Research Professional

Location
Chicago
Posted
Jun 01, 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 Sciences 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: Reporting to the faculty director, the Research Professional, in collaboration with the Research Director, will develop and lead an evolving research strategy in health informatics for the Center, and manage its implementation. The strategy will center on obtaining and carrying out funded research with partners in university-based bioinformatics departments, public health departments, and the medical community. This position requires demonstrated expertise in spatial analysis and geographic information science, its application to health informatics research, and its implementation in open source software tools such as GeoDa, GeoDa-Web, PySAL, and R. It further requires in-depth knowledge of spatial data infrastructure development relevant to health informatics. Day-to-day responsibilities include empirical research in health informatics, writing and publishing peer-reviewed articles, presenting this research at academic conferences, developing spatial data infrastructure in health informatics, and interfacing with the University of Chicago Research Computing Center.

Unit Education: Doctoral degree in Geography, Computer Science, Engineering, or related discipline required.

Unit Experience: A minimum of three years of experience in health informatics research applying spatial analytic methods is required. Knowledge and experience developing software code in Python or Javascript, is required. Familiarity with Postgres/PostGIS is required. Experience facilitating and conducting a research project is required. Supervisory experience is required.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Advanced knowledge in health informatics is required. Advanced 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. Ability to train others required.