CIMMS Severe Weather Research Scientist

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at The University of Oklahoma (OU) is currently looking for a Research Scientist to work with the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL). These positions will work at NSSL in Norman, OK, which is located within the National Weather Center (NWC), a highly collaborative operational, research, and academic environment containing a number of NOAA and OU organizations. Here, you will work in an exciting environment focused on the development of operationally relevant severe weather warning applications and techniques and have opportunities to interact with NOAA scientists, National Weather Service forecasters and academic scientists within both the NWC and the broader meteorological community.

As a CIMMS Research Scientist working with NSSL, you will provide scientific and meteorological expertise, along with technical support, for the development of severe convective weather applications for the prediction (0- 60 minute time scale) and detection of hazards such as tornadoes, damaging wind, large hail, and lightning.


This position is heavily oriented towards the Research-to-Operations process, and the list below describes potential projects:

1. Develop and/or improve calibrated Probabilistic Hazard Information for the prediction of severe weather hazards;

2. Develop, test, and implement new severe weather warning guidance algorithms for use in the Multi-Radar MultiSensor (MRMS) system and on the WSR-88D radar network;

3. Develop machine learning techniques for use in severe weather data analysis and short term nowcasting of tornadoes, hail, damaging wind and lightning;

4. Improve lightning forecasts and applications of lightning data in operational use.


The minimum qualifications for the position are:

1) A Doctorate Degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, or related area;


When applying, please indicate your preference(s) as to which project areas in which you are interested. Additionally, please include information related to your experience in software development, web development, graphic design/visualization, and Linux (UNIX) environments including the AWIPS2/N-AWIPS systems. Your ability to communicate clearly is of utmost importance. Please indicate any experience with writing proposals and managing projects as well. Normal working hours will be observed except for occasional irregular hours during data collection, warning/forecast experiments, or workshops conducted at remote locations. General supervision will be provided by CIMMS staff with technical oversight provided by NSSL and CIMMS management. You will work under general supervision but are expected to work independently and determine action to be taken in handling all but unusual situations. This is a non-supervisory position, although you may serve as a leader of technical teams. Salary is based on your education, experience, skills, and knowledge. Information on University of Oklahoma benefits may be found at

To apply for the position, please send your CV, cover letter, and list of three references to:

CIMMS Careers

University of Oklahoma CIMMS

120 David L. Boren Blvd., Suite 2100

Norman, OK 73072-7304

Job Requisition: Severe Weather RS

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

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