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University of Colorado CIRES/EARTH LAB Director of Analytics Hub in Boulder, Colorado

CIRES/EARTH LAB Director of Analytics Hub

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Boulder, Colorado

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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Earth Lab Analytics Hub encourages applications for a Director to help scientists apply groundbreaking analytics approaches to explore Earth systems data to accelerate scientific discovery. The Analytics Hub team includes specialists in remote sensing, scientific computing, statistics, and machine learning. Earth Lab’s mission is to harness the data revolution through research, analytics, and education to accelerate understanding of global environmental change to help society better manage and adapt. Earth Lab is a center within the Cooperative Institute for Research and Environmental Science (CIRES).

The Analytics Hub Director will lead Earth Lab’s Analytics Hub team, acquire external funding for the Analytics Hub, and develop/manage relationships with CIRES, the university research community, and industry, federal, and non-profit partners.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

At CIRES, more than 800 environmental scientists work to understand the dynamic Earth system, including people’s relationship with the planet. CIRES is a partnership of NOAA and CU Boulder, and our areas of expertise include weather and climate, changes at the Earth’s poles, air quality and atmospheric chemistry, water resources, and solid Earth sciences. Our vision is to be instrumental in ensuring a sustainable future environment by advancing the scientific and societal understanding of the Earth system.

Earth Lab integrates the substantial volume of Earth systems data available from space, airplanes, sensor networks, social media, and other sources to address environmental challenges. At Earth Lab, scientific research and earth analytics education is coupled with powerful analytic capabilities. Analytic power fuels creative and collaborative teams of faculty, postdoctoral researchers, graduate research assistants, and undergraduate interns with innovative research. Education efforts provide the needed career-focused skills to new and seasoned scientists alike. Earth Lab envisions a future where all Earth data is most effectively used to help society manage and adapt to global environmental change.

Earth Lab:

  • Capitalizes on the data deluge from Space and other platforms to accelerate science.

  • Reduces environmental risk by using this wealth of data to better understand and predict Earth System change.

  • Trains a new generation of data scientists who can address outstanding Earth Science questions.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Program Development

  • Develop and contribute to a vision for Earth analytics and work with the Director to maintain Earth Lab’s Analytics Hub as a national leader in this space;

  • Secure external support for the Analytics Hub team and overall program in the areas of remote sensing data integration, machine learning, and open reproducible science;

  • Serve as the intellectual lead for Earth Lab’s technical capabilities in analytics, maintaining and growing Earth Lab’s reputation through active participation in the data analytics field; and

  • Continue research in a data-intensive science that maintains Earth Lab as an inspiring leader.

Cultivate University and Cross-Sector Partnerships

  • Serve as primary technical liaison with Earth Lab partners, including CU faculty and researchers, federal and state agencies, industry partners, etc.;

  • Support Collider events, in coordination with Earth Lab team, to seed ideas for future external and university collaborations; and

  • Help advance university data science capabilities, including collaborating with the campus high performance computing community.

Program Administration

  • Support and build the Analytics Hub team (core staff, post-docs, graduate students, and undergraduate interns);

  • Manage key efforts and develop and track evaluation metrics for the Analytics Hub and Earth Lab;

  • Facilitate collaboration between the Analytics Hub, Earth Lab science teams, and the Earth Analytics Education Program; and

  • Mentor Earth Lab postdocs, research scientists, and student interns.

Supervision received and exercised: The Analytics Hub Director will be supervised by the Director of Earth Lab. The Analytics Hub Director will supervise the Analytics Hub staff which includes core staff with expertise in Earth and environmental science, remote sensing, statistics, and machine learning, as well as post-docs, graduate research assistants, and undergraduate interns.

What You Should Know

If you have questions about this job, please contact Dawn Umpleby (Dawn.Umpleby@Colorado.EDU).

What We Can Offer

We can offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Ph.D. degree in a data-intensive field such as geography, Earth and environmental science, ecology, remote sensing, physical sciences, computer science, physics, data science, or other related fields;

  • Strong track record of acquiring external funding from federal agencies, foundations, industry partners, or other sources;

  • A proven track record of research and thought leadership in open science, data science and/or machine learning;

  • Strong familiarity and experience with collecting, coordinating and analyzing scientific data, and

  • Three or more years managing a technical team in a data science or applied science context.

What You Will Need

Passion for open data science and a commitment to supporting and building a diverse community pursuing data-driven discovery in environmental sciences.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Demonstrable success leading interdisciplinary teams;

  • Experience with scientific computing and one or more programming languages (especially open source languages R and/or Python);

  • Familiarity and experience with cloud computing and containerization technology.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  • Resume or CV

  • Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.

  • List of contact information for 3 references who will be willing to write a confidential Letter of Recommendation for you.

If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version as an optional attachment.

Review of applications will begin August 7, 2020. Position will remain open until filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Dawn E Umpleby, Earth Lab Executive Assistant

Posting Contact Email: Dawn.Umpleby@Colorado.EDU

The University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, pregnancy, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.