Science Systems and Applications Inc. (SSAI) at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center seeks a Data Technician to support SeaWiFS Bio-optical Archive and Storage System (SeaBASS). SeaBASS is part of the NASA Ocean Biology Distributed Active Archive Center (OBDAAC) and maintains its publicly shared archive of in situ oceanographic and atmospheric data. This position will perform data management, correspond with data submitters and users, maintain records in a relational database management system, and support the distribution of oceanographic and atmospheric field data.
SeaBASS plays an important role at NASA by serving as the community-standard repository for oceanographic field measurements collected by NASA-funded investigators and other researchers. Ensuring these data are well-managed is crucial so the Ocean Ecology Lab can use them for the core activity of assessing the quality of ocean color satellite data, for algorithm development, and for distribution to public users. SeaBASS must constantly update its standards to adapt to advances in community protocols and to accommodate new types of field measurements that must be archived and distributed.
The position will involve extensive interaction with OEL scientific staff and managers as well as scientists from a variety of government agencies, research institutions, and other organizations.
- Catalog oceanographic datasets; assess submissions and their metadata for compliance with SeaBASS standards and requirements
- Perform data management and data entry, keep data and documentation well organized
- Correspond with scientists and data submitters to provide aid and answer questions with data submissions
- Work with software tools, create and maintain database records
- BA or BS in natural science, math, computer or data science discipline, or related field and 4 years of data management or data science experience; experience editing and working with digital scientific datasets, ideally oceanographic data; knowledge of FAIR principles or an equivalent combination of education and experience
- Highly organized; strong attention to detail
- Strong computer skills, coding experience, an aptitude for scripting
- Good oral and written communication skills, able to correspond professionally with scientists and a range of professionals
- Ability to work efficiently and independently, as well as to work effectively in a team environment
Applicants must meet requirements to obtain a security badge and IT credentials at NASA GSFC
- Experience with field measurements of optics, or other aquatic or atmospheric biogeochemical measurements
- Programming skills with languages such as Python, Perl
- Experience with Linux systems, command line interface experience
- Database experience
- Experience with Jira or other issue tracking software
- Customer service experience
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