IARC - SNAP Data Manager & Analyst

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Classification:Research Professional 4
Grade:Grade 81
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:Intl Arctic Research Center
Location: Fairbanks
Categories: Information Systems/Technology, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

The UAF International Arctic Research Center and the Scenarios Network for Alaska + Arctic Planning seek a Data Manager/Analyst to help develop an Arctic Data Collaborative to highlight and apply high-impact datasets to solve real world issues. You will contribute to projects aimed at helping the nation and the world understand and adapt to the impacts of climate change in Alaska, the Arctic, and beyond.

Duties:

20Project Management: ● Provide leadership, guidance and assistance to temporary staff, graduate students, student employees and researchers related to GIS applications, spatial analyses, and data management. ● Manage multiple deadlines and deliver results on time with defensible workflows that can be presented in scientific journals, online, and in white or gray literature. ● Lead small work groups in data management best practices, spatial analysis, and application to IARC and University initiatives. ● Serve as project manager and/or technical lead on various projects. ● Lead, attend, and participate in regular meetings with University personnel and collaborators to coordinate research activities. ● Assisting with writing grant and other funding proposals. ● Interact with clients to understand their needs.Essential
40Data Management ● Serve as Data Manager and Steward for the International Arctic Research Center (IARC) and the Alaska Climate Adaptation and Science Center (AKCASC). ● Develop comprehensive data management strategies specific to the goals and missions of each focus unit. ● Work closely with researchers and data producers to plan, evaluate, curate, document, and publish data. ● Assist researchers in writing data management plans and with implementing them in accordance with specific funding agency requirements (NSF, USGS, DOD, etc) and in compliance with University and various departments’ missions, goals, and policies. ● Offer expert guidance and assistance to researchers with geospatial metadata (ISO, FGDC) development using software tools. ● Collaborate with the University of Alaska research community to curate, manage, and prepare high-impact University-developed datasets in order to make them more discoverable and applicable to various applications and decision support tools.Essential
40Spatial Analysis, Consultation, and Visualization: ● Independent analysis of various types of complex climatological, ecological, and biophysical data, often with no clearly defined solutions, with implications affecting critical systems and projects. ● Using expert knowledge, the employee will be responsible for all aspects of spatial data acquisition, assembly, development, and automation of analysis including batch processing, modeling, cartography, and quality control. Following best practices, accepted spatial analysis methodology, and through the design of new analytic approaches, the employee will consistently interpret and convert various data types into acceptable formats for data storage, visualization, and/or input to models critical to the mission of IARC, SNAP, the AKCASC, and our collaborators. ● Compare and analyze trends, patterns, and impacts of both historical and projected datasets across daily, monthly, and decadal time scales and multiple spatial scales. ● Provide technical support to internal and external program personnel to assist with the generation of scientific manuscripts and technical reports communicating scientific findings.Essential

PLEASE NOTE, 3-5 DIGITAL EXAMPLES OF WORK PRODUCTS MUST BE UPLOADED WITH YOUR APPLICATION.  APPLICATIONS WITHOUT EXAMPLES OF WORK PRODUCTS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

In this position, you will be responsible for managing, curating, and organizing spatial data from multiple UAF research units, and for applying your geospatial and analytical skills on collaborative research projects. You will join a team of programmers, data scientists, and researchers to better organize and apply UAF’s research knowledge and data products to real world problems.

Required knowledge, skills or abilities:

● Advanced knowledge of GIS and familiarity with batch processing techniques and the computing environment needed to be successful.
● Knowledge and understanding of geospatial metadata standards, their implementation, as well as data policies and standards across multiple units and agencies.
● Advanced knowledge of cartographic concepts and publication procedures
● Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills. Able to effectively communicate via multiple avenues (in person, telephone, email, chat, etc)
● Advanced knowledge of research methods, best practices, and analytical procedures.
● Ability to clearly and concisely communicate scientific methods and findings for internal and external reporting
● Ability to work cooperatively with others, as well as independently to solve complex problems.
● Ability to lead the work of others
● Ability to effectively manage and work with large amounts of data. File organization skills.
● The person hired for this position will work within SNAP on a wide variety of projects to support researchers in the area of data management and simulation modeling, so an ability to interact with researchers at a high level is required.

Preferred knowledge, skills or abilities:

● Spatial analysis knowledge applied to global climate model (GCM) data and downscaled GCM products.
● An understanding of ecosystem science concepts and theory.
● Exceptional organizational and communication skills.
● Preferred Master's degree in a geography, remote sensing, GIS, or related field.
● Ability to effectively work with multiple stakeholders including academia, NGO's, and state and federal agencies.
● Ability to research and apply new methods. Ability to stay up to date on current technology trends.
● Familiarity and/or expertise programming in Python.
● Ability to keep abreast of emerging protocols and synthesis strategies in the areas of data science.
● Knowledge and experience with statistical analysis and interpretations.

Required Experience:

Bachelor's degree in a relevant field (i.e. Geography, Geology, Natural Resources, Spatial
Analysis, Remote Sensing, GIS, Biology, Ecology, or related field) and 4 years progressively responsible experience, or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Experience using various problem solving skills to address process and function issues.

As a public, regional, comprehensive university, UAF is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive organization and strongly encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

Salary Information:

This position is a full-time, exempt, term-funded, Grade 81 with salary commensurate with experience.

Application Process:

To apply for this position, please provide a cover letter, resume, 3-5 digital examples of work products, and contact information for three professional references with your application.  Examples of work products would include technical writing, cartographic products, reports, publications, code repositories, figures, scientific plots, etc.  Please limit submitted materials to a reasonable volume for the review committee to consider - quality over quantity is encouraged.  The review of this posting will start on 02/17/2019 at 11:55 PM Alaska Time.  This posting will be closed once it is filled.

If you need assistance applying to this posting, please contact GI - Office of Human Resources at 907-474-7999.  Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application and screening process should contact the UAF Human Resources Office at 907-474-7700.

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check.  Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Non-Represented Staff (Probationary Period):

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment.  During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason.  Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Term Positions:

This position is a term-funded position through June 30, 2019, and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks that all employees are required to attend training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold and to complete the required training within a specified period of time to remain employed at UAF.  The policy can be located at http://www.uaf.edu/chancellor/policy/04.07.010/.

Tobacco-Free Campus:

UAF Campus is a tobacco-free campus.  For more information, please go to http://www.uaf.edu/tobaccofreecamus.

Notice of Nondiscrimination:

The University of Alaska is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educational institution.  The University of Alaska does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, parenthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, or other legally protected status.  The University's commitment to nondiscrimination, including against sex discrimination, applies to students, employees, and applicants for admission and employment.  Contact information, applicable laws, and complaint procedures are included on UA's statement of nondiscrimination available at www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination.

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