Research Specialist

May 06, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: A joint initiative of the Division of Social Sciences and the Computation Institute, the Center for Spatial Data Science develops state-of-the-art methods for geospatial analysis, geo-visualization, geo-simulation, and spatial process modeling; implements them through open source software tools; applies them to policy-relevant research in the social sciences; and disseminates them through training and support to a worldwide community.

Unit Job Summary: As part of a research project team, carries out spatial analyses using large administrative data. In consultation with the project leadership, collects and organizes data into data base systems, designs, runs and interprets the results of spatial statistical procedures, designs and implements spatial decision support systems, participates in the writing of reports and scholarly publications, and presents results in scholarly meetings and other public fora.

Unit Education: Masters degree in Geography, Policy, Computer Sciences, or related discipline required.

Unit Experience: A minimum of one year of relevant research experience required. Familiarity with principles of spatial statistical analysis and their implementation in open source software, extensive knowledge of Python programming and GeoDa, PySAL, R, and PostGIS software required.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Ability to train others required. Knowledge in relevant scientific field required. Knowledge of research techniques or methods required. Knowledge of regulatory policies and procedures required. Analytical skills required. Problem-solving skills required. Attention to detail required. Organizational skills required. Verbal and written communication skills required. Ability to work independently and as part of a team required. Knowledge of Microsoft Office required.

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