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Programmer Technician

at University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

Posted: 4/26/2019
Job Reference #: 218657

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Job Title: Programmer Technician

Location: Boulder, Colorado

Type: Full-time, Non-exempt

Position Term: 1-year term, with the possibility of extension

Application Deadline: This position will be posted until May 16th. Thereafter, applications will be reviewed on an as-needed basis.

Relocation: No relocation package is offered for this position.

Work Authorization:

U.S. Citizenship, Permanent Residency, or other protected status under 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) is required for this position.

UCAR/NCAR will not sponsor a work visa (e.g., J-1, H1-B, etc.) for this position.

Where You Will Work:

Located in Boulder, Colorado, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is one of the world’s premier scientific institutions, with an internationally recognized staff and research program dedicated to advancing knowledge, providing community-based resources, and building human capacity in the atmospheric and related sciences. NCAR is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and managed by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR).

Formed in 2005, the Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL) is one of the seven laboratories of NCAR, the National Science Foundation’s Federally Funded Research and Development Center. EOL's mission is to provide leadership in observing facilities, field project support as well as research and data services needed to advance the scientific understanding of the Earth system. EOL manages the majority of NSF’s Lower Atmosphere Observing Facilities (LAOF) and deploys them in support of observational field campaigns, ranging from single investigator projects to large complex campaigns that involve multiple investigators, agencies, and platforms, nationally and internationally. EOL deploys its systems for research by scientists from universities, NCAR, and government agencies, as well as for education. An integral part of EOL’s mission is to develop the next generation of LAOF and to provide management and archiving of data from past supported campaigns. In order to ensure progress in the atmospheric sciences, EOL supports a wide-range of research areas within the Earth system science, ranging from microscale to mesoscale to climate process studies, and employs LAOF platforms and systems that reach from the surface of the Earth to the lower stratosphere and beyond.

EOL's Data Management and Services (DMS) facility is an active partner in initiatives for the collection, archival and dissemination of national and international field project data. We provide software tools for mission planning, communications, real-time decision-making, operations documentation and data archival and assist in the collection of research and related operational datasets from these campaigns. Our data archive services provide long-term stewardship of the data collected with the core mission to make all field datasets accessible to the broader science community for years to come.

For more information on EOL please see the Join Our Team page.

What You Will Do:

This position will support and provide general data management for various field projects supported by EOL's Data Management and Services (DMS) facility. This includes assisting in field project metadata curation, ongoing data ingest, web page support, and long-term archival of field project datasets. Working closely with EOL’s data managers and data experts and using existing data management tools, the person in this position will examine and perform quality checks on the metadata contents within the NCAR EOL data archive.


Perform Metadata Curation.

  • Create and maintain project and dataset metadata for new and existing datasets in EOL’s data archive. Work with senior staff to determine, apply and improve archive metadata to increase dataset discovery and usability.

Monitor Data Ingest.

  • Monitor and maintain existing data ingest processes with guidance and in support of senior staff. Use the current data ingest methods and add new data ingest processes, as requested.

Create and Maintain Field Project Web Pages.

  • Work with senior staff to gather metadata for existing and new NCAR/EOL-supported projects. Create or update field project web pages in Drupal and NCAR/EOL/DMS tools. Maintains and updates project publication web pages. Performs publication searches and updates web pages accordingly.

Perform Dataset Loading.

  • Loads project datasets into EOL’s data archive. Gather dataset metadata and load datasets into archive at the request of senior staff. Train lower level staff in this process.

What You Need:

Education and Years of Experience:

  • Two-year degree with concentration in computer science, Earth science, or mathematics; or equivalent combination of education and work experience in a scientific research environment.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated experience working with the Linux, Unix or similar operating system.
  • Basic knowledge of Google suite of tools (e.g., Gmail, drive, etc.) or using MS Office suite.
  • Ability to obtain, organize and categorize information.
  • Meticulous attention to quality and detail.
  • Skill in developing and maintaining clear records.
  • Accurate keyboarding skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both written and oral, and to a diverse team from different backgrounds and disciplines.
  • Functional knowledge of PERL, Python or another simple shell scripting language.

Desired but not required:

  • Experience working with or using data archives.
  • Working knowledge of modern metadata standards and best practices.
  • Experience using a Content Management System.
  • Computer skills/programming ability beyond that described above

What’s in it for You:

  • Compensation
  • PTO
  • Paid Holidays
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Benefits (Medical, Dental, Vision)
  • Retirement Plan
  • And more!

EEO/AAP Statement:

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer that strives to develop and maintain a diverse workforce. UCAR is committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy.

Whatever your intersection of identities, you are welcome at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). We are committed to inclusivity and promoting an equitable environment that values and respects the uniqueness of all members of our organization.

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