1+ months

Science Data Archive and Analytics Manager - NASA

Pasadena, California

Do you excel in an environment that values exploration and discovery? We have a universe of opportunities waiting for you!

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is NASA’s lead center for robotic exploration of the solar system. Our core competency is the end-to-end implementation of unprecedented robotic space missions to study Earth, the Solar System, and the Universe.

The Instrument Software and Science Data Systems (Org. 398) Section within JPL consist of multidisciplinary teams of engineers and technologists who provide expertize across the domains of instrument operations and science data systems.


We Are Responsible For

  • Safely controlling JPL remote sensing instruments.
  • Transforming data collected by these instruments into scientific measurements and preserving them for future analyses.
  • Providing context and understanding to the measurements.
  • Making the measurements and related information accessible to a broad and global user community: scientists, operations, decision makers and society at large.


Our engineering teams build and operate high performance data processing, management and analysis systems capable of handling petabyte scale datasets in support of science discovery, research, operations and applications. They support JPL and NASA missions, as well as other science-based projects. Our research and technology development teams create new onboard and ground based technologies for data processing, analysis, modeling, reasoning, visualization, management, access and analytics that are infused into our data systems.

JPL, located in Pasadena, California, has a casual, campus-like environment situated on 177 acres in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and offers a work environment unlike any other: we inspire passion, foster innovation, build collaboration, and reward excellence.

We are proud to be part of NASA and Caltech, as we explore the universe and make history through new discoveries.

We aim to do things never done before and to go places few can go. We dare mighty things…do you?



Will manage the Physical Oceanography Distributed Active Archive Center (PO.DAAC) and report organizationally to the Group Supervisor of the Project Leadership and Management Group within the Science Data Systems and Instrument Software Section and programmatically to the Manager of the Integrated Earth Mission System Office. As stewards of NASA’s oceanographic data, PO.DAAC is responsible for long-term archive and dissemination of instrument and science data and related information that are utilized by a broad set of end user science communities. The PO.DAAC is an operational project that is under continual evolution due to changes in technology and big-data challenges - upcoming priorities for the project include: i) ensuring the SWOT mission archive and user services are successfully implemented; ii) migration of PO.DAAC into a cloud-based architecture; and iii) maintaining a focus on value-added science services.

The manager will be accountable for the project coordination and planning, implementation, budget, staffing, metrics and schedules. Develop and negotiate the Annual Work and Budget Plan, and develop long-range plans for evolving technology/operational capabilities. Work closely with: the sponsor and key personnel at the Earth Science Data and Information System (ESDIS) Project located at the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), NASA HQ sponsors, and the NASA oceanographic and hydrological communities to establish requirements, goals, and deliverables.

Other responsibilities include but are not limited to: Foster and maintain close connections with the wider Oceanographic and Hydrological User Community both within and outside of NASA in order to build the appropriate levels of service and tools for data discovery, access, and analysis. Provide leadership and direction to the PO.DAAC team, to the external interfaces between the PO.DAAC and NASA Flight Projects, and between the PO.DAAC and foreign partners. Develop new business through discussions with Flight Projects, ESDIS, and NASA HQ. Maintain management oversight of the PO.DAAC to ensure timely reporting of status of resources and schedule to Laboratory and NASA management. Perform special reviews and make special reports as required. Represent the Laboratory to NASA, other government agencies, industry and institutions on matters pertaining to the project.



  • Ph.D. degree in Physical Science, Earth Science or related technical discipline, with 8+ years work experience or, Master degree in similar discipline with 10+ years work experience, or BA/BS degree in similar discipline with 12+ years work experience.
  • Proven ability to lead and manage a multi-disciplined team in the design, implementation and operations of a science data system.
  • Significant system-level technical expertise related to Earth science data processing, data analysis, data management and data dissemination.
  • Extensive experience working with earth observation satellite missions and collaboration with science and engineering teams within JPL and across the world.
  • Demonstrated ability to form strong working relationships with management, science, instrument, and mission system teams at JPL, as well as at external agencies and institutions.
  • Proven ability to establish the vision and goals of the project and ensure these align and meet with the expectations of the NASA sponsor, science user communities and JPL.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and teaming skills.
  • Prior experience establishing project tasks and driving them to completion, creating budgets and schedules, tracking costs, managing resources, and working with financial systems and tools.


Additional Preferred Skills

  • Knowledge of new developments in data management, archiving, and access technologies.
  • Familiarity with ocean observing and hydrology techniques, methods and research issues.
  • Familiarity with JPL institutional processes and practices.

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