Research Associate – Fire Weather

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at The University of Oklahoma is currently seeking a Research Associate.


Date posted

Sep. 12, 2016 12:00 am

Application deadline

Oct. 12, 2016 12:00 am


The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS)


  • United States

Job description

Research Associate – Fire Weather

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at The University of Oklahoma is currently seeking a Research Associate to collaborate with scientists and instructors at the National Weather Service (NWS) Warning Decision Training Division (WDTD) in Norman, OK, on training for fire weather warning decision making.

The duties of this position are:

  1. Integration of NWS operational warning decision making principles of science, technology, and human factors into support of training development and delivery.
  2. Collaborate with WDTD instructors in a project-based environment to develop and deliver training on elements and principles of fire weather forecasting, warning decision making, and Decision Support Services (DSS).
  3. Develop technical expertise with AWIPS-2, WSR-88D products and applications, remote sensing technologies including satellites and other meteorological instrumentation, and the warning decision-making process.
  4. Network and collaborate with intra-agency partners to incorporate lessons and content into effective training deliverables for our primary audience.
  5. Acquire skills in operation of Linux and Windows workstations to support development of simulations and other tools for warning decision-making training.
  6. Participate in experimental warning/forecast exercises and WDTD training workshops.
  7. Attend meetings and professional conferences to become knowledgeable of new meteorological applications and to interact with the applied-research community.
  8. Review technical/professional publications and attend seminars to stay abreast of current developments in meteorological applications.
  9. Perform related duties as assigned.

The minimum qualifications for the position are:

  1. A Master’s Degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, or related area; or
  2. A Bachelor’s Degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, or related area and at least three years experience in operational meteorology or applied research.

Primary emphasis will be placed on applicants with experience and interest in fire weather and nonprecipitation based concentrations. Substantial consideration will also be given to those candidates who convey effective communication and networking skills.

Applicants should identify expertise within any of the following areas: experience in teaching/training; operational experience related to fire weather and severe weather forecasting and warning-decision making, winter weather forecasting techniques; warning-related inputs such as radar, satellite, lightning, and convective allowing models; weather analysis software (such as AWIPS); graphic design or illustration; project management/teamwork; oral and written communication, including collaboration tools; Linux (or Unix) operating systems; programming skills (Python, JAVA, Javascript, HTML, HTML5, object oriented programming, GIS-based, web-based, etc); human factors and human performance technology.

Normal working hours will be observed except for occasional irregular hours during data collection, warning/forecast experiments, or workshops conducted at remote sites. Incumbents will receive training and gain expertise in the latest training technology and warning decision-making methodologies.

Supervision will be provided by CIMMS staff. Technical oversight will be provided by CIMMS staff, NWS meteorologists, and WDTD management. The incumbent will work under general supervision but is expected to determine action to be taken in handling all but unusual situations. Incumbents in this position are not expected to supervise other employees, but may serve as leaders of technical teams.

The beginning salary will be $42,000 per year with University of Oklahoma benefits. Information on benefits may be found at OU New Employee Benefits

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


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


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