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CIRES/NCEI Marine Geophysical Data Manager PRA

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



Job Summary

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado in Boulder has an opening for a Marine Geophysical Data Manager working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI). Within NCEI, the Center for Coasts, Oceans, and Geophysics (CCOG) is globally recognized as the premier repository and provider of geophysical, oceanographic, coastal, space weather, and marine ecosystem data and information.

CIRES is looking for a scientist with experience managing large data sets, automating processing of data, describing data with standard metadata, and maintaining relational database systems. The successful candidate will participate as part of a team stewarding marine geophysical data, providing discovery and access for sonar data and derived scientific products, and supply customer service to global data users. Data management at NCEI is focused on standards-based commercial and in-house data management tools, including spatially-enabled relational database management systems that drive web services. This position will support scientists throughout NOAA, academia, voluntary mariners, and other data contributors by stewarding multibeam sonar data. The ideal candidate will develop improved scientific and management products, and increase collaboration and coordination for data acquisition, management, and sharing.

This position is located at NCEI, David Skaggs Research Center, 325 Broadway, Boulder, Colorado. NCEI is a part of the US Department of Commerce, NOAA, National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service. NCEI’s mission is to provide scientific stewardship of and timely access to global environmental data from satellites and other sources to promote, protect, and enhance the Nation’s economy, security, environment, and quality of life.

Who We Are

At CIRES, the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, more than 800 environmental scientists work to understand the dynamic Earth system, including people’s relationship with the planet. CIRES is a partnership of NOAA and the University of Colorado Boulder, and our areas of expertise include weather and climate, changes at the Earth’s poles, air quality and atmospheric chemistry, water resources, and solid Earth sciences. Our vision is to be instrumental in ensuring a sustainable future environment by advancing scientific and societal understanding of the Earth system.

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information:

We provide stewardship, products, and services for geophysical data from our Sun to Earth and Earth's sea floor and solid earth environment, including Earth observations from space.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Manage marine geophysical data.
  • Ingest multibeam swath sonar bathymetry and associated data collected by NOAA, the academic fleet (UNOLS), and partner agencies.
  • Ingest subbottom profile and other marine geophysical data.
  • Archive data and populate online databases and systems to enable public discovery of and access to original and processed data and derived products..
  • Assess ingest and access systems, and identify ways to improve/enhance those systems.
  • Document data in ISO standard metadata format.
  • Monitor and report scientific and technological changes impacting the geophysical data repository and services.
  • Serve as point of contact for researchers and the public regarding marine geophysical data.
  • Work with data providers to ensure their archive and access needs are met, including staying abreast of best practices and technological advances that need to be accommodated, and providing regular updates on archive statistics.

What You Should Know

CIRES commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

This position will need to be able to pass a Federal security clearance to access the building.  The position is rostered in CIRES at the University of Colorado Boulder campus, but the position will be situated at the David Skaggs Research Center, 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO, 80305, a NOAA Federal Laboratory facility.

What We Can Offer

We can offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Bachelor's Degree in the Earth Sciences, Oceanography, or related field with 2+ years applicable experience managing data.
  • Familiarity with metadata and data exchange standards, e.g. ISO, NetCDF, XML, Json.
  • Experience using scripting languages to automate data tasks, such as Python, JavaScript, Bash, Groovy or similar.
  • Experience working in a Linux/Unix environment.
  • Experience with relational databases and SQL.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong networking skills to build relationships with national and international data providers.
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated ability to complete tasks in a timely manner with good quality.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in both oral and written English.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Experience working with bathymetric data, associated metadata, and ancillary data – including data acquisition, processing, analysis, and visualization.
  • Familiarity with common geophysical instrumentation, data formats, and acquisition and processing software.
  • Sea-going experience with marine geophysical data collection and processing, especially multibeam sonar data collection.
  • A strong desire to learn and apply new skills and technologies in a rapidly evolving environment.
  • Familiarity with the MB-System software application.
  • Experience with GIS tools for data manipulation, visualization and evaluation, especially ESRI ArcGIS.
  • Demonstrated competence, individually and as a member of a team, in the pursuit and support of scientific research.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume or CV.
  2. Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.
  3. List of contact information for 3 references who may be contacted about your work history and qualifications. 
  4. One (1) confidential Letter of Recommendation will be required for those who are short-listed, or who is identified as the finalist, depending on the selection process. It is important that your referees are prepared in advance to expect an email from CU Boulder Campus HR requesting that the letter be uploaded through the link provided in the email. This referee may also be someone who you have used on your "List of References."
If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by CU Boulder Campus HR using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version as an optional attachment.

This position will remain open until filled. Applications will be screened as they are received.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Name: Carrie Wall Bell

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The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer