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Scientific Computing Specialist
Texas A&M University, Department of Oceanography
College Station, Texas, USA

Job Title

Scientific Computing Specialist

Job Description

The Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS) is the Gulf of Mexico regional component of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) of NOAA and is part of the Department of Oceanography with Texas A&M University. At GCOOS we are looking for a highly motivated and skilled professional interested in contributing to understanding of the Gulf of Mexico with the development of data science tools. The Scientific Computing Specialist will assist in cyberinfrastructure management, oceanographic data curation, and as experience is gained it will lead large marine dataset analysis and synthesis. Your efforts will be integral to education benefiting society and the environment for the Department of Oceanography at Texas A&M University. To learn more about GCOOS at Texas A&M University visit us at: https://gcoos.org/. This is a 100% remote work opportunity.

This position is grant funded; future employment may be contingent upon future funding. The salary range is commensurate with experience.

The focus of this position is to:​

  • Contribute significantly to the expansion of GCOOS Data Management Subsystem by supporting cyberinfrastructure management, oceanographic data curation, large dataset analysis and synthesis
  • Collaborate with governmental and non-governmental partners and stakeholders to increase understanding of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem
  • Ensure GCOOS provides accurate and reliable information to benefit people, the marine ecosystem, and the blue economy

Restrictions

  • Telecommuting is OK
  • No Agencies Please

Requirements

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Oceanography, Physics, Environmental Science, Engineering or other related field
  • Six years of experience in Information Technology, Oceanography, Physics, Environmental Science, Engineering or other related field

OR

  • Master’s degree in Computer Science, Oceanography, Physics, Environmental Science, Engineering or other related field
  • Four years of experience in Information Technology, Oceanography, Physics, Environmental Science, Engineering or other related field

OR

  • Ph.D. in Computer Science, Oceanography, Physics, Environmental Science, Engineering or other related field
  • Two years of experience in Information Technology, Oceanography, Physics, Environmental Science, Engineering or other related field

Skills:

  • An advanced understanding of system administration, data science, data curation and analysis
  • Demonstrated experience in project management, and ability to work semi-independently
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with the ability to work cooperatively with others, inside and outside the organization
  • Proven technical programming experience (i.e., scripting in Python, Linux)

About the Company

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide on-demand information about the Gulf’s coastal and open ocean waters that is accurate, reliable and benefits people, ecosystems and the economy.

The Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS) is the Gulf of Mexico regional component of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). We are the only certified, comprehensive data collection and dissemination center for coastal and ocean data in the Gulf.

GCOOS leverages a small budget — just $2 million — into big results by coordinating information gathered by federal, state and private partners running nearly 2,000 sensors in coastal waters to the deep ocean. We ensure that all data is timely, reliable, accurate and available to everyone — from weather forecasters to Coast Guard first responders — to ensure a healthy, productive ocean and resilient coastal communities for the Gulf’s 14 million residents and the $234 billion annual economic benefit it provides to the U.S. economy.

Instead of operating our own in-water assets such as buoys, autonomous vehicles, radar systems and water-quality monitoring tools, we collaborate with and provide grant support to on-the-ground investigators who develop and implement data collection using their own systems. This allows us to leverage our limited dollars to increase partnerships with local and state organizations Gulf-wide that are using professional and citizen scientists to develop a comprehensive data system that benefits users and supports jobs and local economies.

In addition to data collection and distribution, we conduct education and outreach activities to equip the public to use and make decisions about the economic and environmental health of our Gulf of Mexico.

Contact Info

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