CIMMS Research Associate – Surface Objective Analysis

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at The University of Oklahoma (OU) is currently looking for a Research Associate to provide scientific and meteorological expertise, and technical support for the development of advanced mesoscale hazardous weather analysis and prediction techniques. A key emphasis will be enhancements to objective analysis of the mesoscale 4-D environment, focusing on improvements to the current hourly SPC Mesoscale Analysis incorporating observational and NWP regional plus convection- allowing model data, to support a dynamically consistent analysis system that bridges seamlessly across the mesoscale-stormscale environment. The position will be based at the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) in Norman, OK within the National Weather Center (NWC), a highly collaborative forecasting, research and academic environment containing a number of NOAA and OU organizations. The incumbent will work directly with development meteorologists and operational forecasters at the SPC, and will have opportunities to interact with NOAA and academic scientists within the NWC, as well as scientists and forecasters in the lightning, fire weather, and severe storm communities.


The principal duties of this position are:


  1. Provide scientific and technical expertise in the development, testing, evaluation, and transition to NWS operations of innovative tools and technologies designed to improve the analysis and short-term prediction of hazardous mesoscale phenomena, focusing on thunderstorms, lightning, severe thunderstorms and fire weather.


  1. Assist in the development of a unified and consistent convective storm analysis and forecasting system that will serve as a foundational component for multiple service dimensions across the NWS and larger weather


  1. As appropriate, contribute to Hazardous Weather Testbed experiments to test and evaluate guidance and products central to SPC core mission requirements of hazardous mesoscale


  1. As needed, represent CIMMS/SPC by contributing to scientific publications and attending off- site conferences, workshops, symposia and hazardous-weather-related outreach


  1. Perform related duties as


The minimum qualifications for the position are:


  1. A Master’s or PhD Degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science or related


  1. Emphasis will be placed on applicants with knowledge and experience in areas of objective analysis techniques, numerical weather prediction models/ensemble systems including convection-allowing models, severe thunderstorms, lightning, fire weather, and application of statistical


Applicants should identify experience in software development including compiled and scripting programming languages, web page development, graphic design/visualization, Linux (UNIX) environments including AWIPS2/N-AWIPS systems, and high performance computing systems. Excellent oral and written communication skills are highly desired.


Normal working hours will be observed except for occasional irregular hours during data collection, warning/forecast experiments or workshops conducted at remote sites. General supervision will be provided by CIMMS staff with technical advice provided by SPC management. The incumbent works under general supervision but is expected to work independently and determine action to be taken in handling all but unusual situations. This is a non-supervisory position, although the incumbent may serve as a leader of technical teams. The salary for this position will be based on education, experience, skills, and knowledge. Information on University 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: Surface Analysis


The University of Oklahoma is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

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