Post-Doctoral Research Associate

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

 

Date posted

Sep. 7, 2016 12:00 am

Application deadline

Nov. 7, 2016 12:00 am

Organization

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS)

Location

  • United States

Job description

University of Oklahoma Post-Doctoral Research Associate

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) seeks to fill a position for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate for collaborative research with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) in Norman, Oklahoma. The Post-Doc will contribute to NSSL’s Warn-on-Forecast (WoF) program.

Background:

Accurate short-term forecasts of extreme convective systems are crucial for mitigating the impact of hazardous weather events (e.g., tornadoes, flash floods, large hail, damaging winds). Ensemblebased data assimilation (DA) and prediction systems have the potential to provide guidance that can enable increased lead times for severe weather warnings, but efforts are needed to improve the accuracy of numerical forecasts through advancement in assimilating new data sets that are not currently operational at NWS. The incumbent in this position will focus on studies to improve accuracy (i.e., amount, location, and timing) of 0-6 h probabilistic forecasts of heavy rainfall and other hazardous severe weather.

Responsibilities:

The incumbent will help develop and refine techniques for assimilating into storm-scale NWP models boundary-layer observations from ground based, remote-sensing instruments in addition to current and future radar and satellite-based observations, using the operational Gridpoint Statistical Interpolation (GSI) package based ensemble Kalman filter (EnKF) technique. Responsibilities also include running DA and forecast experiments, and critically analyzing and interpreting the model outputs. The incumbent will publish the results in the peerreviewed literature and present scientific results at conferences.

Required Qualifications:

  1. A Ph.D. Degree (or be in the final stages of dissertation completion before applying) in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science or related area.
  2. Research experience with the characteristics and dynamics of severe convective systems (particularly associated with extreme rain and flash flood events), storm-scale NWP models, ensemble DA techniques, and remote sensing observations.
  3. Experience with Linux (or Unix) operating systems, programming (e.g., Fortran, C, C++), and scripting (e.g. Python, NCL) skills.
  4. Excellent oral and written communication skills (including papers published in or submitted to refereed journals) and an ability to work both independently and cooperatively with others.

The beginning salary range will be $52,000-$55,000 per year (depending on qualifications) with University of Oklahoma benefits. Information on benefits may be found at http://hr.ou.edu/Employees/New-Employees-at-OU/OU-Benefits-Overview. Start date for the position will be as soon as the candidate can begin work.

The position will remain open until filled. This position is a full-time, one-year appointment and is funded by a partnership between NOAA and the University of Oklahoma through CIMMS. The appointment may be extended for one additional year subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability.

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 ATTN: JTTI PQPF

 

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