Scientific Data Manager, NOAA Polar Ecosystems Program, Seattle, WA

The Polar Ecosystems Program at the Marine Mammal Laboratory of NOAA's Alaska Fisheries Science Center is recruiting a full-time permanent scientific data manager:

The position will require designing and managing database systems for ecological data on marine mammals, particularly aerial photographic survey data and satellite telemetry data on movements and behavior or seals.  Desired skills include designing enterprise databases, e.g., Oracle or Postgres, and programming in R, Python, etc., to automate various aspects of data flow. 

The position is open to U.S. citizens and nationals.  It will  be filled under the "Operations Research Analyst" job series, and located in Seattle, WA.  The deadline for applications is 16 May 2016. 

The Polar Ecosystems Program conducts research and monitoring on pinnipeds in arctic and sub-arctic ecosystems.  The research projects focus primarily on abundance, trends, distribution and foraging behavior of harbor, bearded, ringed, spotted, and ribbon seals in Alaska. The primary objectives of the program are the support management and assessment of population status under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, and to gain a better understanding of the factors responsible for the dynamics of populations and their roles in the ecosystem.