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[Met-jobs] CIMMS Post-Doctoral Research Associate

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Date Wed, 28 Nov 2018 15:59:09 +0000

CIMMS Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Warn-on-Forecast for Hazards Associated with

Landfalling Tropical Cyclones


The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at The University of Oklahoma (OU) seeks to fill a Post-Doctoral Research Associate position for its collaborative research with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) at the National Weather Center (NWC) in Norman, Oklahoma. The Post-Doc will contribute to applications of NSSL’s Warn-on-Forecast (WoF) research and development program in predicting tornadoes and other hazardous weather associated with landfalling hurricanes. The incumbent will work in close collaboration with the researchers at NOAA's Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) Hurricane Research Division (HRD) in Miami, Florida. The dynamic research and operational working environment at the NWC and HRD will provide the candidate with ample opportunities for career advancement.



The National Weather Service issues outlooks for landfalling hurricane hazards, followed by mesoscale discussions and watches 1–12 h in advance of landfall. The National Hurricane Center, Storm Prediction Center, Weather Prediction Center, local Weather Forecast Offices and River Forecast Centers issue outlooks, watches, and warnings for tornadoes, high winds, extreme rainfall and flash floods. However, forecasting these hazards associated with landfalling hurricanes are very challenging. Forecasts for these hazards can be advanced through the creation of and improvements to probabilistic guidance from convection-resolving numerical weather prediction ensemble output.


Essential job functions include:

       Advance ensemble forecasts for hazards associated with landfalling tropical cyclones, including tornadoes, wind gusts, and extreme rainfall.

       Investigate the impact of different observations on these forecasts.

       Create probabilistic guidance from ensemble output to efficiently communicate hazards.

       Interpret and publish results in progress reports and peer reviewed literature.

       Present research results at meetings and conferences.

       Contribute towards proposals written to maintain and expand this research effort.


Desired Qualifications:

The incumbent must have a Ph.D. Degree in Atmospheric Science or an equivalent subject having performed research in the area of tropical cyclones. The incumbent must demonstrate skill in data analysis and must have previous experience with numerical weather prediction models and tropical cyclone data. Experience working with large datasets and strong programming (e.g., Fortran, C, C++), and scripting (e.g. Python, NCL) skills are desirable. We encourage motivated individuals with excellent written and verbal communication skills. The incumbent must be an easy relationship builder, creative, intelligent, and a flexible, supportive team member. The appointment is for 2 years with annual renewal based upon performance.


Start date for the position will be as soon as the candidate can begin work. The position will remain open until filled. Salary will be competitive depending on experience and qualification 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

REFERENCE: Landfalling Tropical Cyclones


The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.



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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