Post-Doctoral Geospatial Data Scientist

Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, NY

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Organization Overview

MySOC is focused on measuring and mapping soil carbon in agricultural landscapes using a novel combination of existing technologies. We gather, interpret, and share soil data that can support the transition to a regenerative, resilient and carbon friendly agriculture system.

Post-Doctoral Geospatial Data Scientist Role Overview

The MySOC research program is looking for an enterprising and passionate Post-Doctoral Geospatial Data Scientist, to support its data analysis and visualization efforts, unifying data provided by landowners and managers with open data sources. Working collaboratively across MySOC’s data acquisition and analysis efforts, this person will help scale the organization’s modeling capabilities and ensure that its system remains innovative, iterative and improving.

The Geospatial Data Scientist will report to Prof. Kris Covey, Environmental Studies and Sciences on data acquisition and analysis while supporting the MySOC Program Director as needed.    

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Work with MySOC team members to gather, assess, organize, profile, and clean data for geospatial analysis
  • Code in Google Earth engine and introduce additional analytical tools into processes that can be used across regions
  • Provide mentorship and professional development opportunities to undergraduate environmental sciences students inside an academic setting. 

Compensation & Benefits

The Geospatial Data Scientist compensation is competitive, includes benefits and is eligible for compensation increases based on performance and available funding resources. Ideal candidates will be located near Skidmore College or able to be present on campus a minimum of three days a week during the academic school year.


  • 3-5+ years of experience with advanced geostatistical approaches to environmental issues.
    • Familiarity with a broad base of analytical tools and databases (including, but not limited to):
      • Geospatial modeling and analysis (machine learning, Bayesian approaches, geo-statistical methods, spatio-temporal modeling)
      • National and global geospatial datasets, preferably with exposure to soil databases such as SoilGrids, gSSURGO, Polaris
      • Experience using remotely-sensed products: Landsat, Sentinel, Planet, LiDAR, UAV etc.
      • Exposure to a suite of GIS and Remote Sensing software (ArcGIS Pro, QGIS, ENVI, ERDAS, etc)
      • Geospatial analysis using the following languages (e.g. R, Python, Javascript, SQL)
      • Web programming for geospatial applications
    • Data management skills (e.g. data integrity, QA/QC, database administration)
    • Cartographic/visualization expertise in both print and web format
  • Passionate, mission-driven and capable of running projects independently
  • Excellent organizational skills with strong attention to detail, efficient time management, and the ability to prioritize work effectively
  • An entrepreneurial and self-starting spirit, excited about exploring the unknown
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people

Skidmore College is committed to being an inclusive campus community and, as an Equal Opportunity Employer, does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, domestic violence victim status, familial status, dating violence, or stalking, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

Employment at Skidmore College is contingent upon an acceptable background check result.



Skidmore is a highly selective liberal arts college with a reputation for its creative approaches to just about everything. With its relatively small size and student-faculty ratio, the College is a close-knit academic community. Skidmore is known for its faculty of teacher-scholars devoted to the instruction and mentoring of undergraduates—approximately 2,400 talented men and women from some 47 states and 46 countries.

A great education is all about putting academic theory and creative expression into practice. That’s what our founder, Lucy Skidmore Scribner, believed. Skidmore’s not an ivory tower. Never has been. Never will be. It’s a place where faculty and students work together, then figure out how to use what they’ve learned to make a difference in the world. This practical focus often leads to cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches, where students carry multiple majors, student-faculty research is common, and internships and community service are standard. It also leads to interesting and unusual combinations of activities, frequently woven into an intellectual passion.

If this kind of experience resonates with you, why not take a closer look at Skidmore?

Skidmore College is located in the historic resort community of Saratoga Springs, New York.  Set in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, Saratoga is located about 30 minutes north of Albany, the state capital. 

Saratoga is a small, cosmopolitan city of 30,000, noted for its Victorian heritage, famed spas, and thoroughbred horse racing.  The Saratoga Performing Arts Center is a site of top rock, jazz, and pop performances as well as the summer home of the New York City Ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra.  Saratoga is a three-and-one-half-hour drive, train ride, or bus trip from New York City, Boston, or Montreal.


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