• The Regents of the University of Colorado
  • $104,860.00 -131,530.00/year*
  • Boulder , CO
  • Information Technology
  • Full-Time
  • 670 Logan Mill Rd

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The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado in Boulder has an immediate opening for an early or mid-level career Space Weather Data Scientist working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI). NCEI is a globally recognized repository and provider of long-term geophysical, space weather, and marine data. This position is located within NCEI s Solar and Terrestrial Physics (STP) branch. STP is responsible for data stewardship and product development for space weather instruments on satellites including the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES), the Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellites (POES), the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP), and the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR).

CIRES is looking for an early or mid-career level physical scientist or computer scientist with experience managing large data sets, developing novel user interfaces and data service, automating processing pipelines, describing data with standard metadata, and maintaining relational database systems. The successful candidate will be part of a team that processes and stewards satellite space weather data, serving global data users by providing discovery and access for data and derived scientific products. Data management at NCEI is focused on standards-based commercial and in-house data management tools, including relational database management systems that drive web services. The current position will support data users in NOAA s Space Weather Prediction Center, academia, the Air Force, and many international organizations. The ideal candidate will develop improved scientific and data management products, and increase collaboration and coordination for data acquisition, management, and sharing.

This position is located in the David Skaggs Research Center, 325 Broadway, Boulder, Colorado. NCEI is a part of the US Department of Commerce, NOAA, National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS). NCEI s mission is to provide scientific stewardship of and timely access to global environmental data from satellites and other sources to promote, protect, and enhance the Nation s economy, security against extreme weather, environmental intelligence, and quality of life.

Who We Are

At CIRES, the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, more than 800 environmental scientists work to understand the dynamic Earth system, including people s relationship with the planet. CIRES is a partnership of NOAA and the University of Colorado Boulder, and our areas of expertise include weather and climate, changes at the Earth s poles, air quality and atmospheric chemistry, water resources, and solid Earth sciences. Our vision is to be instrumental in ensuring a sustainable future environment by advancing scientific and societal understanding of the Earth system.

NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) is responsible for preserving, monitoring, assessing, and providing public access to the Nation's treasure of geophysical data and information.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Facilitate the ingest and archive of data collected by NOAA satellites and other space-weather observation platforms.
  • Populate online databases and create websites to enable discovery of and access to space weather data products.
  • Identify ways to improve/enhance ingest and access systems and assist in implementing these changes.
  • Develop data-quality monitoring solutions.
  • Document data and procedures in ISO standard metadata format to drive big data discovery services.
  • Monitor, report and implement scientific and technological changes impacting the data repository and services.
  • Assist researchers and the public regarding NOAA s space weather data.
  • Understand technological advances and best practices in data stewardship and data sciences.
  • Collaborate with space weather team to preserve and disseminate data.
  • Maintain a basic understanding of the science data in the archive.
  • What You Should Know

    CIRES commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

    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 you are the selected finalist, you will be required to pass a federal laboratory background clearance for site access.

    Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.

    What We Can Offer

    We can offer a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, along with a generous benefits package.


    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 in Space Science, Computer Science, Informatics, or a related field with 2+ years applicable experience managing data.
  • Experience using programming languages such as Python, JavaScript, or Bash to automate processing and implement new services.
  • Experience working in a Linux/Unix environment.
  • U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Resident status.
  • What You Will Need

  • Excellent problem-solving skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills.
  • Strong communication skills to build relationships with local and remote coworkers and scientific user community.
  • Strong ability and desire to learn new skills as needed.
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in both oral and written English.
  • What We Would Like You To Have

  • Familiarity with solar-terrestrial physics and/or space weather.
  • Familiarity with metadata and data exchange standards, e.g., NetCDF, ISO, XML, JSON.
  • Experience with data acquisition, processing, monitoring, plotting, and visualization.
  • Experience with relational databases and SQL.
  • Experience using cloud-based services to set up and maintain scalable and reliable user interfaces.
  • Experience with creating or editing technical documentation and agreements.
  • A strong desire to learn and apply new skills and technologies in a rapidly evolving environment.
  • Special Instructions

    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 3 references: the names, professional titles, and contact information of those who are familiar with your qualifications and work history.
  • Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

    Associated topics: earth, earth science, environment, geography, geophysics, hydrogeologist, hydrologist, meteorology, oceanographic, seismicity

    * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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