Career Information

New Career Opportunities

People with a data management skillset combined with experience and education in a scientific or technology-based discipline are in demand. Examples of organizations hiring such people are:

  • corporate research centers and production lines
  • government research libraries and laboratories
  • universities

Keep an eye on this page as it will be updated regularly with new job postings. If your organization has the need for such an employee, please submit your job description to the SDL graduate assistant.

Example Job Descriptions

Staff Research Associate II
Organization:
University of California, San Diego
Location:
San Diego, California
Expires: 03.25.2009 Link to full job description

Responsibilities:
Migrate shipboard observations into web-accessible archives at the Geological Data Center of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Assist in developing and operating a systematic national “Rolling Deck to Repository” approach for all US research vessels, in collaboration with other institutions. Work with datasets in marine geology and geophysics, especially seafloor mapping, as well as from other disciplines.

Education & Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in theoretical knowledge of marine science or digital library field. Demonstrated experience with Internet search and online tool use. Demonstrated experience with PC or Mac desktop applications, including email, Word, Excel, databases. Demonstrated experience interacting with diverse client groups using tact, diplomacy and skill. Demonstrated experience training student assistants and other personnel. Accuracy, attention to detail. Written and verbal communication skills to report on data quality, processing procedures and project status.


Data & Information Manager
Organization:
Sierra Nevada Research Institute
Location:
Merced, Calif.
Expires: 10.08.2008 Link to full job description

Responsibilities:
maintain and extend databases or digital libraries for existing data and new data developed through Critical Zone Observatory (CZO) measurements and research. The candidate will also be responsible for developing and maintaining a system for providing access to this data for CZO researchers, and for the broader scientific community.

Education & Qualifications:
should have at least a B.S. degree in physical or biological science, computer science, engineering, environment science, earth science or related field. Required technical skills include: 2 years of experience in data analysis; expertise in the design and use of relational database like MySQL, Oracle; proficiency in Web development using HTML, XML; programming expertise in one or more languages; experience designing and maintaining database-driven web sites; experience with ESRI’s ArcGIS and spatial data. English language proficiency is essential.


Science Data Services Librarian
Organization:
University of Oregon Libraries
Location:
Eugene
Announced: 04.22.2008 Link to full job description

Responsibilities:
work with primary research community and other librarians to develop and sustain services for accessing and analyzing research data, with initial focus on bioinformatics and chemoinformatics. Act as liaison between campus or library initiatives and the research community to promote, facilitate, and support the development of services for collecting and archiving research data. Maintain awareness of tools and methodologies for computationally centered, data-driven science.

Education & Qualifications:
MLIS from ALA-accredited program; excellent communication skills; superior organizational and analytical skills; subject background in life sciences and/or chemistry or equivalent experience; experience with computer and telecommunications technologies for information management.


Temporary Research Data Specialist
Organization:
Cornell University Libraries & Biological Field Station
Location:
Lake Oneida, New York
Announced: 02.25.2008 Announcement closed

Responsibilities:
work with library and field station staff to create high quality metadata (documentation) for research data sets. Provide occasional assistance with field work to gain an understanding of the data collection process. Edit and reformat data sets to facilitate reuse and long term digital preservation. Collect and record information from field station staff on sampling methods used in data collection.

Education & Qualifications:
current or recent graduate students in a Library or Information Science program with prior coursework in the life or earth sciences; recent graduates or advanced undergraduates holding (or pursuing) a degree in the life or earth sciences and a keen interest in data curation. Computer proficiency, including MS Access, Excel. Competence with a GIS application (ArcGIS or Manifold) is highly desirable.


Research Data Specialist
Organization:
Cornell University Libraries
Location:
Ithaca, New York
Announced: 01.21.2008 Announcement closed

Responsibilities:
play a key role in e-science, digital data curation, and supporting cyberscholarship for all disciplines. He or she will have the aptitude to stay abreast of scientific research trends, data documentation tools, and standards important for data exchange, reuse, and interoperability. Utilizing and applying various information technology tools for metadata manipulation and script execution is a key responsibility for this position. He or she will be responsible for consultation, assessment, and support services to facilitate all aspects of digital data curation.

Education & Qualifications:
MLS or Masters degree in science. One year of research laboratory experience. Ability to work well in a collaborative team-based environment. Strong communication (oral and writing), interpersonal, and presentation skills. Aptitude for and consistency in detailed work. Ability to analyze and to solve problems creatively and flexibly in a complex and rapidly changing environment. Strong service orientation and interest in information users’ values and needs.


Cyberinfrastructure Coordinator/Information Systems Specialist
Organization:
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)
Location:
Cape Cod, Mass.
Announced: 10.06.2007 Announcement closed

Responsibilities:
work with existing groups to coordinate on-going cyberinfrastructure activities at WHOI, especially those associated with ocean observing systems; acquire knowledge of emerging cyberinfrastructure standards and tools; disseminate this knowledge to the WHOI technical and scientific staff; identify gaps in existing technical skills and develop an internal training strategy; recommend and facilitate the implementation of a common infrastructure to enable data transport and interoperability; assist in the development of data products and analysis tools to capitalize on WHOI’s extensive data holdings, and manage data currently being acquired by the Institution’s ships, scientific community and the general public.

Education & Qualifications:
Applicants should hold an advanced degree (MS or PhD) in computer science, software engineering, information technology or informatics, or a Bachelor’s Degree and at least 10 years of relevant experience. Experience with service oriented architectures and distributed systems, and familiarity with NSF-funded cyberinfrastructure programs and emerging national and international standards and data management plans is required. Prior experience in the development and application of cyberinfrastructure concepts in the geosciences is highly desirable.


Professional Research Assistant
Organization:
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
Location:
Boulder, Colorado
Announced: 06.03.2007 Link to full job description

Responsibilities:
coordinate the statistical exercises used to evaluate the transition of experimental forecast products into NWS operations; lead the development of new verification and user-based evaluation methods using global datasets that will be integrated into the RTVS that will form the basis for quality assessment evaluations, and be used as input to decision-support tools that will support the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NGATS); and work with the FVS team to analyze and summarize evaluation results in written reports and published articles.

Education & Qualifications:
Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Meteorology, Statistics, Engineering, Mathematics or related field with at least two 2 years of professional experience is required; familiarity with meteorological data and statistical concepts is also required; demonstrated experience working successfully in multi-disciplinary teams; able to work independently to analyze and solve complex problems related to a larger collaborative effort; excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, are essential.


Senior Librarian/Information Scientist
Organization:
National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII)
Location:
Northern Virginia
Announced: 05.24.2007 Announcement closed

Responsibilities:
collection building and electronic acquisition of relevant content; conducting inventories of the information tools and standards used by biologists to manage information; conducting research on advanced methodologies and tools to improve current information systems; development of website areas for the NBII; creative information scouting and acquisitions management activities; building partnership relationships with other organizations (governmental, non-profit, conservation, community groups, etc.); standardizing and providing information content on national plans, priorities, spatial and temporal information on the components of biological diversity; investigating new ways to retrieve relevant information content from disciplines outside the standard realm of biological and information sciences; undertaking user studies, and usability testing to ensure that the NBII delivery mechanisms are optimized.

Education & Qualifications:
MLS with computer or information science expertise and experience; minimum of 5 years experience, preferably building electronic libraries or a related context; requires understanding of digital formats, conversion alternatives, metadata standards; knowledge of access and navigation tools and approaches and institutional repository and digital preservation issues; experience with digitization and multi-media/non-text formats; must work well in teams and with a variety of people and cultures; excellent oral and written communication skills; excellent analytical skills; ability and interest in working in a team environment; self motivated, high energy and ability to multi-task; available to travel domestically and internationally; experience working with scientific communities; Biodiversity / Biology / Ecology / Conservation Biology background; Computer Science / GIS / ESRI experience