CIRES/ NOAA NCEI Space Weather Data Manager

Job Summary

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado in Boulder has an immediate opening for a Space Weather Data Manager working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI). NCEI is a globally recognized repository and provider of long-term geophysical, space weather, and marine data. This position is located within NCEI’s Solar and Terrestrial Physics (STP) branch. STP is responsible for data stewardship and product development for space weather instruments on satellites including the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES), the Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellites (POES), the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP), and the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR). Data management at NCEI is focused on providing support to users including NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center, US Air Force, government agencies, academia, and many international organizations.

CIRES is looking for a physical scientist or computer scientist with experience managing large data sets, developing novel user interfaces, automating processing pipelines, and describing data and datasets with standard metadata. The person in this position will be a member of the STP data management team. The successful candidate will collaborate as part of a team of scientists and software engineers that process and steward satellite space weather data, serving global data users by providing discovery and access for data and derived scientific products. The successful candidate will use their skills and insights to help our team to develop improved scientific and data management products.
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.

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
  • Facilitate the ingest, archive, and distribution of data collected by NOAA satellites and other space-weather observation platforms.
  • Identify ways to improve and enhance ingest and access systems and assist in implementing these changes.
  • Develop and maintain scripts to enhance the automation of operational processes.
  • Draft and maintain external (e.g., tutorials, READMEs) and internal (e.g., procedures, policy) documentation.
  • Create metadata in standard formats (including ISO) to drive discovery services for big data.
  • Populate online databases and create websites to enable discovery and access for space weather data products.
  • Collaborate with the space weather team, including other data managers.
  • Assist researchers and the public regarding NOAA’s space weather data.
  • Understand technological advances and best practices in data stewardship and data sciences.
  • Monitor and improve data repositories and services.
  • Maintain a basic understanding of the science data in the archive.

What You Should Know
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident due to the need for access to ITAR/EAR information.
  • 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.
  • Please note that depending on the state of the pandemic and site closures, this position may start as fully remote.

What We Can Offer
  • CIRES offers competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package.
  • The annual hiring salary range for this position is $50,000 - $90,000. 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.


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What We Require
  • Bachelor's Degree in Space Science, Computer Science, Informatics, or a related field with 2+ years applicable experience managing data.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident due to the need for access to ITAR/EAR information.

What You Will Need
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in both oral and written formats.
  • Strong knowledge of Linux/UNIX operating systems, including bash and standard editors.
  • Strong ability and desire to learn and apply new skills and technologies in a rapidly evolving environment.
  • Experience using Python for scientific programming.
  • Experience automating processing and implementing new user services.
  • Ability to accomplish technical tasks thoroughly and accurately within time constraints
  • Ability to communicate technical topics to a wide variety of audiences (e.g. scientists, developers, and the general public).
  • Ability to effectively work both independently and as part of a diverse and inclusive workforce.
  • Ability to creatively problem-solve, productively manage multiple tasks, and thrive in a highly interactive team environment.
  • Experience writing technical documentation and agreements.

What We Would Like You To Have
  • Experience with large scientific data sets and data-science topics.
  • Experience with data acquisition, processing, monitoring, plotting, and visualization.
  • Familiarity with metadata and data exchange standards, e.g. NetCDF, FITS, JSON, XML.
  • Familiarity with solar-terrestrial physics and/or space weather.
  • Familiarity with databases such as MariaDB and SQL.
  • Familiarity with additional scientific programming languages such as IDL and Matlab.
  • Experience with the development of APIs and websites.
  • Experience using cloud-based services to set up and maintain scalable and reliable user interfaces.

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: William Rowland

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