CIMMS Research Associate – MRMS Transportation

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) seeks to fill a Research Associate position for its collaborative research with scientists in the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) in Norman, Oklahoma. The incumbent will contribute to NSSL’s Multi-Radar Multi-Sensor (MRMS) project ( Specifically, they will join the effort for new applications in the transportation sector working towards integrating new observation sets into the MRMS system for enhanced decision support at the National Weather Service.



NSSL in collaboration with CIMMS has developed a cutting-edge system to assimilate radar, rain gauge, lightning, satellite and atmospheric environmental data into a single system to aid in warning-decision making within the National Weather Service. This system, Multi-Radar Multi-Sensor (MRMS), is being expanded into the transportation sector. The incumbent for this position will work towards integrating novel datasets into the MRMS system including terminal doppler weather radars, foreign radars, new surface observations, and other datasets useful to the transportation sector.

The principal duties of this position are:

  • Develop and test new quality control protocols for new radars
  • Explore different methods to include new radars in the national mosaic
  • Identify and find ways to incorporate new observational datasets into the MRMS system


The minimum qualifications for the position are:

  • Masters degree in meteorology, atmospheric science or a related field
  • Strong computer programming skills with particular emphasis on C++ (or ability to spin up very quickly)
  • Ability to decode binary formats
  • Comfort and familiarity with the unix operating environment


Applicants should identify experience with the above qualifications in their written statements. Excellent oral and written communication skills are highly desired.


Supervision will be provided by CIMMS staff. Technical oversight will be provided by CIMMS staff and NSSL Federal staff and management. This is a non-supervisory position, although the incumbent may serve as a leader of technical teams.


The beginning salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications with University of Oklahoma benefits.  Information on benefits may be found at


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

ATTN: MRMS Transportation

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