Jun 19 2020
Job Description



Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research.  (2) Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research (JIMAR), located at the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC) in Honolulu, Hawai‘i.  Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws. 

MONTHLY SALARY:  Salary commensurate with qualifications. 


  • Provides advanced programming and analytical support for marine ecosystem science.  
  • Develops, tests, implements, documents, and supports applications, computer procedures, and scripts to ensure the integrity, accessibility, timeliness, usability, and distribution of the project’s data holdings.  
  • Develops scalable tools, automated tools, and database management applications for the manipulation, integration, and dissemination of data, in both raw and summarized form.  
  • Coordinates with all project staff in the collection, capture, processing, documentation, presentation, archiving, and maintenance of scientific data, data products and reports.  
  • Develops procedures and processes to import/export data between various database management systems. 
  • Contributes to the inventory and archiving of project’s data holdings and backups, in original and electronic forms, and data products.  
  • Provides advanced computer systems and database support to researchers and staff before, during, and after research missions.  
  • Gathers requirements for application development projects and translates project and data requirements into system designs and prepares functional specifications.  
  • Works with internal and external end-users to identify desirable and useful products for data management needs.  
  • Collaborates with data management teams from other agencies and partner agencies to develop and coordinate data tools and products for various projects.   
  • Assists in defining project scopes based on business requirements and plans, develops, and implements the project’s data management budget. 




  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university in Computer, Physical, or Biological Science. 



  • Three to five (3-5) years of professional level work experience, which includes programming utilizing state of the art languages, scripts and editors in both the UNIX/Linux and personal computer environments and in the design, development and support of relational database applications with client/server databases, including enterprise-wide database management systems, web applications and graphical user interfaces for relational databases and operational experience in the primary data management functional areas of data collection, capture, manipulation, processing, maintenance, archival, dissemination, and managing large scientific data sets including time series and geographic data. 



  • Working knowledge of relational database management software, such as ORACLE, MySQL, or Microsoft (MS) Access, and dynamic Web tools, such as Hypertext Preprocessor (PHP), Computer-Generated Imagery (CGI), and HyperText Markup Language (HTML).  
  • Working knowledge of programming/scripting languages, such as Python, C/C++, Procedural Language/Structured Query Language (PL/SQL), and R.  
  • Must be able to meet and maintain the United States Department of Commerce (DOC) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) security requirements to access work location.  Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident Alien.  
  • Demonstrated skills in providing advanced scientific programming support in Python, Powershell, and SQL interfacing languages, as well as database form and report generators.  
  • Ability to design, create, maintain, document, and manage large and complex data management systems.  
  • Ability to develop advanced database applications and web applications in Windows and LINUX/UNIX environments. 
  • Ability to integrate and manage both raw and summarized data in client/server databases with statistical, Geographic Information System (GIS) and visualization software/tools.  
  • Ability to translate end-user requirements into tangible design specifications. 
  • Ability to perform project management functions, which includes independently planning, organizing, and implementing projects to meet programmatic requirements and objectives within schedule, setting priorities and coordinating multiple tasks with frequent and tight deadlines. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.  
  • Strong problem solving skills and ability to work in a team environment with minimal supervision. 
  • Demonstrated ability to create required applications.  
  • Post Offer/Employment Condition:  Must be able to meet U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) security requirements for working in a Federal facility, which includes being fingerprinted and having a Federal background check performed prior to date of hire and maintained throughout duration of employment. 



  • Ability to install and configure computer-related equipment and instrumentation in ocean-going research vessels (i.e., comfortable with working in small and confined areas, able to lift up to 35 pounds, able to negotiate step ladders, narrow ship passageways, and access ports).  
  • Post Offer/Employment Condition: Must be able to obtain NOAA Medical Clearance for embarking/working on NOAA research vessels or other appropriate vessels, which includes providing proof of required immunizations and/or obtaining the necessary immunizations as required by NOAA Marine and Aviation Operations, and maintain throughout duration of employment.


POLICY AND/OR REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS:  As a condition of employment, employee will be subject to all applicable RCUH policies and procedures and, as applicable, subject to University of Hawai‘i's and/or business entity's policies and procedures.  Violation of RCUH's, UH's, or business entity's policies and/or procedures or applicable State or Federal laws and/or regulations may lead to disciplinary action (including, but not limited to possible termination of employment, personal fines, civil and/or criminal penalties, etc.).  


  • Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Computer Science or related discipline.  
  • Experience with image catalogs and spatial data objects. 
  • Experience developing and supporting GIS applications.  
  • Experience with Perl or Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) programming language.  
  • Experience with  machine learning tools and applications.   
  • Experience with data analysis/data mining, preferably with biological and oceanographic datasets.  
  • Experience with Environmental Research Division’s Data Access Program (ERDDAP).  
  • Experience with advanced software tools for statistical analysis and data visualization.  
  • Experience using routine statistical procedures to perform data analyses, including interpretation of results.  
  • Understanding of satellite telemetry and remote sensing technologies and data issues.  
  • Familiarity with the data management needs and requirements of ocean related research and marine ecosystem studies.  
  • Desire to contribute to the conservation and sustainable management of living marine resources and protected species. 


INQUIRIES:  Nicole Wakazuru-Yoza 956-5018 (Oahu). 


Please apply directly on the RCUH website to be considered for the position.


APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Please go to www.rcuh.com and click on “Job Postings.” You must submit the following documents online to be considered for the position: 1) Cover Letter, 2) Resume, 3) Supervisory References, 4) Copy of Degree(s)/Transcript(s)/Certificate(s). All online applications must be submitted/received by the closing date (11:59 P.M. Hawai‘i Standard Time/RCUH receipt time) as stated on the job posting. If you do not have access to our system and the closing date is imminent, you may send additional documents to [email protected] If you have questions on the application process and/or need assistance, please call (808)956-8344 or (808)956-0872. 


CLOSING DATE:  July 9, 2020.


RCUH’s mission is to support and enhance research, development and training in Hawai‘i, with a focus on the University of Hawai‘i.


Equal Opportunities Employer – Minorities/Women/Disability/Veteran.