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DAAC Data Scientist
Reference #:17-2163
Open Date:10/13/2017
Location:Hampton, VA
US Citizenship Required:Yes
Job Description:
SSAI has an exciting opportunity for a Distributive Active Archive Center (DAAC) Data Scientist who has experience in atmospheric sciences to support the Atmospheric Science Data Center (ASDC) at NASA Langley Research Center. Ideally, this candidate has a strong atmospheric science or related background to play an essential role in our mission by working on one or more teams to describe, document, and publish data set information on our web site. This position will spend time writing and editing; researching information; populating metadata records; performing metadata quality assessments for Earth Science data records, and supporting exiting documentation, web content, and data access tools. This position will also be part of the team providing technical writing to collaboratively develop and manage ASDC processes and tools.  Assessments will include generating monthly reports and communicating metadata issues with appropriate data providers. The candidate will work with our science teams and users to improve metadata for discovery and accessibility to ASDC data holdings.

Required Qualifications:
  • MS in atmospheric science, physics, computer science, or a related discipline, with at least 6 years of applicable work and/or research experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Experience with analysis of atmospheric science data
  • Strong Python and PHP programming skills in a Unix/Linux environment
  • Familiarity with Agile Methodologies 
  • Capable of working both independently and collaboratively as part of a team
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
Desired Qualifications:
  • PhD (highly preferred), experience in formulating and conducting projects that utilize remote sensing data in Atmospheric Science applications research, and development of Earth Science Informatics tools for synthesis and manipulation of data from multiple sensors
  • Specializing in Earth Science data analysis and informatics
  • ASDC discipline areas are focused on clouds, aerosols, radiation budget, and tropospheric composition.  General science knowledge/familiarity for these areas, metadata holdings and how they relate to each other and the science community
  • Addressing science community needs for accessing and using data including geospatial representations, science discipline based ontology and faceted based searching, and advanced data analysis tools
  • Facilitate the usage of multi-mission data with ASDC partners and supported science teams
  • Collaborate with other DAACs in science-related efforts
  • Continuously identify needs associated with data provenance and work with ASDC personnel and science community to ensure effective capture and management of provenance data for ASDC data holdings
  • Understand the implementation of technology related to exploiting ASDC data holdings
  • Communicate with ASDC science customers to ensure issues are identified and the ASDC maintains alignment with science community needs
  • Research experience includes multi-mission data analysis (e.g., inter-comparisons, data quality, data fusion) and sensitivity analysis for global and regional assessments of aerosol, clouds and other atmospheric parameter