Research Scientist - MRMS Hydro-Meteorological Scientist

CIWRO at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma is currently seeking a research scientist to collaborate with other scientists at the National Severe Storms Laboratory’s (NSSL) Warning Research & Development Division on the development of scientific applications, algorithms, and applied research related to improving Multi Radar/Multi Sensor (MRMS) quantitative precipitation estimates (QPEs) and other hydrological applications used by operational forecasters in the warning decision-making process for flash flood and river flooding events.

 

Date posted

Sep. 30, 2022 11:30 am

Application deadline

Oct. 30, 2022 5:00 pm

Organization

CIWRO at the University of Oklahoma

Location

  • United States

Job description

This is a career-track PhD-level research scientist position in the Storm Scale Hydro- Meteorological Team at the Cooperative Institute for Severe and High-Impact Weather Research and Operations (CIWRO) at the University of Oklahoma (OU) in collaboration with NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center (SPC) and National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL). 

Overview

The Cooperative Institute for Severe and High-Impact Weather Research and Operations (CIWRO) at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma is currently seeking a research scientist to collaborate with other scientists at the National Severe Storms Laboratory’s (NSSL) Warning Research & Development Division on the development of scientific applications, algorithms, and applied research related to improving Multi Radar/Multi Sensor (MRMS) quantitative precipitation estimates (QPEs) and other hydrological applications used by operational forecasters in the warning decision-making process for flash flood and river flooding events. MRMS is an operational software system that contains a number of algorithms used to ingest multiple sources of environmental information, analyzes the data to produce severe weather, hydro-meteorological and transportation based products, many of which are used by National Weather Service (NWS) forecasters as well as the private sector and academia. 

Job Responsibilities

  • To lead the development of machine learning algorithms generating QPEs over the CONUS and Hawaii while running in a real-time (24hrs/7 days a week)
  • To evaluate new precipitation data sources (both remote sensing and in situ based) for integration into multi-sensor precipitation products and develop methodologies and algorithms for integration into the multi-sensor QPE process.
  • To conduct post-analyses of QPE performance during precipitation events and to develop algorithm improvements via the re-analyses of MRMS products.
  • Attend meetings and professional conferences to present research results and interact with collaborators and users; formally publish results when appropriate
  • Review technical and professional publications and attend seminars to stay abreast of current developments in meteorological and remote sensing science  

Qualifications

  • A D. Degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, Data Science or related area preferably with experience with meteorological applications
  • Three years of experience in scientific programming on UNIX/Linux based computers using a high level language (e.g. C, C++, Python) 
  • Experience with statistical methods and software for meteorological data analysis and visualization (e.g. MATLAB, GIS, etc.)
  • Ability to communicate scientific research through conference presentations, formal publications and technical documents

Salary/Benefits

  • Reduced cost membership at OU’s 80,000 ft. fitness and aquatic center (https://www.ou.edu/far).
  • Flexible work
  • Generous paid
  • Beginning salary is commensurate with degree and Information on OU benefits can be found at: https://jobs.ou.edu/Discover-OU 

Work/Life Balance at CIWRO

  • CIWRO supports a diverse, non-discriminatory 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 paid leave.
  • CIWRO’s 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.
  • Norman’s cost of living is very low (/bit.ly/livenorman), allowing CIWRO employees to live within about a 10-minute drive of the National Weather Center.
  • Big-city amenities are only a 20-30-minute drive Several nearby lakes and nature preserves offer additional recreation and entertainment. 

How to Apply

Send a statement of interest highlighting how you meet the position qualifications, your resume/CV, and a list of three professional references to: ciwro-careers@ou.edu. Enter in the subject line: ATTN: MRMS Hydro-Meteorological Scientist. For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Stephen Cocks (stephen.b.cocks-1@ou.edu). 

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