[Coral-List] Contract Position Available to support Coral Reef Watch

Mark Eakin mark.eakin at noaa.gov
Thu May 30 17:19:28 EDT 2013


Scientific Product Developer/Programmer to Support Coral Reef Watch

College, Park, MD


Global Science &Technology, Inc. (GST), a fast growing high technology firm, is seeking a Scientific Analyst II/Support Scientist II for product development and validation at NOAA’s Coral Reef Watch program.  Position is located in a NOAA facility at College Park, Maryland.


Position Summary:


Coral Reef Watch (CRW) is a NOAA program, residing within the NOAA/NESDIS Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR), that utilizes remote sensing, modeled, and in situ data for near-real-time and long-term monitoring, modeling, and reporting of physical environmental conditions influencing coral reef ecosystems. The selected applicant will develop coral reef environmental monitoring products and develop software for the CRW Work Activity.  These products and software are mainly based on satellite sea surface temperature (SST) measurements  (from geostationary and polar orbiting environmental satellites). Any developed software will go into the CRW code repository, with many products transitioning to the CRW Decision Support System for coral reef management.


Primary Duties:

·      Developing satellite Virtual Stations product for CRW’s 5-km near-real-time satellite- and model-based coral reef environmental monitoring product streams
·      Developing a database of in situ observations, including water temperatures for calibration/validation of CRW’s sub-km to 5-km scale satellite-SST based monitoring products
·      Implementation of high-resolution products in Google Earth and Google Map, including tiling
·      Temporal and spatial statistical analyses of environmental variables used in CRW’s coral reef environment monitoring, including SST and coral bleaching thermal stress

Education/Experience Required:


·      BS/MS degree in Oceanography, Computer Science, and/or other Physical Sciences and Engineering. Previous work experience is required with strong recommendation from previous employers

·      Experience with one or more computer programming languages, such as IDL, Python, Matlab, FORTRAN, and C/C++.

·      Good working knowledge of the Linux/Unix OS

·      Experience or knowledge of HTML/JavaScript/web development

·      Training or experience with temporal and spatial statistical analyses


Experience Desired but not Necessary:


·      Implementation of, or ability to quickly learn Google Earth and Google Maps product implementation.

·      Databases like MySQL (or similar).

·      Work experience related to science or engineering applications, or experience in oceanographic research.




This employee will have a strong ability to work on tasks independently and collaboratively. A strong team player is required to work in the tightly knit CRW team and collaboration with STAR SST development teams and various U.S. and international collaborators. Based on the application pool, we will use either the Scientific Analyst II or Support Scientist II position.


Selected applicant will be subject to a company background investigation.


GST offers competitive salaries; vacation, sick, and holiday leave; major medical, dental, life, long-term and short-term disability insurance; a 401K retirement plan; tuition assistance; and opportunities for employee career growth and development.


Qualified candidates please submit your resume to: careers at gst.com.
Subject line should read: Scientific Analyst II /Support Scientist II—College Park.


You may also fax your resume to: 301-474-5970.

If you need assistance, please call: 301-474-9696.

GST is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.




C. Mark Eakin, Ph.D.
Coordinator, NOAA Coral Reef Watch
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Center for Satellite Applications and Research
Satellite Oceanography & Climate Division
e-mail: mark.eakin at noaa.gov
url: coralreefwatch.noaa.gov

NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction (NCWCP)
5830 University Research Ct., E/RA32
College Park, MD 20740
Office: (301) 683-3320     Fax: (301) 683-3301
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"A world without coral reefs is unimaginable." 
Dr. Jane Lubchenco, March 25 2010

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