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CIRES/ NOAA NCEI Passive Acoustic Archive Data Manager

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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 in Boulder has an opening for a passive acoustic data manager working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI). NCEI’s mission is to provide scientific stewardship of and timely access to environmental data to promote, protect, and enhance the Nation’s economy, security, environment, and quality of life. NCEI is globally recognized as the premier repository and provider of geophysical, oceanographic, coastal, space weather, and marine ecosystem data and information. NCEI data management is focused on standards-based best-practices and tools, including spatially-enabled relational database management systems that drive web services. CIRES is looking for a scientist with experience managing large data sets, automating the processing of data, describing data with standard metadata, and maintaining relational database systems. The successful candidate will participate as part of a team stewarding geophysical data, providing discovery and access for passive acoustic data and derived scientific products, and supply customer service to global data users. The candidate will also strengthen existing partnerships within the community to address a vast need for data management. 

This position is located at NCEI, David Skaggs Research Center, 325 Broadway, Boulder, Colorado, and supports the CIRES Research Theme of Advanced Modeling and Observing Systems.

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.

National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI):

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

  • Manage the passive acoustic data archive.
  • Archive passive acoustic data and associated files, and maintain relational databases and systems to enable discovery and access to data.
  • Troubleshoot and fix problems with data ingest systems.
  • Evolve existing systems to improve efficiency, scalability, and reliability including investigating new storage, discovery, and processing tools.
  • Prepare metrics on data archive and delivery for archive partners and staff.
  • Develop and maintain data management procedures documentation.
  • Provide excellent customer service to global data users.
  • Support scientists at NOAA and beyond.
  • Help coordinate and shepherd data submissions from numerous partners within and outside NOAA.
  • Collaborate with staff throughout NCEI to advance the cohesive management of geophysical data and a strategic direction for data delivery and web services.
  • Actively participate in meetings to coordinate cross-NCEI data management activities.

What You Should Know

  • 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

  • CIRES can offer a competitive salary and a generous benefits package. 
  • The annual hiring salary range for this position is $50,000 - $80,000. Salary is commensurate with education and experience and determined based on our CIRES internal career track classification.
  • Relocation funds are available for this position following CIRES and the University of Colorado’s relocation processes and procedures.
  • 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.


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, specializing in the marine realm.
  • Experience working with acoustic data, associated metadata, and ancillary data.
  • Experience working with relational databases.
  • Experience using scripting languages, such as Python, JavaScript, Bash, and Groovy, to automate data tasks.

What You Will Need

  • Strong networking skills to work with national and international data providers.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in both oral and written English.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Familiarity with metadata and data exchange standards, e.g. ISO, XML, JSON.
  • A strong desire to learn and apply new skills and technologies in a rapidly evolving environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to complete tasks in a timely manner with good quality.
  • Demonstrated competence, individually and as a member of a team, in the pursuit and support of scientific research.
  • Experience with collecting and processing passive acoustic data.
  • Experience working in a Linux/Unix environment.

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 Wall Bell

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