Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Center for Applied Social Res.
The University of Oklahoma’s Center for Applied Social Research (CASR) seeks to hire one postdoctoral researcher to work with scientists from CASR and the University of Oklahoma’s Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms (CAPS), and other groups in the National Weather Center (including the Storm Prediction Center) for a three-year position beginning September 2019 (start date negotiable). This position will be funded through a grant from the NOAA High Impacts Weather Testbeds Program. The research falls under the FACETs paradigm, Forecasting a Continuum of Environmental Threats, and tests next-generation approaches to integrating some of the newest meteorological innovations with a deeper understanding of societal needs and vulnerabilities. This particular work tests operational forecasters’ use of two types of experimental information in providing emergency managers with forecasts and other decision support prior to and during severe weather. The first type of experimental data is the Storm Prediction Center’s experimental temporal disaggregation of their Day 1 Outlook risk areas and their identification of corridors of enhanced threats within Day 1 Outlook areas. The second experimental information is the PIs’ Brief Vulnerability Overview Tool, which is designed to enhance forecasters’ awareness of vulnerabilities within their County Warning Area.
This project thus bridges social science, operational and experimental meteorology, and human dimensions research by creating intense and accurate simulations of National Weather Service Weather Forecasting Office operations in testbed settings in both traditional laboratory contexts (i.e., at the National Weather Center’s Hazardous Weather Testbed in Norman, OK) as well as in more “naturalistic,” in situcontexts (i.e., in National Weather Service Weather Forecasting Offices around the country). The Postdoc will be responsible for overseeing the technical aspects of study experiments, including managing the software tools that enable the “canned” scenarios. They will act as the technical link between the SPC, NWS FOs, and the PI/co-PI, and thus will develop research skills that bridge meteorology, social science, and human factors. They will assist in developing research protocols and conducting fieldwork, thereby building a set of skills and networks to leverage into future professional advancement.
Applicants should include a current C.V. and a Letter of Interest in the application.
–––Required Education:The postdoctoral researcher must have completed their Ph.D. by or within 30 days of the start of employment. ABD applicants must include their timeline for completing their Ph.D. in their Letter of Interest.
Proficiency in Linux
Experience in manipulating, storing, and archiving large weather data files
Proficiency with html
Must have experience with and/or interest in conducting research at the intersection of research-to-operations
Must be proficient with Apple and PC computers, iPads and other tablet devices
- Candidate must have a valid driver’s license. The candidate will be expected to drive themselves to remote research locations where no other mode of transportation will be available.
Advertised Physical Requirements:
- In addition, the candidate must be willing and able to travel for approximately six 1-week off-site experiments over the course of the project. Additional travel to present at national conferences is also expected.
- Experience with AWIPS II and CAVE preferred but not essential (these skills can be acquired on the job)
Special Instructions: If you are selected as a final candidate for this position, you will be subject to The University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Tuberculosis Testing policy. To view the policy, visit https://hr.ou.edu/Policies-Handbooks/TB-Testing
Jul 11, 2019
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