General: A new 3-year grant coming in for a NOAA Hazardous Weather Testbed project funded to more thoroughly study a vulnerability mapping tool that we made for two Alabama NWS Forecast Offices: Birmingham and Huntsville. The idea is that the extra information might alter how forecasters are communicating with emergency managers and the public, especially when acute vulnerabilities exist, to lower the potential impact of severe weather on those areas/people. The team will be working closely with SPC on this project.

The project seeks to hire a 3-year STEM post-doc who would like to work on the research-to-operations divide, has strong Linux skills, can move large datasets around, and can do enough with HTML to get by. Prior experience with AWIPS is a plus but can be learned on the job. They will be helping with the mechanics of running the testbed project, which will be in Norman next spring/summer, and then be a traveling testbed for a week at a time to several WFOs in years 2 and 3 of the grant. This job will position the postdoc well in both skills and the resulting research track record to network throughout the National Weather Center, and NOAA more generally, for permanent applied research positions following this postdoc.

This project speaks directly to NOAA’s FACETs vision ( and is on the forefront of better exploiting the latest advances in the science of severe weather to help minimize casualties (e.g., NOAA’s Weather Ready Nation goals).

Here’s the full description: 
We’re going to start reviewing applications soon, hoping to bring someone on board within the next couple of months.

Please pass the word to anyone you know who might be interested.