We're Hiring!

The University of Maryland's Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) SCIPE-CGC is currently hiring one or more Research Computing and Data Professionals.  UMCES is a leader in discovery, integration and application of environmental science. Our projects engage academic and non-academic partners to create solutions to difficult environmental problems. Central to this work are professionals who excel at bridging divides through translation and facilitated collaboration on analysis of complex environmental data.

We are seeking one or more collaborative individuals who are interested in bringing their cyberinfrastructure expertise together with our existing domain experts (oceanography, earth science, ecology, hydrology, biogeochemistry, etc.) to tackle environmental issues with modern computational and big data technologies. These individuals will provide advice, operate as a scalable data science lead, and develop research collaboratively on projects that align with the mission of the UMCES research enterprise (

The Environmental Science Research Computing and Data Professional will have multiple duties leveraging their expertise and interests. Duties will include:

  • Provide specialized advice and assistance to students, faculty, and other UMCES researchers on areas of expertise (could include a subset of: scalable machine learning, geospatial analysis, big data visualization, improving model or analysis pipeline performance via parallelization or data management, open science areas including, FAIR data practices, data cataloging, data sharing, setting up public access for projects.
  • Manage and advise on scientific software packages, compiling code, managing data, and enhancing programmatic reproducibility. Document best practices to create a knowledge base of written documents or videos that build the institutional research computing infrastructure.
  • Engage in collaborative research development activities including proposal writing, paper writing, and outreach to external partners.
  • Assist with training through co-advising research interns and leading a one-week summer institute.
  • Interact with other experts and scholars through the NSF ACCESS program.


This is a grant supported full time position with 3.5 years of support. Institutionalizing these positions to provide sustainability beyond the initial period of support is a high priority for UMCES. The chosen candidate will be hired at the Assistant Research Scientist or Associate Research Scientist level. At this level, individuals can act as co-investigators on grant submissions. UMCES researchers receive a competitive salary and excellent benefits including health, dental, retirement, tuition remission and more. Additionally, scholars will gain valuable skills in science communication, facilitation, and science collaboration. The Chesapeake Global Collaboratory provides a dynamic, fun, and exciting atmosphere, an opportunity to shape an emerging keystone initiative, as well as a chance to work on some of the most pressing local, national, and global environmental problems.

UMCES has multiple locations across Maryland, located in Frostburg, Solomons, Baltimore, Cambridge, and Annapolis. The applicant will select a home site from this list. Occasional funded travel to other UMCES locations will be desirable for project meetings; the successful candidate will understand the value of in-person interactions and collaboration. The position is open to a locally based telework plan designed to balance the needs of the employee with the need for in-person collaboration at UMCES locations.

Start date:
Positions are available now. Applications received by March 15, 2024 will receive our full consideration. All applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and start date will be negotiated.

Six months initial term with extension pending mutual interest.

Applications should include the following items:

  • A letter of interest describing prior collaborative interactions and ideas for research facilitation. Experience in teaching or training can also be highlighted.
  • A Curriculum Vitae or Resume that clearly demonstrates research computing skills and accomplishments.


We will notify applicants if they have been selected to a short list and request names and contact information for three references at that time.

UMCES is an AA/EOE. Individuals with disabilities, veterans, minorities and women are encouraged to apply.


Frostburg, Solomons, Baltimore, Cambridge, or Annapolis Maryland.

Visit the UMCES Employment Page to learn more.