Scientific Data Specialist

Ocean Networks Canada

July 28, 2014

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Job Specialization: 
Software Development
Company Overview: 

Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) is a world-leading organization supporting ocean discovery and technological innovation. Operating as a not-for-profit society, ONC is responsible for the management of several ocean-based observatories, including VENUS and NEPTUNE and a mini-observatory in the Arctic, on behalf of the University of Victoria. ONC’s mission is to enable transformative ocean research and technology development through an innovative, cabled infrastructure that supplies continuous power and Internet connectivity to a broad suite of novel subsea instrumentation in coastal and deep-ocean environments. For more information, 

Job Summary: 

Scientific Data Specialist - Posting 2014212

The Scientific Data Specialist is responsible for the development of sophisticated data products, including verification and quality assessment of real-time and archived data. These data products enable scientific and non-scientific users to understand, interpret and analyze the information collected via the instruments on the network operated by ONC.
Among the job duties for this position are:

  • Data Quality Assurance/Quality Control by assessing the quality of scientific data collected via the ONC cabled networks.
  • Develop data products and prototypes in consultation with Science staff and external data users, which leverage the power of the network and the multi-disciplinary data archive, and extend the boundaries of standard oceanographic analysis.
  • Prepares data packages to showcase the potential of ONC’s data. Promotes the use of the data by showing how the data can be used.
  • Supports ONC’s Education and Public Engagement team to facilitate the use of ONC data in educational environments.
  • Provides data support to the diverse international user community, including: answering questions about data, instruments, and  ONC’s operations; responding to data request failures and regenerating data products as quickly as possible; and processing special requests for data
  • From time to time, participates in off-shore cruises; provides on-shore support as well.

The Scientific Data Specialist will have a graduate degree in Earth and Ocean Sciences or related field and 2-3 years of experience working with data from oceanographic instruments, or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Essential qualifications include excellent problem solving and interpersonal skills as well as a strong quantitative and technical background in relevant fields.
The following knowledge and experience is required:

  • experience developing data products using computational and data analysis/visualization packages such as Matlab, R, IDL and Mathematica or their public domain equivalents
  • experience with time series and spatial analysis
  • excellent skills in quantitative data validation
  • knowledge of scientific data formats/standards such as netCDF, HDF, SensorML or other XML-based formats used in Earth and Ocean Sciences
  • proven ability to take projects from conception to completion
  • experience with relational databases, modelling and simulation, and using query tools such as SQL
  • Moreover, the following characteristics would be desirable:
  • practical experience in R, C/C++ or Java, XML or HTML and scripting languages
  • some experience with handling or maintaining oceanographic instruments
How To Apply: 

Please apply from the University of Victoria Job Posting's page: