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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.

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.

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 Real-Time Modeling Research Fellow

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at the University of Oklahoma (OU) is currently seeking a Half-Time (0.5FTE) Research Fellow to oversee and maintain real-time model forecast systems for NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL).  Specifically, these systems include, (1) the NSSL-WRF, which is a permanent experimental modeling framework providing storm-scale guidance to the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) and serving as a testing ground developing storm-scale model diagnostics, (2) the NSSL-FV3, a limited area version of the Finite Volume Cubed Sphere model, which NOAA has selected as the dynamics core for its Unified Forecasting System initiative, and (3) the Warn-on-Forecast System (WoFS), a rapidly updating, convection-allowing ensemble being developed by NSSL to extend hazardous weather warning lead times and provide probabilistic forecast guidance within the watch to warning (i.e., 0.5 – 6-h) time frame.  The NSSL-WRF and NSSL-FV3 are run daily on Jet, a NOAA High-Performance Computing (HPC) cluster, while WoFS is an on-demand system run internally at NSSL when significant severe weather is expected.  However, the incumbent would lead implementation of WoFS on Jet. All job duties may be performed remotely.

The principal duties of this position are:

  1. Oversee and maintain the NSSL-WRF and NSSL-FV3 real-time forecast systems on Jet. This involves checking the runs daily to make sure they’ve run successfully, working with Jet administrators when there are problems, and informing NSSL, CIMMS, and SPC staff when there are problems or delays.
  2. Occasionally working with CIMMS, NSSL, and SPC staff to facilitate additional experimental model runs for limited time periods, for example, during Hazardous Weather Testbed Spring Forecasting Experiments.
  3. Implement WoFS on NOAA’s Jet HPC and clearly document the workflow. Oversee and maintain WoFS on Jet when needed and/or train others for these duties.

The minimum qualifications for the position are:

  1. A Master’s Degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, or related area.
  2. Expert knowledge and experience conducting weather forecast model simulations on High-Performance Computing clusters.
  3. Experience and proficiency running NOAA’s Warn-on-Forecast System.

Excellent coding skills and experience in languages such as Fortran and Python are highly desired, as well as proficiency in shell scripting (e.g., bash, ksh, tcsh, etc.).  Excellent oral and written communication skills are also highly desired.  Applicants should identify experience with HPC, programming and scripting languages, numerical weather prediction, and graphic design/visualization.

Work can be conducted remotely and working hours depend upon requirements of real-time systems (e.g., late evening hours and/or early morning hours may be required to ensure model runs have started and/or finished.  CIMMS staff will provide general supervision with technical oversight provided by NSSL scientific staff and management.  The incumbent works under general supervision, but is expected to work independently and determine action to be taken in handling all but unusual situations.

The beginning salary is commensurate with educational background and experience, with OU insurance benefits.  Information on OU benefits can be found at https://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
120 David L. Boren Blvd., Suite 2100
Norman, OK 73072-7304
CIMMS-careers@ou.edu
Attn: CIMMS Real-Time Modeling

The University of Oklahoma is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

CIMMS Research Scientist – Applications of Airborne/Ground-based Radar Analysis in Process Studies of Severe Deep Moist Convection

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at The University of Oklahoma (OU) working collaboratively with NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL), is currently looking for a highly-qualified Research Scientist to provide scientific and technological expertise in the combined analysis of airborne NOAA P-3 tail Doppler radars (TDRs) with ground-based radars to improve process understanding of severe deep moist convection.  The Research Scientist will provide leadership in the development and application of radar editing and analysis tools for use in research applications at CIMMS/NSSL, primarily for the use of performing process studies to better understand severe weather phenomena (tornadoes, hail, high wind) in supercells and quasi-linear convective systems observed during VORTEX-SE and TORUS.   This position will include participation in the field for upcoming research projects (e.g., TORUS-2022) and will require the Research Scientist to integrate multi-radar airborne/ground-based analyses and retrievals, surface and airborne in situ, sounding, windsonde, and surface profiler and airborne compact Raman lidar observations into these process studies. The incumbent will work directly with research scientists at NSSL and will be encouraged to collaborate actively with scientists from other institutions with expertise in radar-based severe weather process studies (e.g., the OU School of Meteorology Biggerstaff Research Group). The position will be based at NSSL in Norman, OK within the National Weather Center (NWC), a highly collaborative forecasting, research, and academic environment containing a number of NOAA and OU organizations.

The principal duties of this position are:

  1. Use specialized radar editing and multi-radar data synthesis code to generate analyses of convective events observed during VORTEX-SE (2017-2018) and TORUS by the NOAA P-3 aircraft via its unique onboard dual tail Doppler radar (TDR) systems.
  2. Integrate airborne-ground-based multi-radar wind syntheses with unique P-3 Raman lidar temperature and water vapor mixing ratio profiles in the atmospheric boundary layer (from VORTEX-SE 2018 and TORUS-2019 data), as well as lead individual scientific analysis of data collected by airborne/ground-based multi-radar arrays.
  3. Collaborate with other NOAA weather research laboratories and University of Oklahoma researchers on airborne/ground-based radar analysis, and collaborate with University of Colorado researchers concerning the relationships between airborne Raman lidar profiler observations and storm evolution.
  4. Contribute to scientific publications and present scientific results at professional off-site conferences, workshops, and symposia.
  5. When appropriate, participate in transferring new knowledge to operations by providing input on radar algorithm design or through educating radar users on data interpretation.

The minimum qualifications for the position are:

  1. A Ph.D. in meteorology or atmospheric science.
  2. Expertise in radar data editing software, preferably including editing software authorship.
  3. Expertise in areas of ground-based and airborne radar analysis applications and radar remote sensing, and applications to severe convective weather. Applicants should identify experience in these areas, including meteorological radar systems, and software used to analyze data from meteorological radar systems.
  4. Experience with Unix, programming (e.g., Fortran, C, C++), and scripting (e.g. Python, NCL).
  5. United State citizenship or permanent residency.

Preferred qualifications include experience with airborne and ground-based radars and field work.

Normal working hours will be observed except for irregular hours during field data collection and/or conferences/workshops conducted at remote sites. The incumbent will work under general supervision in order to satisfy the objectives of various research grants and programs, and is expected to contribute to field efforts as needed.

The beginning salary for this position will be based on qualifications and experience and will include University benefits. Information on benefits may be found at: http://hr.ou.edu/.  The expected start date for the position is no later than May 2021.

Appointment to this position 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:

CIMMS Careers
University of Oklahoma CIMMS
120 David L. Boren Blvd., Suite 2100
Norman, OK 73072-7304
CIMMS-Careers@ou.edu
ATTN: Airborne/Ground-based Radar Analysis


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


CIMMS Post-Doctoral Research Associate – TRACER-CUBIC Project

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) seeks to fill a Postdoctoral Research Associate position for a project funded by the Department of Energy (DOE) in support of the TRacking Aerosol Convection interactions ExpeRiment (TRACER). The project focuses on Coastal Urban Boundary-layer Interactions with Convection (CUBIC). The Postdoctoral Research Associate will participate in and analyze data from boundary-layer profiling instruments deployed during TRACER-CUBIC. They will also conduct, analyze, and improve numerical model simulations with the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) Warn-on-Forecast (WoF) prediction system.

Background:

The DOE TRACER-CUBIC study is a collaborative project between scientists from OU’s School of Meteorology, the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and NOAA NSSL. The project provides funding to deploy three boundary-layer profiling systems in the Houston metro area during the Intensive Observation Period (IOP) of TRACER (June 1-Sept. 30, 2021). The three systems will be deployed along a transect perpendicular to the shoreline to investigate the evolution of the sea-breeze circulation and boundary-layer as it develops over and interacts with the Houston metro area. The observations will be supplemented by numerical experiments with the NSSL WoF system. Our goals are to improve understanding and representation of boundary-layer and convection processes in Earth system models through the integrated analysis of novel observations and numerical data sets.

Responsibilities:

The incumbent will participate in the collection of data during the TRACER IOP, process data collected by the boundary-layer profiling systems using existing and newly developed analysis software, coordinate the setup of the WoF ensemble for CUBIC with the project team, conduct sensitivity tests with different urban-canopy models, conduct scientific analysis of TRACER–CUBIC observations and numerical model output, explore collaborations with other research  teams and labs (e.g., NCAR, NOAA, universities), write papers for the refereed literature, and present the results of findings at national and international meetings. An ideal candidate will also take on mentoring responsibilities of graduate research assistants who are members of the project team.

Qualifications:

  1. A Ph.D. degree in atmospheric science or related area.
  2. Background in boundary-layer meteorology, ideally using both observations and numerical models, is desired. A familiarity of urban and/or sea breeze circulations is beneficial.
  3. Strong programming/scripting (e.g. Python) skills.
  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 funded for two years and the anticipated start date is March 1, 2021.

To apply, please forward your CV, 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
CIMMS-Careers@ou.edu
ATTN: TRACER


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