Scientific Data Systems Operator - Military veterans preferred

Kellogg Brown & Root (


  full-time   employee

North Carolina
United States


Scientific Data Systems Operator

LOCATION: Asheville, NC

The successful candidate will support science data operations at the National Center for Environment Information (NOAA), headquartered in Asheville, NC. The work will be executed remotely until the office re-opens. The data is used by NOAA, government agencies, universities local government and other users. Uses of the data include important work on meteorological and climatological prediction, hydrological, oceanographic, and atmospheric science.

This position is part of a kanban agile team supporting the Data Access Branch’s Data Access Operations team. This team works on a variety of science data and metadata access systems to monitor production processes, deploy software changes to the test and production tiers, assess data and metadata quality, develop software configuration, and program maintenance modifications, and manage technical documentation.

The position will:

  • Be suited for a motivated individual who is starting a career in technology, or in climatology, meteorology, or related environmental science.
  • Require monitoring service logs, data files and directories to ascertain service status.
  • Require performance of data management tasks.
  • Require integration testing of code prior to and after software deployments.
  • Require attention to detail and ability to follow established processes.
  • Require management of technical documentation in support of team cross-training.

Required Education and Experience

  • BS in Computer or a physical science
  • 2-3 years programming experience. A strong undergraduate background will be considered. At least one year of professional experience will be preferred.

Required Skills

  • Command line experience in Unix or Linux.
  • Good communication skills, written and verbal.
  • Experience with data management systems troubleshooting and root cause analysis.

Preferred Skills

  • Programming experience, especially in Unix/Linux and with Python, Perl, and/or shell scripting also C/C++, Fortran, and/or Java programming.
  • Oracle Database experience is a plus.
  • Familiarity with meteorological and/or climate data formats, e.g NetCDF, GRIB, and/or generic data file formats like CSV and JSON.
  • Familiarity with software revision control tools like Git with GitLab.
  • Familiarity with software build and deployment (CI/CD) tools such as Jenkins.
  • Familiarity with ticketing tools such as Atlasian Jira.

Green Card or US citizenship is required.

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