Career opportunity: OA-ICC is looking for a consultant to work on its data compilation on ocean acidification

Deadline for applications: 20 July 2016!

Type of appointment

Home-based consultancy for 6 months over a contract period of 1 year, with a possibility of extension (dependant on funds).


Main Purpose

One of the activities of the IAEA’s Peaceful Uses Initiative (PUI) project ‘Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre’ (OA-ICC) is to facilitate actions to develop common international data formats, coordinate existing efforts and promote data access and sharing within the ocean acidification research community. To this end, the OA-ICC has worked in close collaboration with Xiamen University (China) and the Germany-based Data Publisher PANGAEA to compile published data on the biological response of ocean acidification and make them openly accessible. The Consultant will maintain the OA-ICC Data Compilation in the capacity of Data Curator, and will work with above-mentioned organizations.

Functions / Key Results Expected

The subscriber shall

  • Search the OA-ICC News Stream for relevant articles to include in the OA-ICC Data Compilation according to predefined criteria;
  • Request relevant data from authors;
  • Recalculate the carbonate chemistry using the R computing platform;
  • Prepare and archive the data using the data publisher PANGAEA;
  • Maintain close contacts with scientists working in the field of ocean acidification, as well as with personnel at PANGAEA;
  • Reply to ‘OA-ICC Data Compilation’ user requests;
  • Contribute to data products to promote and increase the visibility and use of the OA-ICC Data Compilation as needed;
  • Continuously improve data compilation as needed (e.g. adding parameters);
  • Prepare for development of data portal by allocating keywords to data sets.

Data ManagementKnowledge, Skills, Expertise and Abilities

  • Data information Analysis and Reporting
  • Database Development

Qualifications and Experience

  • Advanced university degree in marine biogeochemistry or a related field.
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience with data archiving and computing, ideally with the Data Publisher PANGAEA.
  • Proven knowledge/understanding of ocean acidification and its biological and biogeochemical effects.
  • Good knowledge of the R computing platform.
  • Proven ability to plan, organize and carry out assigned tasks in a timely manner with minimal supervision.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English language skills. Knowledge of another official IAEA language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) an asset.


The remuneration for this consultancy is a daily fee of up to a maximum of € 250, based on qualifications and experience. In case duty travel is required within the assignment, a daily subsistence allowance (DSA) and travel costs are provided. Health coverage and pension fund are the responsibility of the incumbent.

Further details and application procedure can be found on the IAEA website under “Employment Resources – Current Vacancies”.

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