Climate Data Analyst

NC Institute of Climate Studies

Posting NumberPG191225EP
Internal RecruitmentNo
Working TitleClimate Data Analyst
Anticipated Hiring Range$60,000 – $75,000 (commensurate with education and experience)
Work ScheduleM-F, 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Job LocationAsheville, NC
DepartmentNC Institute of Climate Studies
About the Department
The North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies (NCICS) is a UNC inter-institutional research institute promoting the discovery of new knowledge about global, regional, and local climate variability and its impacts; and providing information that is critical for determining trends and validating climate forecasts at all these spatial scales. NCICS’ principal activity is the operation of the NOAA Cooperative Institute for Satellite Earth System Studies in North Carolina (CISESS NC). CISESS’ primary objective is to document the natural atmosphere-ocean-land-biosphere components of the Earth system and how they interact with human activities as a coupled system through collaborative and transformative research activities and to transition that research into operational applications that produce societal benefits.
Essential Job Duties
The NC Institute for Climate Studies is in need of a Climate Data Analyst to provide scientific and programmatic support in the development, implementation, and quality control assessment of in situ and remotely sensed products and applications on a variety of scales using an extensive array of computing resources and software.

The Climate Data Analyst will:

    • Independently develop, design, support, and/or execute moderately complex research activities for a single or multiple research projects.
    • Provide scientific programming expertise to develop high quality large-scale research datasets through the creation / modification / adaptation of real time application software for utilization in analysis/calibration of environmental data including inputs/analysis/outputs and quality control assessment of end products.
    • Independently perform climate data collection and analysis.
    • Participate in environmentally related studies and analysis involving large scale environmental data sets and support research efforts in this regard.
    • Contribute to the scientific analysis of climate data sets for the purposes of improving data quality and advancing the interpretation of in situ and remotely sensed observations.
    • Plan, develop, and implement evaluation and analytical tools and applications to ensure integrity of datasets and other end products.
    • Participate in formulating research methods approaches, suggesting options for quality improvement and solutions.
    • Facilitate research to operation transitions between dataset development activities and the operational use of these datasets in activities such as monitoring and research.
    • Develop climate data analysis products, both graphical and textual, and associated written material based on the data analysis.
    • Work cooperatively with Institute staff, partners, team members, and/or external stakeholders in support of task and project objectives.
    • Provide cloud-based software solutions expertise in performing environmental data analysis and generating environmental Earth science products.
    • Perform cloud computing work with scientific analytical approaches utilizing Python, MATLABIDL, and/or Fortran to analyze and generate Earth and environmental science products.
    • Train institute personnel on cloud computing resources and techniques as relevant for project data analysis and/or Earth and environmental science product development.


This position is located in Asheville, NC.
Other Responsibilities
  • Work cooperatively with Institute staff, partners, team members, and/or external stakeholders in support of task and project objectives.
  • Make timely presentations at appropriate scientific venues as requested or needed.
  • Fully participate in unit (NCICSNCEI, etc.) activities and meetings.
  • Present research results and/or participate in the preparation of publications of research results for peer-reviewed journals.
  • Other related duties as assigned.
Minimum Education and Experience
  • Master’s degree in relevant Earth sciences (e.g., atmospheric sciences, environmental sciences, etc), mathematics, engineering, computer science, or a related field, OR a bachelor’s degree with five or more years of relevant experience.
  • Two or more years of experience with UNIX/Linux systems including high performance computing environments.
  • Demonstrated computer programming proficiency utilizing modern programming and analysis languages (e.g., Python, R, Matlab, Fortran, IDL, etc).
Other Required Qualifications
  • Evidence of scholarly productivity such as journal publications.
  • Demonstrated experience in performing self-directed scientific data analysis and applications programming.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Solid interpersonal skills.
  • Make positive team contributions.
  • Ability to multitask and meet deadlines.
  • Must be able to work independently and creatively.
  • Have the aptitude and willingness to serve the requirements of all team functions.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in a relevant Earth science (e.g., atmospheric sciences, environmental sciences, etc), mathematics, computer sciences, engineering, or related field.
  • Four or more years of experience working with in situ and remotely sensed environmental observations and/or model datasets including interpretation and analysis.
  • Experience conducting Earth or environmental sciences research in a cloud environment.
  • Strong understanding of analytical challenges and cloud-based solutions in Earth and/or environmental sciences.
  • Working knowledge of high performance computing (HPC) systems and scalable, parallel architectures.
  • Knowledge and experience with commercial cloud platforms (e.g. Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure Cloud, etc.).
  • Programming proficiency in Python, Java, Fortran, C, C++, Scala, or related language types.
  • Expertise with version control (e.g. git) and containerization tools (e.g. Docker, Kubernetes).
  • Experience with big data and familiarity with distributed processing solutions such as Lambda, Spark, and Kafka.
  • Familiarity with cloud-oriented data stores such as Cassandra, BigTable, DynamoDB, and Object Store.
  • Experience in a team environment addressing scientific or technical challenges.
  • Two or more peer-reviewed publications in environmental sciences or a related area.
  • Experience in an academic research setting.
  • Experience working in a federal facility environment.
  • Working knowledge of federal Data Evidence Act, 508 compliance, etc.
Required License(s) or Certification(s)
Valid NC Driver’s License requiredNo
Commercial Driver’s License requiredNo
Job Open Date10/01/2021
Anticipated Close DateOpen until filled.
Special Instructions to Applicants
In addition to your application please submit a resume/CV, cover letter, and the contact information for at least (3) professional references.
Position Number00107737
Position TypeEHRA Non-Faculty
Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week)1.0
Appointment12 Month Recurring
Mandatory Designation – Adverse WeatherNon Mandatory – Adverse Weather
Mandatory Designation – Emergency EventsNon Mandatory – Emergency Event
Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?No
Department ID063001 – NC Inst of Climate Studies
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