CIRES/ NOAA NCEI Space Weather Data Manager

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado in Boulder has an immediate opening for a Space Weather Data Manager.


Date posted

May 18, 2021 12:00 am

Application deadline

June 18, 2021 12:00 am


The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)


  • United States

Job description

CIRES/ NOAA NCEI Space Weather Data Manager

Requisition Number: 30407
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Employment Type: Research Faculty
Schedule: Full-Time
Date Posted: 13-May-2021

Job Summary

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado in Boulder has an immediate opening for a Space Weather Data Manager 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). Data management at NCEI is focused on providing support to users including NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center, US Air Force, government agencies, academia, and many international organizations.
CIRES is looking for a physical scientist or computer scientist with experience managing large data sets, developing novel user interfaces, automating processing pipelines, and describing data and datasets with standard metadata. The person in this position will be a member of the STP data management team. The successful candidate will collaborate as part of a team of scientists and software engineers that process and steward satellite space weather data, serving global data users by providing discovery and access for data and derived scientific products. The successful candidate will use their skills and insights to help our team to develop improved scientific and data management products.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.
  • Facilitate the ingest, archive, and distribution of data collected by NOAA satellites and other space-weather observation platforms. 
  • Identify ways to improve and enhance ingest and access systems and assist in implementing these changes. 
  • Develop and maintain scripts to enhance the automation of operational processes.
  • Draft and maintain external (e.g., tutorials, READMEs) and internal (e.g., procedures, policy) documentation.
  • Create metadata in standard formats (including ISO) to drive discovery services for big data.
  • Populate online databases and create websites to enable discovery and access for space weather data products.
  • Collaborate with the space weather team, including other data managers.
  • Assist researchers and the public regarding NOAA’s space weather data.
  • Understand technological advances and best practices in data stewardship and data sciences.
  • Monitor and improve data repositories and services.
  • Maintain a basic understanding of the science data in the archive.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Space Science, Computer Science, Informatics, or a related field with 2+ years applicable experience managing data.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident due to the need for access to ITAR/EAR information.