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Data and Image / GIS Analyst

The Land Cover and Surface Climate Group in the Department of Earth and Environment seeks a part-time Research Assistant to contribute to a project focused on the South American Southern Cone region. The project aims to quantify and characterize patterns of land use and land cover change at a sub-continental scale to better understand anthropogenic and climatic impacts across the subcontinent. A major component of the project is to identify crop species (e.g., maize, soybeans) at the field level using Landsat and Sentinel imagery. To do so, the project team is collecting field samples across Argentina and Uruguay using roadside GPS coordinates of various field crops and other land cover.

As part of the project, you will help manage and expand the land cover sample database, using field-collected data and a combination of satellite imagery. You should have the ability to interpret satellite time series composites and high-resolution imagery from Google Earth, as well as manage various GIS data formats and conversions. Prior experience analyzing satellite imagery will be considered an asset.

We anticipate approximately two months of part-time work, at ten hours per week. However, there is the possibility to extend work through the summer.

Desired qualifications:

  • Experience and/or coursework in GIS, remote sensing, and data analysis
  • Experience with Google Earth Pro
  • Experience with QGIS
  • Ability to handle large datasets

Inquiries about the position can be directed to Jordan Graesser at



Job Description

Lead the technical aspects related to consulting, training, scientific application package support, and the development, porting, and optimization of research-computing software in the Department of Earth & Environment. Serve as the primary support contact for faculty and graduate students on complex projects and issues that require in-depth knowledge of the multiple technical areas within the Universitys Research Computing Services Group as well as the core computational research tools used by the Department of Earth & Environment. Work directly with faculty and other academic stakeholders to assess needs and recommend solutions as a representative of the Research Computing team. Act as primary liaison between faculty, staff, and students in Earth & Environment and staff at Research Computing Services. Reside in the Department of Earth & Environment.

Required Skills

B.A./B.S. required, Masters preferred. Five to eight years of relevant experience. Strong analytical skills with an ability to manage multiple projects and deliverables. Extensive knowledge of numerical methods, computational methodologies, and math/statistical software packages (Python, MATLAB, R). Experience with computational workflows and tools (e.g. ENVI/ARCGIS, QGIS/GRASS) related to Earth & Environment, including Energy & Environmental science, Geographical Sciences, Biogeosciences, and Geology/Geophysics/Geochemistry. Fluency in multiple programming languages, using and scripting Linux, and ability to quickly learn new programming languages and tools as required. Experience with computing on large-scale clusters and optimizing/parallelizing code desired.

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