Research Associate – Probabilistic Forecasting Tools

For this position, we seek an individual who desires to use their knowledge of weather, water, and climate forecasting and decision support to teach and coach others.


Date posted

June 9, 2023 11:15 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 Forecast Decision Training Division team in the Cooperative Institute for Severe and High-Impact Weather Research and Operations (CIWRO) at the University of Oklahoma (OU). These multiple positions collaborate with National Weather Service (NWS) instructors and forecasters across the country. These positions are located in Boulder, Colorado.

Position Overview

For this position, we seek an individual who desires to use their knowledge of weather, water, and climate forecasting and decision support to teach and coach others. The incumbent creates content to help NWS train forecasters on decision making for the forecast process and communicating probabilistically. 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 development.
The Forecast Decision Training Division (FDTD) 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 forecaster performance. You can learn more about the FDTD on their website:
Job Responsibilities
1) Collaborate with NWS instructors, forecasters, and other experts to find job-specific training needs
2) Develop expertise on the science, technology, and human factors of probabilistic weather, water, and climate forecasting and decision support 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, Google Productivity Suite), 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) Must pass a standard federal background check and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to obtain unsupervised access to federal space and systems
Who We Are
CIWRO is the largest research organization at 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.
This University of Oklahoma position is located in Boulder, Colorado – . With numerous biking and hiking trails, outstanding scenic beauty, and a great restaurant and shopping scene, Boulder consistently ranks in the top 10 most livable and overall best cities in the United States.
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. We offer the ability to participate in interagency collaboration, visibility in the National Weather Service and broader community through the delivery of training, collaboration and related professional activities and the chance to develop new professional skills/tools. CIWRO has a structured career track program that allows for advancement and professional prestige all while maintaining a healthy work/life balance.
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 – FDTD Team.”
For more information about this position, please contact Andrew Wood (
or Dale Morris (
The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employe