GIS Research Associate

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Posting Number STA00088PO17 Classification Title Research Associate Internal Title GIS Research Associate Campus Columbia 01 College/Division College of Social Work Department Institute for Families in Society Band Unclassified Advertised Minimum Salary Salary commensurate with qualifications. Advertised Salary Range $50,000-$65,000 Location of Vacancy Part/Full Time Full Time Hours per week 37.5 Work Schedule Type of Staff Position Research Grant (RGP) Basis 12 months Job Search Category Other Professional

About UofSC

The University of South Carolina is a premiere flagship research institution in South Carolina and one of the top 50 “Best Colleges” according to U.S. News and World Report. With more than 46,000 students on eight campuses, the University of South Carolina is a leader in improving the lives of individuals in South Carolina and around the world. Founded in 1801, the University of South Carolina employs almost 14,000 people. At the University of South Carolina, our employees include some of the brightest minds and most accomplished professionals in the world. The diversity of thought and active engagement of our colleagues makes for a dynamic and interesting work environment. The University has been named a best place to work, and a big part of that is the people. Our diverse faculty and staff embody a dedication to serve our students, so that a job becomes a passion with no limits.

Position Description

Advertised Job Summary

University of South Carolina/Institute for Families in Society-MPR Division is seeking a GIS Research Associate. Position will use Geographic Information System (GIS) software, tools and methods to geocode data, perform advanced spatial analyses, generate map and infographic products, and automate spatial and data management processes in a fast paced, applied research environment. Position will identify, develop, and implement new geospatial tools and methods as appropriate. Position will be responsible for process documentation and maintenance of metadata. Staff will be a member of a GIS unit using latest ESRI software (ArcGIS Desktop, Server, ArcGIS Pro, and ArcGIS Online), spatial statistical software, and ancillary tools (Excel, Access, Internet-based data sources, SQL Server). This position is established in support of expanded research activities and projects.

Minimum Qualifications (Classified and Unclassified positions)

Master's degree in geography, public health, earth sciences, life sciences, engineering, or a related field and 5 years related experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge of public health concepts and methods. Experience working with health-related datasets (Medicaid/Medicare, hospitalization data, cancer data, etc.), calculating prevalence or incidence rates, and mapping health data. Experience with Python scripting and coding in Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio. Experience working with large is desirable. Web GIS skills and experience are a plus.


Knowledge of GIS principles, concepts, and methods. Knowledge of spatial analytical/spatial statistical theory and methods. Working knowledge and experience with ArcGIS Desktop 10.4, address processing, and geocoding. Ability to operate GlS equipment (e.g. plotter). Demonstrable expertise in cartographic design and production, and proficiency in the application of spatial analytical methods. Ability to develop and implement GIS automation applications, quality assurance protocols, and metadata standards. Proven ability to conceptualize and complete complex projects with thorough documentation and demonstration of applied logic. Ability to communicate effectively with supervisors, project leader, and co-workers both orally and in writing. Ability to work in a team environment as well as a goal-oriented individual who functions with the highest level of integrity and professionalism.

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies Desired Start Date If Research Grant/Time Limited, give end date Job Open Date 07/19/2017 Job Close Date 08/31/2017 Open Until Filled No Special Instructions to Applicant Quicklink for Posting EEO Statement

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, age, disability, veteran status or genetics.

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Hazardous weather category Non-Essential Safety Sensitive or Security Sensitive No

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