Opportunity: Information Technology Specialist, CariCOOS
The mission of CariCOOS is to timely deliver accurate and reliable ocean data to its stakeholders in the US Caribbean Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). At the moment, core CariCOOS observing and prediction capabilities are divided into an observational subsystem and a modeling and prediction subsystem. Key components of the observational subsystem include: a network of seven oceanographic buoys; the CariCOOS High-Frequency Radar Network consisting of five HFR antennas; the CariCOOS Mesonet and Windnet, a network of 16 coastal weather stations; the CariCOOS Lagrangian Drifter Program; and two deep sea gliders, operated in collaboration with NOAA AOML. The main components of the modeling and prediction subsystem are: the CariCOOS Nearshore Wave Model, a high-resolution operational wave model covering Puerto Rico and the USVI; the CariCOOS-Sea Grant Nearshore Breaker Model; the CariCOOS Storm Surge Modeling Program; the CariCOOS WRF, a set of operational wind models for PR/USVI at 1 and 2 km spatial resolution; and two high-resolution circulation models, CariCOOS ROMS and CariCOOS FVCOM, currently under development. In addition, a data management and communication (DMAC) subsystem synthetizes all available real time observations, model predictions and third-party data for easy access by CariCOOS stakeholders and researchers. This subsystem is crucial to the operation of CariCOOS, as it is responsible for quality assurance/quality control, data access and archiving, model and portal redundancy, and overall information and network operation.
CariCOOS is actively seeking an outstanding information technology specialist to administer CariCOOS’ computer and network infrastructure while performing the daily tasks required to operate an efficient DMAC subsystem. The successful candidate must hold a BS in mathematics, computer science or related discipline (MS degree and/or 3 years of experience are desirable but not required); be fully bilingual; and be substantially knowledgeable of Linux-based server operating systems and administration (including account managing, troubleshooting, compilation and software installation). He/she will analyze, design and coordinate the expansion and optimization of the local network and the high performance computing (HPC), and communications infrastructure. Specific tasks include: design, operation, and maintenance of communication and security protocols; design and optimization of HPC systems for parallel computing; development of user manuals, reports, and similar documentation concerning the above mentioned tasks; training users including professors, students, and staff in matters pertinent to the above mentioned tasks; serving as liaison between CariCOOS and UPRM’s Central IT office and other private and institutional providers; assisting CariCOOS scientists with computational experiments and the computational component of scientific proposal and report writing; coordination of purchases, installation, configuration, troubleshooting, and repairs of computational, communications, and network infrastructure; among others. The operational nature of the CariCOOS enterprise will require 24/7 troubleshooting responsiveness. The selected candidate will become a member of the CariCOOS DMAC team and will work in collaboration with senior scientific and technical personnel.
Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.
Interested candidates can apply no later than February 19th, 2016 by sending a resume and the name and contact information of three references to:
Sylvia Rodriguez-Abudo, PhD
Deputy Director, Caribbean Coastal Ocean Observing System