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).
Overview:
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.
Qualifications
● United States citizenship.
● A Master’s Degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, Computer Science, or related
field.
● 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.
Salary/Benefits
● Reduced cost membership at OU’s 80,000 sq. ft. fitness and aquatic center
(https://www.ou.edu/far).
● Flexible work hours.
● Generous paid leave.
● Beginning salary is commensurate with degree and experience. Information on OU
benefits can be found at http://www.hr.ou.edu/employment/WorkingatOU.asp.
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: ciwro-careers@ou.edu. Enter in the
subject line: ATTN: Model Analysis and Web Development Position. For more information
about this position, please contact Dr. Katie Wilson (katie.a.wilson@ou.edu).

To apply for this job email your details to ciwro-careers@ou.edu