Battelle Memorial Institute Data Processing Specialist in Boulder, Colorado

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Primary Function

Battelle manages and operates the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) project, which is solely funded by the National Science Foundation. A 30+ year project dedicated to understanding how changes in climate, land use and invasive species impact ecology, the observatory’s scientists and engineers are collecting a comprehensive range of ecological data on a continental scale across 20 eco-climatic domains representing US ecosystems. Our teams use cutting-edge technology, including an airborne observation platform that captures images of regional landscapes and vegetation; mobile, relocatable, and fixed data collection sites with automated ground sensors to monitor soil and atmosphere; and trained field crews who observe and sample populations of diverse organisms and collect soil and water data. Once structures are completed, a leading edge cyberinfrastructure will calibrate, store and publish this information. The Observatory includes more than 500+ personnel and is the first of its kind designed to detect and enable forecasting of ecological change at continental scales.

We are currently seeking a Data Processing Specialist . This position is located in Boulder, CO .


The Data Processing Specialist will be part of the NEON Science Team that is responsible for operating, maintaining, and ensuring the success of a national program to collect >175 data products from 81 sites throughout the US for over 30 years. The Science Team develops, maintains, and improves field and lab protocols, derives data processing algorithms and algorithms for data QA/QC and uncertainty estimates, and supports field personnel to produce high quality data products for the research, education, and decision-making communities. The Data Processing Specialist will be primarily responsible for investigating, tracking, and resolving Terrestrial and Aquatic Instrumented Data quality issues reported by Field Scientists from across the Observatory, with support from the subject matter experts, but will also provide data management and quality support to the Aquatic and Terrestrial Observation teams, as needed.


Major Responsibilities

  • Assign and track Instrumented Systems (IS) problem tickets related to both site-based issues (e.g., heaving soil sensors) and data issues (e.g., missing or improperly flagged data) to resolution.

  • Manually flag Instrumented Systems data products, when needed, in coordination with Field Science, Science, and Cyber-Infrastructure teams, and update documentation for end users accordingly.

  • Investigate published IS data for quality concerns and gaps in expected data to identify root causes in field or in data product transition pipeline.

  • Manage incoming data issues and data editing requests for Water Chemistry data products, as well as other Observation Systems (OS) data products as needed.

  • Train staff on use of various data quality management tools, including ServiceNow and the NEON Science Operations Management data pipeline tools.

  • Develop, test, document, and implement algorithms used in data processing and QA/QC.

  • Assist with the data management from outsourced analytical facilities.

  • Contribute to other NEON project deliverables as needed.

  • Follow NEON and site specific, environmental protection requirements, policy and procedures.


  • Master's degree in ecology, evolution, or a related field and 0 - 2 years of experience, OR

  • Bachelor's degree in ecology, evolution, or a related field and 2 - 5 years of experience

  • Experience in data management and development and implementation of data quality assurance procedures.

  • Proficiency with R or Python, including scripting to automate data QA/QC tasks and documentation using Markdown.

  • High-level of attention to detail is required, with a self-directed and team-oriented work style.

  • Effective problem-solving skills and the ability to determine and act on changing priorities in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.

  • Ability to organize and execute multiple activities and priorities.

  • Ability to work collaboratively in inter-disciplinary teams.


  • Experience with instrumented systems data processing.

  • Experience with open science/reproducible science workflows, including code sharing on platforms such as GitHub.

  • Experience training others in data quality procedures.

  • Experience in statistical analysis of ecological data.

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Battelle’s competitive benefits program includes comprehensive medical and dental care, matching 401K, paid time off, flexible spending accounts, disability coverage, and other benefits that help provide financial protection for you and your family.

Battelle provides employment and opportunities for advancement, compensation, training, and growth according to individual merit, without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, genetic information, disability, veteran-status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable Federal, state, or local law. Our goal is for each staff member to have the opportunity to grow to the limits of their abilities and to achieve personal and organizational objectives. We will support positive programs for equal treatment of all staff and full utilization of all qualified employees at all levels within Battelle.

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