CIMMS Research Associate – Severe Convective Weather Applications

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at the University of Oklahoma currently is seeking a research associate to collaborate with scientists in the National Severe Storms Laboratory’s (NSSL) Warning Research & Development Division on the development and testing of Multi-Radar Multi-Sensor (MRMS) severe weather applications.


The duties of this position are:

  1. Development of new applications and techniques for the analysis of MRMS and WSR-88D data;
  2. Development and review of current and new radar-based algorithms within the Warning Decision Support System-Integrated Information (WDSS-II)
  3. Evaluation of existing products and applications, specifically focusing on data quality control and short-term nowcasting (0-2 hour) of convective events;
  4. Acquire and apply expertise in severe local storms and the warning-decision-making process;
  5. Attend meetings and professional conferences to present research results and interact with collaborators and users;
  6. Review technical and professional publications and attend seminars to stay abreast of current developments in meteorological and remote sensing


The minimum qualifications for the position are:

  1. A Masters  Degree  in  Meteorology,  Atmospheric  Science,  Geographic  Information Systems, or related area;
  2. Computer programming experience (e.g. C++, Java, Python);


Individuals with two or more years of programing experience working independently and within a team setting are preferred for this position.


Applicants should identify expertise with any of the following areas: Computer Programming; Visualization; Geographic Information Systems; Warning Decision Making; Weather Radar; MRMS; WDSS-II. Good oral and written communication skills are needed for the position. Please indicate experience with Linux (or UNIX) operating systems and programming skills (including web-based and mobile applications).


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 radar and other remote sensing technology and warning decision-making.


General supervision will be provided by the CIMMS leadership. Technical oversight will be provided by CIMMS staff, NSSL scientists, and NSSL management. Appointee 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 dependent on experience, 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: Severe Convective Weather Applications


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

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