PLEASE NOTE: This is a new, full-time position. THIS
POSITION IS LOCATED IN COLLEGE PARK, MARYLAND. Initial consideration
will be given to applications received prior to Friday, February 28,
2014. Thereafter, applications will be reviewed on an as-needed basis.
UCP - Visiting Scientist Programs (VSP)
College Park, Maryland
Partial relocation costs paid per UCAR's relocation policy.
If necessary, UCAR/NCAR will sponsor a work visa (e.g., H1B, etc.) to fill this position.
IMPORTANT APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:
When you apply using the link below, your application must include the following:
- A one-page statement of interest and experience related to the position description; and
- Your curriculum vitae (CV).
Basic Function of the Job: Management and evolution of an intelligent
data system capable of effectively handling hundreds of terabytes of
satellite data. This system is an integral part of the Center for
Satellite Applications and Research's (STAR) efforts to foster cutting
edge satellite remote-sensing research and development. The main
components of this system comprise the STAR Central Data Repository
(SCDR). This system collects data from various sources, and makes them
available to STAR scientists as they require and request. This position
is located at the NOAA NESDIS Center for Satellite Applications and
Research (STAR), College Park, Maryland.
Management of STAR's central data system, data holdings, and user access tools.
Lead role in the collection of data sets from various sources, which
requires coordination with those sources. Organization, including
database management, of new data sets as they are collected, along with
existing data sets. Organized removal of older data sets, for instance,
as they are aged out due to storage space limitations. Re-retrieval of
data sets after transfer failures. Management of the software
components of the system. This includes automated processes to collect
data sets, and the software utilities used by scientific personnel to
find and retrieve data sets.
Enhancement and evolution of STAR's central data system and user-access tools.
Further development of the software components of the system. This
includes automated processes to collect data sets, and the design and
implementation of utilities to efficiently store, search and retrieve
large and diverse datasets for use by scientists.
Guidance and participation in the future development of STAR's
central data system.
Participate in STAR's Data Management Committee meetings (currently
bi-weekly) and functions. Discussions include decisions on which data
sets to collect, keep, and remove. Discuss improvements to the system,
especially in terms of the user interface tools. Participate in
meetings with other parts of NESDIS and NOAA as required.
Outreach and training to users regarding STAR's central data system.
Provide briefs about the operation and status of the data system to
STAR management and users of the system. Provide training to personnel
regarding the use of the data system.
Education and Experience:
A Ph.D. in engineering, physics or related field with a focus in
satellite remote sensing is desired. Five years' experience in working
directly with large satellite remote sensing data sets, complex IT
systems, and the application of these data.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Advanced knowledge of SQL, relational database technology, specifically PostgreSQL.
- Advanced knowledge of database management and implementation, particularly with geospatially-enabled databases.
- Advanced PERL programming skills; familiarity with modern Perl programming practices; and the ability to install and use Perl modules from CPAN.
- Advanced skill in planning and managing project goals and objectives.
- Advanced skills with UNIX line tools.
- Ability to install UNIX software from the source.
- Working knowledge of OPeNDAP, THREDDS, HTTP, FTP, XML, XSLT, XPath, C/C++, dynamic languages.
- Knowledge of Earth Science metadata conventions.
- Ability to develop data readers for various binary and HDF or netCDF file formats.
- Ability to work with and manipulating large data sets, performing statistical analyses, developing intelligent data search and interrogation algorithms.
- Thorough understanding of the methods and procedures for conducting scientific research.
- Knowledge of satellite remote-sensing and data to address environmental issues.
- Excellent oral and written technical skills in order to effectively communicate with STAR management, the IT support group and STAR researchers.