Professional Research Asst

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

CIRES/NCEI Research Associate
Scientific Software Engineer

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado at Boulder has an immediate opening for a Research Associate supporting NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO. This position is for a Scientific Software Developer within the NCEI Solar-Terrestrial Physics (STP) program. STP is responsible for oversight of the NOAA space weather sensors on the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES), Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellites (POES), and the new Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR). The capabilities of the instruments on the new GOES-R series of weather satellites (four satellites currently planned, first launch scheduled for autumn 2016) will provide a significant advance over the current measurements in areas such as spectral range and resolution. A small team of dedicated scientists within STP works to ensure that current and future space weather sensors provide effective operational products for use by the NOAA National Weather Service (NWS) Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC). To this end, STP is responsible for developing the Satellite Product Analysis & Distribution Enterprise System (SPADES), a demonstration and prototyping system for processing GOES-R space environment products. STP's overall responsibilities also include providing access to these environmental data to spacecraft engineers and the scientific community. As a scientific software engineer within STP, the successful candidate will monitor, maintain, troubleshoot, upgrade, and augment the scientific processing system hosted on SPADES to ensure that product quality requirements are met. The successful candidate will work as part of a team of scientists, data managers, and engineers dedicated to the processing and dissemination of NOAA space weather data.

Duties Include:
. Installing, running, and maintaining GOES-R scientific product algorithm software within the SPADES environment.
. Troubleshooting problems and working with the team to create and implement general solutions.
. Identifying and implementing improvements to SPADES that will enhance GOES-R data utilization.
. Implementing data processing algorithms that convert GOES-R spacecraft and space weather instrument data to scientific data products, with guidance from the originators.
. Assisting in the design and development of the NCEI GOES-R space weather product website and data services.
. Participating in regular GOES-R meetings and presenting results at conferences/meetings as required.
. Other duties from time to time as determined by management.


Requirements & Skills
.B.S. in Physical Science, Engineering, Computer Science or similar technical discipline.
. Four (4) or more years' experience at the post-bachelor's level in scientific programming and analysis of environmental data.
. Proficiency in Python and C/C++ and a willingness to learn other high-level languages used for scientific programming.
. Ability to implement a practical data processing algorithm based on documentation authored by other parties.
. Ability to modify and maintain software authored by other parties.
. Skilled in Unix/Linux operating environments.
. Understanding of the architecture, design and workings of systems that handle large data sets.
. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
. A flexible and proactive attitude combined with an ability to multitask on various projects with other team members
. U. S. citizenship or permanent residency.

. A general understanding of space weather, space-based measurements, and NOAA's weather satellite programs.
. Familiarity with Apache STORM and the Java programming language.
. Familiarity with web development technologies (javascript, RESTful APIs, plotting libraries).
. Knowledge of real-time analytics and queuing systems.

For further information, please contact Dr. Juan Rodriguez ( )


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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; and 4 - 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: Jun 23, 2016

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: karen dempsey

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00687011