Thread: Geoscience Data Engineer/Data Curator

Started: 2021-02-03 22:13:36
Last activity: 2021-02-03 22:13:36
Sandia Recruiting
2021-02-03 22:13:36
Institution: Sandia National Laboratories
Open Until: 2021-03-05

Posting Duration

This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time.

What Your Job Will Be Like

Passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state of the art concepts to explore solutions? Join a dynamic team that solves significant issues for our nation's security!

We are seeking an R&D Geoscience Engineer with a background in data science, data engineering, data curation, and data management. The selected applicant will be responsible both for supporting existing efforts and for the development and administration of new metadata, data management, and documentation standards which maximize the ability of staff to archive, understand, and use multi-phenomenological data across many projects and scientific fields.

There will be opportunities to work with many complex data sets which span multiple scientific fields and to provide guidance/leadership for identifying, exploiting, and developing data analytic techniques across multiple scientific domains. This work may include collaboration efforts with domain specialists to identify data sources of interest, structure data, and develop algorithms and models enabling data fusion. A component of these efforts will be coordinating with project teams to pursue both internal and external competitive funding opportunities.

On any given day, you may be called on to:

• Develop and maintain data and metadata management standards facilitating curation, use, re-use, quality, access, security, and preservation of data
• Curate large multi-phenomenological datasets to promote ease of understanding, use, and exploitation
• Provide consultation regarding data and metadata standards and standard methodologies to researchers in a variety of data domains, including: seismic, infrasound, radionuclide, and imagery
• Act as liaison among multiple projects, facilitating data collection, data and metadata management, data usage, and data exploitation by researchers
• Automate data curation, data management, and data analysis tasks to streamline researchers’ workflows
• Create and review technical and user-focused data management documentation
• Recommend and implement appropriate mechanisms for sharing different categories of critical and controlled data

About Our Team

We perform geophysical monitoring research and development in support of Sandia's mission as a national security laboratory. The team's geophysics expertise addresses challenges surrounding ground; based nuclear detonation detection through next; generation algorithms exploiting multi phenomenological data, advanced sensor technologies, and demonstration experiments.

We have a wide range of expertise in field seismology: subsurface characterization; seismo acoustic and infrasound modeling; evaluation of seismic and infrasound sensors and systems; and processing, analysis, and interpretation of all types of geophysical data. Technical work spans the spectrum from theoretical to applied and includes strong modeling, lab and field data collection, and analysis capabilities. The department serves as Sandia's resource for ground-based monitoring expertise, partnering with departments across the labs to integrate multiple types of data—including optical, seismic, electromagnetic, infrasound, atmospheric, radionuclide—to address broad national security needs.
About Sandia
Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:

• Challenging work with amazing impact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide
• Extraordinary co-workers
• Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world
• Career advancement and enrichment opportunities
• Flexible schedules, generous vacations, strong medical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

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*These benefits vary by job classification.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.

Qualifications We Require

• Master’s degree in a STEM field plus 4 years' experience in data processing, data engineering, data management/curation, or equivalent field; OR Bachelor's degree in the above stated fields plus 8 years' experience
• Can obtain a DOE Q clearance

Qualifications We Desire

• Broad experience collecting, processing, organizing, curating, and analyzing datasets, with a preference for working with large multi-disciplinary datasets
• Experience with fundamental principles of metadata and data management best practices, with a strong preference for experience with creating data management plans
• Demonstrated experience working with time series data formats, with a strong preference for experience working with geophysical, radionuclide, optical, and imagery data formats
• Demonstrated proficiency with a programming language, such as: Python, MATLAB, Java, Perl, C, C++
• Experience in the Unix environment and with Unix shell scripting
• Experience with SQL, MySQL, ORACLE, MongoDB, Hadoop, or other data manipulation scripting
• Experience helping team members define requirements and technical paths forward, while communicating effectively with colleagues outside of own domain expertise
• Proficient verbal and written communication skills vital to effectively collaborate
• Proven ability to deliver high-quality and timely results

Security Clearance

Sandia is required by DOE to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants for employment need to be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted.

Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.
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