Environmental Data Research Associate

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)

Bay Area, CA, USA 🇺🇸

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s (LBNL) Climate & Ecosystems Division has an opening for an Environmental Data Research Associate to join the team.
The Earth and Environmental Sciences Area at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) has an exciting opportunity for a data manager to work on DOE-funded projects. The DOE’s Environmental System Science Data Infrastructure for a Virtual Ecosystem (ESS-DIVE) is a data archive for Earth and environmental science data. The DOE’s Watershed Function Scientific Focus Area investigates hydrological perturbations to mountainous watersheds, and their impacts to downstream water quantity and quality. These projects generate and manage diverse datasets from various environmental sciences that include hydrology, geology, ecology, geochemistry, biology, climate and geophysics.
In this exciting role, you will join the interdisciplinary data teams of these projects, which consist of earth/environmental scientists, and computer/data scientists. The work will involve various data management activities, including curation and archival, metadata QA/QC. community engagement, and building workflows to improve the access and usability of the DOE’s environmental datasets. 
What You Will Do:

  • Work with DOE environmental scientists to organize and publish research datasets using FAIR principles.
  • Assist with data publication and curation by ensuring that the metadata and related information are complete, performing basic quality checks, formatting data/metadata to meet repository guidelines and data standards, and approving datasets for public release.
  • Assist researchers and other users in discovery and access to data, and answer user support questions.
  • Work with data collectors to improve sample and data management practices in scientific workflows.
  • Participate in research and development, and community outreach efforts towards data management best practices for diverse data types and data/metadata standards.
  • Represent projects in national and international meetings, including participation in the Earth System Information Partners (ESIP) and Research Data Alliance (RDA) activities.

What is Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred or equivalent work experience of two years, in Earth/Environmental sciences, and at least 1 year of relevant experience (2+ years preferred).
  • Demonstrated experience in FAIR data management and data/metadata curation.
  • Familiarity with data/metadata standards and reporting formats.
  • Demonstrated experience providing data management support to scientific users.
  • Good communication and organization skills; attention to detail, and ability to work in an interdisciplinary, collaborative team environment.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience using software for user support workflows (e.g. JIRA helpdesk), version control (Github), documentation (Gitbook), and spreadsheet applications (e.g. Excel, Google Sheets) is highly desirable.

For full consideration, please apply by December 31, 2022.

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  • This is a full-time, career appointment, non-exempt (hourly paid) from overtime pay.
  • This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.
  • Salary will be determined based on range by collective bargaining agreement.
  • 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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