CIMMS Research Associate – Meteorological Software Developer

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at The University of Oklahoma is currently seeking a Research Associate to collaborate with scientists, instructors and developers at the National Weather Service (NWS) Warning Decision Training Division (WDTD) in Norman, OK, in transitioning the Weather Event Simulator for AWIPS-2 into AWIPS-2 baseline code.


The duties of this position are:


  • Develop technical expertise with the AWIPS-2 (Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System)
  • Develop and add functionality to the Weather Event Simulator software for AWIPS-2
  • Develop the Weather Event Simulator software to enhance utility by NWS field office staff including forecasters, science officers and focal
  • Adapt the Weather Event Simulator software for potential use on the NWS operational hardware and software
  • Acquire skills in operation of Linus and Windows workstations and virtual
  • Participate in experimental warning/forecast exercises and WDTD training
  • Review technical/professional publications and attend seminars to stay abreast of current developments in meteorological software
  • Perform related duties as The minimum qualifications for the position are:
  • A  Master’s   Degree   in   Computer   Science,   Computer   Engineering,   Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, or related area; or
  • A Bachelor’s  Degree  in  Computer  Science,  Computer  Engineering,  Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, or related area and at least three years fulltime related


Emphasis will be place on applicants with software support and development experience including:

  • Strong knowledge of Java, JMS and Eclipse
  • Basic understanding of relational database design
  • Intermediate knowledge of standard query language (SQL) for simple to complex queries
  • Strong understanding of Object Oriented Programming
  • User Interface Design using tools like SWT


Applicants should identify expertise within any of the following areas: Linux shell scripting or software/hardware support; Python; Service Oriented Architectures or the Spring framework; Hibernate; SWT or Eclipse RCP; PostgreSQL database; Experience with basic computer networking; XML; Eclipse Integrated Development Environment; Project management, teamwork; Oral and written communications.


Normal  working  hours  will  be  observed  except  for  occasional  irregular  hours  during  data


collection, warning/forecast experiments, or workshops conducted at remote sites. Incumbents will receive training and gain expertise in the latest training technology and warning decision-making methodologies.


Supervision will be provided by CIMMS staff. Technical oversight will be provided by CIMMS staff, NWS meteorologists, and WDTD management. The incumbent will work under general supervision but is expected to determine action to be taken in handling all but unusual situations. Incumbents in this position are not expected to supervise other employees, but may serve as leaders of technical teams.


The beginning salary will be based on qualifications and experience with benefits provided through The University of Oklahoma ( The start date for the position is negotiable.


To apply for the position, please forward your resume, 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

JOB REFERENCE: Meteorological Software Development


The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

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