Job Posting: Systems Manager

Posted 10/04/2016; JOB CODE 8235

Target Hiring Range:  $55,000 - $60,000/annually

The Systems Manager is primarily responsible for the development and maintenance of the BPCRC websites, web servers, and database servers, including the development of any research project web pages, web applications, and hosted websites. These include, but are not limited to: WordPress platform websites for some of our research groups and blogs and the Polar Rock Repository, a recently developed PHP-based website and samples database designed in-house. Duties outside of web development include assisting the BPCRC Systems Manager with building and maintaining research and administrative computer systems; maintaining the Center's compliance with the Office of the OCIO IT Security Framework; assisting with videoconferences, seminar and meeting/conference multimedia setup; assisting researchers in the design layout and printing of research posters for conferences, symposia and meetings. Additional IT projects may also be assigned by the Director, as necessary. The BPCRC Assistant Systems Manager is also considered essential personnel for both short and long term university closures.

This is a 100% FTE position (40 hours per week). 

Please apply online from October 8 to November 6, 2016 at https://www.jobsatosu.com/. 

Duty Percent

Duty Description


BPCRC Website Support

  • Provide systems support for the BPCRC web and data servers
  • Work with researchers to develop project web pages and applications for incorporation into the BPCRC research website
  • Maintain security for web applications and servers


BPCRC Systems and Security Management

  • Provide support for the administrative computing systems at BPCRC, including administrative staff computers and centralized servers
  • Maintain and improve compliance with IT Security Framework and analyze Information Risk


Research Group Support

  • Provide systems support for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux
  • Diagnose and resolve hardware issues for computer systems and peripherals
  • Diagnose and resolve software problems
  • Maintain data backups as requested by each research group
  • Ensure the availability of scientific datasets through an online portal

Education and Experience Require

  • Bachelors or higher or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • 3+ yrs. in web development technologies including HTML5/CSS3/Javascript
  • 2+ yrs. with the PHP programming language
  • Experience with web application security and testing
  • Experience with LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) websites
  • 2+ years exp. with relational databases, including MySQL or Postgres
  • Experience with Linux system administration (any distribution). The Center currently makes use of the Linux distributions: Fedora, CentOS, RedHat Enterprise
  • Experience with Windows operating systems
  • Basic knowledge of network security


Desired Skills and Experience

  • Graphic design experience and tools, including Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, CorelDRAW
  • Virtual Machine (VM) spin-up, maintenance, and troubleshooting

Byrd Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Updated 06/24/2016 - the next call will be in early 2017. Please check back for updates.

The Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center (BPCRC) of The Ohio State University annouced the 2016 Byrd Fellowship Program for Postdoctoral Researchers on January 5, 2016. This program was established through a major gift from the Byrd Foundation in memory of Rear Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd and Marie Ames Byrd, his wife. This program provides fellowships at The Ohio State University for postdoctoral researchers with superior academic backgrounds who are pursuing advanced research on topics relevant to polar and alpine environments as well as global climate change. Postdoctoral fellows must have received their Ph.D. within five years of selection. Except for fieldwork and other fellowship related research activities that require absence from campus, Byrd Fellows are expected to be in residence at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center during the tenure of their fellowship.



Rick Toracinta Graduate Fellowship in Atmospheric Science

Updated 06/28/2016 - The next call will be in 2017.  Check back for updates.

Melissa Wrzesien has been awarded the 2015 Toracinta Graduate Fellowship in Atmospheric Science!

Dr. E. Richard (Rick) Toracinta was a talented research scientist with the Polar Meteorology Group of the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center at The Ohio State University. In addition to his polar work, Rick had a passion for severe weather and was a volunteer storm chaser on the Great Plains during many springs. This scholarship commemorates Rick's lasting interest in the atmosphere as well as his desire to be a teacher.

This prestigious scholarship is awarded biennially to a graduate student studying atmospheric science, broadly defined, at The Ohio State University. Preference will be given to students specializing in severe weather (e.g., thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes), polar meteorology or polar climatology. The selection criteria include academic performance, excellence as an instructor (if appropriate), financial need, and intended use of the scholarship funds to advance one's graduate studies.

To apply, send a brief (typically 1-2 pages) statement of eligibility and intended usage of the scholarship funds. Examples of the latter include travel to a conference or to undertake fieldwork for one's degree, payment of page charges on a refereed manuscript, etc. Include copies of your undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Provide a cover page that specifies your name, phone, email address and your advisor's name, phone, and email address.

By Monday, March 16, 2015 send these materials to:

Professor David Bromwich
Polar Meteorology Group, Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center &
Department of Geography, Atmospheric Sciences Program
The Ohio State University
108 Scott Hall
1090 Carmack Road
Columbus, OH 43210
E-mail: bromwich.1@osu.edu

The $2,000.00 scholarship will be awarded by late April 2015. The recipient will be selected by a 3-member committee. For more information, contact David Bromwich at 614-292-6692 or bromwich.1@osu.edu.


G. McKenzie Undergraduate Scholarship Fund

Updated 06/28/2016 - Next call for applications is planned for Winter 2017.  Please check back for updates.

Attention UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS working with Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center scientists. You are encouraged to apply for research support from the G. McKenzie Undergraduate Scholarship Fund. The funds are to be used in support of your undergraduate research (travel to meetings to present research, future fieldwork, and/or other anticipated research related expenses).

Applications are to be submitted to:

Dr. Ellen Mosley-Thompson
Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center
The Ohio State University
108 Scott Hall
1090 Carmack Road
Columbus, OH 43210

Applications are due by date TBA.  Scholarship awards will be made the first week of date TBA.

Applications must include: a one-page description of your project (please include a title), a short detailed budget and a letter of endorsement by the BPCRC member with whom you are working. Please include your contact information within your proposal (email address, phone number and advisor's name). Requests can be in the amount of $600.00 or less.

Any questions should be directed to Michele Cook at cook.942@osu.edu.