CIMMS Research Associate – Technical Trainer on AWIPS Graphical Forecast Editor

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at the University of Oklahoma (OU) seeks to fill a research associate position.

 

Date posted

May 29, 2020 12:00 am

Application deadline

July 29, 2020 12:00 am

Organization

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS)

Location

  • United States

Job description

CIMMS Research Associate – Technical Trainer on AWIPS
Graphical Forecast Editor

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at the University of Oklahoma (OU) seeks to fill a research associate position to collaborate with scientists in the National Weather Service’s Office of the Chief Learning Officer (NWS OCLO) Forecast Decision Training Division (FDTD). This position will assist FDTD staff with developing training and related materials for the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS) Graphical Forecast Editor (GFE) and collaborating with NWS Weather Forecast Offices (WFOs). The GFE is the primary tool NWS forecasters use to produce forecasts. The position is located in Boulder, Colorado.

The principal position duties are:

  • Develop expertise in the configuration and use of the AWIPS Graphical Forecast Editor;
  • Collaborate with AWIPS GFE subject matter experts in NWS WFOs;
  • Analyze current and future versions of the GFE software, including software implementation and configuration by local offices, in order to identify operational best practices; and
  • Perform related duties as assigned for the development of training and reference material on the AWIPS GFE for specific staff at NWS WFOs and National Centers.

Required Qualifications:

  • A Master’s degree or higher in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, Computer Science, or related area
  • Or a Bachelor’s Degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, Computer Science, or related area and at least three years’ experience in operational meteorology, operational hydrology or applied research
  • Strong web programming (e.g., HTML, XML) skills
  • Experience developing training or technical documentation
  • Experience with Python scripting
  • Experience with Linux (or Unix) operating systems
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively in diverse team environments
  • Ability to pass a National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI, federal background check).
  • U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Residency is required

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience developing interactive web-based learning applications for technical users
  • Experience with GFE configuration and Python in the AWIPS environment
  • Knowledge of how GFE is used, configured, and maintained by NWS field sites

Normal working hours will be observed. This position will primarily be located in Boulder, Colorado with possible trips to NWS WFO field sites and/or data centers.

Supervision will be provided by CIMMS staff. Technical oversight will be provided jointly by CIMMS Research Associates and FDTD management. Works under general supervision but is expected to work in a team environment and determine action to be taken in handling all but unusual situations. Incumbent is not expected to supervise other employees.

The salary for this position is very competitive and will be based on experience, skills, and knowledge. Information on University benefits may be found at https://hr.ou.edu/. The position is expected to begin May-June 2020.

To apply for the position, please forward your resume, 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: AWIPS-GFE

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