We seek a data analyst skilled in geographic information systems (GIS) to join our diverse team of research and information technology professionals. We are looking for a smart, technically-minded person who enjoys working with data. Diversity and inclusion are core values of our organization. We aspire to create a team that represents the diversity of our city, our region, and our world, and to create a space that encourages and embraces inclusiveness, equal opportunity, and respect. We strongly encourage women and members of under-represented groups to apply.
The current opening is for work on the National Historical Geographic Information System (IPUMS NHGIS – nhgis.org). NHGIS provides summary tables and time series of population, housing, agriculture, and economic data, along with GIS-compatible boundary files, for years from 1790 through the present and for all levels of U.S. census geography. The primary responsibility for this position is to help lead our effort to digitize all 1980 and 1970 census block boundaries. The work will also include a range of tasks involving GIS data development; user support and outreach; and various additional initiatives for NHGIS and other projects at IPUMS or the Minnesota Population Center.
The environment is highly collaborative, and you will work closely with research scientists, data analysts, student research assistants, and software developers. We are constantly pushing the boundaries of data processing and dissemination methods, and there is considerable opportunity for initiative and creativity by all members of the research staff.
You will be involved in all stages of the development, documentation, and dissemination of IPUMS NHGIS data, with an emphasis on our geospatial data for geographic information systems (GIS). For the primary responsibility of digitizing 1980 and 1970 census block boundaries, you will work with a team of undergraduate student assistants to edit existing shapefiles to align with block records present in published data, referencing paper block maps. In your role, in addition to doing some of the editing work, you will guide the assistants and check their work, prepare base data for editing, and coordinate the acquisition and distribution of library materials. Additional tasks include preparing and updating other GIS data for NHGIS or other projects, developing scripts to automate some data production, preparing metadata and documentation, and testing website functionality. You may also help prepare/give public presentations on campus or at professional conferences to disseminate information about NHGIS or other IPUMS projects.
Annual salary range: $40,000 - $48,000, commensurate with experience.
• A bachelor's degree or a combination of related education and work experience to equal 4 years • At least six months of experience and/or coursework using GIS and spatial data • Excellent computer skills & ability to learn new information technology • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills • Strong attention to detail
Additional Selection Criteria:
• Experience using one of the IPUMS databases or other large-scale census or survey datasets • Experience with programming or scripting (especially Python or R) • Experience with a data development project • Experience with project coordination • Degree in a social science or other field where census data are directly applicable • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a member of a diverse team
Internal Number: 337744
About University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.