University of Oklahoma Research Scientist

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) seeks to fill a Research Scientist position for its collaborative research with scientists in the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) in Norman, Oklahoma. The incumbent will contribute to NSSL’s Multi-Radar Multi-Sensor (MRMS) project (



NSSL in collaboration with CIMMS has developed an operational Multi-Radar Multi-Sensor (MRMS) system that assimilates radar, rain gauge, lightning, satellite and atmospheric environmental data and generates 1-km and 2-min resolution severe weather and quantitative precipitation estimation (QPE) products. The high-resolution precipitation products are critical for flood/flash flood warnings and for water resource management.

The principal duties of this position are:

  • Develop and maintain a long-term analysis of record of high-resolution MRMS QPE
  • Analyze the long-term data record and study characteristics of flood/flash flood events and their impacts
  • Develop and test algorithms for quantitative precipitation estimates and flash flood in the MRMS system
  • Attend meetings  and  professional  conferences  to  present  research  results  and  contribute  to technical documents and scientific


The minimum qualifications for the position are:

  • A PhD in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, Computer Science or related
  • Emphasis will be placed on applicants with scientific programming experience on UNIX/Linux using a high-level language (e.g. C++, Java, Python) and/or applicants with some experience with machine


Applicants should identify experience with analysis and interpretation of weather radar data. Excellent oral and written communication skills are highly desired.


Supervision will be provided by CIMMS staff. Technical oversight will be provided by CIMMS staff and NSSL Federal staff and management. This is a non-supervisory position, although the incumbent may serve as a leader of technical teams.


The beginning salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications with University of Oklahoma benefits. Information on benefits may be found at  Employees-at-OU/OU-Benefits-Overview.


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: MRMS September 2017

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