Research Program Manager

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

Salary Grade/Salary Minimum:

16/ Minimum 56,900

Department Profile:

The NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) Center for Coasts, Oceans, and Geophysics (CCOG) applies established and emerging technologies to build the long term coastal data record, develop products and services that enhance the understanding of historical trends, anomalies, and frequency of event occurrences in support of scientists and coastal managers.  The Northern Gulf Institute (NGI) and NCEI researchers collaborate closely with NOAA’s Ocean Exploration and Research Program scientists, providing expertise to research, design, and develop an innovative, comprehensive end-to-end data management system that supports planning, quality control, data documentation, discovery, access, and long term preservation of OER scientific data collections. An experienced oceanographer, marine scientist, or marine biologist with data management and analysis experience is required to complete this work.

Area of Specialization:

Scientific Support to the Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) Program for enhanced data, products, and services

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Scientific Support
a. Conduct and oversee the communication and coordination of data management and visualization activities across Ocean Exploration Research (OER) Divisions and Investment portfolio; and with NOAA and non-NOAA partners engaged in OER sponsored campaigns, the Extended Continental Shelf Program, and the national Exploration Program.
b. Provide expertise to assist in the management of scientific data from OER’s Investment Portfolio, including supporting scientists’ at-sea sampling operations, developing innovative stewardship of data from ships and submersibles, and collaborate with and finalize data management agreements with partnership project principals.
c. Research, design, and develop innovative tools and methods for data discovery and accessibility applications for OER Data Visualization, including but not limited to the OER Digital Atlas, Okeanos Explorer Atlas, OER Video Portal, and the Benthic Animal Guide.
d. Work collaboratively within the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) Center for Coasts, Oceans, and Geophysics (CCOG) Benthic Ecosystem Section to integrate related work a unified management approach, contributing to regional studies
2. Scientific Data Stewardship
a. Identify, coordinate, and correspond with data contributors to define data acquisitions and to determine suitability for contribution to the long term coastal data record within NCEI.
b. Conduct scientific appraisals of coastal data for long term archive.

Minimum Qualifications:

US Citizen
Ability to receive a Department of Commerce moderate risk clearance.
B.S. in Marine Science or related field and three years of experience. Computer literate and experienced with common word processing, database, and GIS applications. Proficient in data analysis tools;  experience preparing scientific datasets and documentation for accession into NOAA National Data Archives (including geospatial data packages), experience in facilitation of creation of standards-based metadata, ability to write reports at the college level and making oral presentations.

Preferred Qualifications:

M.S. in Marine Science or related field.
Certified/experienced NOAA NCEI Data Content Manager
Current clearance to work at-sea on research/exploration vessels.
Existing Department of Commerce moderate risk clearance.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort:

• No unusual physical requirements. Requires limited lifting of files and records and nearly all work is performed in a comfortable indoor facility.
• Frequent external imposed deadlines; set and revised beyond one’s control; interruptions influence priorities; difficult to anticipate nature or volume of work with certainty beyond a few days; meeting of deadlines and coordination of unrelated activities are key to position; involves conflict-resolution or similar interactions involving emotional issues or stress on a regular basis.
• Job frequently requires walking, sitting, reaching, talking, hearing, handling objects with hands

Restricted Clause:

Position contingent upon funding availability.

Instructions for Applying:

Apply online by submitting a cover letter, resume, and a copy of your transcript(s). For additional information, contact Steve Ashby at 228-688-3228.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by 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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