Scientific Computing Lead

Woodwell Climate Research Center
Falmouth, Massachusetts (US)
Closing date
Nov 6, 2021

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Scientific Computing Lead


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We seek an experienced Scientific Computing Lead (SCL) to manage public and private cloud resources for members of the Arctic program. This position supports research related to the impact of permafrost thaw on Arctic residents and the global climate. The successful candidate will work closely with scientists to optimize processing workflows, which include mechanistic ecosystem modeling, utilizing satellite remote sensing data, statistical modeling, and data assimilation. The person in this role is excited working with about cloud computing, coding, data science, and climate solutions. The SCL reports to the Arctic Project Scientist.


  • Work closely with scientists to streamline scientific computing workflows for cloud computing environments.
  • Design, develop, and deliver scalable data management and processing architectures.
  • Manage and optimize cloud billing and resource usage at the project level.
  • Identify technology gaps/risks and establish mitigation strategies.
  • Generate metrics to facilitate an understanding of computational strategies and efficiency.
  • Maintain and optimize custom software stack.
  • Write tutorials and lead training sessions on cloud computing and data/software management best practices.
  • Remain up to date with current methods and proactively work to implement them at Woodwell.

Desired Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, information technology, or other quantitative fields.
  • Administration experience with Google Cloud (preferred) or other major LaaS providers.
  • Proven track record of implementing cloud-based processing techniques.
  • A passion for coding and data science including knowledge of at least one programming language. Python, R, and C++ are preferred.
  • Experience handling large volumes of spatiotemporal data.
  • Proven deep technical background including Linux administration.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with many stakeholders, independently.
  • Familiarity with database usage and basic administration tasks. SQL preferred.
  • Experience leveraging established distributed computing frameworks such as Apache Spark and Hadoop.
  • Ability to design informative and accessible technical training materials.

Application review will begin on November 1, 2021


Desired Start Date: January 2022 or sooner, if possible

Classification and Compensation: This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. Woodwell offers a competitive salary as well as a very generous benefits package and work life balance.

Location: Falmouth, Massachusetts (remote work location is feasible)

Application Instructions: To apply, please send your cover letter addressing your experience and qualifications in relation to the responsibilities of this position, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references as a single PDF to our careers portal found here. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please type SCL-Arctic on all correspondence.

Located on a 10-acre campus near the village of Woods Hole, Woodwell Climate Research Center is a private, non-profit research center. Woodwell  is a leading source of climate science that drives the urgent action needed to solve climate change. Woodwell has 70+ staff members, and is excited to welcome new employees to this work.

Woodwell is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information. Woodwell  is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for all individuals in employment practices, services, programs, and activities.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Woodwell


Climate change is the greatest challenge of our lifetimes. Woodwell Climate Research Center (Woodwell) understands that the climate crisis—from causes to consequences—is inextricably linked with persistent social injustice. Effectively addressing either requires addressing both. The climate crisis demands that we bring to bear all of the knowledge, expertise, innovation, and creativity that we can collectively muster, and those who have been marginalized and disproportionately impacted must be heard.

The work Woodwell does—the questions we ask, the ways we seek answers, and the strategies we put forward—is stronger when shaped by a diversity of knowledge, perspectives, and experiences. We strive to welcome, respect, and amplify differing voices. We value individuals as they are, with all their differences in race, age, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, language, and mental and physical abilities.

Woodwell acknowledges that our organization, and the scientific community more broadly, have a long way to go in living up to these ideals. We approach the work of improving our organization with the same ambition and commitment to systemic change that we bring to addressing climate change.

We will inevitably make mistakes, but we will continue to listen, learn, and do this critical work. We understand that this work requires an ongoing commitment from each and every one of us. We are actively engaged in building and sustaining an equitable and inclusive culture within our organization, and in fostering greater diversity in climate science.


Woodwell Climate Research Center is an organization of renowned researchers who work with a worldwide network of partners to understand and combat climate change. For over 35 years, we have combined hands-on experience and policy impact to identify and support societal-scale solutions that can be put into immediate action.

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