Advertised Summary Job Description: This position is for the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), located on the Lamont Campus in Rockland County, NY.
Develops, conducts, and supports assessment and coordination tasks based on analysis of quantitative and qualitative information. Supports monitoring and documentation activities for effective project coordination.
Conducts quality assessments of geospatial data including micro-census surveys, geodatabases, as well as other sources of information such as documents and websites, in order to identify gaps, lineage, and accuracy of the information available.
Supports the design, scripting, and implementation of monitoring and processing tools that keep track of in-country projects and milestones.
Helps design, organize, develop, and maintain inventories of geospatial data, satellite imagery and other information sources available through open data platforms.
Works in coordination with other staff at CIESIN in order to successfully accomplish project's milestones and deadlines.
Participates in teleconferences, meetings, working groups, webinars, and related coordination activities as needed.
Reports to Senior Staff Associate and receives guidance from project leaders. Exercises independent judgment and initiative within specific objectives. Must be able to work in interdisciplinary teams.
General Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree and 2 years of experience developing scripts in R, Python or its equivalent is required, including experience in cleaning, standardizing, transforming and recoding of data.
Knowledge of ArcGIS, QGIS, and/or other open source mapping tools is required.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English is required.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications:
Preferred Qualifications: Fluency in either French and/or Portuguese is an advantage.
Previous experience conducting data assessments is preferred.
Experience in metadata and documentation development also preferred, as is experience in developing monitoring protocols and tools.
Previous working experience in development-type projects is considered an asset.
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Council of Ivy Group Presidents (Ivy League), it is imperative that members of the Columbia University community, in all matters related to the intercollegiate athletics program, exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education rules and regulations.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Internal Number: 126_172087
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