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Tide Gauge and Buoy Data Manager – Job Opening

Employer: CIRES / NGDC (NOAA)

Posted: 17 Aug 2013

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder is looking for an energetic Professional Research Assistant (PRA) to manage NOAA’s coastal and deep-ocean water-level data, including acquisition and assessment, developing derived products, and outreach to coastal hazards scientists and observing networks. This position supports improved tsunami warning and coastal community resiliency efforts. CIRES conducts collaborative research with NOAA’s National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) on the archive, analysis, processing, and dissemination of data and integrated models describing Earth’s geophysical environment. This collaboration includes global integrated observing and data management systems, improved integration and modeling of geophysical data, enhanced web discovery and delivery of data and derived products, and long-term data stewardship.

This CIRES position is co-located with NOAA staff of NGDC, David Skaggs Research Center, 325 Broadway, Boulder, Colorado.

NGDC develops and maintains integrated databases and data services supporting the national and international tsunami warning, research, and mitigation activities. This includes gathering, quality assuring, and processing Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunami (DART®) and coastal tide-gauge data, gathering and quality assuring related tsunami-event and impact data, developing and implementing standards-based methods of describing and sharing tsunami observational data and derived products. The successful candidate will collaborate with national and international partners to expand NOAA’s water-level databases, work under the guidance of a senior scientist to develop products, and oversee the development and enhancement of web-based delivery of water-level data to other agencies and the public.


  • Manage the acquisition, evaluation, processing, description, archiving, and public dissemination of coastal and deep-ocean water-level data
  • Assess and describe the quality of coastal and deep-ocean water level and related data in compliance with accepted standards
  • Develop integrated natural hazard science products supporting tsunami research and assessing/developing resilient coastal communities
  • Guide the development and delivery of water-level data via automated / web methods
  • Build national and international collaborations and expand access to water-level data
  • Raise project visibility through engaging and effective communication to a variety of audiences
  • Author peer-reviewed articles, detailed technical reports, and standards-compliant metadata


  • Master’s degree in Oceanography or related Earth Sciences and 3-4 years work experience, or at least 7 years related post-baccalaureate work experience
  • Experience in preparing, quality assessing, and describing water-level data in standard forms
  • Practical experience developing and utilizing computer programs, DBMS, SQL, and GIS to derive data products supporting tsunami and coastal inundation hazard assessment, research, and education
  • Familiarity with a variety of technologies for data discovery, integration, and access
  • Ability to work independently, as well as part of a team supporting other marine geophysical research activities
  • Ability to pose and address research questions relevant to coastal hazards, sea-level change, and coastal inundation
  • Clear oral and written communication skills

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