Lawrence Berkeley National Lab's (LBNL) Earth and Environmental Sciences Area (EESA) has an interdisciplinary opportunity for a career-track Earth Research Scientist to join the team.
In this exciting role, you will work with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), state of California, and other environmental science communities in improving the access and usability of their datasets and facilitating data integration through community engagement and adoption of (meta)data standards. The project will involve working with the DOE's environmental science community as well as the broader earth science informatics community (e.g. NCEAS, AGU, RDA, ESIP) to enable curation and public archiving of data that are FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) and scientifically useful. We seek talented individuals with training in earth and environmental sciences, and a strong aptitude for and interest in data management and data science.
You will work with different U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) projects including the Environmental Systems Science Data Infrastructure for a Virtual Ecosystem (ESS-DIVE) and Watershed Function Science Focus Area. These projects generate and manage diverse datasets from various environmental sciences that include hydrology, geology, ecology, geochemistry, biology, climate and geophysics. You will develop solutions to enable advanced search and discovery, analytics, visualization and modeling on integrated environmental datasets.
What You Will Do:
Coordinate and participate in efforts to research, provide, and adopt community data/metadata standards and data management best practices for diverse data types.
Translate standards advances into actionable capabilities to enable data integration and advanced search.
Create data products for scientific use using computational methods for data synthesis, quality assurance and quality control, and imputation.
Engage in community engagement activities such as outreach to science projects, collaboration with cyberinfrastructure working groups and advisory boards, helping with user support, organizing an annual user workshop and monthly webinars.
Lead efforts to create training and documentation materials for data standards, data products or other related computational capabilities.
Participate in national and international meetings, such as American Geophysical Union (AGU), Earth System Information Partners (ESIP) and Research Data Alliance (RDA) activities.
Author peer-reviewed journal articles.
What is Required:
Ph.D. or equivalent experience in earth and environmental sciences, data science or computer science related fields.
Demonstrated experience working on scientific community engagement activities.
Graduate or postdoctoral research experience in field measurements, integration, analysis, management or modeling of complex and diverse environmental datasets.
2+ years, beyond highest customary degree, of experience with earth science informatics, data science or data management.
Demonstrated experience working across multidisciplinary collaborations.
Experience working with and developing data standards for environmental research.
Established record of peer reviewed publications and conference presentations.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Experience with programming in scripting languages such as Python, R and expertise in using version control software.
Experience with data synthesis, statistical data analysis and quality assurance/quality control algorithms.
Familiarity with FAIR principles and data repositories for managing scientific data.
Interest in or promoting open science and open data principles.
Required Application Materials:
Statement of research experience and interests. (3 page limit)
For full consideration, please apply by August 31, 2022.
This is a full time, 1 year, career-track term appointment that may be renewed to a maximum of five years and that may be converted to career based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs.
This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
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