CIMMS Postdoctoral Research Associate – TRACER-CUBIC project

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) seeks to fill a Postdoctoral Research Associate position.


Date posted

Jan. 4, 2021 12:00 am

Application deadline

Feb. 28, 2021 12:00 am


The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS)


  • United States

Job description

CIMMS Postdoctoral Research Associate – TRACER-CUBIC project

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) seeks to fill a Postdoctoral Research Associate position for a project funded by the Department of Energy (DOE) in support of the TRacking Aerosol Convection interactions ExpeRiment (TRACER). The project focuses on Coastal Urban Boundary-layer Interactions with Convection (CUBIC). The Postdoctoral Research Associate will participate in and analyze data from boundary-layer profiling instruments deployed during TRACER-CUBIC. They will also conduct, analyze, and improve numerical model simulations with the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) Warn-on-Forecast (WoF) prediction system.

The DOE TRACER-CUBIC study is a collaborative project between scientists from OU’s School of Meteorology, the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and NOAA NSSL. The project provides funding to deploy three boundary-layer profiling systems in the Houston metro area during the Intensive Observation Period (IOP) of TRACER (June 1-Sept. 30, 2021). The three systems will be deployed along a transect perpendicular to the shoreline to investigate the evolution of the sea-breeze circulation and boundary-layer as it develops over and interacts with the Houston metro area. The observations will be supplemented by numerical experiments with the NSSL WoF system. Our goals are to improve understanding and representation of boundary-layer and convection processes in Earth system models through the integrated analysis of novel observations and numerical data sets.

The incumbent will participate in the collection of data during the TRACER IOP, process data collected by the boundary-layer profiling systems using existing and newly developed analysis software, coordinate the setup of the WoF ensemble for CUBIC with the project team, conduct sensitivity tests with different urban-canopy models, conduct scientific analysis of TRACER–CUBIC observations and numerical model output, explore collaborations with other research teams and labs (e.g., NCAR, NOAA, universities), write papers for the refereed literature, and present the results of findings at national and international meetings. An ideal candidate will also take on mentoring responsibilities of graduate research assistants who are members of the project team.


  1. A Ph.D. degree in atmospheric science or related area.
  2. Background in boundary-layer meteorology, ideally using both observations and numerical models, is desired. A familiarity of urban and/or sea breeze circulations is beneficial.
  3. Strong programming/scripting (e.g. Python) skills.
  4. Excellent oral and written communication skills (including papers published in, or submitted to refereed journals).
  5. An ability to work both independently and cooperatively with others.

The beginning salary will be based on qualifications and experience, with benefits provided through the University of Oklahoma ( The position is funded for two years and the anticipated start date is March 1, 2021.

To apply, please forward your CV, cover letter and contact information for 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