[ESIP-all] Cool new jobs at NSIDC

Mark A. Parsons parsonsm at nsidc.org
Sun Jul 3 19:59:18 EDT 2011

Hi fellow ESIPers,

The National Snow and Ice Data Center recently received a major new NSF grant in collaboration with several units at UCAR to manage all of NSF's Arctic data. As a result we have a couple open positions that may interest some of you. Please see below and http://nsidc.org/about/jobs/index.html for more info. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I will also be at the ESIP meeting next week for face to face discussion. Interviews will start late July to August and the positions are open until filled.



The Project Manager manages a large, multi-institution, Arctic science data management project—the “Integrated Arctic Data System (IADS)”.  NSIDC teams with three other institutions—the UCAR Earth Observing Lab (EOL), the NCAR Computing and Information Systems Lab (CISL), and Unidata—to develop a comprehensive data management system for all Arctic data collected by researchers supported by the National Science Foundation. IADS will provide full life cycle support of NSF data with ingest, access, preservation and stewardship services. IADS cyberinfrastructure builds from existing CISL and NSIDC systems and will demonstrate a close interconnection between these and external systems. A key goal of IADS is to demonstrate useful integration of NSF research data with many other Arctic data types.

The Project Manager works with a board of Principal Investigators from the four institutions to define clear goals and milestones for the project. The Project Manager then manages and directs resources allocated from the different institutions to meet the milestones. The person leads the overall project team including a full time data curator at NSIDC, and may define smaller teams to address different aspects of data management. Constructing IADS cyberinfrastructure will involve working with IT groups already operating at NSIDC and CISL.  Software development teams operate in an Agile Scrum environment. The Project Manager needs excellent team building and leadership skills, strong attention to detail, and knowledge of data systems and science data stewardship.

The Data Curator (DC) also contributes to the “Integrated Arctic Data System (IADS)”  project managing Arctic science data collected under National Science Foundation support. The DC works with all IADS partners to define and implement data flow and preservation. The DC is a close advisor of the IADS Project Manager and is responsible for optimizing data set value according to defined levels of service. Success will be measured by, among other things, the clarity of documentation for data sets under the DC's care. The DC ensures that data and metadata adhere to standards and are exposed to relevant advertising and distribution systems. The DC also creates Archive Information Packages (AIPs) in accordance with the OAIS Reference Model for select data collections and works to integrate diverse data to make them more useful. The DC needs experience in data management and stewardship, including digital preservation issues, concepts, and practices as well as excellent oral and written communications, problem solving and people skills.

Mark A. Parsons
Lead Program Manager
National Snow and Ice Data Center
University of Colorado, 449 UCB, Boulder, Colorado 80309-0449, USA
+1-303-492-2359, +1-303-492-2468 (fax)
skype: mark.a.parsons
http://nsidc.org, http://eloka-arctic.org

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