CIMMS Research Associate – AWIPS2

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at The University of Oklahoma currently is seeking a research associate.


Date posted

Dec. 18, 2017 12:00 am

Application deadline

Jan. 18, 2018 12:00 am


The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS)


  • United States

Job description

CIMMS Research Associate – AWIPS2

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at The University of Oklahoma currently is seeking a research associate to collaborate with scientists in the National Severe Storms Laboratory’s (NSSL) Warning Research & Development Division on the implementation of severe weather applications to support research to operations initiative via transition into the National Weather Service’s Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System- 2nd generation (AWIPS2) operational software platform.

The duties of this position are:

  1. Integration of NSSL's experimental datasets into AWIPS2;
  2. Development of new applications and visualization techniques in the AWIPS2 environment and platform;
  3. Support and participate in applied research and development and operational experiments in the Hazardous Weather Testbed;
  4. Acquire and apply expertise about severe local storms in the warning decision-making process.

The minimum qualifications for the position are:

  1. A Masters Degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, Computer Science/Software Engineering, Geographic Information Systems, or related area;
  2. Computer programming experience (Linux, Java, Python, PostgreSQL, Eclipse, etc.);

Applicants should identify expertise with any of the following areas: AWIPS2; Computer Programming; Visualization; Geographic Information Systems. Some knowledge of National Weather Service warning and forecast operations and weather radar would be beneficial. Good oral and written communication skills are needed for the position. Please indicate additional experience with operating systems and programming skills (including web-based and mobile applications) beyond the requirements stated above.

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 the CIMMS leadership. Technical oversight will be provided by CIMMS staff, NSSL scientists, and NSSL management. Appointee will work under general supervision but is expected to determine action to be taken in handling all but unusual situations. Incumbent in this position is not expected to supervise other employees, but may serve as a leader of technical teams.

The beginning salary will be based on qualifications and experience with University benefits. Information on benefits may be found at The position is expected to begin February 2018.

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
Job Requisition – AWIPS
The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.