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CIRES/NSIDC DAAC Data Product Team Lead

University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Apr 12, 2024

Job Summary

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences welcomes applications for a CIRES/ NSIDC DAAC Data Product Team Lead. The Data Product Team Lead (DPTL) supports the NASA Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC) program at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). The DPTL is a member of the NSIDC DAAC management team and is responsible for data management activities for NASA Earth science data. The DPTL serves as the primary NSIDC DAAC point of contact and decision maker for the stewardship of assigned satellite, airborne, ground, or researcher-produced data products. The DPTL is the primary point of contact with data producers, including NASA missions and NASA-funded researchers. The DPTL leads a cross-functional Data Product Team to accomplish data management objectives including:

Data Acquisition and/or Production
  • Advise data producers on standard data formats, structures, and delivery methods
  • Establish protocols and agreements for the transfer of data into DAAC data systems
  • Develop/integrate, test, verify, and run data production code (for applicable data)
Data Description
  • Create metadata for data discovery, usage, and provenance
  • Develop data product user guides and supplemental information based upon NSIDC standard processes and mission/project needs
Data Distribution
  • Provide access to data through NSIDC DAAC and NASA protocols
  • Develop and/or provide specialized data services as appropriate based on the mission and scientific community needs
Data Support
  • Assist user communities with the selection and usage of NASA Earth science data
  • Work with user communities to identify needed improvements for data and tools
  • Provide outreach to educate and broaden the data user community

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 , more than 950 environmental science professionals work to understand the dynamic Earth system, including people’s relationship with the planet. CIRES has partnered with NOAA since 1967, and our areas of expertise include weather and climate, changes at Earth’s poles, air quality and atmospheric chemistry, water resources, solid Earth sciences, and more. Our vision is to be instrumental in ensuring a sustainable future environment by advancing scientific and societal understanding of the Earth system.

The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), affiliated with CIRES, at the University of Colorado Boulder, is a key national hub for snow and ice research. Renowned for its credibility in providing cryospheric data and services, NSIDC holds a leading role in research and development in this specialized field. Operating as part of CIRES, NSIDC supports research on Earth's cryosphere, including snow, ice, glaciers, frozen ground, and climate interactions. The center manages and distributes scientific data, develops tools for data access, supports users, conducts scientific research, and educates the public. As a NASA Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC), NSIDC plays a crucial role in managing significant data and science resources. For more information, visit .

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

The Data Product Team Lead position includes project management and data stewardship responsibilities in support of NSIDC DAAC’s activities for assigned satellite missions, airborne missions, field campaigns, and other product suites.

Project Management
  • Lead one or more interdisciplinary Data Product Teams consisting of members from Data Operations, Data and User Support, Technical Writing, Science, and Science Programming.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for external collaborators related to the assigned data products and work to develop and foster positive relationships with those external partners.
  • Develop and achieve data stewardship goals and deliverables through coordination with internal groups and external team members.
  • Internal groups: Data Product Team, DAAC Management, DAAC Data Stewardship Team, NSIDC Service Groups.
  • External collaborators: NASA Earth Science Data and Information Systems (ESDIS) Program, NASA mission/project science teams, NASA data producers, DAAC User Working Group, user communities.
  • Provide status reporting to DAAC Management and external partners.
  • Communicate information internally and externally through various channels including leading and attending NSIDC DAAC meetings, presenting at external meetings and conferences, and contributing to the development of the DAAC annual work plan and budget.
Data Stewardship
  • Develop, evolve and implement data stewardship practices by demonstrating the expertise of the Data Product Team, the DAAC Data Stewardship Team, and other data management programs at NSIDC.
  • Coordinate with NASA missions, projects, and data producers to develop formal agreements, including data management plans and operations agreements.
  • Ensure data products are ingested, archived, and distributed according to NASA and NSIDC DAAC standards.
  • Ensure data and supporting metadata and documentation conform to NASA and NSIDC DAAC requirements and standard methodologies.
  • Ensure data system technologies and capacities meet or exceed the requirements for data ingest, archival, and distribution.
  • Identify and coordinate efforts to promote and support the use of data products in scientific research and other applications.
  • Coordinate the development and integration of new data products or data services through consultation with DAAC Management, NASA science teams, DAAC User Working Group, ESDIS, and other relevant groups.
What You Should Know
  • Due to NASA funding restrictions, candidates who have paid or unpaid appointments or positions with Chinese Government organizations, Chinese Government controlled organizations, Chinese-owned companies, or any company incorporated under the laws of the People’s Republic of China are ineligible for hire.
  • Please note that those applicants requiring visa sponsorship now or in the future will not be considered for this position. Applicants must be currently authorized to legally work in the United States on a full-time basis.
  • For questions about the job, please contact Amanda Leon, hiring supervisor, at For questions about the application process, please contact Chris Pappas at
What We Can Offer
  • CIRES offers a generous compensation and benefits package.
  • The annual hiring salary for this position ranges from $81,000 - $125,000. 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.
  • CIRES and the University of Colorado Boulder offer a robust training curriculum, opportunities for professional development and a Mentorship Program.
  • Boulder is a vibrant community with access to mountain parks, dog parks, miles of trails, rivers, lakes, cafes, restaurants, boutiques, theaters, museums, and sports venues. Boulder was recently ranked as one of the top places to live in the U.S. by U.S. News .
  • As an employee at CU Boulder, you will have free access to the regional public transit system, an outstanding network of buses, and light rail systems that service Boulder and connect to Denver, the Denver airport, and surrounding communities.

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, preferably in an Earth science or a Library science field
  • At least three years of combined Earth science data and project management experience
  • Experience creating, using, or supporting Earth science data
  • Experience managing and coordinating multiple projects
What You Will Need
  • Ability to succeed in a dynamic and evolving environment.
  • Ability to work efficiently with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to clearly communicate scientific and technical information.
  • Ability to lead a diverse team to develop and implement project plans to achieve the organization’s goals.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Understanding of the phases of the science data lifecycle (collection, assembly, discovery, access, preservation, and use).
What We Would Like You to Have

We invite applicants to apply even if they do not have the preferred skills and experience outlined in this section. If you meet the minimum qualifications and have passion for the work, you are encouraged to apply. We encourage on-the-job training for any additional skills or knowledge that become relevant to the position.
  • Master’s degree, preferably in an Earth science or a Library science field
  • Experience in Cryospheric sciences
  • Experience providing data management for Earth science research and/or federal agencies (NASA, NOAA, NSF)
  • Working knowledge of NASA and international data and metadata standards
  • Experience using geospatial data analysis and/or visualization packages
  • Experience using project planning and management tools such as JIRA, Trello or similar
Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  • Resume/CV.
  • Cover letter briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.
  • List of contact information for 3 professional references (name, title, professional relationship, email) who may be contacted on your behalf for a professional reference. You don’t need to include letters of recommendation with your initial application. If you are selected as a finalist for this role, the search committee will request a letter of recommendation at a later time.
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.

Please apply by May 3, 2024 to be considered for this position.

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: Amanda Leon

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