CIWRO Post-Doctoral Research Associate – TWIEP PostDoc


The Cooperative Institute for Severe and High-Impact Weather Research and Operations (CIWRO), formerly CIMMS, at the University of Oklahoma currently is seeking a research associate to collaborate with scientists in the National Severe Storms Laboratory’s (NSSL) Warning Research & Development Division on NOAA’s Tornado Warning Improvement and Extension Program (TWIEP). The incumbent will use already created data sets to investigate tornadic thunderstorms in order to improve our understanding of such storms and develop short-term warning guidance for tornadoes. As a CIWRO post-doctoral research associate, you will bring your meteorological expertise and technical capabilities to assist CIWRO and NSSL researchers in one of the following areas:

  1. Development of a rotating storms and tornado risk climatology using a large, gridded radar data set and its derivatives;
  2. Applying novel segmentation and labeling techniques to radar data images to investigate tornadic thunderstorms;
  3. Developmachinelearning,includingdeeplearning,modelsforradardataimages to investigate tornadic thunderstorms and develop short-term, probabilistic tornado warning guidance.

The minimum qualifications for the position are:

  1. PhD in Meteorology or related area;
  2. ExperiencewithscientificprogrammingonUNIX/Linuxsystemsusingahigh-level

    language (e.g., C++, Python, Java).

When applying, please specify the project area in which you have the highest interest. Applicants should identify expertise with any of the following areas: weather radar data and principles; severe local storms and their attendant hazards; statistics; data science; machine learning; supercomputer and/or cloud computing environments. Strong oral and written communication skills are needed for the position, including the ability to present research to various audiences and collaborate on reports and publications.

Normal working hours will be observed except for occasional irregular hours during data collection, warning/forecast experiments, or workshops conducted at remote sites. Supervision will be provided by CIWRO staff. Technical oversight will be provided by CIWRO staff, NSSL scientists, and NSSL management. This is a non-supervisory position. The incumbent will work under general supervision but is expected to determine action to be taken in handling all but unusual situations.

Incumbents will have opportunities to receive training and gain expertise in the latest radar and other remote sensing technology, and, as needed by the position’s technical requirements, technical skills related to programming and machine learning. Incumbents will also have opportunities for career development through resources provided by the University; more information may be found at Development.

The salary for this position is $58,000 per year, and includes University benefits. Information on benefits may be found at The position will be located in Norman, OK ( at the National Weather Center (

To apply for the position, please forward your resume, cover letter and list of three references to:

CIWRO Careers University of Oklahoma CIWRO 120 David L. Boren Blvd., Suite 2100 Norman, OK 73072-7304 ATTN: TWIEP PostDoc

The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

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