Support Scientist for World Ocean Database

The University of Maryland/Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center/Cooperative Institute for Satellite Earth System Studies (UMD/ESSIC/CISESS) is seeking candidates for a support scientist.

 

Date posted

Nov. 4, 2019 12:00 am

Application deadline

Dec. 4, 2019 12:00 am

Organization

The University of Maryland

Location

  • United States

Job description

Support Scientist for World Ocean Database

Department: UMD/ESSIC/CISESS
Starting Salary: Commensurate with experience
Closing Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Duties:
The University of Maryland/Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center/Cooperative Institute for Satellite Earth System Studies (UMD/ESSIC/CISESS) is seeking candidates for a support scientist to work at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) in Silver Spring. The candidate will work on the migration of scientific software currently run at the NCEI Center for Coasts, Oceans, and Geophysics (CCOG) Ocean Science Branch (OSB) to a new location at the NCEI site in Asheville, NC. Although both systems are operated by NCEI, they are within different IT configurations and NOAA security boundaries so some changes will need to be made.

The main projects on which scientific software needs to be migrated are:  The World Ocean Database (WOD) is a project dedicated to the aggregation, quality control, dissemination, of subsurface ocean profile data and incorporation of the data into scientific products used to understand the Earth’s environment.  The Global Temperature and Salinity Profile Program (GTSPP) provides temperature and salinity profile data in near-real time (within 48 hours of measure).  The Global Ocean Currents Database (GOCD) aggregates ocean currents measurements of all types.

The end of the MSN migration is set for December 31, 2019, but there will be post-migration tweaking and testing for optimal use of the NCEI-Asheville environment.  The migration effort is split into projects based on sets of scientific applications and procedures for a particular type of data. 

As changes will be made to applications and services as they move between locations, testing is required to validate the functionality and performance of the software.  This is a time consuming endeavor best performed by a software expert, although input will also be needed from the scientific stakeholders.

Qualifications:
Expertise in oceanography, multiple programming languages (Fortran, Perl, bash scripting, Python, C, Javascript, HTML), database platforms (SQL and Postgres), the version management software GIT, and familiarity with Linuxare desired.  Realizing that this combination of skills is difficult to find, a grounding in geophysical science, some programming skills as listed, and the capacity to quickly pick up and utilize both scientific information and new programming languages and environments, is needed. Project leads will provide scientific expertise to validate the migrated products. 

The scientific programmer will work closely with the project leads to port applications to 5009 servers where a comparable Linux environment has been set up to receive and run the applications.  Once there the applications need to be tested and put in working order – but, importantly, also tested to ensure comparable speed and performance. The testing may involve tweaks to the software itself, or working with system administrators to optimize the environment.

For more details

http://essic.umd.edu/joom2/index.php/employment/2861-support-scientist-for-world-ocean-database3