CIMMS Research Associate – Behavioral Data Analyst

  • Full Time
  • Anywhere

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at The University of Oklahoma seeks a social scientist with experience in mixed methods research to participate in user-centered design research, conduct analyses, and author team reports. This position will work in Norman, OK at the National Weather Center (NWC), a highly collaborative operational, research, and academic environment.


This position will focus on enhancing the quality and impact of BIU research with NWS forecasters, emergency managers, and broadcast meteorologists. Specifically, the social scientist will:
● Contribute to NOAA Hazardous Weather Testbed (HWT) experiments, including the Forecasting a Continuum of Environmental Threats (FACETs) user experiments;
● Conduct analyses of qualitative and quantitative data compiled across several years of experiments;
● Lead authorship of routine reporting from testbed experiments;
● Contribute analyses to the new WxInsights program, which translates communication-relevant research findings into brief, high-impact stories for broadcast meteorologists;
● Contribute to other data analysis and reporting as needed.

In conducting this work, the social scientist will improve the visibility and dissemination of end-user research conducted at CIMMS and the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory.
Research Associate Requirements:
● An M.S. or M.A. in Meteorology, Emergency Management, or in the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences
● Experience documenting/building end-user and/or operational needs/requirements
● Experience in a collaborative environment, including work among multiple partner groups and organizations
● A track record of professional communication experience, including briefings or other routine communications with partners, authoring or co-authoring memos and professional reports, or producing high-quality broadcasts

Preference will be given to candidates with the following kinds of experience:
● Excellent written and oral communication skills
● Developed innovative methods for communicating the results of research for multiple audiences
● Strong interest in both meteorology and the social sciences

The beginning salary will be based on qualifications and experience with University benefits. Information on benefits may be found at The start date for the position is negotiable but prior to August 1, 2021.
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:
CIMMS Careers
University of Oklahoma CIMMS
120 David L. Boren Blvd., Suite 2100
Norman, OK 73072-7304
ATTN: Behavioral Data Analyst
The University of Oklahoma is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

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