Metadata Analyst

Date: Nov 13, 2023

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 12049 


The Environmental Sciences Division (ESD) of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has an opening for a Metadata Analyst in its Earth Sciences Informatics portfolio. You will be involved with applied data management activities that support software development for scientific data projects in the Earth, climate, and environmental sciences, such as the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Data Center ( Particular focus will be on metadata to assist users in discovering ARM data, including various applied data management activities that support projects in Earth Sciences Informatics at ORNL.


The position will report to the Earth Science Database Engineering and Informatics Group Leader and the ARM Metadata Lead and have daily interactions with a broader team of up to 30 ARM Data Center staff. Job duties will include:


  • Utilize scientific background with meteorological, atmospheric radiation, and chemistry data (e.g., radar) to assist senior staff at the ARM Archive as needed with metadata for submitted datasets.
  • Assist in assigning metadata for field campaign, research/external, and routine data products, following specific workflows for each type of data submission. Workflows may include using internal tools, Linux commands to view data on servers, and PostgreSQL queries to create and monitor metadata creation.
  • Assign metadata keywords using information provided by data submitters via an Online Metadata Editor (OME), considering when to group or separate out terms to facilitate search and retrieval of data products.       
  • Assist metadata team in auditing and correcting historic metadata, reviewing webpages and using SQL queries to review the database as needed.
  • Utilize Python skills to automate existing workflows, thereby improving efficiency and consistency within the metadata team.
  • Utilize good communication skills in English, both written and spoken, to correspond with data submitters and users as needed.
  • Deliver ORNL’s mission by aligning behaviors, priorities, and interactions with our core values of Impact, Integrity, Teamwork, Safety, and Service. Promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility by fostering a respectful workplace – in how we treat one another, work together, and measure success.


Additional activities will be under the direction of ARM Data Center metadata staff and will include additional metadata responsibilities as needed.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree in Earth Science, Information Science or related field.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • M.S. in Atmospheric Science or Information Science or related fields is preferred.

  • Familiarity with Python and SQL

  • Able to handle multiple tasks in a fast paced environment
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to evaluate alternative solutions and/or workarounds
  • Desire to learn and adopt new tools and technologies as required by the projects

Benefits at ORNL:  

ORNL offers competitive pay and benefits programs to attract and retain talented people. The laboratory offers many employee benefits, including medical and retirement plans and flexible work hours, to help you and your family live happy and healthy. Employee amenities such as on-site fitness, banking, and cafeteria facilities are also provided for convenience.


Other benefits include: Prescription Drug Plan, Dental Plan, Vision Plan, 401(k) Retirement Plan, Contributory Pension Plan, Life Insurance, Pet Insurance, Disability Benefits, Generous Vacation and Holidays, Parental Leave, Legal Insurance with Identity Theft Protection, Employee Assistance Plan, Flexible Spending Accounts, Health Savings Accounts, Wellness Programs, Educational Assistance, Relocation Assistance, and Employee Discounts.


Visa Sponsorship:

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.




This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

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ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.  UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.

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