Arizona State University

Tempe, Arizona, United States


Posted over 1 month ago · Full time · $42,000.00 - $55,125.00 Annually

Job Description

Psyche Data Archivist

Arizona State University

School Of Earth & Space Exploration

Campus: Tempe



Job Description

Under general direction, conducts collection management, arrangement and description of archival materials consistent with established standards, policies and procedures to ensure ongoing preservation. This primary role of this position is to generate, validate and deliver data archive bundles from the Psyche Mission, to the NASA Planetary Data System (PDS). The Psyche spacecraft will collect data about the 16 Psyche asteroid, using two magnetometers, a gamma ray spectrometer, a neutron spectrometer, and two multispectral imagers. The Data Archivist will work with the Psyche operations team, instrument operations team and science investigation teams, to ensure all instrument observations are archived to the NASA PDS.


Salary Range

$42,000 - $55,125.00 per year; DOE


Close Date



Essential Duties

The Data Archivist position will perform the following essential duties:

·       Generate and deliver Psyche Mission bundles: mission, neutron spectrometer, gamma ray spectrometer, imager, magnetometry, cartography, and gravity science.

·       Interact with the Psyche Mission, Science Investigation Teams, Instrument Operations Teams (IOTs), and representatives from the PDS Small Body Node (SBN), as needed, to resolve issues or questions regarding data products, archive bundles or collections.

·       Participate in and contribute to the Psyche mission Data Archiving Working Group (DAWG), attending telecons and participating in

·       Maintain a catalog of all delivered files to the Psyche Science Data Center (SDC), used for tracking files already delivered to the PDS, updated files that need to be delivered to the PDS, and new files that need to be delivered to the PDS.

·       Generate new or update existing documentation that describes operational and data processing procedures.

·       Generate daily, weekly and monthly reports of the SDC holding, as needed.

·       Other duties as assigned by the Psyche Imager Principal Investigator or Science Data Center Manager.


Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree and two (2) years related library experience, one (1) of which includes archive experience OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills, and abilities have been achieved.


Desired Qualifications

·       Experience in a large academic library. (1 year)

·       Demonstrated working knowledge in the use of Linux and MacOS X operating system for data analysis.

·       Demonstrated knowledge of UNIX scripting languages: bash, csh, perl, python or ruby.

·       Demonstrated knowledge of the NASA Planetary Data System (PDS), and the PDS4 archiving standard.

·       Experience generating and validating NASA PDSv3 or PDSv4 data products.

·       Experience with relational databases, especially PostgreSQL, including the creation of simple to complex queries, complex joins, and making updates to table contents and/or modification of a database schema.

·       Experience in exercising critical thinking skills.

·       Evidence of effective communication skills.

·       Experience working as part of a group or independently on assigned tasks.


Working Environment

Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and manipulating a computer mouse (75%); frequently required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work (25%). Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts. Ability to clearly communicate to perform essential functions.


Department Statement

The School of Earth and Space Exploration is committed to high-impact scientific discovery. We ask important questions with deep consequences, and our researchers aren’t afraid to explore the great unknowns of the Earth, our Solar System and the Universe beyond. We offer bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees; provide unique research opportunities; collaborate across disciplines; and engage with the community. We invite you to explore all that the School of Earth and Space Exploration has to offer.


ASU Statement

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 100,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.


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Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.


Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.


Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.


ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.


Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.


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