About Schmidt Ocean Institute

Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI) was founded by Eric and Wendy Schmidt in 2009 with a goal to advance the frontiers of ocean exploration and research through technological advancement, intelligent observation, and open sharing of information. This is achieved by making ship time and associated assets freely available to scientists globally. In exchange, SOI supports public sharing of acquired scientific observations, data, and other information about the ocean to stimulate the growth of data applications and user community and to amplify and enable further exploration, discovery, deeper understanding, and effective conservation and management of our environment.


Our Values

  • Work as a team: Successful businesses are built from successful teams. We approach our philanthropy in the same way. 

  • Take ownership: We take ownership and pride in what we do. Being motivated by doing the right thing and by pursuing the best ideas, to help us achieve the greatest philanthropic outcomes.

  • Value the whole person: We value our teammates and colleagues as whole people, not just for their role or performance.


The Opportunity

The Data Platform Manager will be responsible for managing, curating, and sharing the data, including QA/QC and the incorporation of visualization and other new and innovative methods for making SOI’s data publicly accessible. This includes building and maintaining web-based user interfaces to improve accessibility and visualization of the data and working with the global oceanographic and atmospheric data communities to allow for seamless integration and workflow.

The Data Platform Manager must have experience working with a cloud platform, will represent SOI in technical professional settings, and may, occasionally, spend time at sea. This position may require travel domestically and/or internationally.


Your Primary Responsibilities will include

  • Leading data storage and accessibility efforts, including managing and presenting SOI’s data archived in Google Cloud Storage

  • Developing new software systems or integrating existing commercial applications to achieve the scientific and outreach goals of the organization

  • Developing and maintaining end-user interfaces, GIS-integrations, and documentation

  • Conceptualizing, designing and implementing innovative products such as new ML and AI

  • Representing SOI at meetings and workshops in data processing, analysis, and storage, advanced data management techniques, marine science, and other relevant topics  

Your Experience and Skills

  • Bachelor's degree in a pertinent STEM field and/or a minimum of 5 years of related experience

  • Basic Knowledge of state-of-the-art appropriate data-related technologies and tools

  • Familiarity with visualization platforms and tools and/or expertise in development of new software systems

  • Creative thinking on how to handle Big Data and implement innovative tools

  • Prioritizing and managing multiple projects and competing priorities simultaneously

  • Effectively communicating complex technical concepts to various counterparts


It is preferred that you have

  • Proficiency in Google Cloud storage and tools and Google workspace applications

  • Familiarity with oceanographic/meteorological data, including end-to-end flow, QA/QC, and metadata

  • General knowledge of shipboard data processing, implementation of data standards, and related new innovative workflows

  • General knowledge of shipboard data logging, storage, hardware, networking, monitoring, acquisition and notification systems

  • An interest in and general knowledge of new and innovative visualization tools or immersive digital experiences that leverage the rapidly advancing field of information technology and visualization, including 3D/4D/VR/AR

    Schmidt Ocean Institute is an equal opportunity employer and we strive to create an atmosphere where diversity of identity, experience, and background are welcomed, valued, and supported.


    We believe that diversity brings about greater results on all levels and we aim to use our resources to generate greater impact through our work. Candidates who contribute to this diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.

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