CIWRO Research Associate – Behavioral Insights Unit


The Cooperative Institute for Severe and High-Impact Weather Research and Operations (CIWRO) at The University of Oklahoma (OU) is currently looking for a Research Associate to work with the Behavioral Insights Unit (BIU). This position will be located in Norman, OK, housed within the National Weather Center (NWC), a highly collaborative operational, research, and academic environment containing several NOAA and OU organizations. You will work directly with development meteorologists and social scientists, and will have opportunities to interact with the National Weather Service, National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) and other NOAA labs, and the broader meteorological community.

Primary Duties:

• Represent the job-related skills, duties, and technologies of broadcast meteorologists in the design, creation, and execution of FACETs (Forecasting a Continuum of Environmental Threats) research. Specific tasks include:

    • Organizing, distributing, and analyzing the results of experimental or survey-based data collected about broadcast meteorologists’ use of Threats-in-Motion and/or probabilistic hazard information;
    • Co-organizing HWT (Hazardous Weather Testbed) experiments to test the efficacy of different methods for communicating Threats-in-Motion and/or probabilistic hazard information to broadcast meteorologists
    • Leading focus groups and discussions with broadcast meteorologists during HWT experiments
    • Collaborating with other researchers and developers to solicit feedback from broadcast meteorologists on experimental weather products
    • Assisting with preparation of grant proposals, publications, and reports


Preference will be given to candidates with the following experience:

  • 3+ years of experience working as a broadcast meteorologist
  • Experience collaborating with multi-institution research teams

The minimum qualifications for this position are:

  • A Masters degree or higher in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, Communication, User-Centered Design, or a related area;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively in diverse team environments.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience working with social science data, including qualitative and quantitative data analysis
  • Proficiency working with survey platforms such as Qualtrics
  • Proficiency working with statistical software packages or languages such as R,

    STATA, or similar.

  • Experience working with qualitative software packages such as NVivo or similar.


Occasional travel is expected with this position. CIWRO staff will provide general supervision, with technical oversight provided by the NSSL BIU team lead. You will work under general supervision but are expected to work independently and determine actions to take in handling all but unusual situations. This is a non-supervisory position, although you may serve as a leader of technical teams. Beginning salary will be based on qualifications and experience with a generous University benefits package. This position will be located at the National Weather Center in Norman Oklahoma.

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

University of Oklahoma CIWRO CIWRO Careers
120 David L. Boren Boulevard, Suite 2100 Norman, OK 73072-7304
Job Reference: BIU Research Associate

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