CIMMS Research Associates – ARM Data Quality Office

Published: 2 December 2018

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies at the University of Oklahoma is seeking two Research Associates with excellent attention to detail and strong programming skills to join the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) user facility’s Data Quality (DQ) Office located in the National Weather Center at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma.

The DQ Office supports ARM by serving as the first line of defense in discovering data quality issues with the final goal of providing the science community with the highest quality data possible. The primary responsibilities of the DQ Office are, in close cooperation with ARM instrument mentors, site operators, and other members of the ARM infrastructure, to create automated processes for inspection and assessment of data quality, inspect and assess the data, report detected problems and participate in their resolution, and communicate data quality findings to end-users of ARM data.

The duties of the Research Associate position are to:
● develop software for displaying, inspecting, and assessing ARM data
● help maintain and improve our web-based tools
● work with ARM personnel to improve and develop new data quality analysis techniques and visualizations
● facilitate problem resolution and communication of data quality problems with ARM infrastructure
● mentor undergraduate student analysts who assist in the analysis of ARM data
● participate in relevant data quality research projects as opportunities arise
● represent the DQ Office at meetings and conferences
● perform related duties as assigned.

The minimum qualifications for the position are:
● M.S. in atmospheric science, earth system science, meteorology, computer science or related field, OR B.S. in atmospheric science or computer science plus three years full-time experience
● strong computer programming skills, particularly in command-line Linux environments
● experience with meteorological data analysis, including scientific data formats such as netCDF.

Preference will be given to applicants with:
● knowledge, experience, or previous education focusing on meteorological instrumentation, atmospheric chemistry and/or aerosols, radar, lidar, or atmospheric fluxes
● experience performing data analysis and visualization with Python; consideration will also be given for work done with other languages such as IDL, Matlab, Perl, or R
● knowledgeable in new and emerging programming techniques, such as machine learning, big data analysis, or software automation
● experience with revision control systems such as Git or SVN
● experience with web programming (Javascript, PHP, HTML, CGI, etc.).

The beginning salary will be competitive for this position and will be dependent on experience. The University of Oklahoma provides a generous benefits package. Information on benefits may be found at The positions will remain open until suitable candidates are identified.

To apply, please forward your résumé, 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 – ARM Data Quality