CIMMS Research Scientist – Applications of Airborne/Ground-based Radar Analysis in Process Studies of Severe Deep Moist Convection

  • Full Time
  • Anywhere

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at The University of Oklahoma (OU) working collaboratively with NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL), is currently looking for a highly-qualified Research Scientist to provide scientific and technological expertise in the combined analysis of airborne NOAA P-3 tail Doppler radars (TDRs) with ground-based radars to improve process understanding of severe deep moist convection. The Research Scientist will provide leadership in the development and application of radar editing and analysis tools for use in research applications at CIMMS/NSSL, primarily for the use of performing process studies to better understand severe weather phenomena (tornadoes, hail, high wind) in supercells and quasi-linear convective systems observed during VORTEX-SE and TORUS. This position will include participation in the field for upcoming research projects (e.g., TORUS-2022) and will require the Research Scientist to integrate multi-radar airborne/ground-based analyses and retrievals, surface and airborne in situ, sounding, windsonde, and surface profiler and airborne compact Raman lidar observations into these process studies. The incumbent will work directly with research scientists at NSSL and will be encouraged to collaborate actively with scientists from other institutions with expertise in radar-based severe weather process studies (e.g., the OU School of Meteorology Biggerstaff Research Group). The position will be based at NSSL 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 principal duties of this position are:
1. Use specialized radar editing and multi-radar data synthesis code to generate analyses of convective events observed during VORTEX-SE (2017-2018) and TORUS by the NOAA P-3 aircraft via its unique onboard dual tail Doppler radar (TDR) systems.
2. Integrate airborne-ground-based multi-radar wind syntheses with unique P-3 Raman lidar temperature and water vapor mixing ratio profiles in the atmospheric boundary layer (from VORTEX-SE 2018 and TORUS-2019 data), as well as lead individual scientific analysis of data collected by airborne/ground-based multi-radar arrays.
3. Collaborate with other NOAA weather research laboratories and University of Oklahoma researchers on airborne/ground-based radar analysis, and collaborate with University of Colorado researchers concerning the relationships between airborne Raman lidar profiler observations and storm evolution.
4. Contribute to scientific publications and present scientific results at professional off-site conferences, workshops, and symposia.
5. When appropriate, participate in transferring new knowledge to operations by providing input on radar algorithm design or through educating radar users on data interpretation.


The minimum qualifications for the position are:
1. A Ph.D. in meteorology or atmospheric science.
2. Expertise in radar data editing software, preferably including editing software authorship.
3. Expertise in areas of ground-based and airborne radar analysis applications and radar remote sensing, and applications to severe convective weather. Applicants should identify experience in these areas, including meteorological radar systems, and software used to analyze data from meteorological radar systems.
4. Experience with Unix, programming (e.g., Fortran, C, C++), and scripting (e.g. Python, NCL).
5. United State citizenship or permanent residency.


Preferred qualifications include experience with airborne and ground-based radars and field work.

Normal working hours will be observed except for irregular hours during field data collection and/or conferences/workshops conducted at remote sites. The incumbent will work under general supervision in order to satisfy the objectives of various research grants and programs, and is expected to contribute to field efforts as needed.

The beginning salary for this position will be based on qualifications and experience and will include University benefits. Information on benefits may be found at: The expected start date for the position is no later than May 2021.
Appointment to this position is contingent on passing a Department of Commerce/NOAA background check.

To apply, please forward your CV, cover letter and list of three references to:

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University of Oklahoma CIMMS

120 David L. Boren Blvd., Suite 2100 Norman, OK 73072-7304
ATTN: Airborne/Ground-based Radar Analysis

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