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Staff Research Associate III
Job Category:   Scientific/Laboratory Research
Unit:   Sierra Nevada Research Institute
Position Code:   SSNRI1451A
Status:   Filled
Closing Date:   Review of applications to begin immediately. This position is open until filled.
Salary:   $42,432-$46,176
Location:   Campus Site
Background check:   Background check may be required

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With a little more than 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.

In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. UC Merced is also building the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building in the heart of Merced.

The University of California, Merced is the tenth campus of the UC system and the first American research university built in the 21st century.

This position will provide data management support for the new NSF funded Critical Zone Observatory in the Southern Sierra Nevada. The Southern Sierra CZO is a multi-researcher, multi-year project that will involve collection and analysis of (bio)geochemical and hydrologic data. The candidate will be required to maintain and extend databases or digital libraries for existing data and new data collected as part of the CZO project. The candidate will also be responsible for developing and maintaining a system for providing access to this data, for CZO researchers, and the scientific community. A core function of the CZO is to provide access to core measurements as well as value-added data products and research results to a broader community.

Management of data will include maintaining both databases and geographic information systems for spatial data. The data manager will work with other CZO technical staff and project investigators for the development and maintenance of on-line data access. The candidate will also be required to assist in data quality assurance and documentation and will contribute to the development of formal meta-data policies and procedures. The candidate will need to work closely with data managers at other CZO’s and CZO technical committees to ensure standardization of data format and access protocols across different CZO’s.

The candidate will work with project researchers with a variety of different backgrounds and data needs. Successful candidate must therefore be able to work independently and yet communicate effectively

Qualifications:   Required:

Candidate should have at least a B.S. degree in physical or biological science, computer science, engineering, environment science, earth science or related field. Required technical skills include: 2 years of experience in data analysis; expertise in the design and use of relational database like MySQL, Oracle; proficiency in Web development using , HTML, XML; programming expertise in one or more languages ; experience designing and maintaining database-driven web sites; experience with ESRI’s ArcGIS and spatial data. High English language proficiency is essential.

The candidate must have an excellent knowledge of Windows or UNIX operating systems, ability to install and run software to interface sensors with computers for data capture; the ability to maintain accurate records and files, to coordinate work of both undergraduate student assistants and cooperators or contractors from outside UC Merced. As well as the demonstrated ability to work independently, take ownership of work performance, follow through on assignments, and anticipate, identify, and analyze problems and resolve or recommend course of action for resolution as appropriate with only general supervision and excellent verbal, written, and electronic communication skills that facilitate professional and effective interaction with a diverse population.
To Apply:   Click on the link below to use our new on-line application system.

If you do not have internet access you may mail your application, resume, and cover letter to: University of California, Merced, 5200 North Lake Rd., Merced CA 95343. Please list the job number on the subject line.

NOTICE: This position is not open. We are not accepting applications at this time.

    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 or protected veteran status.

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

As of January 1, 2014 the University of California, Merced will be a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at

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