Faculty Assistant for Oceanographic data stewardship

Silver Spring, Maryland
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Created: December 6, 2017


Starting Salary: Commensurate with experience 

Closing Date: Tuesday, January 2, 2018 


UMD/ESSIC has an opening for a one-year position (possibly longer, pending funding) as Faculty Assistant to work within NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information to steward environmental data at NOAA Headquarters in Silver Spring, MD.  The NCEI mission is to acquire, preserve, disseminate and insure the long-term utility of environmental data records on behalf of the nation.  The records include in situ oceanographic data from NOAA, other US Federal agencies, other government and international agencies, academia and NGOs. 

Duties for this position will include the scientific data stewardship of in-situ environmental data collected aboard ocean going research vessels and aircraft and the development and recommendation of new techniques to manage specific environmental data.  Data collections may be in the form of digital records in various formats including video data. Legacy data collections may be in the form of analog records and on various media such as tapes, mini-DVs or others depending on the age of collection.  The incumbent will be someone who appreciates and enjoys the technical challenges of planning for and handling various types of environmental data. The position requires a working knowledge of the principles for creating and maintaining geospatial metadata and basics of archival and records management practices.  Other activities include participation in conferences, workshops, and meetings to present results to the scientific community. Travel requirements are expected to be 1-2 weeks per year


The qualified candidate should have a Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s preferred) in Data Curation or Data Sciences, Library and Information Sciences, Environmental Science(s), Computer Science, or Information Technology.  An advanced degree in a field with archival and/or records management requirements, such as an MLS or MLIS is desirable.  In addition the candidate should be able to show at least one year experience acting in a data or information management capacity.  Other distinguishing skills and abilities include (a) Familiarity with metadata and metadata standards (FGDC/ISO 19115) (b) Experience and skills with computer systems and operating system environments (e.g., Windows, Linux, file creation, file movement, etc.) (c)  Ability to effectively communicate with program and project managers, scientists and data providers (d)  Experience using file management commands in the Linux operating system and some experience using one or more of the following software packages: MySQL, PostgreSQL, Perl, Python, R, or other programming language is desirable. (e)  Familiarity with the common data model format netCDF, the markup language XML, and associated tools is desirable (f) Familiarity with video formats, codecs, resolutions and tools to work with them.

Citizenship:  U.S. citizenship desired

To Apply: Interested candidates should send a CV with a list of at least 3 professional references and a cover letter explaining how your qualifications meet the posted requirements to anegri@essic.umd.edu


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