Research Scientist

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) seeks to fill a Research Scientist.


Date posted

Sep. 8, 2017 12:00 am

Application deadline

Oct. 8, 2017 12:00 am


The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS)


  • United States

Job description

University of Oklahoma Research Scientist

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) seeks to fill a Research Scientist position for its collaborative research with scientists in the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) in Norman, Oklahoma. The incumbent will contribute to NSSL’s Multi-Radar Multi-Sensor (MRMS) project (


NSSL in collaboration with CIMMS has developed an operational Multi-Radar Multi-Sensor (MRMS) system that assimilates radar, rain gauge, lightning, satellite and atmospheric environmental data and generates 1-km and 2-min resolution severe weather and quantitative precipitation estimation (QPE) products. The high-resolution precipitation products are critical for flood/flash flood warnings and for water resource management.

The principal duties of this position are:

  1. Develop and maintain a long-term analysis of record of high-resolution MRMS QPE products.
  2. Analyze the long-term data record and study characteristics of flood/flash flood events and their impacts
  3. Develop and test algorithms for quantitative precipitation estimates and flash flood in the MRMS system
  4. Attend meetings and professional conferences to present research results and contribute to technical documents and scientific publications.

The minimum qualifications for the position are:

  • A PhD in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, Computer Science or related area.
  • Emphasis will be placed on applicants with scientific programming experience on UNIX/Linux using a high-level language (e.g. C++, Java, Python) and/or applicants with some experience with machine learning.

Applicants should identify experience with analysis and interpretation of weather radar data. Excellent oral and written communication skills are highly desired.

Supervision will be provided by CIMMS staff. Technical oversight will be provided by CIMMS staff and NSSL Federal staff and management. 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

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: MRMS September 2017


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