CIMMS Post-Doctoral Research Associate – Severe Weather

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) is currently looking for a Post-doctoral Research Associate.


Date posted

Jan. 16, 2020 12:00 am

Application deadline

Mar. 16, 2020 12:00 am


The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS)


  • United States

Job description

CIMMS Post-Doctoral Research Associate – Severe Weather

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at The University of Oklahoma (OU) is currently looking for a Post-doctoral Research Associate to work with the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL). This position will work at NSSL in Norman, OK, which is located within the National Weather Center (NWC), a highly collaborative operational, research, and academic environment containing a number of NOAA and OU organizations. Here, you will work in an exciting environment focused on the development of operationally relevant severe weather warning applications and techniques and have opportunities to interact with NOAA scientists, NWS forecasters and academic scientists within both the NWC and the broader meteorological community.

As a CIMMS Postdoctoral Research Associate working with NSSL, you will provide scientific and meteorological expertise, along with technical support, for the development of severe convective weather applications for the prediction (0-60 minute time scale) and detection of hazards such as tornadoes, damaging wind, large hail, and lightning. This position is heavily oriented in applied research, and the list below describes potential projects:

  1. Develop and/or improve calibrated Probabilistic Hazard Information for the prediction of severe weather hazards;
  2. Develop, test, and implement new severe weather warning guidance algorithms for use in the Multi-Radar Multi-Sensor (MRMS) system and on the WSR-88D radar network;
  3. Develop machine learning techniques for use in severe weather data analysis and short term nowcasting of tornadoes, hail, damaging wind and lightning;
  4. Improve lightning forecasts and applications of lightning data in operational use.

The minimum qualifications for the position are:

1) A Doctorate Degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, or related area

When applying, please indicate your preference(s) as to which project areas in which you are interested. Additionally, please include information related to your experience in software development, web development, graphic design/visualization, and Linux (UNIX) environments including the AWIPS2/N-AWIPS systems. Your ability to communicate clearly is of utmost importance.

Normal working hours will be observed except for occasional irregular hours during data collection, warning/forecast experiments, or workshops conducted at remote locations. General supervision will be provided by CIMMS staff with technical oversight provided by NSSL and CIMMS management. You will work under general supervision but are expected to work independently and determine action to be taken in handling all but unusual situations. This is a non-supervisory position. Salary is based on your education, experience, skills, and knowledge. Information on University of Oklahoma benefits may be found at

To apply for the position, please send your CV, cover letter, and list of three references to:
CIMMS Careers
University of Oklahoma CIMMS
120 David L. Boren Blvd., Suite 2100
Norman, OK 73072-7304
Job Requisition: Severe Weather Post-Doc

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