Professional Research Asst

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

CIRES/NSIDC Professional Research Assistant: Data Operations Analyst

The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), , part of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder, serves as a national information and referral center in support of snow and ice research. NSIDC is a trusted source of cryospheric data and services, and is a leader in research and development within this field.


NSIDC seeks a new member for the Data Operations team to manage and support NSIDC's archive of satellite, aircraft, and ground data. The team operates multiple data management systems including the NASA EOSDIS Core System (ECS) - an end-to-end automated system for archival and distribution of a broad range of NASA science data products. Additionally, Operations is responsible for NSIDC's custom software systems and works closely with development teams to provide input on system organization and evolution.

• Manage existing NSIDCs data systems, including:
o Operation of the EOSDIS Core System for ingest, archival, and distribution.
o Monitor and execute custom software stacks for ingest, archival, and distribution.
o Troubleshoot and resolve system problems.
o Log problem reports and configuration changes.
o Perform system performance tuning.
• Develop scripts to extend or enhance the automation of operational processes.
• Participate in ECS development activities and system regression testing.
• Define, implement, and monitor ingest/archive/distribution processes.
• Perform migration of scientific data between data management systems.
• Organize and achieve coordinated data system objectives while working with various data center departments.
• Author and implement system documentation and operational procedures.

Duties may also include one or more of the following:
• Administer archives and establishes data archival policies.
• Perform data processing, ensuring accuracy and quality of science data and developing processes as required.
• Lead data management activities including implementing data access policies, managing archival metadata inventories, and overseeing data migration activities.
• Supervise Data Operations students, overseeing task assignment and completion.


• Bachelor's degree in computer science, computer information systems, or related discipline.
• Ability to learn new systems quickly in an on-the-job environment.
• Experience communicating with a broad stratum of technical people.
• Ability to work on highly efficient, cross-functional, teams and effectively represent technical needs in that context.
• Ability to handle multiple assigned tasks, prioritize them, and execute them efficiently.
• Experience working in Linux/Unix.
• Experience with Perl or shell scripting, C programming, or equivalent.
• Ability to creatively problem solve - to break down system level problems into tasks, organize them, and work them through to completion.

• Data management experience with digital data archives of remote sensing or climate data.
• Understanding of how operational systems run, including monitoring, troubleshooting, and system impact dependence.
• Knowledge of software versioning, continuous integration, and delivery.
• Experience with virtual machines, including use of vagrant, puppet, and other related tools.
• Experience with linux server administration including service configuration and task automation.

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.

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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: Oct 14, 2016

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: karen dempsey

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00178220