Research Associate II

The Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) at Colorado State University seeks to fill a professional scientific position designed to conduct collaborative research with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) located at the Global Systems Laboratory (GSL) in Boulder, CO. Office will be in Boulder, CO. This position is located in a federal facility and requires the ability to pass a National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI, federal background check) for building access. The option exists to work a hybrid remote/onsite schedule during the work week.

The Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) at Colorado State University (CSU) is a multi-million-dollar research organization located on CSU’s Foothills Campus in Fort Collins, Colorado. CIRA is a cooperative institute that is also a research department within CSU’s College of Engineering, in partnership with the Department of Atmospheric Science. Its vision is to conduct interdisciplinary research in the atmospheric sciences by entraining skills beyond the meteorological disciplines, exploiting advances in engineering and computer science, facilitating transitional activity between pure and applied research, leveraging both national and international resources and partnerships, and assisting NOAA, Colorado State University, the State of Colorado, and the Nation through the application of our research to areas of societal benefit.

The Global Systems Laboratory (GSL), located in Boulder, Colorado, is one of ten NOAA Research laboratories. GSL’s research improves environmental prediction models, develops state-of-the-science decision support tools and visualization systems, and uses high-performance computing technology to support the National Weather Service and other agencies. GSL strives to advance its workforce scientifically, technically, and professionally. We are also committed to increased diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as a strong foundation for career growth.

The Information and Technology Services (ITS) Data Services Group (DSG) within GSL develops Linux-based systems that acquire, process, store, and distribute meteorological datasets to support the development, testing, and evaluation of advanced weather models and weather information systems within GSL and the wider NOAA community.

Position Overview

The individual in this position will work with DSG teammates to develop, manage and document data systems in support of GSL’s mission. They will establish user requirements for new datasets or services, and then develop, update, configure, and document software, as needed. The individual will maintain a working knowledge of DSG’s established systems and methods, contribute to on-going efforts to improve and extend DSG services, and ensure high availability of a large collection of real-time datasets on a variety of platforms. This position will report to the DSG Technical Lead.

Decision Making

Decision making for each assigned project depends on the analysis of user requirements, as well as a working understanding of technical options and constraints, and other project-specific issues. The implementation approach may need to be selected from many alternatives. This position normally receives little day-to-day instruction but receives general guidance on the overall work to be conducted and interacts with DSG teammates to identify strategies on more complex projects. In consultation with the DSG technical lead and others, the individual will set priorities that reflect the relative importance of a particular project, factoring in internal and external deadlines, as appropriate.

Essential Job Duties
Data Systems Management 95%

o Acquire and maintain a working knowledge of DSG-developed software and data processing methods, configuration items and systems.

o Collaborate with DSG teammates on supporting a large collection of software components in a variety of scripted and compiled languages; update, build, test and install software and configuration items, as needed.

o Work with the DSG Technical Lead and GSL’s research scientists and application developers to establish requirements for new data services.

o Configure, monitor, document and troubleshoot data flows and applications within DSG’s on-premises and cloud-based frameworks.

o Work with DSG teammates, systems administrators and support staff to resolve service outages, and configure, monitor and manage system resources.

o Work with DSG teammates and others to envision and develop software that will meet future data processing needs, while keeping abreast of trends in information technology hardware, software and services.

o Participate in efforts to develop lab- and community-wide approaches to data handling issues.

o Communicate verbally and in writing with DSG team members, GSL managers, GSL users, and external data providers and users, in support of DSG’s services.

Documentation and Reporting 5%

o Prepare software documentation in collaboration with team members. o Prepare status reports as required by the project sponsor and CIRA.
o Prepare and deliver technical talks and presentations as requested.

Required Qualifications: Please detail each of these items in your cover letter.

  • ●  This position is located in a federal facility and requires the ability to pass a National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI, tier one/federal background check) for building access.

  • ●  Bachelor’s degree in atmospheric, computer science, or a related field
  • ●  PLUS two years relevant experience

    OR

  • ●  Master’s degree in atmospheric, computer science, or a related field.
  • ●  Working knowledge of Linux and shell commands for file handling, text file editing, job

    scheduling, and process management.

  • ●  Ability to develop clean, efficient, well-documented software in scripted and compiled

    languages, such as Bash, Python, Perl, Java, C, C++, or Fortran, plus a willingness to work with legacy code in these languages.

    Preferred Qualifications: Please highlight applicable preferred qualifications in your cover letter.

    • ●  Experience developing and managing data handling software applications or systems.
    • ●  Experience with data sharing and storage methods like Unidata’s Local Data Manager

      (LDM), ftp, http, AWS S3, rsync and scp.

    • ●  Familiarity with common meteorological data formats like GRIB, BUFR and NetCDF, or

      newer formats like Zarr.

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States by the start date.

**CIRA will not sponsor a visa for this position now nor in the future**

  • ●  Exposure to meteorological datasets (e.g., GOES, WSR-88D, RAOBs, NCEP model products).
  • ●  Familiarity with container application environments such as Docker, Kubernetes, etc.
  • ●  Experience with or interest in learning to utilize cloud native technologies
  • ●  Excellent verbal and written communications skills, including the ability to connect with

    a community of data users and providers.

  • ●  Ability to work as part of a software development team, as well as independently.

    Background Check:

    Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search, and motor vehicle history. In addition, this position is located in a federal facility and requires the ability to pass a National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI, federal background check) for building access.

    Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion:

    Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

    Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled; however, to ensure full consideration applications should be submitted by 11:59 PM MDT on Monday, May 2, 2022. Apply electronically by clicking “Apply to this Job” at the following website: https://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/103064 .

    References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. NOTE: In your cover letter, please specifically address the required and preferred qualifications of this position. A cover letter that fails to address the required and preferred qualifications of this position may not be considered further after review by the search committee.

    The Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) at Colorado State University seeks to fill a professional scientific position designed to conduct collaborative research with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) located at the Global Systems Laboratory (GSL) in Boulder, CO. Office will be in Boulder, CO. This position is located in a federal facility and requires the ability to pass a National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI, federal background check) for building access. The option exists to work a hybrid remote/onsite schedule during the work week.

The Information and Technology Services (ITS) Data Services Group (DSG) within GSL develops Linux-based systems that acquire, process, store, and distribute meteorological datasets to support the development, testing, and evaluation of advanced weather models and weather information systems within GSL and the wider NOAA community.

The individual in this position will work with Data Services Group (DSG)teammates to develop, manage and document data systems in support of Global System Laboratory’s mission. They will establish user requirements for new datasets or services, and then develop, update, configure, and document software, as needed. The individual will maintain a working knowledge of DSG’s established systems and methods, contribute to on-going efforts to improve and extend DSG services, and ensure high availability of a large collection of real-time datasets on a variety of platforms. This position will report to the DSG Technical Lead.

For a full listing of required and preferred qualifications, compensation, and application instructions, please visit: https://www.cira.colostate.edu/welcome-about/jobs/ . Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, to ensure full consideration applications should be submitted by 11.59pm MST Monday, May 2, 2022.

Apply electronically by clicking “Apply to this Job” at the following website: https://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/103064 . References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. In your cover letter, please specifically address the required and preferred qualifications of this position. A cover letter that fails to address the required and preferred qualifications of this position may not be considered further after review by the search committee.

Meteorological Data Systems Programmer/Analyst

Meteorological Data Systems Programmer/Analyst Full Time, Research Associate II, Boulder, CO

The Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) at Colorado State University seeks to fill a professional scientific position designed to conduct collaborative research with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) located at the Global Systems Laboratory (GSL) in Boulder, CO. The Information and Technology Services (ITS) Data Services Group (DSG) within GSL develops Linux-based systems that acquire, process, store, and distribute meteorological datasets to support the development, testing, and evaluation of advanced weather models and weather information systems within GSL and the wider NOAA community.

The individual in this position will work with Data Services Group (DSG) teammates to develop, manage, and document data systems in support of Global System Laboratory’s mission. They will establish user requirements for new datasets or services, and then develop, update, configure, and document software, as needed. The individual will maintain a working knowledge of DSG’s established systems and methods, contribute to on-going efforts to improve, and extend DSG services, and ensure high availability of a large collection of real-time datasets on a variety of platforms.

Office will be in Boulder, CO. This position is located in a federal facility and requires the ability to pass a National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI, federal background check) for building access. The option exists to work a hybrid remote/onsite schedule during the work week. For a full listing of required and preferred qualifications, compensation, and application instructions, please visit: https://www.cira.colostate.edu/employment/meteorological- data-systems-programmer-analyst/ . Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, to ensure full consideration applications should be submitted by 11.59pm MST Monday, May 2, 2022.

Apply electronically by clicking “Apply to this Job” at the following website: https://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/103064 . References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. In your cover letter, please specifically address the required and preferred qualifications of this position. A cover letter that fails to address the required and preferred qualifications of this position may not be considered further after review by the search committee.

To apply for this job please visit jobs.colostate.edu.