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ESL System Manager - (Data/Computer Manager 2

Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Closing date
Jul 14, 2024

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Job Posting Title:

ESL System Manager - (Data/Computer Manager 2

Position Type:

Professional / Unclassified


LSUAM CCE - DOCS - Satellite Oceanography (Nan D Walker (00007508))

Work Location:

W0412F Howe Russell Kniffen West Geoscience Complex

Pay Grade:



We are seeking a computer manager for the Earth Scan Lab (ESL), a facility within the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences (DOCS). We desire a highly-motivated individual with strong computer science skills interested in managing Linux servers and workstations, while also assisting faculty and graduate students with research in the broad fields of satellite oceanography and meteorology. The manager is responsible for maintaining computer hardware and developing software that provide DOCS faculty and students with satellite image products, processing tools, and training. This position also maintains the ESL website ( which is the primary vehicle for disseminating satellite images to DOCS faculty, regional, and national stakeholders. DOCS is in LSU's College of the Coast and Environment ( and has developed strong programs in biological, physical, chemical, and geological oceanography focused mainly on the Gulf of Mexico region (learn more about DOCS at and ESL at

Job Responsibilities:

30% Oversight of the configuration, maintenance, and backup of servers, workstations, and file systems.

25% Oversee the near real-time processing of satellite data products and their dissemination on the ESL website. Maintain, develop, and administer the Earth Scan Lab Website.

25% Supervise and assist student workers and provide insight to researchers; participate in DOCS instruction related to scientific programming and remote sensing classes.

15% Develop new satellite or remote sensing products in support of faculty research and ESL operations.

5% Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Natural Science, Engineering or related field.

5 years of related experience

Specific Experience:

Experience with server-level systems using "Redhat"-variant Linux (RHEL, CentOS, Rocky, Fedora). Experience with the Python programming language and toolkits. Experience with website design and development.

LSU is committed to creating an inclusive space where our employees feel valued for their skills and uniqueness. If a candidate does not meet the minimum qualifications as listed, but has significant experience within the major responsibilities, we welcome their application.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master's Degree in Computer Science, Natural Science, Engineering or related field.

Preferred Certifications/Licenses:

Python3 code development for manipulation of satellite imagery and/or science data files (e.g. netCDF), "Matplotlib" (or equivalent) plotting, and "cartopy" (or equivalent) plotting of georeferenced datasets. BASH/ZSH shell scripting for routine production of science products. Experience with Linux tools (VSCode, git, Apache Directory Studio, etc) for code development, editing, and system administration. Minimum 1 year experience managing web servers (Apache, nginx), and SQL databases (postgres). Experience with NASA's SeaDAS software, ArcGIS, or other image processing software is desirable.

Job Competencies:

Python3 coding experience PROFICIENT

Administering Linux environments ADVANCED

Website design and development PROFICIENT

KVM virtual server deployment PROFICIENT

Experience with satellite image processing and NetCDF files PROFiCIENT

Additional Job Description:

Special Instructions:

Manager - Data Processing/Computer Services 2

Attach a cover letter, resume and three professional references along with their email addresses. A copy of our transcript(s) may be attached to your application. However, official transcripts are required prior to hire. If your degree was earned outside the US, a credential evaluation will be required.

Posting Date:

June 18, 2024

Closing Date (Open Until Filled if No Date Specified):

Additional Position Information:

Background Check - An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check.

Benefits - LSU offers outstanding benefits to eligible employees and their dependents including health, life, dental, and vision insurance; flexible spending accounts; retirement options; various leave options; paid holidays; wellness benefits; tuition exemption for qualified positions; training and development opportunities; employee discounts; and more!

Positions approved to work outside the State of Louisiana shall be employed through Louisiana State University's partner, nextSource Workforce Solutions, for Employer of Record Services including but not limited to employment, benefits, payroll, and tax compliance. Positions employed through Employer of Record Services will be offered benefits and retirement as applicable through their provider and will not be eligible for State of Louisiana benefits and retirement.

Essential Position (Y/N):

LSU is an Equal Opportunity Employer and SAME Agency:

LSU is designated as a State As a Model Employer (SAME) agency and provides assistance to persons needing accommodations or with the accessibility of materials. For those seeking such accommodations or assistance related to this search, we encourage you to contact the Office of Human Resource Management (

HCM Contact Information:

For questions or concerns related to updating your application with attachments (e.g., resumes, RS:17 documents), date of birth, or reactivating applications, please contact the LSU Human Resources Management Office at 225-578-8200 or email For questions or concerns regarding the status of your application or salary ranges, please contact the department using the information provided in the Special Instructions section of this job posting.

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