Research Associate – Transportation/Winter Weather

This is a career-track MS-level research associate position on our Transportation Applications Team at the Cooperative Institute for Severe and High-Impact Weather Research and Operations (CIWRO) at the University of Oklahoma in collaboration with NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory.

 

Date posted

June 15, 2022 3:30 pm

Application deadline

July 15, 2022 5:00 pm

Organization

CIWRO at the University of Oklahoma

Location

  • United States

Job description

This is a career-track MS-level research associate position on our Transportation Applications Team at the Cooperative Institute for Severe and High-Impact Weather Research and Operations (CIWRO) at the University of Oklahoma in collaboration with NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory.

Overview

This is an opening for someone with good general research skills who desires to perform applied research developing tools and knowledge for stakeholders in the NWS, FAA, and DOT. The ideal candidate is someone who wants to be part of a highly-collaborative team, is interested in developing decision-support tools for operations, is excited about publishing research in peer- reviewed journals, and who enjoys computer programming. 

The prospective employee will contribute to a range of different projects, attend conferences, and develop new professional skills. They will have the opportunity to collaborate directly with stakeholders in operations. The kinds of datasets they will have the opportunity to work with include NWP output, radar observations, surface observations, and more. This position will be based at the National Weather Center in Norman, OK (ou.edu/nwc).

Team Activities 

The Transportation Applications Team is a small, but highly-energetic, group of MS and PhD-level researchers who work cooperatively with partners in operations to develop decision-support tools for aviation and road transportation.

NOAA researchers are working to make traveling in winter weather safer bit.ly/3GOhxW9

Job Responsibilities

  • Support applied research of observations, models, and tools as they apply to the transportation sector and/or winter-weather forecasting
  • Assist with the transition of decision-support products for winter weather and the transportation sector into operational systems at the NWS, FAA and DOT
  • Engage the broader research community through public dissemination of research via conferences, workshops, and peer-reviewed journal articles
  • Utilize computer programming (namely Python and C++) to advance research.

Career Development

We offer…

  • Promotion
  • Ability to participate in interagency collaborations on a wide range of
  • Visibility in the broader field at conferences, workshops, and
  • A rewards and merit system that acknowledges professional
  • A chance to develop new professional skills/toolsets.

Qualifications

  •  An MS in meteorology (or a related field)
  •  Computer programming experience
  •  Ability to work collaboratively with others
Previous related research experience is not required.
The primary considerations will be the candidate’s ability to conduct research and their computer programming skills.
 

Salary/Benefits

The salary is based on experience and includes University benefits (http://hr.ou.edu/).

Other benefits include…

  • Reduced membership at OU’s 80,000 ft. fitness and aquatic center (https://www.ou.edu/far)
  • Flexible work hours
  • Generous personal leave

Work/life balance

  • We support a diverse, nondiscrimantory workforce that respects the culture, beliefs, and practices of all employees.
  • Flexible work hours and easy area commutes enable employees to address personal needs without sacrificing personal leave.
  • Our structured career-track program allows for advancement and professional prestige while maintaining a healthy work/life balance.

Living in Norman, OK

Norman is a beautiful small city with a burgeoning arts movement, lively concert series, and numerous athletic events.
The cost of living is very low in Norman (live-norman.com), allowing employees of CIWRO to live within about a 10-minute drive of the National Weather Center.
Big-city amenities are just a 20-30 minute drive away. Several nearby lakes and nature preserves offer additional recreation and entertainment.
 

How to apply

Send a statement of interest, CV, and a list of three references to: CIMMS-Careers@ou.edu
Enter in subject line: ATTN: TRANSPORTATION
The start date is flexible, but the position is expected to be filled by 15 July 2022.
For more info about this position, please contact Dr. Heather Reeves (heather.reeves@noaa.gov)
The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.