CIMMS Post-Doctoral Research Associate – Boundary Layer Observations and Convective Storms

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at The University of Oklahoma (OU) working collaboratively with NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL), is currently looking for a highly-qualified Post-Doctoral Research Associate to provide scientific and meteorological expertise in the area of boundary layer observations and convective storms. The Post-Doc will also provide technical support for systems that observe the boundary layer including the NSSL Collaborative Lower-Atmosphere Mobile Profiling System (CLAMPS) that contains a Doppler Wind Lidar (DWL), Atmospheric Emitted Radiance Interferometer (AERI) and Microwave Radiometer (MWR). This position will include participation and support in the field for upcoming research projects that will use these systems to observe the pre-convective and near-storm environments of supercells and tornadoes.

As part of this opportunity, the Post-Doc will be invited to explore new applications of the NSSL CLAMPS ground-based remote-sensing systems. Furthermore, the Post-Doc will be encouraged to explore the potential for new boundary-layer profiling systems under development in the international community (e.g. water vapor differential absorption lidars or unmanned aircraft systems) to enhance NSSL’s mission of understanding severe convective weather processes and supporting National Weather Service forecast operations. The incumbent will be encouraged to propose revised priorities for observing and analyzing the boundary layer in relation to severe convective weather as new knowledge is generated. The incumbent will work directly with research scientists at NSSL and will be encouraged to collaborate actively with scientists from other institutions with expertise in boundary-layer profiling (e.g. OU and the Air Resources Laboratory and Earth System Research Laboratory within NOAA). The position will be based at NSSL in Norman, OK within the National Weather Center (NWC), a highly collaborative forecasting, research, and academic environment containing a number of NOAA and OU organizations.

The principal duties of this position are:

1. Provide scientific and technical expertise in the development and use of current NSSL boundary-layer profiling systems, as well as the exploration of experimental systems, for a) the advancement of our understanding of severe convective weather and b) the consideration of systems that could enhance the NOAA upper-air observing network.

2. Contribute to field operations for upcoming field programs that will use NSSL CLAMPS to observe the pre-convective and near-storm environments of severe convective weather, as well as lead individual scientific analysis of data collected by NSSL CLAMPS.

3. Contribute to scientific publications and present scientific results at professional off-site conferences, workshops, symposia, and hazardous-weather-related outreach events.

The minimum qualifications for the position are:

1. A PhD (or ABD) in meteorology or atmospheric science;
2. Expertise in areas of ground-based remote sensing, dynamics of the boundary layer, and severe convective weather. Applicants should identify experience in these areas, including remote-sensing systems, software used to analyze data from remote-sensing systems, and application of ground-based remote-sensing observations to understand severe convective weather and related phenomenon.

Preferred qualifications include experience with field work and peer-reviewed publications.

Normal working hours will be observed except for irregular hours during field data collection and/or conferences/workshops conducted at remote sites. The incumbent will work under general supervision, and is expected to contribute to field efforts as needed, but will work independently and determine his/her own specific research project(s) related to the position description.

The beginning salary for this position will be based on qualifications and experience and will include University benefits. Information on benefits may be found at: The expected start date for the position is no later than January 2019.

Appointment to this position is contingent on passing a Department of Commerce/NOAA background check.
To apply, please forward your CV, 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: Boundary Layer Post-Doc

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