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[Met-jobs] Research Scientist Position at University of Oklahoma

From "Reinke, Tracy L." <>
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Date Mon, 30 Oct 2017 21:36:57 +0000

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) seeks to fill a Research Scientist position for projects funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL). The Research Scientist will participate in NSSL’s Multifunction Phased Array Radar (MPAR) program and related Spectrum Efficient National Surveillance Radar (SENSR) research.




NOAA and other agencies are developing concepts and performing risk reduction for a next-generation Multifunction Phased Array Radar. MPAR could subsume current national operational radar functions including surveillance for civil aviation, airport wind shear detection, severe weather observation and warning, quantitative precipitation monitoring and air-domain security. MPAR will exploit highly digital, active electronically scanned array technology to perform these missions. Critical challenges include maintaining the high data quality provided by the current operational weather radars (WSR-88D), developing efficient scanning strategies and achieving accurate dual-polarization observations in spite of inherent biases associated with array radars. The incumbent in this position will focus on developing and validating technical approaches in these areas through a combination of analysis, simulation and field measurement.




The incumbent will develop and assess techniques that exploit MPAR’s digital array architecture for calibration, data quality compensation and effective, multi-mission scanning. As appropriate, he/she will exploit test assets at NSSL, OU or industry facilities to perform measurements and quantitative analysis of these techniques. Assets available for this research include scaled (~1000 element) active arrays with both planar and cylindrical geometries, a future “Advanced Technology Demonstrator” – a large-scale polarimetric planar array radar, fixed and mobile conventional polarimetric weather radars, and a growing corpus of analysis, simulation and modeling software. It is expected that the incumbent will contribute to the development and effective utilization of these assets in addressing key meteorological phased array radar research challenges. He/she will publish results of their research in peer-reviewed literatures and present at conferences.


Required Qualifications:


1.      A Ph.D. degree (or be in the final stages of dissertation completion before applying) in electrical and computer engineering, observational atmospheric science or related area.

2.      Research experience with weather radar system development, signal and data processing techniques and observational studies.

3.      Experience with Linux/Unix operating systems. Strong software design and programming (Matlab, C, C++, Java) skills and scripting (Python) familiarity.

4.      Excellent oral and written communication skills (including papers published in, or submitted to refereed journals).

5.      An ability to work both independently and cooperatively with others.


The beginning salary will be based on qualifications and experience, with benefits provided through the University of Oklahoma ( The start date for the position is negotiable.


This position is a full-time appointment funded by grants from NOAA. The appointment is contingent on passing a Department of Commerce/NOAA background check. The appointee will serve a customary probationary period during the first year.


To apply, please forward your resume, cover letter and contact information for 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: SENSR Research Scientist October 2017



Tracy Reinke, CRA

Executive Director, Finance and Operations

Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies

The University of Oklahoma

120 David L. Boren Blvd., Suite 2100

Norman, OK 73072-7304

(405) 325-3043

(405) 325-3098 (FAX)



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