working hours will be routinely observed with some occasional irregular hours around workshops and other potential activities. 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 University benefits. Information on benefits may be found at http://www.hr.ou.edu. The position will be located in Norman, OK with an expected start date of 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
JOB REFERENCE: WDTD – AWIPS-2

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


Post-Doctoral Research Positions


Software Developer Positions

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


Engineering Positions