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#119173 CCHDO Data Curator

Extended Review Date: Thu 2/2/2023

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Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) at UC San Diego is one of the most important centers for global earth science research and education in the world. Scripps scientists work to understand and protect the planet by investigating our oceans, Earth, and atmosphere to solve our greatest environmental challenges. Scripps leads research in climate change impacts and adaptation, resilience to hazards, conservation and biodiversity, oceans and human health, national security, and innovative technology to observe the planet.

Supporting the efforts at SIO is CCHDO (CLIVAR and Carbon Hydrographic Data Office), which provides access to high-quality, global, vessel-based CTD and hydrographic data, served in standardized community formats (WHP-Exchange, WOCE, and netCDF). CCHDO also manages public and non-public CTD data for use by the global Argo and OceanSITES programs. CCHDO adds value to the global observing system by ensuring that data from repeat hydrography expeditions are curated, preserved, well-described, documented, findable, accessible, and usable. It reduces the time to science and enlarges the user base for these data by creating standard, well-described data products. Because many CCHDO data files are considered to be of reference quality and cover an ever-growing time span, they provide a keystone in assessing and understanding the extent and nature of ocean changes.

Incumbent assembles 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 to identify errors such as wrong flag sets, mismatches between date, times, or locations, etc. Standardizes cruise report documents and extracts and structures metadata from multiple sources. Tracks submitted and overdue data and communicate with scientists as needed to resolve quality issues. Assembles datasets into community-standard merged products. Works effectively with a small, engaged team to improve overall efficiency and QC procedures, developing new routines and tools as needed.

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.

Our employees enjoy competitive compensation packages and educational opportunities in a diverse, stimulating workforce. This position is also eligible for full:
1) Health/Dental/Vision Insurance
2) Vacation/Holidays
3) Life Insurance
4) UC Retirement Plan

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About CCHDO:


NOTE: Salary placement is determined by the top candidate’s overall qualifications/relevant experience, market data, and internal equity.


  • Bachelor's degree in oceanography, library science, data science, or related field plus two years of related experience/training; or equivalent experience/training.

  • Working knowledge of research function. Demonstrated background working with scientific data sets required.

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

  • 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 attention to detail in processing, integrating, documenting and reporting large-scale ocean data sets. Experience in acquiring, maintaining, and manipulating large and varied data sets and formats.

  • Knowledge and familiarity with earth sciences data sets and comfort handling and interpreting them.

  • SQL and experience with relational databases


  • Master's degree preferred in oceanography, library science, data science, or related field.

  • Knowledge of data file formats, including NetCDF. Knowledge of data structures such as XML and JSON, and a knowledge of metadata standards.

  • Experience with chemical oceanography and seawater analysis.

  • Knowledge relating to software design development, modification, and implementation, including object-oriented programming concepts. Knowledge of secure software development.

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


Going to sea on a research vessel as part of an expedition collecting hydrographic data is a possibility but not a requirement or expectation of this position.

Pay Transparency Act Full Salary Range: $53,600 - $111,600 Annually

The University of California, San Diego is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience. The full salary range for this position is defined as the Full Pay Range. The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position defined as the Expected Pay Scale. Placement within the Expected Pay Scale is determined by internal equity, relevant qualifications, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

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

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