- Shell Scripting
- Database design
- Communication skills
Advanced degree with one or more years of research experience
Experience working on projects involving the agricultural sciences
Experience with GIS, geospatial computing or satellite/drone imagery
Hands on experience in developing and carrying out data analytical strategies and pipelines on GIS data
Experience working with large-volume datasets, those likely requiring novel data structures and/or parallelized workflows for analytical processing
Strong general computational skills and advanced proficiency programming in Python
Experience with Git or similar source control management system
Competency with the UNIX/LINUX shell environment
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Able to work independently with periodic guidance
A masters degree in geography, GIS, or related fields plus at least 3 years of experience
Extensive (3+ years) experience working on projects involving the agricultural sciences
3+ years of work experience with GIS, geospatial computing or satellite/drone imagery as primary or secondary research field
Strong proficiency with open source geospatial Python libraries
Experience in batch scheduled environments (slurm, torque, SGE, etc.)
Database design and querying skills (MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle, or similar)
Experience and general proficiency with the R programming language
Experience processing data from remote sensors
Experience writing unit tests and documentation for geospatial algorithms
We are looking for an experienced geospatial research analyst (two positions available) with excellent communication skills and a strong analytical/computational background, will be able to develop rapport with domain researchers, and is highly organized, and comfortable working as part of an interdisciplinary research team on a diverse set of projects.
Job Duties and Responsibilities
Development of Geospatial Analytic Tools (70%)
Serve as an analyst and developer for large scale GIS and remote sensing projects.
Design and develop appropriate informatics strategies related to GIS and remote sensing as required.
Design, develop, document, and test robust back-end GIS software libraries in cooperation with front-end and API developers
Develop, prototype, and execute analytic workflows for GIS and remote sensing data.
Assist in building out analytical infrastructure to support common needs of related research projects and tools.
Education and Consulting (20%)
Develop and deliver GIS training materials for GEMS Learning
Perform ad hoc GIS analysis as a consultant for external groups via GEMS Solutions
Documentation, Planning and Reporting (10%)
Appropriately document work conducted, both to comply with GEMS reporting requirements, and to allow the preparation of any analytic reports required by project collaborators.
Work collaboratively with other GEMS Initiative colleagues in planning and design activities involving geospatial analysis for the GEMS Platform, GEMS Exchange and GEMS Sensing.
The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) and U-Spatial endorses a “work with flexibility” approach that offers a welcoming and flexible work environment where everyone is inspired to do their best. Work location options include working fully remote, partially remote, or entirely in the office and are based on the work of the position. Some on-site work may be necessary for certain positions, even those designated as fully remote.
This position has been designated as eligible for OVPR Work Profile One or Two.
Work Profile One is expected to work primarily on-site. Your office will be located in Blegen Hall on the Twin Cities West Bank Campus.
Work Profile Two is expected to work on-site more than 50% of the time. Your office will be located in Blegen Hall on the Twin Cities West Bank Campus.
U-Spatial management retains the right to modify flexible work arrangement agreements on a temporary or permanent basis for any reason at any time.
The GEMS Informatics Initiative, a joint CFANS (College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences) and MSI (Minnesota Supercomputing Institute) agri-food informatics initiative of the University of Minnesota, is supported by a highly diverse international and interdisciplinary team of professionals. GEMS is re-imagining the relationships between data, institutions, and disciplines to inform and accelerate innovation within the food and agricultural sectors. GEMS makes genomics, environmental, management, and socioeconomic data inter-operable at varying spatial and temporal scales to generate actionable information and promote new innovation partnerships that accelerates and sustains growth in local and global food and agricultural systems.
GEMS has five program areas:
GEMS Platform: Data sharing and analysis platform
GEMS Sensing: Field-based IoT (Internet of Things) sensors and data services
GEMS Exchange: Data streaming services via interoperable APIs
GEMS Learning: Digital and data science education
GEMS Solutions: Consulting services
U-Spatial is a nationally recognized model that serves and drives a fast-growing need for expertise in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing, and spatial computing across the University. It is a sister institution to MSI under Research Computing at the University, and is pleased to be partnering with GEMS to expand GIS development within the initiative.
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