Research Associate

Position Description:
This is a career-track MS-level research scientist position in the Forecast Applications and
Social Science Team at the Cooperative Institute for Severe and High-Impact Weather
Research and Operations (CIWRO) at the University of Oklahoma (OU) in collaboration with
NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center (SPC) and National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL).
The incumbent will provide scientific and technical expertise to develop and enhance activities
that: accelerate new tools from research to operations, inspire new initiatives for operationally
relevant research, and identify and document sensitivities and performance of state-of-the art
convection-allowing models. These activities will be in support of the annual NOAA/Hazardous
Weather Testbed (HWT) Spring Forecasting Experiments (SFEs) and real-time, year-round
experimental prediction systems. The position will be based at the National Weather Center in
Norman, OK, a highly collaborative forecasting, research, and academic environment containing
a number of NOAA and OU organizations. The incumbent will work directly with research
scientists at NSSL and operational forecasters at SPC, and will be co-supervised by CIWRO
scientists at both organizations (NSSL and SPC).
Job Responsibilities:
● Lead efforts to enhance and develop web-based visualizations for the following: realtime ensemble data for NOAA/HWT SFEs, operational systems (e.g., High-Resolution
Ensemble Forecast System), and real-time experimental systems that operate yearround (e.g., NSSL-WRF, NSSL-FV3, NSSL-MPAS, and Warn-on-Forecast).
● Support post-experiment analyses of convection-allowing ensembles from Community
Leveraged Unified Ensemble (CLUE) experiments, subjective model evaluations, and
other experimental and operational systems used in the SFE.
● Engage in the broader research community through public dissemination of research.
● Work normal hours except for occasional irregular hours during data collection,
warning/forecast experiments or workshops conducted at remote sites.
● United States citizenship.
● A Master’s Degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, Computer Science, or related
● Knowledge and experience in web development and graphic design/visualization of
models, as well as knowledge in severe storms meteorology, numerical weather
prediction models/ensemble systems including convection-allowing models, and
application of statistical techniques for forecast verification.
● Proficiency in Linux (Unix) environments and python, and a strong understanding of
JavaScript (including JQuery), PHP, CSS stylesheets, and how to implement dynamic
web-based data visualizations through libraries such as D3.
● Excellent oral and written communication skills.
● Reduced cost membership at OU’s 80,000 sq. ft. fitness and aquatic center
● Flexible work hours.
● Generous paid leave.
● Beginning salary is commensurate with degree and experience. Information on OU
benefits can be found at
Work/Life Balance at CIWRO:
● CIWRO supports a diverse, non-discriminatory workforce that respects the culture,
beliefs, and practices of all employees.
● Flexible work hours and easy area commutes enable employees to address personal
needs without sacrificing paid leave.
● CIWRO’s structured career-track program allows for advancement and professional
prestige while maintaining a healthy work/life balance. 
How to Apply:
Send a statement of interest highlighting how you meet the position qualifications, your
resume/CV, and a list of three professional references to: Enter in the
subject line: ATTN: Model Analysis and Web Development Position. For more information
about this position, please contact Dr. Katie Wilson (

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