CIMMS Research Associate - High-Resolution Fire Weather

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


Date posted

May 4, 2018 12:00 am

Application deadline

June 4, 2018 12:00 am


The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS)


  • United States

Job description

CIMMS Research Associate - High-Resolution Fire Weather

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at The University of Oklahoma (OU) is currently looking for a Research Associate to provide scientific and meteorological expertise, and technical support for the development of advanced mesoscale hazardous weather analysis and prediction techniques. A key focus will be development and enhancements to fire weather forecasting guidance, including prediction of fine resolution high impact environments conducive to rapid fire ignition and spread, utilizing observational and Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) convection-allowing model data. The position will be based at the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) in Norman, OK within the National Weather Center (NWC), a highly collaborative forecasting, research and academic environment containing a number of NOAA and OU organizations. The incumbent will work directly with development meteorologists and operational forecasters at the SPC, and will have opportunities to interact with NOAA and academic scientists within the NWC, as well as scientists and forecasters in the lightning, fire weather, and severe storm communities.

The principal duties of this position are:

  1. Provide scientific and technical expertise in the development, testing, evaluation, and transition to NWS operations of innovative tools and technologies designed to improve the prediction of fire weather conditions, thunderstorms, and lightning.
  2. As appropriate, contribute to Hazardous Weather Testbed experiments to test and evaluate guidance and products central to SPC core mission requirements relating to fire weather forecasting.
  3. As needed, represent CIMMS/SPC by contributing to scientific publications and attending off-site conferences, workshops, symposia and hazardous-weather-related outreach events.
  4. Perform related duties as assigned.

The minimum qualifications for the position are:

  1. A Master’s or PhD Degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science or related area.
  2. Emphasis will be placed on applicants with knowledge and experience in areas of fire weather, thunderstorms, lightning, numerical weather prediction models/ensemble systems including convection-allowing models, and application of statistical techniques including creation of probabilistic hazard information.

Applicants should identify experience in software development including compiled and scripting programming languages, web page development, graphic design/visualization, and Linux (UNIX) environments including AWIPS2/N-AWIPS systems. Excellent oral and written communication skills are highly desired.

Normal working hours will be observed except for occasional irregular hours during data collection, warning/forecast experiments or workshops conducted at remote sites. General supervision will be provided by CIMMS staff with technical advice provided by SPC management. The incumbent works under general supervision but is expected to work independently and determine action to be taken in handling all but unusual situations. This is a non-supervisory position, although the incumbent may serve as a leader of technical teams. The salary for this position will be based on education, experience, skills, and knowledge. Information on University benefits may be found at:

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: Fire Weather

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