The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences
(CIRES) at the University of Colorado in Boulder has an immediate
opening for a Professional Research Assistant, Junior DevOps
Engineer supporting NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental
Information (NCEI), 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO. As a software
engineer focused on DevOps activities supporting the NCEI Ocean and
Coastal Mapping Team (OCM), the successful candidate will work to
enhance, monitor, maintain, troubleshoot, automate, and otherwise
augment systems used in the management of bathymetric data.
Bathymetry is defined as the measurement of the depth of water in
oceans, seas, or lakes. The successful candidate will play a
critical role in our multidisciplinary team of software engineers,
data managers, and scientists dedicated to the research,
development, archival, and dissemination of NOAA’s seafloor mapping
data. This effort directly supports the National Strategy for
Mapping, Exploring, and Characterizing the United States Exclusive
Economic Zone (NOMEC), as well as the Nippon Foundation-GEBCO
Seabed 2030 project.
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
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. Data management at NCEI is focused on standards-based
commercial and in-house data management tools, including
spatially-enabled relational database management systems that drive
This position is located at the NOAA 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 U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), 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 enhance the Nation’s economy, security, environment,
and quality of life.
What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
What You Should Know
- Optimize, monitor, troubleshoot, and assist in the enhancement
of systems used to ingest, archive, maintain, visualize, and
disseminate bathymetric datasets.
- Maintain relational databases to enable discovery and access to
- Assist in the archiving of increasingly complex bathymetric
datasets with an eye towards future automation of the ingest of
similar marine geophysical data. Modify scripts to accept new data
formats as needed by the mapping community.
- Resolve discrepancies or issues discovered during ingest,
archiving, or documentation.
- Identify and help implement additional improvements that will
enhance the utilization of bathymetric datasets.
- Participate in regular meetings as needed, and present results
at conferences/meetings as appropriate.
- Other duties as determined by management.
What We Can Offer
- Due to the requirement to access export-controlled data and
information, only U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents (green
cards), or other protected individuals (i.e., persons designated as
an asylee, refugee, or a temporary resident under amnesty
provisions) may apply.
- 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
selected as the finalist, you will be required to pass a federal
laboratory background clearance for site access.
- We can offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits
package. Salary is commensurate with education and experience and
determined based on CIRES internal career track
- The annual hiring salary range for this position is $55,000-
- Relocation expenses are available for this position following
CIRES and the University of Colorado’s relocation processes and
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
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What We Require
What You Will Need
- B.S. in Computer Science, Physical Science, Engineering, or
similar technical field.
- Experience with scripting and object oriented programming
languages with the willingness to learn new languages as
- Experience using version control (Git) and issue tracking.
What We Would Like You To Have
- Excellent problem-solving skills and attention to detail.
- Excellent English verbal and written communication skills.
- Flexible and proactive attitude combined with an ability to
work independently and with other team members to simultaneously
make progress on multiple projects.
- Demonstrated ability to complete tasks in a timely manner with
- Experience with Python, Groovy, Bash, and Java programming
- Familiarity with (or willingness to learn about) cloud services
and efficient migration of systems from non-cloud environments into
- Familiarity with (or willingness to learn about) SQL and Oracle
relational databases. Knowledge or experience with spatial data and
- Experience troubleshooting complex software systems that run in
mixed environments including Linux and Windows.
- Familiarity with metadata and data exchange standards, e.g. ISO
- Experience documenting standard operating procedures for
- General understanding of marine geology and geophysics and
collection techniques for marine bathymetric data.
To apply, please submit the following materials:
- Resume or CV
- Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly
describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific
interest in this position.
- List of contact information for 3 references who may be
contacted on your behalf. You don’t need to include letters of
recommendation with your application. If you are selected as a
finalist for this role, we will use Skillsurvey to check references
further along in the hiring process. SkillSurvey is an online
automated reference check solution. 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 as an
Position will remain posted until filled. Applications will be
reviewed as they are received.
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For
consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs
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