The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University located in Palisades, New York, is seeking a Staff Associate I to work within existing guidelines and workflows to curate user contributed content of the geochemical data repositories and the System for Earth Sample Registration operated by the Geoinformatics Research Group. Confirms and validates data and metadata (quality assurance and quality control), DOI/IGSN assignment, maintenance of data templates; support users with data submission and data access. Utilizes analytical skills to identify improvements to existing guidelines for metadata, workflows, and software to meet community needs. Shares information via established project management software, and ensures necessary updates to documentation of data curation workflows. Participates in conducting usability tests. Contributes to training and outreach activities.
Duties and Responsibilities will include:
Review & process sample metadata submitted to the System for Earth Sample Registration SESAR, including quality assessment and control, user support via RT system and user training; compile and edit documentation for internal and external users; develop tutorials, presentations, and content for the SESAR web site; Help materials for SESAR users; assist with usability tests and user surveys; document user requirements for technical team.
Review & process data and metadata submitted to the EarthChem Library, including review, quality control, and approval of submitted datasets and metadata, registration of datasets with DOI; provide user support via RT and user training; maintain and improve Help materials; assist with usability tests and user surveys; document user requirements for technical team.
Communicate internally with EarthChem and SESAR staff and externally with users, partners, and other stakeholders as needed to contribute to effective and efficient operation and development of systems, to improve user experience, and to grow user audiences.
Contribute to testing of new software releases.
Reports to the Doherty Senior Research Scientist and interacts directly with data curators.
Will receive general supervision.
Exercises independent judgment and initiative within specific guidelines.
BS or MS in Earth & Environmental Sciences or a closely related field and 4 years of related experience in laboratory work in analytical geochemistry and/or working with geological samples required.
Knowledge of geochemical analytical methods and geological samples documentation required.
Ability to use software programs and tools such as MS Excel in support of the project required.
Attention to detail is critical.
Excellent organizational and strong written and oral communication skills.
Experience in data management including cleaning, recording, and organizing data and/or metadata, knowledge of SQL or other querying language, familiarity with Python and Jupyter Notebooks, and experience with or desire to learn about controlled vocabularies is strongly preferred.
Appointments are made on a fiscal year basis and are eligible for renewal each July 1st, contingent upon performance and funding.
The search will remain open for at least 30 days after the ad appears and will continue until the position is filled.
Columbia University benefits are offered with this Officer of Research appointment.
The Lamont campus values diversity and inclusion, and encourages applications from members of underrepresented minority groups.
We accept online applications only.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran
Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.