CIWRO Research Associate – Meteorologist Instructor

For this position, we seek an individual who desires to use their knowledge of different types of severe weather and teach and coach others.


Date posted

June 9, 2023 11:45 am

Application deadline

July 9, 2023 5:00 pm


CIWRO at the University of Oklahoma


  • United States

Job description

This career-track MS-level research associate works on our Warning Decision Training Division team at the Cooperative Institute for Severe and High-Impact Weather Research and Operations (CIWRO) at the University of Oklahoma (OU). This position collaborates with National Weather Service (NWS) instructors and forecasters across the country.

Position Overview

For this position, we seek an individual who desires to use their knowledge of different types of severe weather and teach and coach others. The incumbent creates content to help NWS train forecasters on decision making for severe weather warnings. While this position focuses on instructing forecasters, you would also:

  • Perform applied research to build and maintain expertise on your training topics,
  • Collaborate with subject matter experts in the NWS and in the larger scientific community, and
  • Use a variety of tools to otherwise facilitate NWS forecasters’ professional

The Warning Decision Training Division (WDTD) team at CIWRO works on training and tools that help NWS forecasters better meet the NWS mission to protect life and property. Our team works with federal instructors to improve warning performance. You can learn more about the WDTD on their website:

Job Responsibilities

  1. Collaborate with NWS instructors, forecasters, and other experts to find job-specific training needs
  2. Develop expertise with the science, technology, and human factors of severe weather operations of the NWS through applied research
  3. Integrate that expertise into the training content you develop for in-person, on-line, simulation-based, or other applied training
  4. Learn/enhance professional skills with applications (e.g., Adobe Creative Cloud, Articulate Storyline, Microsoft PowerPoint), programming and web skills (e.g., Python, JavaScript, HTML), and other skills and tools relevant to your work (e.g., Google Apps)
  5. Work in a team-based, collaborative environment to complete job tasks 


  1. Master’s Degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, or related field
  2. Ability to work collaboratively with others in a team environment
  3. Demonstrate oral and written communication skills needed for various training environments
  4. Demonstrate an aptitude for performing technical tasks with an attention to detail
  5. Selected candidates must pass a standard federal background check and be a S. citizen or permanent resident to obtain unsupervised access to federal space and systems

Who We Are

CIWRO is the largest research organization at the OU with over 200 research scientists, associates, assistants, students, and support staff. It is one of 15 NOAA-funded cooperative institutes which promote collaboration between OU and NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) and the National Weather Service (NWS) by working side-by-side on problems of mutual interest. In 2022, OU (located in Norman, OK: https://live- was ranked by Forbes as the top employer in the state of Oklahoma, one of the top 50 employers in the United States and in the top four within education field of employers with more than 5,000 employees. 

Beginning salary is commensurate with degree and experience. Information on OU benefits can be found at CIWRO supports a diverse, non-discriminatory workforce that respects the culture, beliefs, and practices of all employees. Our flexible work hours and easy area commutes enable employees to address personal needs without sacrificing paid leave. CIWRO has a structured career track program that allows for advancement and professional prestige all while maintaining a healthy work/life balance. Information on living in Norman Oklahoma and the surrounding communities can be found at

How to Apply

Send a statement of interest how you meet the position qualifications, your resume/CV, and
a list of three professional references to: Enter in the subject line:
ATTN: RA – WDTD Team”. For more information about this position, please contact
Dale Morris ( or Andrew Wood ( 

The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer