[ES_JOBS_NET] CIRES/NCEI PRA: Natural Hazards Scientific Data Specialist, Boulder, CO

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Wed Jun 3 10:42:40 MDT 2015


    Posting Details

      Posting Information

Posting Title 	CIRES/NCEI PRA: Natural Hazards Scientific Data Specialist
Campus 	Boulder
City 	Boulder, CO
Position Type 	Research Faculty
Posting date 	06/02/2015
Closing date 	
Full/Part Time 	Full-time
Background Check Required? 	Yes
Job Summary 	
Posting Description 	

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) 
at the University of Colorado Boulder has an opening for aPRA(“data 
scientist”) working with the Coastal Sciences Team at NOAA’s National 
Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI). The successful candidate 
must have a passion for data. He or she will work directly with the 
Historical Hazards lead scientist to manage the foremost authoritative 
databases on global tsunami, earthquake and volcanic eruption events. 
This includes identifying, assessing, and entering data and information 
into historical databases and generating post-event reports and hazard 
assessments. The new hire will be part of a Coastal Science Team and 
will assist with managing data, generating products, and supporting 
outreach efforts. Data streams include but are not limited to coastal 
and deep-ocean water level data, images, video, and historic media. This 
effort directly supports NOAA’s hazard research, forecast, warning and 
mitigation activities.

CIRESconducts collaborative research withNOAAon the archive, analysis 
and processing of data that describe the seafloor and subsurface. This 
includes developing consistent, quality controlled data sets, applying 
analytical tools to assess and monitor changes in the coasts and oceans, 
and developing internally and externally peer-reviewed scientific 
products that support informed decision-making and aid in the 
understanding of coastal and ocean conditions and their impact on the 
environment, economies, and societies. This position is co-located with 
staff atNCEI, David Skaggs Research Center, 325 Broadway, Boulder, 
Colorado, and supports theCIRESResearch Theme of Advance Modeling and 
Observing Systems.NCEIis a part of the US Department of Commerce 
(USDOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 
National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service 
(NESDIS). 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.

● Work as a member of the Coastal Science Team managing hazard event 
data and other data management tasks as needed
● Search for, assess, and compile hazard event data from post-event 
surveys, journal articles and other sources
● Collect and manage photos and video recording damage from hazard events
● Support generation of authoritative post-event reports based on 
historical hazard databases
● GenerateISOcompliant metadata
● Work with database administrator to update database structure and 
access tools
● Collaborate with researchers in other national labs, government, 
academia and industry

Minimum Qualifications 	

Minimum Qualifications
● Bachelor’s degree in geology or geophysics and 3 or more years related 
work experience
● Knowledge of natural hazards, including earthquakes, tsunamis, 
volcanic eruptions
● Experience analyzing and managing geophysical data
● Experience working with and utilizing relational databases
● Strong attention to detail and passion for working with data
● Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite
● Excellent English verbal and written communication skills as evidenced 
by past reports and presentations at scientific conferences

Required Competencies/Knowledge, Skills and abilities 	
Desired Qualifications 	

Desired qualifications
● Skill in analyzing, manipulating, and interpreting data, including 
generating statistics
● Experience using scripting languages to automate data tasks, such as 
Python, JavaScript or similar
● Experience utilizingGISsoftware
● Familiarity with metadata and data exchange standards, e.g.ISOand NetCDF
● Experience working in a Linux/Unix environment
● Demonstrated ability to complete tasks in a timely manner with good 
● Demonstrated competence, either individually or as a member of a team, 
in the pursuit and support of scientific research
● Authoring or supporting peer-reviewed publications or proposals

Special instructions to applicants 	

Applicants must complete the Faculty/University Staff andEEOData 
(application) form, and upload the required documents:

1- Resume
2- Cover letter
3- Proof of highest degree earned (copy of diploma or unofficial 
4- List of three professional references with all contact information 
from whom an official written letter of recommendation will be requested 
by the hiring unit at the appropriate time during the search.

The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to 
building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from women, 
racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities and 
veterans. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request 
for individuals with disabilities by contacting theADAcoordinator at 
hr-ada at colorado.edu.

The University of Colorado Boulder conducts background checks for all 
final applicants being considered for employment.

The position will be filled as a Professional Research Assistant at the 
University of Colorado Boulder and will be eligible for employee 
benefits, including 22 days of vacation (for a 100% position) per year. 
Screening will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


Job posting contact 	Karen Dempsey
Job posting contact telephone 	303-492-1168
Job posting contact email 	Jobs at cires.colorado.edu
Job Posting Number 	RF02633
Quicklink for Posting 	http://www.jobsatcu.com:80/postings/101851 
Open Until Filled 	Yes

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