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Data Manager

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for an Data Manager to join the Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry Department. This is a regular, full-time, exempt position, and is eligible for full benefits.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) created BCO-DMO in 2006 to serve principal investigators funded through the NSF Biology and Chemistry Oceanography Sections. The main goal of the office is to support the scientific research community through increased accessibility to oceanographic data. The job has a potential opportunity to perform some data management for the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI).

The internal working title for this position will likely be Information Systems Associate II. The final level of the position will be determined commensurate with the selected candidate's level of education & experience

Essential Functions

Depending on the level of hire, with little- to some supervision, and within a team environment, this individual will:

  • Help investigators organize and submit metadata and data for inclusion in the Biological and Chemical Oceanography Data Management Office (BCO-DMO) data management system
  • Manipulate data files in preparation for serving online and publishing, both for the primary project sites (BCO-DMO, OOI) and external OOI data delivery partners;
  • perform basic quality control on the submitted (BCO-DMO) and collected (OOI) data
  • Read and understand scientific papers;
  • Prepare materials describing project data and metadata processes; potentially present talks or posters at conferences and workshops
  • Ensure that the metadata and related information are complete
  • Archive data with an appropriate digital data archive office
  • Provide assistance to researchers and others in gaining access to the data and information made accessible by BCO-DMO and OOI; serve as an interface to OOI data delivery partners
  • Assist in development and administration of data management education and outreach activities
  • Lead internal projects that increase efficiency or advance the broader goals and objectives of the project


  • As deemed necessary by supervisor and might include:
    • In cooperation with the OOI Team, develop effective workflow for the monitoring and reporting of data delivery and/or data quality issues.
    • Design, develop and document tools or scripts to analyze/plot data from instruments or collections of instruments for data quality and system performance assessment.
    • Quantify the results of data quality assessment and system performance as metrics and graphs for high-level reporting purposes.
    • Participate in mooring service cruises (e.g. one per year) to support at-sea documentation and data validation.

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in a related field with several years of relevant experience or Master's degree in a specifically related field with minimal experience
  • Training or experience handling and manipulating oceanographic data or equivalent experience in a related field.
  • Ability to work as part of a highly interactive collaborative team is required.
  • Ability to read and understand scientific publications is required.
  • Programming experience (Python, Java, R or other scripting languages) desirable.
  • Experience using spreadsheet applications (e.g. Excel, OpenOffice), MATLAB programming, highly desirable.
  • Experience with scientific modeling workflows, including data inputs and outputs are desirable.
  • Good communication skills; good computer skills in Linux and PC or Macintosh environments; knowledge of oceanographic data including geochemical, biological and physical oceanography; attention to detail; good organization skills; and programming experience are all highly desirable.

Special Requirements

  • TWIC (or willing/able to get one)

Physical Requirements

Physical duties for this position include but are not limited to, ability to lift less than 25 lbs independently, 2 times per day; carry 10-25 lbs, 2 times per day. Visual abilities to include near, far, peripheral, depth perception, and ability to distinguish basic colors. Hearing requirements include the ability to hear and respond to instructions, communicate effectively in loud areas (pier/dock, warehouse). Other physical tasks include occasional prolonged standing/walking; use of hands for basic /fine grasping and manipulation, repetitive motion, reaching above and below the shoulders, pushing, pulling, kneeling, bending, twisting, and stooping. Other occupational requirements include talking, traveling, working around others, and with others or alone. Might be exposed to dust or other irritants and electrical/mechanical/power equipment hazards. Physical duties are subject to change.

Sea Duty

May work at least 8 hours per day and, at times in excess of 12 hours per day, 7 days per week. Sleep and work hours can deviate from those on land. May be expected to work on watch schedule (such as 8 hours on and 8 hours off or 12 hours on and 8 hours off) for all or part of a cruise or to work as hours are needed to accomplish the planned work. May need to travel during holidays and for long distances to and from foreign ports. May experience rudimentary living and working conditions, with shared and basic living quarters and laboratories. May experience bad or extreme weather conditions, including heavy seas, winter weather or hot, tropical weather. Work on deck may occur in both hot and cold conditions around the clock. Sea conditions will lead to active ship motion. Should be able to climb steep and vertical ladders and able to enter and exit compartments through hatches, doors, and sills. Should be able to carry heavy gear and participate in the loading and unloading of the ship as well as in the activities on deck and in the labs during the cruise. Shipboard environment may include: confined areas, shared sleeping quarters (berths) and bathroom facilities, small and basic berthing, fixed meal times and basic menus. Modest levels of heating, cooling, ventilation, and illumination, limited or no email and internet access and limited off-duty and recreational facilities (library, lounge, movies). May be exposed to potential allergens and irritants, including paint fumes. May experience constant and intermittent loud noises, and slippery and uneven surfaces.

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