CIMMS Research Scientist

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


Date posted

June 19, 2017 12:00 am

Application deadline

Aug. 19, 2017 12:00 am


The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale meteorological Studies (CIMMS)


  • United States

Job description

CIMMS Research Scientist

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.

Background: NOAA and other agencies are developing concepts and performing risk reduction for a nextgeneration 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. Prior to fielding a full-scale MPAR “Advanced Technology Demonstrator (ATD)” in 2018, analysis and high-fidelity simulations are needed to address key technical issues. Two important issues are maintaining the high data quality provided by the current operational weather radars (WSR-88D), and developing “command and control (C2)” capabilities that will manage MPAR’s timeline to meet the mission requirements of all stakeholder agencies. 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.

Responsibilities: The incumbent will develop and assess techniques that exploit MPAR’s digital array architecture for calibration, data quality compensation and efficient scanning. As appropriate, he/she will exploit test assets at NSSL, OU or industry facilities to perform measurements and quantitative analysis of these techniques. The incumbent will lead the development of one or more MPAR simulators that will enable implementation, test and demonstration of C2 and data quality control approaches. Within reason, these simulators will support technique development and demonstration at a level of fidelity approaching that of a radar testbed. The incumbent will assess the trade-space between the C2 approaches used and output data quality, considering impacts on two-way antenna sidelobes, weather parameter estimate variance, range-Doppler ambiguities and polarimetric variable bias. The incumbent’s efforts will thereby support development of C2 strategies that are operationally acceptable from both timeline management and data quality perspectives. It is expected that the incumbent will publish results in peer-reviewed literature 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 operations 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 for more information see: OU Benefits. The start date for the position is negotiable.

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


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