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CIRES/ NOAA NCEI Marine Geophysics 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 has an opening for a Marine Geophysical Data Manager working with the Ocean and Coastal Mapping Team at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI). The candidate for this position will steward the operational ingest and archive of marine geophysical data, managing data to meet the Open Archival Information Standards (OAIS). The focus for this position includes ensuring the data integrity, security, and maintenance processes for managing marine underway geophysical data, specifically singlebeam bathymetry, subbottom profiler, side scan sonar, magnetic, gravity, and navigation data. This effort directly supports the Ocean and Coastal Mapping Integration Act and the Memorandum on Ocean Mapping of the United States Exclusive Economic Zone and the Shoreline and Nearshore of Alaska.

CIRES conducts collaborative research with NOAA on the archive, analysis, and processing of data that describe the seafloor and subsurface. This includes developing consistent, quality-controlled data sets, applying analytical tools to assess and monitor changes in the coasts and oceans, and developing internally and externally peer-reviewed scientific products that support informed decision-making and aid in the understanding of coastal and ocean conditions and their impact on the environment, economies, and societies. 

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 improve the Nation’s economy, security, environment, and quality of life.

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

  • Work as a marine geophysical data specialist managing underway geophysical data.
  • Ensure ingest, archive, ISO metadata documentation, access, and delivery of data derived from underway geophysical data from a variety of sources. Datasets may include singlebeam bathymetry, subbottom profiler, side scan sonar, magnetic, gravity, and navigation data.
  • Quality control output from ingest, archive, and data documentation processes.
  • Resolve discrepancies or issues discovered during ingest, archive, or documentation.
  • Maintain scripts vital for custom ingest and processing of incoming data into the scientific databases/tables underlying standard web services for datasets.
  • Work with the software engineering team regarding the application of common archive/ingest/ extract capabilities to datasets and maintenance of targeted dataset capabilities (e.g., map viewers).
  • Collaborate with researchers in other national labs, government, academia, and industry (especially UNOLS Rolling Deck to Repository).
  • Support the development of sophisticated products by aiding in data collating, processing, and improvement.

What You Should Know

This position requires U.S citizenship or permanent residence (green card).

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 comprehensive benefits package.


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

  • This position requires U.S citizenship or permanent residence (green card).
  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant scientific field (e.g., geophysics, geology, oceanography, environmental science).
  • Knowledge of Marine Geology and geophysics and collection techniques for marine geophysical data.
  • Familiarity and experience with analyzing and managing geophysical data.
  • Experience with utilizing SQL and databases.

What You Will Need

  • Strong attention to detail and passion for working with data.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Google Tools.
  • Excellent 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.
  • Demonstrated competence, either individually or as a member of a team, in the pursuit and support of scientific research.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Experience working with marine geophysical data, or seagoing experience where samples are collected (e.g. oceanographic cruise).
  • Experience using scripting languages to automate data tasks, such as Python, JavaScript, or similar.
  • Experience utilizing GIS software.
  • Familiarity and experience with metadata and data exchange standards, e.g. ISO and NetCDF.
  • Experience working in a Linux/Unix environment.
  • Experience authoring or supporting peer-reviewed publications or proposals.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. CV/Resume
  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 2 references who are willing to write a confidential Letter of Recommendation for you upon request. 

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 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: Brian Meyer

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