Undergraduate Research Assistant Positions

Undergraduate Research Assitants Wanted!

This listing is coming soon to the OU jobs and CIMMS job pages! It is not open for applications until it is listed on the CIMMS and/or job page.

Please note, applicants must be enrolled for the Spring and Fall 2021 semesters as undergraduates at OU to be eligible for this position.



CIMMS seeks to find two research assistants to work with the Collaborative Lower Atmospheric Mobile Profiling System (CLAMPS) platforms. The student assistants will work together to assist researchers with CIMMS and the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) in modernization of boundary layer profiling programs. As a collaborative effort between the University of Oklahoma and NSSL, the CLAMPS facilities have operated for over six years collecting thousands of hours of high-resolution thermodynamic and kinematic profile observations. In a team environment, these student assistants will develop a catalog of existing datasets, help build state-of-the-art data archival and access tools, contribute to design of future data collection and documentation strategies, and have the opportunity to develop and conduct independent research using these data with support of CIMMS and NSSL researchers. The assistants will be expected to:

  • Organize existing data from the CLAMPS1 and CLAMPS2 systems to determine available datasets from previous deployments
  • Generate quicklook figures for previous CLAMPS deployments and datasets
  • Contribute to the content and framework design of CLAMPS dataset documentation requirements
  • Retroactively generate compliant documentation for previous CLAMPS deployments and datasets
  • Identify potential cases of interest for analysis
  • Develop independent research goals
  • Complete research tasks with guidance from CIMMS and NSSL researchers

Required Skills

  • Basic knowledge of meteorology and boundary-layer processes
  • Basic understanding of meteorological observation principles
  • Basic knowledge of command-line user interface
  • Intermediate/working knowledge of Python
  • Ability to work directly as part of a two-person team
  • Ability to collaborate as part of a broader team
  • Willingness to learn new technical and communication skills

Preferred/Beneficial Skills

  • Experience in programming (independent code development)
  • Experience interrogating and/or visualizing meteorological data
  • Experience with research-grade observations (e.g., research-grade radiosondes, remote sensing, research data-quality assessment, etc.)
  • Experience using Git/Github
  • Experience using THREDDS
  • Experience in backend web development

Questions about this position can be directed to Tyler Bell and Elizabeth Smith.

Dr. Elizabeth N. Smith
Dr. Elizabeth N. Smith
Research Meteorologist

Elizabeth joined NSSL as a research meteorologist in January 2020, where she focuses on boundary-layer processes relevant to near- and pre-storm environments and convection initiation.

Tyler Bell
Tyler Bell
Research Associate

Tyler is a Research Associate in CIMMS working on using ground-based remote sensors and WxUAS to advance the understanding of various boundary layer processes. He is acitvely exploring ways to optimally combine data collected from WxUAS and ground-based remote sensing.