Multibeam Data Manager Professional Research Asst

Boulder, CO
Feb 21, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

CIRES/NCEI Multibeam Bathymetry Data Manager

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder has an opening for a multibeam bathymetry data manager working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI). Within NCEI, the Center for Coasts, Oceans, and Geophysics (CCOG) is globally recognized as the premier repository and provider of geophysical, oceanographic, coastal, space weather and marine ecosystem data and information.

CIRES is looking for a scientist with experience managing large data sets, automating processing of data, describing data with standard metadata, and maintaining relational database systems. The successful candidate will participate as part of a team stewarding geophysical data, providing discovery and access for sonar data and derived scientific products, and supply customer service to global data users. Data management at NCEI is focused on standards-based commercial data management tools, including spatially-enabled relational database management systems that drive web services. This position will support scientists throughout NOAA, academia, voluntary mariners, and other data contributors by stewarding multibeam sonar data. The ideal candidate will develop improved scientific and management products, and increase collaboration and coordination for data acquisition, management, and sharing.

This position is located 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, NOAA, National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service. 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.

. Manage multibeam sonar bathymetry data . Ingest multibeam sonar bathymetry and associated support data collected by NOAA, the academic fleet (UNOLS), and partner agencies.

. Archive data and populate online databases and systems to enable discovery of and access to original and processed sonar data and derived products.

. Document multibeam sonar bathymetry data in ISO standard metadata format.

. Monitor and report scientific and technological changes impacting the geophysical data repository and services.

. Serve as the contact for researchers and the public regarding multibeam data.

. Serve as the technical lead on the International Hydrographic Office (IHO) Crowdsourced Bathymetry (CSB) Project and other campaign mapping projects . Act as subject matter expert and data manager for the CSB data repository housed at NCEI.

. Interface between software developers and the international community to determine best practices, formats, submission, discovery, and delivery capabilities.

. Serve as point of contact to data providers and the user community . Lead the implementation of a joint NOAA and academic data management effort to ensure data and services meet research and management needs.

. Act as point of contact within NCEI for international and national data providers that submit geophysical data and verify quality.

. Work with data providers to ensure their archive and access needs are met, including staying abreast of best practices and technological advances that need to be accommodated, and providing regular updates on archive statistics.

. Serve as CIRES supervisor and mentor to junior CIRES employee(s) and student workers.


. Master's degree in the Earth sciences, oceanography, or related field with 5+ years applicable experience managing data, specializing in the marine realm

. Experience working with bathymetric data, associated metadata, and ancillary data - including data acquisition, processing, analysis, and visualization

. Familiarity with common geophysical instrumentation, data formats, and acquisition and processing software

. Familiarity with metadata and data exchange standards, e.g. ISO and NetCDF

. Experience using scripting languages to automate data tasks, such as Python, JavaScript, Bash, Groovy or similar

. Experience working in a Linux/Unix environment

. Excellent problem-solving skills

. Strong networking skills to work with national and international data providers

. Working experience in lead or supervisory roles

. Ability to work independently or as part of a team

. Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in both oral and written English

Desired qualifications
. Sea-going experience with marine geophysical data collection and processing, especially multibeam sonar data collection

. A strong desire to learn and apply new skills and technologies in a rapidly evolving environment

. Experience with relational databases

. Familiarity with MB Systems

. Experience with GIS tools for data manipulation, visualization and evaluation, especially ESRI ArcGIS

. Demonstrated ability to complete tasks in a timely manner with good quality

. Demonstrated competence, individually and as a member of a team, in the pursuit and support of scientific research

For further information, please contact Carrie Wall Bell (

Special Instructions to Applicants:The University of Colorado Boulder conducts background checks on all final applicants being considered for employment, prior to the issuance of an offer letter. The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To achieve this goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and an EPLS (Excluded Parties List System) check. The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.

The University of Colorado is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Inquiries may be directed to the Boulder Campus Title IX Coordinator by calling 303-492-2127. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting Human Resources at

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, Reference Letters (Not Confidential), Unofficial transcript(s)

Application Materials Instructions:Applicants must complete the Faculty/University Staff and EEO Data (application) form, and upload the following required documents: 1 - Cover Letter; 2 - Resume; 3 - The document uploaded for Proof of Degree can be a Transcript which shows the date the degree was conferred; Copy of Diploma; or official letter from the Registrar or the Dean of the School or College conferring the degree; 4 -One letter of recommendation This position is eligible for medical, dental and life insurance, retirement benefits programs, and is eligible for monthly vacation and sick leave accruals.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Boulder

Department: B0001 -- Boulder Campus - 10080 - Coop Inst Res/Envrm Sci - Dir

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Jan 25, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: karen dempsey

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00600781


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