Research Scientist – Warn-on-Forecast HWT

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


Date posted

Sep. 18, 2017 12:00 am

Application deadline

Oct. 18, 2017 12:00 am


The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS)


  • United States

Job description

CIMMS Research Scientist – Warn-on-Forecast HWT

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) seeks to fill a Research Scientist position for its collaborative research as a Cooperative Institute with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) in Norman, Oklahoma. The Research Scientist will contribute to NSSL’s Warn-on-Forecast (WoF) program.


The vision of the WoF program is to develop and test a probabilistic storm-scale, ensemble-based forecast system with the goal of increasing warning lead times for threats related to severe and hazardous convective weather, e.g., tornadoes, large hail, damaging winds, and extreme rainfall. An experimental WoF system has recently been developed and is just beginning its testing phase. This system is envisioned to be a primary driver of a new NWS forecast paradigm known as FACETs, or Forecasting a Continuum of Environmental Threats. Given that the ultimate goal is the transition of a WoF prototype system to operations, it is important that the probabilistic forecast guidance provided by the system is usable and useful to forecasters and other stakeholders. Experiments within NOAA testbeds, such as the Hazardous Weather Testbed in Norman, OK, are needed to explore and assess operational applications of the experimental WoF system, especially within ‘watch-to-warning’ temporal and spatial scales. Such assessments will provide operationsto-research feedback that will be used to enhance the system for use by forecasters and other stakeholders.


The incumbent will design and conduct experiments within NOAA testbeds to explore and test operational applications of the experimental WoF system from a user’s perspective; collaborate with NOAA forecasters and other users (e.g., EMs) to evaluate the usability, usefulness, strengths, and limitations of the system’s ensemble-based forecast guidance; collaborate with social scientists and model developer’s to contribute toward the production of a WoF system prototype ready for transfer to operations; publish the results in peer-reviewed literature; and present at conferences.

Required Qualifications:

  1. A Ph.D. (or be in the final stages of dissertation completion before applying) in meteorology, with some coursework in industrial engineering or cognitive psychology.
  2. Research experience designing and conducting experiments with a NOAA testbed to assess the usability and usefulness of new weather technologies.
  3. Experience with qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis methods and tools (e.g., Recent Case Walkthrough; workload assessments; eye tracking; coding; R).
  4. Excellent oral and written communication skills (including papers published in or submitted to refereed journals).
  5. An ability to work both independently and cooperatively with others.

The beginning salary will be based on qualifications and experience with benefits provided through The University of Oklahoma, for more information, visit Benefits at OU. The start date for the position is negotiable.

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: WoF HWT Research Scientist


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