Thread: Data Engineer

Started: 2022-03-23 23:26:11
Last activity: 2022-03-23 23:26:11
Marlo Swanson
2022-03-23 23:26:11

Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) Data Services is looking for a Data Engineer to join our team.

We are a small, scientific consortium with a global reach! We operate the largest repository of seismological data dedicated to supporting researchers worldwide. The work we perform and the services we provide have a significant and direct impact on earthquake and other geoscience research.

You will be primarily responsible for managing various aspects of data capture, archiving and curation. Working directly with the Chief Architect, you will be part of a team that collaborates with developers to evaluate and identify optimal solutions to better serve our community.

The essential responsibilities for this position may be found below:


The Data Engineer (Capture) is responsible for managing different aspects of data capture, archiving, and curation. The incumbent will participate in a team to ensure that data ingestion and handling systems are operating continuously and as expected. Responsibilities include the operation and maintenance of necessary data handling software and systems, as well as the development and maintenance of systems to monitor and alter on data flow exceptions. The incumbent will make sure all procedures and software developed for performing their duties is documented in the shared documentation system and/or checked into a source code repository. Also performs code review with other data engineers and administrators to assure clarity, correctness, and compliance with IRIS’ security procedures.


Maintain data capture, archiving and curation systems such as data collection clients, data capture servers, relevant monitoring systems, etc. which could include any of the following:
Collaborate with engineering and development teams to evaluate and identify optimal solutions, driving improvements to system availability, scalability, reliability, and security.
Communicate with data providers internal and external as needed to maintain data flow.
Modify and improving existing systems.
Develop and maintaining relevant systems in accordance with best practices.
Ensure efficient functioning of data capture and flow to the internal repositories in accordance with company security policies and best practices.
Regularly review existing systems and make recommendations for improvements.
Participate in active monitoring of IT security throughout the organization and making recommendations for improvements to systems, participate in support coverage during off-hours.
Actively monitor relevant systems and networks to ensure data security and integrity.
Assist with development of necessary levels of documentation, in accordance with the companies’ IT standards.
Assist with making sure all software developed for performing repetitive functions has been checked into a source code repository.
Stay abreast of trends in pertinent computing-related areas to support planning and systems optimization.
Participate in building the technology roadmap for the organization including architecture, design, and implementation planning.
May interact with community members relative to supported projects
Interact with suppliers and business partners for areas of expertise and project assignments.
Other related duties as assigned.

This position does not have supervisory responsibility.

Minimum requirement of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent and five (5) years of relevant experience, preferably in a scientific/technical organization.
JOB SPECIFICATIONS: (Knowledge, Skill and Ability Requirements):

Knowledge of software containers and development experience in Linux-like operating systems.
Experience with various cloud-based platforms and technologies.
Experience with networking configuration relevant to data flow.
Knowledge of Git along with deployment tools like Terraform and/or Ansible.
Knowledge of Nagios and other platform monitoring frameworks.
Working knowledge of software development tools such as wikis, trouble ticketing systems, continuous testing/integration.
Ability to apply the software lifecycle to projects.
Ability to generate user documentation in a wiki-based system and use of source-control repositories.
Ability to take initiative to learn new skills, current best practices and technologies and then apply these to projects while encouraging them throughout the organization.
Ability to write organized and comprehensive documentation on projects.
Ability to make technical decisions based on previous experience and research.
Experience deploying and managing operational environments and networks into commercial cloud environments or data centers.
Ability to learn how to deploy and support open source and commercial software packages within the cloud and local data center, for example service-like applications like GitHub.
Experience with networking as it pertains to IP protocols relevant for data collection.
Ability to communicate clearly with other team members to ensure tasks are completed on time with best practices applied.
Ability to communicate clearly with stakeholders to establish requirements and implement feedback.
Fosters a professional culture through the use of strong interpersonal skills, verbal and written communications

Occasionally required to stand
Occasionally required to walk
Frequently required to sit
Frequently/Continually required to utilize hand and finger dexterity
Frequently required to talk and/or hear
While performing the duties of this job, the noise level in the work environment is usually quiet
Specific vision abilities required by this job include Close vision; Distance vision; Color vision; Peripheral vision; Depth perception and ability to adjust focus
The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or physical requirements. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Other pertinent Information:

Some travel (up to 20%) within the United States will be required.

In accordance with Executive Order 14042, all IRIS employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee’s duty location or work arrangement (e.g. telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If offered employment, you will therefore be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your appointment or onboarding with IRIS or document an approved exemption. Information about requesting a medical or religious accommodation/exemption should be directed to IRIS Human Resources.

IRIS is unable to provide sponsorship for work authorization within the United States.

Applicants may apply by going to the IRIS Career Center:
IRIS was founded in 1984 with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), IRIS is a consortium of 125 U.S. universities dedicated to advancing research and education in seismology to understand our dynamic planet and to benefit society. IRIS programs contribute to new discoveries within our planet, natural hazard mitigation, national security, environmental monitoring, advances in geo-computation, networking and communications, and in building a scientifically and technologically proficient workforce. The IRIS membership comprises virtually all U.S. universities with research programs in seismology and includes a growing number of Educational Affiliates, U.S. Affiliates, and Foreign Affiliates. IRIS management is currently headquartered in Washington, DC, but IRIS facilities are distributed internationally and operated in cooperation with the U.S. Geological Survey and other partner organizations and institutions. IRIS has annual revenues of approximately $30 million, and the Consortium employs roughly 51 full-time professional staff.

IRIS will begin reviewing resumes on March 25th. This position will remain open until the position is filled.

Marlo Swanson
Business Operations & HR Manager
Ofc: 202.407.7011
Cell: 703.203.8389

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