The Vanderbilt Initiative for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Research (VIIGR) is hiring a full-time geospatial research analyst. VIIGR directly supports faculty spatial research projects through in-kind grants of consultation by the analyst in this position. The research analyst will therefore work on diverse spatial research projects including, but not limited to, topics in earth and environmental science, public health and epidemiology, educational policy, civil engineering, economics, political science, sociology, history, and anthropology. The ideal candidate will have an MS/MA in a geospatially-related field (PhD candidates will also be considered) with a strong background in one or more of the following areas: spatial statistical analysis, spatial modeling, cartography and visualization, remote sensing, geospatial database administration, and GIS software development. Experience with one or more programming languages, especially Python and R, is necessary. Experience with machine learning algorithm development is especially desirable. BS/BA level applicants with requisite professional experience may also apply.
The Vanderbilt Initiative for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Research (VIIGR) is a Trans-Institutional Program focused on supporting and expanding collaborative geospatial research and teaching at Vanderbilt University. VIIGR is housed in the Spatial Analysis Research Laboratory, an advanced geospatial facility with nine workstations, servers, and spatial field equipment. VIIGR also hosts an annual geospatial symposium, keynote, and other events.
Duties and Responsibilities
Act as a consultant for developing and aiding in the execution of geospatial research projects
Work directly with faculty in formulating appropriate geospatial methodology and aid in the execution of projects
Work extensively with geospatial and remote sensing software, including ArcGIS, QGIS, PostgreSQL/PostGIS, GRASS, ENVI. Workflows will incorporate scripting with Python and analysis with R and other statistical software.
Survey geospatial research and teaching needs on campus
Recruit new collaborative geospatial projects
Manage the Spatial Analysis Research Laboratory equipment including hardware and software for workstations, laboratory server, and field equipment
Act as the basic server administrator and consultant for all laboratory issues, upgrades, equipment, etc.
Act as basic consultant for student spatial research projects
Assist in logistics for VIIGR-sponsored symposia, speakers, and other events
Perform and maintain accounting
Report directly to VIIGR PI
Profile of an Ideal Candidate
Bachelor's degree in a geospatially-related field is necessary.
Previous experience is preferred.
Master's degree in a geospatially-related field is preferred.
Applicants with a PhD in a geospatially-related field will also be considered.
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