CIMMS Research Associate –Radar Operations

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) seeks to fill a Research Associate position.


Date posted

Mar. 7, 2018 12:00 am

Application deadline

May 7, 2018 12:00 am


The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS)


  • United States

Job description

CIMMS Research Associate –Radar Operations

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 participate in NSSL’s Phased Array Radar (PAR) research program.

NOAA and other agencies are developing concepts and performing risk reduction for a next-generation Multifunction Phased Array Radar. As part of these efforts, NOAA partnered with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to develop the Advanced Technology Demonstrator (ATD). The ATD is a modern, active, dual-polarization phased array radar that will be primarily used for weather research. When operational, the ATD will accomplish a significant milestone towards reducing technological risk for the PAR research program. The incumbent in this position will focus on supporting ATD Radar Operations and Research activities.

The incumbent will provide general support of Radar Operations and Research activities associated with the use of the ATD by interfacing with a diverse team of CIMMS and NSSL researchers. Responsibilities encompass a variety tasks including but not limited to radar setup and operation; radar availability coordination; troubleshooting support; configuration management; high-level software testing; documentation of operational procedures; radar operator training; radar data archive, data management, processing, and distribution; documentation of radar performance.

Required Qualifications:

  1. A Master’s degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, observational atmospheric science, or related area OR a Bachelor’s degree in the same fields with at least 3 years of experience.
  2. Experience with Linux/Unix operating systems.
  3. Good oral and written communication skills.
  4. The ability to work both independently and cooperatively with others.

Knowledge of radar systems and/or radar operations is preferred but not a requirement.

The beginning salary will be based on qualifications and experience, with benefits provided through the University of Oklahoma ( 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, 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
ATTN: Radar Operations March 2018