CIRES/NSIDC Data Operations Specialist Professional Research Assistant

The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) encourages applications for a Data Operations Specialist.


Date posted

Nov. 9, 2020 12:00 am

Application deadline

Dec. 9, 2020 12:00 am


The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC)


  • United States

Job description

CIRES/NSIDC Data Operations Specialist Professional Research Assistant

Requisition Number: 27209
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Employment Type: Research Faculty
Schedule: Full-Time
Date Posted: 07-Oct-2020

Job Summary

The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) encourages applications for a Data Operations Specialist to join the Data Operations team to manage and support NSIDC's archive of satellite, aircraft, and ground data! The Data Operations team operates multiple automated systems for ingest, archival, and distribution of a broad range of NASA, NOAA, and other cryospheric data products. Individual Data Operations Specialists are also embedded within project and data product teams to provide insight into the role of Data Operations and knowledge of archival standards. This role will support NSIDC's mission by operating our data systems, providing data system knowledge to software development projects, and providing data management support to science data product teams.

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.

Who We Are

The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC,, part of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at CU Boulder, serves as a national information and referral center in support of snow and ice research. NSIDC is a trusted source of cryospheric data and services, and is a leader in research and development within this field.
At CIRES, 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 CU 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 the scientific and societal understanding of the Earth system.
Key Responsibilities
  • Operate and sustain existing NSIDC data systems, including the NASA Earth Observing System Data Information System (EOSDIS) Core System, NASA EOSDIS cloud data management system, and other custom software stacks.
  • Troubleshoot and resolve system integrity and system performance issues.
  • Monitor ingest, archive, and distribution processes.
  • Communicate best-practices around data archival with other groups and projects in the center, including science data product teams and software development project teams.
  • Engage with science teams, data providers, and other data managers about data flows into and out of our systems.
  • Develop scripts to extend or improve the automation of operational processes.
  • Perform migrations of scientific data across data management systems.
  • Attend relevant meetings and teleconferences with team members and external collaborators.
  • Perform configuration management and testing for a variety of custom software systems.
Duties may also include one or more of the following:
  • Produce data and metadata, including reports on quality assurance, for products being archived and managed by the center.
  • Author and implement system documentation and operational procedures.
  • Install, configure, and tune data management software.
  • Lead projects that impact the Data Operations team ‐ either with a team of Data Operations Specialists or other groups within the center.
  • Supervise interns or students within the Data Operations team.


  • Bachelor's Degree.
  • Intermediate Linux skills.

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