University of Oklahoma Post-Doctoral Research Associate
The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) seeks to fill a Post-Doctoral Research Associate position for its collaborative research as a Cooperative Institute with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) in Norman, Oklahoma. The Post-Doc will contribute to the NOAA P-3 research aircraft component of NSSL’s Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment – Southeast (VORTEX- SE) program.
Prediction of severe storms can be particularly challenging in the Southeastern United States; this is one motivation for the VORTEX-SE program. The low-CAPE, high-shear regime common in the SE promotes smaller storm updrafts whose structure and process evolutions are poorly understood due to paucity of storm observations. This motivates the collection and analysis of detailed airborne radar storm observations for improved conceptual and numerical models of storm processes to increase the skill of human and numerical storm prediction in the SE United States.
The incumbent will use specialized radar editing and radar data synthesis code to generate analyses of convective events observed during the 2017 campaign (possibly also the 2018 campaign) by the NOAA P-3 aircraft via its unique onboard dual tail Doppler radar (TDR) systems; integrate TDR wind syntheses with unique P-3 Raman lidar temperature and water vapor mixing ratio profiles in the atmospheric boundary layer (from 2018 data); collaborate with other NOAA weather research laboratories and University of Oklahoma researchers on airborne radar analysis and synthesis of airborne and ground-based radars; collaborate with University of Wyoming researchers concerning the relationships between Raman lidar profiler observations and storm evolution; publish the results in peer- reviewed literature; and present at conferences.
- A D. (or be in the final stages of dissertation completion before applying) in meteorology, atmospheric science or related area.
- Research experience with weather observational processing systems and
- Experience with Linux/Unix, programming (e.g., Fortran, C, C++), and scripting (e.g. Python, NCL).
- Excellent oral and written communication skills (including papers published in or submitted to refereed journals) and the ability to work both independently and cooperatively with
The beginning salary range will be commiserate with experience (depending on qualifications) with University of Oklahoma benefits. Information on benefits may be found at http://hr.ou.edu/Employees/New-Employees-at- OU/OU-Benefits-Overview. Start date for the position will be as soon as the candidate can begin work.
This position is a full-time, one-year appointment and is funded by a partnership between NOAA and the University of Oklahoma through CIMMS. The appointment may be extended for one additional year subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability.
To apply for the position, please forward your resume, cover letter and list of three references to: Tracy Reinke, Executive Director, Finance and Operations
University of Oklahoma CIMMS 120 David L. Boren Blvd., Suite 2100
Norman, OK 73072-7304
ATTN: VORTEX SE P-3 PostDoc
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