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CIRES/ NOAA NCEI Paleoclimatology Data Manager- Professional Research Assistant

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Boulder, Colorado

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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder conducts collaborative research with NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI). CIRES is accepting applications for a Data Manager - Professional Research Assistant to work with the World Data Service for Paleoclimatology. The successful applicant will be responsible for a variety of duties related to managing paleoenvironmental and paleoclimatic data received from scientists worldwide and making these data publicly available and reusable. Ideal applicants will have experience both in working with environmental data and in programming and working with databases. The ability to work collaboratively within a team of research scientists, data managers, and database/software developers is a must.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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.

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What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Develop and use code to reformat datasets and improve their reusability for the scientific community.
  • Contribute to team efforts to develop code that automates processes for ingesting new paleoenvironmental data contributions into a database.
  • Augment, update, and quality control a paleoenvironmental database through both manual and programmatic data entry.
  • Collaborate with team scientists to create science products from paleoenvironmental data that inform decision-makers and the general public.

What You Should Know

  • This is a one-year appointment with the possibility of extension based on performance and the availability of funding. 
  • This position will be rostered in CIRES at the University of Colorado Boulder but will be physically situated in the David Skaggs Research Center, 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305. 
  • If you are the selected finalist you will be required to pass a federal laboratory background clearance for site access.

What We Can Offer

  • We can offer a competitive salary and a generous benefits package. 
  • The annual hiring salary for this position is $50,000 to $80,000. Salary is determined based on education, experience, and CIRES's internal career track. 
  • Relocation funds are not available for this position.


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

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Geosciences or other scientific or technical fields. 
  • Experience programming in one or more of the following languages: R, Python, SQL.
  • Experience working with environmental, geologic, or climatic data.

What You Will Need

  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Familiarity with Windows operating system and Microsoft Excel.
  • Entry-level working knowledge of Unix operating system and shell. 

What We Would Like You To Have

Please note that applicants do not need to have all the skills and experience from the "what we would like you to have" section to be considered for this position. If you meet the minimum requirements, you are encouraged to apply. We encourage on-the-job training for any additional skills or knowledge that become relevant to the position.
  • Basic understanding of paleoclimatic proxies and reconstruction methodologies.
  • Experience working with relational databases including SQL.
  • Experience scripting/writing processes that interact with databases.
  • Experience with Unix shell programming.
  • Experience using GIT Version/Source Control System.
  • Knowledge of data stewardship principles.

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. You don’t need to include letters of recommendation with your initial application. The search committee will request letters of recommendation at a later time if you are identified as a finalist for this role.
    • If you are selected as the finalist, 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 by the search committee.
If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version (if applicable) as an optional attachment.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Position will remain posted until filled.

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

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Carrie Morrill

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