CIMMS Research Associate – Profile Observation Software and Data Analyst

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


Date posted

Aug. 12, 2019 12:00 am

Application deadline

Oct. 12, 2019 12:00 am


The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS)


  • United States

Job description

CIMMS Research Associate – Profile Observation Software and Data Analyst

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) seeks to fill a Research Associate position for its collaborative research with scientists at the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) in Norman, Oklahoma. The incumbent will contribute to the Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes EXperiment-Southeast (VORTEX-SE) project (

Background: VORTEX-SE brings together forecasters, researchers, and social scientists to collaborate on a research program designed to understand how environmental factors characteristic of the southeastern United States affect the formation, intensity, structure, and path of tornadoes in this region. As part of the VORTEX-SE project, NSSL has deployed ground-based profilers for multiple seasons to retrieve temperature, humidity, and wind in the boundary layer. These profilers are deemed essential to understanding the rapidly-evolving environments typical of tornadic storms in the Southeast U.S. A successful candidate for this position will modernize software and instrument data systems from multiple profiling systems and contribute to the ongoing development of the technical and meteorological capabilities of the NSSL profiling systems. This position requires an individual with a strong interest in software infrastructure development, as well as a desire to contribute to scientific data analysis of the observations obtained by the NSSL profiling systems. While a candidate will need to be self-directed, he/she will work closely with members of a team made up of scientists, engineers, students, and staff from a variety of research and educational organizations (e.g., NOAA-NSSL, CIMMS, OU, and others) to accomplish the primary job responsibilities listed below.

Primary Job Responsibilities:

  1. Code optimization, development, and testing of kinematic and thermodynamic profile retrieval algorithms (e.g., Doppler lidar wind retrievals, microwave radiometer thermodynamic retrievals, and atmospheric emitted radiance interferometer thermodynamic retrievals)
  2. Optimization and development of a software infrastructure to support the Collaborative Lower Atmospheric Mobile Profiling System (CLAMPS) platform operation and data archival
  3. Development of software tools for the research community for using boundary layer profile observations
  4. Analysis of the profiler retrievals in collaboration with CIMMS and NSSL scientists to support NSSL’s mission and/or multi-institutional field programs.

Desired Qualifications:

  • A MS degree in Meteorology, Computer Science, Atmospheric Science, Software Engineering, or a closely related field
  • Strong computer programming skills with particular emphasis on Fortran, C/C++, and modern scripting languages (Python, NCL, Shell scripting)
  • Experience with version control software, especially Git
  • Experience with quality-controlling and/or visualizing meteorological data sets
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively in diverse team environments

The salary will be based on qualifications and experience with benefits provided through the University of Oklahoma ( The start date for the position is negotiable.

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

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