CIMMS Research Associate – Severe Weather Warning Decision Making Training

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at The University of Oklahoma is currently seeking a Research Associate to collaborate with scientists and instructors at the National Weather Service (NWS) Warning Decision Training Division (WDTD) in Norman, OK, on training for severe weather warning decision making.


The duties of this position are:


  • Integration of NWS operational warning decision making principles of science, technology, and human factors into support of training development and
  • Collaborate with WDTD instructors in a project-based environment to mine warning operations data and develop/deliver training on severe weather warning decision making
  • Develop technical expertise with AWIPS-2, WSR-88D products and applications, and the warning decision-making
  • Acquire skills in operation of Linux and Windows workstations to support development of simulations and other tools for warning decision-making
  • Participate in experimental warning/forecast exercises and WDTD training
  • Attend meetings and professional conferences to become knowledgeable of new meteorological applications and to interact with the applied-research
  • Review technical/professional publications and attend seminars to stay abreast of current developments in meteorological
  • Perform related duties as The minimum qualifications for the position are:
  • A Master’s Degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, or related area; or
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, or related area and at least three years fulltime experience in operational meteorology or applied


Emphasis will be place on applicants with severe weather experience.


Applicants should identify expertise within any of the following areas: experience in teaching/training; operational experience related to severe weather forecasting and warning, including winter weather forecasting techniques; warning-related inputs such as radar, satellite, lightning, and convective allowing models; weather analysis software (such as AWIPS); graphic design or illustration; project management/teamwork; oral and written communication, including collaboration tools; Linux (or Unix) operating systems; programming skills (Python, Perl, JAVA, object oriented programming, GIS-based, web-based, etc.); human factors and human performance technology.


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: WDTD – Severe Weather Training


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

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