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Assistant/Associate Data Specialist Department of Environmental Toxicology - UC Davis

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We are seeking applications for the dynamic role as an Assistant/Associate Data Specialist of a new national-scale database development project in atmospheric chemistry. The Specialist will be a part of the project administrative team, and will coordinate with different project groups, such as data providers, database programmers, database stewards, and others, to achieve the objectives of the project. Atmospheric chemistry data are inhomogeneous; they originate from a variety of research experiments and were collected with a multitude of instrumentation. The Specialist should be comfortable with, or eager to learn about, the different data file formats (e.g., xslx, csv, ICARTT, xml) and able to work with the data programmatically. A basic understanding of data curation/stewardship concepts is also desirable. The Specialist will join Tran Nguyen’s team at UC Davis, and work closely with similar data managers from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and scientists from several research universities in the United States.

The specific duties of the position may include: (1) communicating with project groups; (2) creating programming scripts to homogenize, visualize, and check data; (3) coordinating and undergoing training with the data stewardship team at NCAR; (4) processing atmospheric chemistry datasets; (5) testing data access in prototype versions of the database; (6) documenting methods, guidelines, and templates (7) performing quality assurance/quality control checks.

The appointment is for one-year, renewable for up to three years subject to satisfactory progress.

• We welcome applicants holding MS or Ph.D. degrees, or who will obtain these degrees prior to employment start, from any relevant field, including: Earth/Atmospheric Science, Information/Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics or another field.
• Experience with scientific programming, preferably Matlab, is required.
• Applicants should demonstrate strong communication skills and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
• The ideal applicant will be detail-oriented, data-minded, and flexible.

Salary and benefits are consistent with UC Davis policy and are commensurate with applicant experience. Specialist salary scales can be accessed at:

Application review begin date: Immediately, and will continue until the position is filled.
Start dates: Flexible, but expected around January 2018.

To apply, please go to the following link: []. Applicants should submit: (1) a cover letter indicating interest and relevant experience (2) a full CV, and (3) the names and contact information for 3 references. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files. Apply by November 30, 2017 for priority consideration. For questions about position, contact Tran Nguyen,, with the subject line: “Data Specialist Application.”

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, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:


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Job location

Davis, CA


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - (1) a Cover Letter indicating interest and relevant experience

  • Curriculum Vitae - (2) Your most recently updated full C.V.

Reference requirements
  • 3-4 required (contact information only)