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

Jan. 27, 2023 9:00 am

Application deadline

Feb. 27, 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
  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


  • A Master’s Degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, or related field,
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others in a team
  • Demonstrate oral and written communication skills needed for various training
  • Demonstrate an aptitude for performing technical tasks with an attention to
  • 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.


The salary is based on experience and includes standard university benefits ( Other benefits include...

  • OU’s 80,000 sq. ft. fitness and aquatic center (
  • Flexibility in work hours around a “core hours” period from during the middle of the workday
  • Generous personal leave

Career Development We offer...

  • Promotion
  • Ability to participate in interagency collaboration on a wide range of
  • Visibility in the NWS and broader community through your training delivery, collaboration, and related professional activities.
  • A rewards and merit system that acknowledges professional
  • A chance to develop new professional skills/tools.

Work/Life Balance

We support a diverse, non-discriminatory workforce that respects the culture, beliefs, and practices of all employees. Flexible work hours and easy area commutes enable employees to address personal needs without sacrificing personal leave. Our structured career-track program allows for advancement and professional prestige while maintaining a healthy work/life balance.

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.

OU (located in Norman, OK: 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.

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 Andrew Wood ( or Dale Morris (