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CIMMS Research Associate – Severe Weather

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at The University of Oklahoma (OU) is currently looking for a Research Associate to work with the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL). These positions will work at NSSL 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 in an exciting environment focused on the development of operationally relevant severe weather warning applications and techniques and have opportunities to interact with NOAA scientists, National Weather Service forecasters and academic scientists within both the NWC and the broader meteorological community.

As a CIMMS Research Associate working with NSSL, you will work as part of a team to provide scientific and meteorological expertise, along with technical support, for the development of severe convective weather applications for the prediction (0-60 minute time scale) and detection of hazards such as tornadoes, damaging wind, large hail, and lightning. This position is heavily oriented towards the Research-to-Operations process, and the list below describes potential projects:

1. Develop and/or improve calibrated Probabilistic Hazard Information for the prediction of severe weather hazards;
2. Develop, test, and implement new severe weather warning guidance algorithms for use in the Multi-Radar Multi-Sensor (MRMS) system and on the WSR-88D radar network;
3. Develop machine learning techniques for use in severe weather data analysis and short term nowcasting of tornadoes, hail, damaging wind and lightning.

The minimum qualifications for the position are:
1) A Masters Degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, or related area

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 NSSL and CIMMS management. You will work under general supervision. 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 for the position, please send your CV, 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 Requisition: Severe Weather RA


CIMMS Research Scientist – 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 National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL). These positions will work at NSSL 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 in an exciting environment focused on the development of operationally relevant severe weather warning applications and techniques and have opportunities to interact with NOAA scientists, National Weather Service forecasters and academic scientists within both the NWC and the broader meteorological community.

As a CIMMS Research Scientist working with NSSL, you will provide scientific and meteorological expertise, along with technical support, for the development of severe convective weather applications for the prediction (0-60 minute time scale) and detection of hazards such as tornadoes, damaging wind, large hail, and lightning. This position is heavily oriented towards the Research-to-Operations process, and the list below describes potential projects:

1. Develop and/or improve calibrated Probabilistic Hazard Information for the prediction of severe weather hazards;
2. Develop, test, and implement new severe weather warning guidance algorithms for use in the Multi-Radar Multi-Sensor (MRMS) system and on the WSR-88D radar network;
3. Develop machine learning techniques for use in severe weather data analysis and short term nowcasting of tornadoes, hail, damaging wind and lightning;
4. Improve lightning forecasts and applications of lightning data in operational use.

The minimum qualifications for the position are:
1) A Doctorate Degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, or related area;

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. Please indicate any experience with writing proposals and managing projects as well.

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 NSSL and CIMMS 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 for the position, please send your CV, 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 Requisition: Severe Weather RS


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


Post-Doctoral Research Positions

CIMMS Post-Doctoral Research Associate – Severe Weather
The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at The University of Oklahoma (OU) is currently looking for a Post-doctoral Research Associate to work with the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL). This position will work at NSSL 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 in an exciting environment focused on the development of operationally relevant severe weather warning applications and techniques and have opportunities to interact with NOAA scientists, NWS forecasters and academic scientists within both the NWC and the broader meteorological community.

As a CIMMS Postdoctoral Research Associate working with NSSL, you will provide scientific and meteorological expertise, along with technical support, for the development of severe convective weather applications for the prediction (0-60 minute time scale) and detection of hazards such as tornadoes, damaging wind, large hail, and lightning. This position is heavily oriented in applied research, and the list below describes potential projects:

1. Develop and/or improve calibrated Probabilistic Hazard Information for the prediction of severe weather hazards;
2. Develop, test, and implement new severe weather warning guidance algorithms for use in the Multi-Radar Multi-Sensor (MRMS) system and on the WSR-88D radar network;
3. Develop machine learning techniques for use in severe weather data analysis and short term nowcasting of tornadoes, hail, damaging wind and lightning;
4. Improve lightning forecasts and applications of lightning data in operational use.

The minimum qualifications for the position are:
1) A Doctorate Degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, or related area

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 NSSL and CIMMS 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. 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 for the position, please send your CV, 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 Requisition: Severe Weather Post-Doc


Software Developer Positions

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. WDTD (https://training.weather.gov/wdtd) trains NWS forecasters in all aspects of issuing warnings for the American public to protect lives and property during hazardous weather such as tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, floods and winter storms. Co-developed by WDTD and CIMMS, the Weather Event Simulator (WES) is a key tool to train forecasters which allows them to develop expertise and maintain warning proficiency by practicing in actual archived weather events as if the events occurred operationally. This research associate position will enhance the WES software and transition the software into the baseline code of the AWIPS-2 (Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System) software.

The duties of this position are:

1) Develop technical expertise with the AWIPS-2 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.
3) United States citizenship or permanent residency

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:

CIMMS Careers
University of Oklahoma
120 David L. Boren Blvd., Suite 2100
Norman, OK 73072-7304
CIMMS-careers@ou.edu
JOB REFERENCE: Meteorological Software Development


Meteorological Software Developer (Half-Time)
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. WDTD (https://training.weather.gov/wdtd) trains NWS forecasters in all aspects of issuing warnings for the American public to protect lives and property during hazardous weather such as tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, floods and winter storms. Co-developed by WDTD and CIMMS, the Weather Event Simulator (WES) is a key tool to train forecasters which allows them to develop expertise and maintain warning proficiency by practicing in actual archived weather events as if the events occurred operationally. This research associate position will enhance the WES software and transition the software into the baseline code of the AWIPS-2 (Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System) software.

The duties of this position are:

1) Develop technical expertise with the AWIPS-2 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.
3) United States citizenship or permanent residency

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.

This position will be half-time (20 hours/week) during normal working hours. 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:

CIMMS Careers
University of Oklahoma
120 David L. Boren Blvd., Suite 2100
Norman, OK 73072-7304
CIMMS-careers@ou.edu
JOB REFERENCE: Meteorological Software Development (Half-Time)


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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