International Arctic Research Center - Geospatial Analyst/Programmer

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

Position Summary:

The UAF International Arctic Research Center and the Scenarios Network for Alaska + Arctic Planning seek a Geospatial Analyst/Programmer to leverage a wide variety of disparate datasets to help meet real-world challenges of improving our understanding of Alaska’s changing climate. Your work will also help provide data-focused direction for crafting realistic adaptation strategies for Alaskans.

Duties:

20Project Management: -Manage multiple project duties with overlapping and sometimes conflicting issues. Resolve and reconcile these issues through independent analysis and consultation with team members. Work closely with a wide variety of people and personalities to accomplish common goals. -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 spatial analysis methods and application to SNAP data.Essential
30Training, Education, and Planning: -Prepare and hold educational sessions and meetings with project partners, collaborators, and SNAP researchers and staff. Assist staff with technical, programming, and analytical tasks. Provide cross training for new SNAP staff in spatial analysis methods and applications. -Provide day to day general supervision for graduate students and research technicians related to spatial analysis application analyses. -Adherence to and participation in geospatial communities and industry standards. -Keep up to date and apply cutting edge geospatial methodologies and technologies. -Work with management staff to provide technical expertise and assistance with decision making or goal setting.Essential
45Spatial Analysis, Consultation, and Visualization: -Act as a primary spatial analysis expert, consulting across all SNAP projects, including determining appropriate spatial analysis methods, analytical approaches, and appropriate visualizations of geospatial outputs. -Independent spatial analysis of complex data with no clearly defined solutions that affect critical SNAP systems. This includes uncovering errors in past methodology, improvement of current analytical approaches, data mining to reveal patterns and trends of interest or to highlight uncertainties. - Prepare, manage, and analyze massive amounts of data, including multi-node parallel processing, code profiling, compiling, unit testing, code development, interaction with databases, multiple programming languages, web technologies, and report and product development. -Serve as an expert resource to SNAP investigators, staff, graduate students, postdocs, and collaborators related to spatial analysis methodologies and software. -Prepare and assemble complex data into scientifically relevant visualizations. Advise on proper data display parameters and how best to highlight metric of interest.Essential
5Other Duties: -Manage components of SNAP budgets related to modeling and spatial analysis hardware, software, and maintenance with oversight by supervisor. -Attend regular coordination meetings with SNAP personnel to coordinate research activities. -Recording and reporting appropriate and timely information at multiple levels of detail regarding the status of projects and work performed. -Assisting with writing grant and other funding proposals.Essential

The UAF International Arctic Research Center and the Scenarios Network for Alaska + Arctic Planning seek a Geospatial Analyst/Programmer to leverage a wide variety of disparate datasets to help meet real-world challenges of improving our understanding of Alaska’s changing climate. Your work will also help provide data-focused direction for crafting realistic adaptation strategies for Alaskans.

In this position, you will solve geospatial issues related to standardizing and processing large-time series datasets from multiple UAF research units. You will be a member of several collaborative research projects where you will apply your geospatial and analytical skills to better forecast the impacts of climate change and extreme events. You will join a team of programmers, data scientists, and researchers to organize and apply UAF’s research knowledge and data products to inform managers, policymakers, and industry to solve real-world problems.

PLEASE NOTE, A LINK OR URL TO AN ONLINE PORTFOLIO OF RELEVANT WORK SAMPLES MUST BE PROVIDED IN YOUR COVER LETTER. (3-5 digital examples of work products. For example technical writing, cartographic products, reports, publications, code repositories, figures, visualizations, scientific plots, etc. Please limit submitted materials to a reasonable volume for the review team to consider. Quality over quantity is encouraged.) APPLICATIONS THAT HAVE NOT PROVIDED THIS INFORMATION WILL NOT BE REVIEWED.

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES:

  • Excellent verbal and technical writing communications skills.Demonstrated advanced analytical problem solving, troubleshooting, and critical thinking skills.
  • Advanced technical and theoretical knowledge of spatial analysis methodology, analysis, and application.
  • Strong relational database and data structure skills.Extensive experience working within several spatial analysis software packages such as ArcGIS, QGIS, GDAL, ENVI, ERDAS IMAGINE.
  • Extensive experience working within R and/or Python programming environment.
  • Ability to work well with others, resolve conflicts, and lead in a team environment.Knowledge of ecosystem/landscape/climate computer simulation models and application to biological/physical research.
  • This position requires spatial analysis knowledge applied to a global circulation model (GCM), downscaled GCM products, and ecological model data.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others, as well as independently.
  • Theoretical knowledge of ecosystem processes and function gained through advanced education or experience required. Exceptional organizational and communication skills.
  • Ability to work with multiple stakeholders including academia, NGO's, and state and federal agencies.
  • Ability to effectively manage and work with massive amounts of data.
  • File organization skills. Ability to research and apply new methods. Ability to stay up to date on current technology trends.
  • Familiarity and/or expertise with R, Python, and theoretical and applied spatial analysis concepts.
  • Preferred Master's degree in spatial analysis, geography, or GIS with the ability to analyze and visualize data across a variety of software packages and tools.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE:

  • Minimum of 3 years of work experience with spatial analysis methods, application, and software packages.
  • Experience using various problem-solving skills to address ecosystem process and function issues.
  • The person hired for this position will work within SNAP on a wide variety of projects to support researchers in the area of biological/physical simulation modeling, so an ability to interact with researchers at a high level is required.

TYPICAL EDUCATION OR TRAINING:

  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field (i.e. Geography, Spatial Analysis, Remote Sensing, GIS, or related field) and 4 years progressively responsible experience, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

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,term-funded, exempt Grade 81, DOE, 12-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package.

Application  Process:

To apply for this position, please provide a cover letter with a link or URL to your online portfolio, resume, and contact information for three professional references with your application. PLEASE NOTE, A LINK OR URL TO AN ONLINE PORTFOLIO OF RELEVANT WORK SAMPLES MUST BE PROVIDED IN YOUR COVER LETTER. APPLICATIONS THAT HAVE NOT PROVIDED THIS INFORMATION WILL NOT BE REVIEWED. (3-5 digital examples of work products. For example technical writing, cartographic products, reports, publications, code repositories, figures, visualizations, scientific plots, etc. Please limit submitted materials to a reasonable volume for the review team to consider. Quality over quantity is encouraged.)

 To be considered for this position, please apply by 11/27/2019, at 11:55 PM Alaska Time. The initial review will begin on 11/28/2019. This posting will be closed once the position is filled.

If you need assistance applying to this posting, please contact GI - Office of Human Resources at 907-474-6498. Applicants needing a reasonable accommodation to participate in the application and screening process should contact the UA Human Resources office at 907-450-8200.

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, 2020, 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/tobaccofreecampus

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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