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#103130 International Ocean Discovery Program Data Manager

Extended Review Date: Fri 2/14/2020

This position will remain open until filled.

This is a 100% contract position that is expected to last for four (4) years with the possibility of extension or conversion to career status depending on the needs of the department.


The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) Data Manager (DM) is a technical leader with a high degree of knowledge in geo-sciences and recognized expert in scientific ocean drilling. The incumbent will apply extensive knowledge as a research professional with an in-depth understanding of scientific data, statistics and analysis of on site data recorded in seafloor sediments and rocks and will monitor sub-seafloor environments. As needed, act as a team lead in scientific ocean drilling and multidisciplinary research collaboration of broad scope and complexity. In addition, the position will support on-going efforts to improve data management procedures and the development of decision support tools. The position will contribute and lead scientific journal publications.

In collaboration with the Executive Director/Principal Investigator of the Science Support Office, the DM serves a critical and visible role in the IODP management structure. Provide consultation, direction, and advice to research teams and proposal authors, who comprise over one thousand researchers affiliated with about 200 institutions worldwide, in developing and evaluating scientific data sets that support IODP drilling proposals. Formulate strategies to ensure the quality and timely review of site characterization data submitted to the IODP Site Survey Data Bank (SSDB) and serve as the primary Subject Matter Expert (SME) on data in meetings of the IODP Facility Boards and their subsidiaries. Formulate and administer policies and processes in the main Task Areas of the IODP Science Support Office and independently interact with the eight international IODP Program Member Offices to manage their participation in the IODP advisory structure.

  • Must be willing and able to travel to national and international meetings.

  • Must be able to work flexible hours to meet deadlines, address questions from the international community, prepare and disseminate materials prior to international and national meetings and expedite all review reports following the meetings.


  • In-depth knowledge of research function and experience with hypothesis-driven science. Ph.D with theoretical knowledge about current theories of the Earth Sciences or a related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Demonstrated experience with the analysis of different kinds of geophysical data commonly used in scientific ocean drilling, their uses and formats.

  • Advanced skills in analysis and consultation. Experience with large collections of geophysical data and its analysis and integration into multidisciplinary projects and proposals. Ability to convey review results and give instructions firmly and with diplomacy and tact.

  • Strong project management skills. Ability to lead and influence within and external to project team. Proven success in establishing and fostering effective working relationships with external research collaborators and decision makers. Ability to constructively resolve differences.

  • Excellent analytical skills in creating program statistics with standard tools, such as functions and formulas with Microsoft Excel, and using statistics.

  • Demonstrated experience in the use of a Content Management System, such as Joomla, for website design and publishing.

  • Advanced research skills at a level to evaluate alternate solutions and develop recommendations. Ability to think creatively to recommend action steps or strategize solutions relative to research.

  • Demonstrated ability to handle proposal materials and other intellectual property in confidence and to operate within the content of proposal policies.

  • Advanced ability to communicate complex information in a clear and concise manner, both verbally and in writing. Excellent editorial and publication skills to produce summaries of complex discussions. Impeccable grammatical skills in written English.

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: http://www-hr.ucsd.edu/saa/nondiscr.html

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$83,000.00 - $120,000.00/Year
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Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon-Fri