Research Associate II or III

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month, Time-Limited
Department: 191001 - Northern Gulf Institute
Location: Hancock County
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

This position will be located at the Mississippi State University Science and Technology Center at the Stennis Space Center, MS to provide computer science support in the development of data management capabilities and visualization techniques for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and its partners. An experienced computer scientist with extensive development experience and cloud-based programing is required to complete this work.

Salary Grade:  13

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Effective Technology Solutions
a. Analyze, identify, recommend, and implement solutions to the gaps in data management capabilities resulting from the development of new and existing environmental data sensors and platforms.
b. Analyze, identify, recommend, and implement solutions to the increased complexities of multi-dimensional and non-traditional data sets that are outside the stewardship solutions currently available to the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) Oceanographic and Geophysical Sciences and Services Division (OGSSD)
c. Optimize and automate data visualization tools and products for multidisciplinary oceanographic, coastal, and marine data.
d. Identify, develop and shepherd the migration of tools, products, and services from the Northern Gulf Institute (NGI) research to NOAA NCEI operations once fully vetted
2. Support NCEI partner efforts
a. Research and recommend innovative approaches for design of a comprehensive framework for integrated data management to leverage existing information and protocols for use in science-based decision making, analyses, prioritizing needs, and identifying gaps.
b. Provide scientific expertise to assist restoration project performers to develop and optimize effective data management processes and procedures, ensuring efficient end-to-end data stewardship.
c. Provide at-sea data and sampling support aboard NOAA research cruises on NOAA and non-NOAA vessels using a variety of at-sea data collection platforms
d. Work directly with users to turn feedback and ideas into solutions.

Salary commensurate with abilities and experience. The period of performance is estimated to be a minimum of one year with a potential for additional years.

Minimum Qualifications:

1. Beginning with a bachelor’s degree:
a. To begin at the Research Associate II level, one must have a bachelor’s degree
and a minimum of 3 years of relevant experience and the equivalent of a master’s degree.
c. To begin at the Research Associate III level, one must have a bachelor’s degree
and a minimum of 6 years of relevant experience and the equivalent of a master’s degree.

2. Beginning with a master’s degree:
a. A professional employee with a master’s degree and a minimum of 1 year of relevant
experience and demonstrated competency can begin work at the Research
Associate II level.
b. To begin at the Research Associate III level, one must have a master’s degree and
a minimum of 3 years of experience.

3. Beginning with a doctoral degree:
a. A professional employee with a doctoral degree with 2 years of relevant experience and
demonstrated competence can begin work at the Research Associate III level.

US Citizen
Able to obtain: Department of Commerce moderate risk clearance
Ability to go to sea to contribute to scientific expeditions up to 2 months out of the year.

Preferred Qualifications:

M.S., or Ph.D. in Computer Science, Data Science, or related field.

Demonstrated proficiency with Cloud based programming, Linux, XML/XSLT/XSD, Technical Support, and HTML/DHTML, and XHTML, R, Python, and Google Apps Script or JavaScript.

Comfort with SQL databases.

“Big data” management and analysis experience.

Computer literate and experienced with common word processing, database, and office applications. Proficient in providing software system analysis, design, development, testing, documentation and implementation in a federal Government environment. Familiarity with NOAA NCEI data management policies and procedures as well as NIST specified security protocols. Expert technical writer.

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

Apply online by submitting a cover letter, resume, and a copy of your transcript(s). Any social security numbers included on requested transcripts should be redacted prior to submitting online.

Restricted Clause:

Position is contingent upon continued availability of funding.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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