Employment Opportunities

Assistant Data Center Manager
Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences
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Open Until filled


The Hampton University Department of Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences invites nominations and applications for an Assistant Data Center Manager beginning on January 2, 2019.

Founded in 1868, Hampton University is a leading historically black university (HBCU) located on the Virginia Peninsula in the City of Hampton.  It is a privately endowed, co-educational, nonsectarian institution.  The Department of Hampton University's Department of Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences stores data from many satellites for research and analysis.  Several of these data products are also served to the public through the department's web services.  In particular, the Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) satellite mission's Project Data Center (PDC) is responsible for disseminating and archiving the Hampton University AIM mission data products.  The Department also has a Direct Broadcast System antenna, which downloads data from polar orbiting weather satellites and provides processed data and derived products in near real time for analysis by HU scientists and users at other universities, NASA Langley Research Center, and the National Weather Service's Wakefield office.

Duties and Responsibilities

The successful candidate will work with the departmental faculty, research staff, and students to maintain these systems, assure reliable archiving of the data sets, and develop new data processing algorithms and data products.  In particular, he/she will:

  • Coordinate the archiving of the AIM data with the SOFIE and CIPS instrument Science Data Centers and NASA's designated long-term archive, the Space Physics Data Facility (SPDF) at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

  • Maintain the Direct Broadcast System including the standard processing of incoming data as well as the development of new analysis pipelines.

  • Work with the department's web developer to maintain and upgrade the departmental web sites and interfaces for downloading the various data products.

  • Work with the department's systems administrator to maintain and update the departmental computer resources including hundreds of terabytes of data, a 72 node beowulf computing cluster, and other servers and client machines.

  • Oversee and support undergraduate and graduate research projects analyzing atmospheric and planetary data products

  • Provide training and support for users in data access and analysis.


-          Ph.D. or M.S. degree in atmospheric science, meteorology, physics or a related field.

-          Minimum of three years of relevant experience.

-          Demonstrated record in coordinating data archival and dissemination of large-scale data sets.

-          Demonstrated experience in implementing multiple programming languages

-          Knowledge of best practices in software development and data management.

-          Understanding of basic Linux systems administration including Kerberos, LDAP, and NFS.

-          Experience in developing new data analysis algorithms and data analysis pipelines.

-          Experience developing software to run on computer clusters.

-          Experience with web development including using php and javascript in a Wordpress environment.

-          Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to be able to work effectively with a diverse group of scientists in a team environment.

How to Apply

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  Applicants should submit a Hampton University Application for Employment for faculty, a letter outlining the candidate's commitment to teaching, professional and scholarly work; a curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation on company letterhead. Applications may be submitted electronically to atmosphericsciencejobsl@hamptonu.edu or mailed to:

Attn:  Dr. James M. Russell III

         Dept. of Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences


        154 William R. Harvey Way

         Hampton, VA 23668


*Hampton University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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