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CIRES/NCEI Natural Hazards Data Scientist PRA


Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado in Boulder has an opening for a part-time scientist working with the Coastal Sciences Team at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI). The successful candidate must have a passion for data. He or she will work directly with the Natural Hazards team lead scientist to manage and assist the staff in ingest of data and metadata to support these historical hazards databases. This effort directly supports NOAA’s hazard research, forecast, warning and mitigation activities.

This position is co-located with staff at NCEI, David Skaggs Research Center, 325 Broadway, Boulder, Colorado, and supports the CIRES Research Theme of Advance Modeling and Observing Systems. NCEI is a part of the US Department of Commerce (USDOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS). NCEI’s mission is to provide scientific stewardship of and timely access to global geophysical 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's National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) is responsible for preserving, monitoring, assessing, and providing public access to the Nation's treasure of geophysical data and information.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Work as a member of the Coastal Science Team managing hazard event data and other data management tasks as needed
  • Work on the digitization and metadata creation of historical marigrams
  • Collect and assist in the management of photos and video recording damage from hazard events
  • Support generation of authoritative post-event reports based on historical hazard databases

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 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 is a permanent, part-time (40%) position rostered in CIRES at the University of Colorado Boulder campus, but physically situated at the David Skaggs Research Center, 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO. 

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 Geology or Geophysics or other ocean sciences and 3 or more years related work experience or equivalent combination of education and experience (e.g. Master’s degree)
  • Knowledge of natural hazards, including earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions
  • Experience analyzing and managing geophysical and water-level data
  • Experience collecting and managing metadata, including photos and video recordings
  • Experience working with and utilizing relational databases
  • Authoring or supporting peer-reviewed publications or proposals

What You Will Need

  • Strong attention to detail and passion for working with data
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Excellent English verbal and written communication skills as evidenced by past reports and presentations at scientific conferences
  • Demonstrated ability to complete tasks in a timely manner with good quality

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Skill in analyzing, manipulating, and interpreting data, including generating statistics
  • Experience using scripting languages to automate data tasks, such as Python, JavaScript or similar
  • Experience working in a Linux/Unix environment

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1.  Resume/CV.
  2. Cover letter briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.
  3. List of contact information for 3 references who would be willing to write a recommendation letter if you are selected as a shortlisted candidate or the finalist.
    • If you are selected as the finalist, or, a short-listed candidate, depending on the selection process, we will contact you through email and request that you submit 1 name and email of a reference who will be asked to submit a letter of recommendation (can be one of the 3 noted above). This information will be kept confidential and viewable only the search committee.
 Screening will begin immediately, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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