Research Scientist in Cloud Physics

Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS), University of Oklahoma, Norman, USA

The CIMMS seeks to fill a Research Scientist position for projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The Research Scientist will participate in experimental field projects seeking to obtain a better quantitative knowledge of the microphysical properties of clouds, to better understand cloud processes and to represent them in weather and climate models.

The Director of CIMMS has a number of ongoing and planned field projects making air- and ship-borne in-situ and remote sensing measurements of cloud properties, including projects investigating Southern Ocean clouds, Arctic clouds, mesoscale convective systems, winter storms, tropical cyclones, and others. Investigations using these data to determine how cloud properties vary with environmental and aerosol conditions are expected to continue for several years. Further, the uncertainties in derived cloud properties will be used to develop a new-generation of stochastic parameterizations for incorporation into models.

The incumbent will participate in the collection of data during field campaigns, process data collected by cloud probes using the University of Oklahoma software, help organize future field campaigns, assist in proposal preparation, conduct scientific analysis with the collected data, write papers for the refereed literature, and present the results of findings at national and international meetings. It is also expected that the incumbent will interface with investigators at several other universities and institutes, making derived cloud products available to other investigators as well as receiving data from probes operated by others for use in scientific investigations. Development of parameterizations and execution of model simulations may also be required.


  • A Ph.D. degree in atmospheric science or related area.
  • Background in cloud physics, and especially in observations, is desired.
  • Strong software design and programming (e.g., Matlab) skills, and scripting (Python) familiarity.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills (including papers published in, or submitted to refereed journals).
  • 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 (https://hr.ou.edu/Employees/New-Employees-at-OU/OU-Benefits-Overview). The position is available as early as April 1 and is a full-time appointment. Although the position is supported by grants awarded to CIMMS, it is expected that a long-term appointment is possible. The appointee will serve a customary probationary period during the first year.

How 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: Cloud Physics January 2018