Science Data Processing Engineer
at Ronin Staffing

Date Posted: 11/6/2019

Job Description

Title: Science Data Processing Engineer 
Pay: DOE
Location: Pasadena, CA 91105
Length: Long Term Contract 

Job Summary:
Looking for a science data processing engineer to support the combined needs of two exciting projects for our JPL/NASA customer.  The role involves two primary activities for two projects: (1) monitor and maintain local data archives and (2) control of data production activities. The projects at JPL serve the local project science staff, related NASA discipline science teams, and the NASA Goddard Earth Science Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC) at GSFC. While the two projects have two separate management teams and utilized their own unique processing environments, there is a large degree of synergy and cooperation between the two projects. Key work activities are outlined below:

Data Production Activities: Maintain, develop and run operational data processing scripts, monitor processing activities, assess success or failure of jobs, and rerun jobs as needed. Report conditions and results to Project Engineers, the development and Science Teams, and the interested data community at large.

Monitor and Maintain Data Archives: Order all necessary data from external sources required for local data production and analysis based on Science Team guidance. Review data ingest to identify gaps and reorder data as needed. Monitor data archives to ensure that they are performing up to specification. Monitor data status tools to ensure they are working according to specification. Investigate any problems with the archive at the database level using SQL commands.

Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Perform routine daily and ad-hoc special processing for both the projects
  • Use Zabbix to monitor servers and processing
  • Monitor the state of data ingest and the local archive on a daily basis
  • Report system status to the local development team, the discipline Science Teams and the external user community on a daily basis
  • Maintain and develop new tools to enhance operator capability and enhance user experience with our local data archive
  • Responsible for full 'shut-down' and 'start-up' of operational components (file manager, push/pull, crawler, workflow manager, etc.)
  • Stage locally generated data products for archive at the GES DISC
  • Continually monitor operational system health

Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in STEM with typically a minimum of 4 years of related experience

Required Skills:

  • Capability to fully understand the operational missions of both projects and their science team.
  • Linux proficiency, including use of screen
  • Use of server monitoring tools (Zabbix)
  • Extensive experience with scripting language and capability to create/edit scripts to (1) control job flow and (2) monitor data archives.
  • Knowledge of Oracle database query language, SQL
  • Knowledge of Docker containers
  • Use of JIRA for submitting and receiving processing requests
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Desirable Skills:

  • Extensive experience and demonstrated versatility in Python, Perl and Bash.
  • Extensive experience and demonstrated versatility JAVA, C
  • Full understanding of file formats: HDF 4, HDF 5, NetCDF
  • Knowledge of Makefile system

This position requires a U.S. Person who is eligible to obtain any required Export Authorization.

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type: Contractor
  • Location: Pasadena, CA
  • Job Type: Engineering
  • Experience: Not Specified
  • Date Posted: 11/6/2019

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