CIMMS Post-Doctoral Research Associate - Lightning

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at the University of Oklahoma (OU) is currently seeking a Post-Doctoral Research Associate.

 

Date posted

Mar. 4, 2021 12:00 am

Application deadline

May 4, 2021 12:00 am

Organization

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS)

Location

  • United States

Job description

CIMMS Post-Doctoral Research Associate - Lightning

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at the University of Oklahoma (OU) is currently seeking a Post-Doctoral Research Associate to collaborate on lightning and storm electrification research with the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL). NSSL has made world-class, innovative observations of storm electrification and lightning for more than 40 years. The incumbent is expected to work as part of this team deploying new instrumentation in the field. This position will focus on (1) mobile Lightning Mapping Array (LMA) data collection and analysis for field programs such as VORTEX-SE and TORUS and (2) the integration of lightning data from multiple platforms, including the GOES-Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM), within the Multi-Radar Multi-Sensor (MRMS) platform.

The principal duties of this position are:

  1. Assist in management of field data collection and operational dissemination framework of LMA data.
  2. Lead intercomparison of research and operational lightning data sets and use, combined with WSR-88D observations, as proxies for cold pool characteristics and evolution.
  3. Provide expertise and contribute to development of new satellite, radar, and lightning blended products and algorithms within the MRMS platform.
  4. Collaborate with NOAA testbeds, including the Hazardous Weather Testbed and Satellite Proving Ground, to provide subject matter expertise during relevant experiments.
  5. Contribute to science publications and attend off-site conferences, workshops, symposia and NOAA testbed-related outreach events as needed.

The minimum qualifications for the position are:

  1. A PhD in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, Physics, or related area.
  2. Experience with storm electrification, lightning measurements, and instrumentation.
  3. Experience with scientific programming on UNIX/Linux using a high-level language (e.g. C++, Java, Python).
  4. Ability to communicate scientific research through conference presentations, formal publications and technical documents.

Applicants should identify expertise with any of the following areas: Severe Local Storms, Lightning and Storm Electrification Observations, Radar, and Satellite. Strong oral and written communication skills are needed for the position, including the ability to collaborate on proposals and reports. Please indicate experience with Linux (or UNIX) operating systems and programming skills (including web-based and mobile applications).

Supervision will be provided by CIMMS staff. Technical oversight will be provided by CIMMS staff, NSSL scientists, and NSSL management. Applicant will work under general supervision but is expected to determine action to be taken in handling all but unusual situations. Normal working hours will be observed except for occasional irregular hours during data collection or workshops conducted at remote sites.

The beginning salary is commensurate with educational background and experience, with OU benefits. Information on OU’s excellent benefits can be found at https://hr.ou.edu/Employees.

To apply for the position, please forward your curriculum vitae, 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
CIMMS-careers@ou.edu
Attn: Lightning PostDoc

The University of Oklahoma is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.