CIMMS Research Associate - Radar Applications Developer

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

 

Date posted

May 14, 2021 12:00 am

Application deadline

July 14, 2021 12:00 am

Organization

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS)

Location

  • United States

Job description

CIMMS Research Associate - Radar Applications Developer

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at the University of Oklahoma is currently seeking a Research Associate to work with scientists within the National Severe Storms Laboratory’s (NSSL) Radar Research & Development Division (RRDD). At NSSL, RRDD works closely with the Radar Operations Center (ROC) and other partners to develop and transition to operations scientific applications, algorithms, and applied research that advance the suite of weather radar products available operationally to National Weather Service forecasters. The transition of applications from NSSL to the ROC requires that software be written using ROC coding requirements. Thus, this position requires both meteorological and coding expertise to bridge the development and transition of new applications from NSSL to the ROC. RRDD also leads research on phased array radar, which is being explored as a next-generation system for NOAA. This position also includes working with scientists to evaluate the data quality and rapid- and adaptive-scanning benefits of the Advanced Technology Demonstrator, an experimental dual-polarized phased array radar. This position will work in Norman, OK at the National Weather Center (NWC), a highly collaborative operational, research and academic environment.

The duties of this position are:

  1. Work with scientists to transition scientific algorithms developed under the Radar Product Improvement (RPI) program into their operational prototypes.
  2. Work with scientists to evaluate the data quality and rapid- and adaptive-scanning benefits of phased array radar.
  3. Participate in the development of science applications by testing and by providing necessary feedback to the scientists and algorithm developers.
  4. Participate in the development of science applications by providing and processing data as requested to scientists and algorithm developers.
  5. Provide input and share expertise for basic and applied research activities, software development, and the use of novel software products.
  6. Attend relevant meetings and develop presentations on the work being performed. Stay up to date on related software and participate in planning future work and enhancements.

Minimum Requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree with at least three (3) years of full time related experience or Master’s Degree in Computer Science, Meteorology or related area
  • Ability to efficiently use the Linux operating system
  • Ability to write, compile, and run code in C and/or C++ within the Linux operating system
  • Experience programming independently in Perl and/or Python
  • Basic understanding of dual-polarization weather radar use and principles
  • Ability to describe basic radar data collection (e.g., Elevations, Volumes, Radials, Gates, and RHI’s)
  • Ability to describe weather radar outputs (reflectivity, Doppler velocity, spectrum width, differential reflectivity, differential phase, and correlation coefficient) and their basic interpretation and use
  • Basic understanding of the NWS process for issuing severe weather warnings

Department Preferred Skills:

  • Three years of demonstrated experience programming independently in C or C++
  • Two years of demonstrated experience programming independently in Perl or Python
  • Ability to modify and install GNU Automake into new software projects
  • Detailed understanding of valgrind, a Linux software tool
  • Ability to name and define the ORPG, RDA, and AWIPS
  • Ability to name and define the meaning and use of QPE, HCA, ML, and SCIT
  • Basic understanding of radar signatures and artifacts (e.g., melting layer, clutter contamination,
    storm types, freezing rain, zero isodop, and radar miscalibration)
  • Good presentation, technical writing skills, and reporting habits

Supervision will be provided by CIMMS staff. Technical oversight will be provided by CIMMS staff and NSSL Federal staff. This is a non-supervisory position, although the incumbent may serve as a leader of technical teams.

The beginning salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications with University of
Oklahoma benefits. Information on benefits may be found at http://hr.ou.edu/Employees.

To apply for the position, please forward your resume, cover letter and list of three references to:
CIMMS-Careers
University of Oklahoma CIMMS
120 David L. Boren Blvd., Suite 2100
Norman, OK 73072-7304
CIMMS-Careers@ou.edu
ATTN: Radar Applications Developer

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