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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


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

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


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 or a Bachelor’s Degree in the same fields with at least 2 years of relevant experience.
  • 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 virtual machines and supercomputing environments. 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:

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


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