CIMMS Research Associate at the Storm Prediction Center Satellite Proving Ground Liaison

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at The University of Oklahoma (OU) is currently looking for a Research Associate to work with the NOAA/NWS Storm Prediction Center (SPC). This position will be located at the SPC in Norman, OK, which is housed within the National Weather Center (NWC), a highly collaborative operational, research, and academic environment containing a number of NOAA and OU organizations. Here you will work directly with development meteorologists and operational forecasters at the SPC and will have opportunities to interact with NOAA and academic scientists within the NWS, NOAA’s Satellite and Information Service (NESDIS), and the broader meteorological community.

As a CIMMS Research Associate working with the SPC, you will provide scientific and meteorological expertise, along with leadership, satellite expertise, and technical support for the Satellite Proving Ground effort in Norman, OK. More specifically, the list below describes potential projects:
1. Serve as a “Satellite Liaison” at the SPC, assisting in Satellite Proving Ground efforts on satellite-based hazardous weather products and demonstrating the unique and complementary value of satellite information to forecasters;
2. Document satellite dependent forecast and analysis tools focused on the specific needs of hazardous weather forecasters;
3. Execute tests and validation of proposed new satellite-dependent products, decision aids, and best practices for operational forecasters with an emphasis on exploring the value of advanced satellite products for detection and short-term prediction of convective storms and associated hazards;
4. Serve as “implementation expert” for selected planned satellite products and their proxies;
5. Assist in the execution of the satellite portions of Hazardous Weather Testbed experiments, serving as the focal point for satellite-centered activities for both the Experimental Warning Program and the Experimental Forecast Program;
6. Assist with satellite components of any field excursion experiments headquartered out of the National Weather Center requiring satellite expertise;
7. Bridge satellite-related activities between the NOAA FACETs initiative, the NWS, and NESDIS;
8. Represent the NESDIS effort within the HWT by attending off-site conferences, symposia, and hazardous weather-related outreach events;
9. Develop synergy and shared accomplishments with the OCLO Satellite Training Team and Satellite Proving Grounds at NOAA National Centers, Training Centers, and Cooperative Institutes; and
10. Other duties as assigned.

The minimum qualifications for the position are:
1. A Master’s Degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, or a related area; and
2. United States citizenship or permanent residency.

When applying, please include information related to your experience with satellite meteorology, remote sensing, and associated datasets. Of particular interest is your application of these experiences in software development, web development, graphic design/visualization, and Linux (UNIX) environments, including the AWIPS2/N-AWIPS systems. Lastly, your ability to communicate clearly is crucial to being successful in this position.

Normal working hours will be observed except for occasional irregular hours during data collection, warning/forecast experiments, or workshops conducted at remote locations. Additionally, occasional travel is expected. General supervision will be provided by CIMMS staff with technical oversight provided by SPC management. You will work under general supervision but are expected to work independently and determine action to be taken in handling all but unusual situations. This is a non-supervisory position, although you may serve as a leader of technical teams. Salary is based on your education, experience, skills, and knowledge. Information on University of Oklahoma benefits may be found at

Review of applications will begin on 26 October 2020 and continue until the position is filled. To apply, please submit your resume/CV, cover letter, and list of three (3) references to:

CIMMS Careers
University of Oklahoma CIMMS
120 David L. Boren Blvd., Suite 2100
Norman, OK 73072-7304
Attention: SPC-SAT


The University of Oklahoma is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

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