CIMMS Research Scientist - FACETs

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at the University of Oklahoma is currently seeking a research scientist.


Date posted

Dec. 18, 2017 12:00 am

Application deadline

Jan. 18, 2018 12:00 am


The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS)


  • United States

Job description

CIMMS Research Scientist - FACETs

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at the University of Oklahoma is currently seeking a research scientist to collaborate with scientists in the National Severe Storms Laboratory’s (NSSL) Warning Research & Development Division on the development of scientific applications, algorithms, and applied research that assists forecasters in the warning decision-making process for severe convective weather events. The incumbent will work to develop probabilistic severe convective weather guidance for the Forecasting A Continuum of Environmental Threats (FACETs) project.

The duties of this position are:

  1. Developing and/or testing new single radar and multi-sensor (e.g., satellite, lightning, numerical models) techniques for short-term probabilistic prediction and nowcasting;
  2. Acquire and apply expertise in severe local storms and the warning-decision-making process;
  3. Participate in applied research and operational experiments in the Hazardous Weather Testbed’s Experimental Warning Program that facilitate the evolution of how severe convective weather threats are analyzed and communicated;
  4. Attend meetings and professional conferences to present research results and interact with collaborators and users; formally publish results when appropriate;
  5. Review technical and professional publications and attend seminars to stay abreast of current developments in meteorological and remote sensing science.

The minimum qualifications for the position are:

  1. A Ph.D. Degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, or related area;
  2. Experience with scientific programming on UNIX/Linux using a high level language (e.g. C++, Java, Python)
  3. Background in radar meteorology and radar analysis
  4. Experience with statistical methods or software for meteorological data analysis and visualization
  5. Interest in new radar algorithm development for severe storm detection and diagnosis
  6. Ability to communicate scientific research through conference presentations, formal publications and technical documents

Applicants should identify expertise with any of the following areas: Severe Local Storms; Machine Learning; Statistics; Warning Decision Making; Weather Radar; Remote Sensing and Satellite. Strong oral and written communication skills are needed for the position. Please indicate experience with Linux (or UNIX) operating systems, programming skills (including web-based and mobile applications) and Geographic Information Systems.

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 radar and other remote sensing technology and warning decision-making.

Supervision will be provided by CIMMS staff. Technical oversight will be provided by CIMMS staff, NSSL scientists, and NSSL management. Works 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 and supervise students.

The beginning salary will be based on qualifications and experience with University benefits. Information on benefits may be found at The position is expected to begin February 2018.

To apply for the position, please forward your resume, cover letter and list of 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: FACETs Scientist
The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.


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