Job Description

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$25.67 - $32.61 / Hour
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Variable, 8 hrs/day, M-F on campus; variable at sea

#111201 GO-SHIP Marine Data Manager/Technician

Extended Deadline: Mon 9/27/2021

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit:

This position will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified.

Initial Review Date: 8/31/21

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 8/19/21 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 8/31/21. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


This position has two components: shore-side data analysis and management, and at-sea support of data collection.

The shore-side work:

Acquires hydrographic data from researchers and performs "Level 0" quality control to check and standardize formats, parameter names, and units; performs "Level 1" quality control, checking for consistency/precision/accuracy within one cruise’s Level 1 data sets identify errors such as wrong flag sets, mismatches between datetimes or locations, etc. Communicates with scientists as needed to resolve quality issues; assemble datasets into community-standard merged products; work to increase CCHDO efficiency and improve QC procedures, developing new routines and tools as needed; track timelines and data due dates across cruises.

The at-sea work:

Acquire and process all conductivity, temperature, depth and oxygen profile (CTDO) data on research expeditions utilizing established processing methods and routines. Consult with other data analysts, technicians, and scientists to make recommendations for updating and improving the processing routines. Develop, maintain and document Python scientific software used for processing data. Communicate with international researchers on results from previous cruises.

Works on research data reporting assignments that are of moderate diversity in scope. Exercises judgment within generally defined practices and policies in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.


  • Working knowledge of research function. Demonstrated background in Physical and/or Chemical Oceanography

  • Working skills in statistical analysis, systems programming, database design and data security measures. Knowledge of data management and programming best practices, including Python.

  • Working skills in analysis and consultation. Background/knowledge of CTD data collection and processing steps.

  • Skills to communicate complex information in a clear and concise manner both verbally and in writing. Ability to work with and interact effectively with various oceanographic researchers, principal investigators, and data product end-users.

  • Strong interpersonal skills, including initiative and diplomacy, and the ability to work with people from diverse background and educational levels.

  • Strong attention to detail in processing, integrating, documenting and reporting large scale hydrographic data sets.Experience in acquisition, maintenance and manipulation of large and varied data sets and formats.

  • Ability to work independently with a strong ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines in a high production environment with rapidly changing work requirements.

  • Knowledge and familiarity with oceanographic data sets, and is comfortable handling and interpreting them as needed.

  • SQL and experience with relational databases


  • Must possess a U.S. passport to travel globally without restriction.

  • Must be willing and able to participate on research cruises of up to 2 months duration, for a total of up to 3-4 months annually.

  • Must be able to obtain a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC).

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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