CIMMS Research Associate at the Storm Prediction Center

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at The University of Oklahoma (OU) is currently looking for multiple Research Associates.


Date posted

Oct. 11, 2019 12:00 am

Application deadline

Dec. 11, 2019 12:00 am


The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS)


  • United States

Job description

CIMMS Research Associate at the Storm Prediction Center
Hazardous Weather Research (Multiple Positions)

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at The University of Oklahoma (OU) is currently looking for multiple Research Associates to work with the NOAA/NWS Storm Prediction Center (SPC). These positions will be located at the SPC 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 directly with development meteorologists and operational forecasters at the SPC and will have opportunities to interact with NOAA and academic scientists within both the NWS and the broader meteorological community.

As a CIMMS Research Associate working with SPC, you will provide scientific and meteorological expertise, along with technical support for the development of advanced mesoscale hazardous weather prediction techniques. More specifically, the list below describes potential projects:

  1. Developing and/or improving calibrated probabilistic forecast guidance for the prediction of thunderstorms, severe weather, and fire weather, covering the following forecast periods:
    a. Subseasonal-to-seasonal (S2S), especially Week 2
    b. Medium-to-extended range (Days 3-8)
    c. Short range (Days 1-2), using convection-allowing model (CAM) ensembles
    d. Nowcasting (out to a few hours), using observations, analyses, and a prototype Warn-on Forecast System (WoFS)
  2. Extracting information from high-resolution numerical weather prediction models for severe weather and fire weather applications
  3. Statistical modeling of societal impacts derived from the current and future SPC forecast suite
  4. Facilitating and executing experiments in the Hazardous Weather Testbed (HWT)
  5. Collaborating with scientists at NSSL and EMC on WoFS-related research to link FV3 CAM development activities with operational testing and implementation

The minimum qualifications for the position are:

  1. A Master’s Degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, or related area;
  2. United States citizenship or permanent residency.

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 SPC 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, although you may serve as a leader of technical teams. Salary is based on your education, experience, skills, and knowledge. Information on University of Oklahoma benefits may be found at

To apply, please forward your resume or CV, cover letter, and list of three references to:

University of Oklahoma
CIMMS Careers
120 David L. Boren Blvd., Suite 2100
Norman, OK 73072-7304
Attention: SPC-RA

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