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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


Research Fellow – S2S Severe Weather Prediction

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at The University of Oklahoma (OU) is currently seeking a Research Fellow to work with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) as part of a currently funded project to advance subseasonal-to-seasonal (S2S) prediction of severe thunderstorm activity. This position will work in Norman, OK at the National Weather Center (NWC), a highly collaborative operational, research, and academic environment.

The researcher will assist in general S2S severe weather predictability research and the development of machine learning forecast tools. The ideal candidate will have previous research experience in the realm of severe convective storms and climate and the ability to work with large datasets. Familiarity with machine learning methods is desirable, but not required. The incumbent will be expected to collaborate with NOAA partners, including other OAR laboratories, the Storm Prediction Center, and the Climate Prediction Center, conduct research at the convective weather-climate interface, and contribute to publications of research results in peer-reviewed journals.

Required qualifications:

  1. A Ph.D. in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, or related area
  2. Proficiency with programming and scripting languages in UNIX environments
  3. Experience processing and analyzing large datasets
  4. Demonstrated success in publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals
  5. Ability to work and communicate effectively in a team environment

The researcher is expected to work independently, but general supervision will be provided by CIMMS and NSSL staff. Salary will be commensurate with education, experience, skills, and availability of funds. The position is a fixed-term, half-time appointment through September 2021, funded by a grant from NOAA. The appointment 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:

University of Oklahoma
CIMMS Careers
120 David L. Boren Blvd., Suite 2100
Norman, OK 73072-7304
Attention: NSSL-S2S
CIMMS-careers@ou.edu


CIMMS Research Associate at the Storm Prediction Center
Satellite Proving Ground Liaison

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 NOAA/NWS Storm Prediction Center (SPC). This position will be located at the SPC in Norman, OK, which is housed 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 the NWS, NOAA’s Satellite and Information Service (NESDIS), and the broader meteorological community.

As a CIMMS Research Associate working with the SPC, you will provide scientific and meteorological expertise, along with leadership, satellite expertise, and technical support for the Satellite Proving Ground effort in Norman, OK. More specifically, the list below describes potential projects:

  1. Serve as a “Satellite Liaison” at the SPC, assisting in Satellite Proving Ground efforts on satellite-based hazardous weather products and demonstrating the unique and complementary value of satellite information to forecasters;
  2. Document satellite dependent forecast and analysis tools focused on the specific needs of hazardous weather forecasters;
  3. Execute tests and validation of proposed new satellite-dependent products, decision aids, and best practices for operational forecasters with an emphasis on exploring the value of advanced satellite products for detection and short-term prediction of convective storms and associated hazards;
  4. Serve as “implementation expert” for selected planned satellite products and their proxies;
  5. Assist in the execution of the satellite portions of Hazardous Weather Testbed experiments, serving as the focal point for satellite-centered activities for both the Experimental Warning Program and the Experimental Forecast Program;
  6. Assist with satellite components of any field excursion experiments headquartered out of the National Weather Center requiring satellite expertise;
  7. Bridge satellite-related activities between the NOAA FACETs initiative, the NWS, and NESDIS;
  8. Represent the NESDIS effort within the HWT by attending off-site conferences, symposia, and hazardous weather-related outreach events;
  9. Develop synergy and shared accomplishments with the OCLO Satellite Training Team and Satellite Proving Grounds at NOAA National Centers, Training Centers, and Cooperative Institutes; and
  10. Other duties as assigned.

The minimum qualifications for the position are:

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

When applying, please include information related to your experience with satellite meteorology, remote sensing, and associated datasets. Of particular interest is your application of these experiences in software development, web development, graphic design/visualization, and Linux (UNIX) environments, including the AWIPS2/N-AWIPS systems. Lastly, your ability to communicate clearly is crucial to being successful in this position.

Normal working hours will be observed except for occasional irregular hours during data collection, warning/forecast experiments, or workshops conducted at remote locations. Additionally, occasional travel is expected. 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.

Review of applications will begin on 26 October 2020 and continue until the position is filled. To apply, please submit your resume/CV, cover letter, and list of three (3) references to:

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


CIMMS Research Scientist at the Storm Prediction Center
Satellite Proving Ground Liaison

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 NOAA/NWS Storm Prediction Center (SPC). This position will be located at the SPC in Norman, OK, which is housed 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 the NWS, NOAA’s Satellite and Information Service (NESDIS), and the broader meteorological community.

As a CIMMS Research Scientist working with SPC, you will provide scientific and meteorological expertise, along with leadership, satellite expertise, and technical support for the Satellite Proving Ground effort in Norman, OK. More specifically, the list below describes potential projects:

  1. Serve as a “Satellite Liaison” at the SPC, leading Satellite Proving Ground efforts on satellite-based hazardous weather products and demonstrating the unique and complementary value of satellite information to forecasters;
  2. Develop and document satellite dependent forecast and analysis tools focused on the specific needs of hazardous weather forecasters;
  3. Design and execute tests and validation of proposed new satellite-dependent products, decision aids, and best practices for operational forecasters with an emphasis on exploring the value of advanced satellite products for detection and short-term prediction of convective storms and associated hazards;
  4. Serve as “implementation expert” for selected planned satellite products and their proxies;
  5. Plan, develop, and lead satellite portions of Hazardous Weather Testbed experiments, serving as the focal point for satellite-centered activities for both the Experimental Warning Program and the Experimental Forecast Program;
  6. Lead satellite components of any field excursion experiments headquartered out of the National Weather Center requiring satellite expertise;
  7. Bridge satellite-related activities between the NOAA FACETs initiative, the NWS, and NESDIS;
  8. Lead the NESDIS effort within the HWT by contributing to formal scientific publications and attending off-site conferences, symposia, and hazardous weather-related outreach events;
  9. Develop synergy and shared accomplishments with the OCLO Satellite Training Team and Satellite Proving Grounds at NOAA National Centers, Training Centers, and Cooperative Institutes; and
  10. Other duties as assigned.

The minimum qualifications for the position are:

  1. A Doctoral Degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, or a related area; and
  2. United States citizenship or permanent residency.

When applying, please include information related to your experience with satellite meteorology, remote sensing, and associated datasets. Of particular interest is your application of these experiences in software development, web development, graphic design/visualization, and Linux (UNIX) environments, including the AWIPS2/N-AWIPS systems. Lastly, your ability to communicate clearly is crucial to being successful in this position.

Normal working hours will be observed except for occasional irregular hours during data collection, warning/forecast experiments, or workshops conducted at remote locations. Additionally, occasional travel is expected. 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.

Review of applications will begin on 26 October 2020 and continue until the position is filled. To apply, please submit your resume/CV, cover letter, and list of three (3) references to:

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


Post-Doctoral Research Positions

CIMMS Peter Lamb Post-Doctoral Fellowship
The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at the University of Oklahoma has established the Peter Lamb Postdoctoral Fellowship that is offered annually. CIMMS is a research organization that promotes collaborative research between National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and University of Oklahoma (OU) scientists on problems of mutual interest. This collaborative basic and applied research includes the study of mesoscale and storm-scale meteorological phenomena to help produce better forecasts and warnings that save lives and property and the investigation of the societal impacts of such phenomena. Research scientists within CIMMS use observations, analysis and models to improve the understanding and prediction of high-impact weather elements and systems ranging in size from cloud nuclei to multi-state areas.

Applications must include a 3-4 page novel proposal developed by the applicant that addresses at least one of the CIMMS research themes:

1) weather radar research and development;

2) storm-scale and mesoscale
modeling research and development;

3) forecast improvements research and development;

4) impacts of climate change related to extreme weather events; and

5) societal and socioeconomic impacts of high impact weather systems.

Applicants are highly encouraged to contact a CIMMS scientist to receive
guidance when drafting a research proposal. The CIMMS website http://cimms.ou.edu/index.php/research has more information on projects underway within these research themes as well as contact information for
CIMMS scientists working on these themes.

Terms of appointment are for one (1) year, renewable for a second year subject to satisfactory performance. An annual salary of $60,000 and a research budget of up to $5,000 per year is included in the award, along with a modest relocation stipend. Successful applicants must have obtained a Ph.D. within the last five years; proof of a Ph.D. is required before assuming the post-doctoral position, but those in the final stages of Ph.D. dissertation completion are encouraged to apply provided a finish date before July 31, 2021 is anticipated.

Applicants are asked to submit electronically:

(1) a curriculum vitae;

(2) a list of all products (e.g., papers, patents, technology transfers, licensed software, etc.) generated over the course of their career;

(3) a cover letter which includes the expected start date and any non-standard resources that might be needed to complete the proposed work;

(4) a brief proposal (no more than 4 pages, double-spaced, excluding the list
of references and figures) describing the work to be pursued during a 2-year tenure at CIMMS; and

(5) a list of three references. In addition, applicants should request that their referees directly send their reference letters to CIMMS at the email address listed below.

To receive full consideration, applications and supporting material should be received prior to January 31, 2021. All materials should be sent electronically to:

Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS)
The University of Oklahoma
CIMMS-careers@ou.edu
ATTN: Peter Lamb Postdoctoral Fellowship


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