Geo-Spatial Research Associate

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Florida International University Libraries GIS Center

About the Company:

The Geographic Information Systems Center (GIS Center) at Florida International University supports and facilitates the teaching and research activities of the FIU community in the areas of geographic information systems, remote sensing, geospatial web visualization and geospatial data management.

The Center collaborates on grants and contracts with a wide variety of University departments, offering expertise in geospatial web, geospatial data/metadata creation, data management and dissemination, visualization, and image processing of remotely sensed data and vegetation classification and modeling. Partners in successful grant projects at FIU include the International Hurricane Research Center (IHRC), the Metropolitan Center (MC), the School of Environment, Arts and Society (SEAS), the Institute for Public Opinion Research (IPOR), the Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC), the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SJMC), the Department of Biological Sciences and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE). Its state and local funding partners and agencies include the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), the Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), the City of Coral Gables, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), the Knight Foundation, and the Quantum Foundation. It has also received funding from these federal agencies: the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Everglades National Park (ENP), the National Park Service (NPS), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and USAID.

Position Description:

The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Center  Florida International University Libraries seeks a knowledgeable, innovative, energetic, collaborative, and service-oriented researcher to support and lead research fulfillment of grant-funded projects at the Libraries’ GIS Center. These projects include: processing and analysis of geo-spatial data, algorithm development and scripting, web application development, crowd-sourcing data and tool development, technical support, and report writing. This position reports to the head of the GIS-RS-Center and can possibly include supervision of staff and students in completion of their project related assignment.

Position Duties:
  • Acts as the lead researcher for funded Geo-spatial web projects, example: City of Coral Gables’ funded “Sea Level Rise (SLR) Decision Making Tool”;
  • Provides support and input in the implementation and management of trials and pilots of new technology applications related to the geo-spatial research projects;
  • Researches new trends and makes recommendations for best practices in geo-spatial data extraction, utilization, web visualization and analysis in the era of big data and Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI);
  • Provides input relating to projects related server maintenance, database maintenance relating to the Web GIS research projects;
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the direct supervisor
  • Must have a Masters in Geomatics, Geographic Information System, or computer engineering;
  • Extensive working knowledge with big data and its related extraction and development tools including Volunteered Geographic Information;
  • Demonstrated course work and experiences with GIS and Remote Sensing
  • Familiarity with web crowd-sourcing and its related research;
  • Familiarity with geo-spatial web APIs and Geographic Information Systems (GIS),  MS-SQL, MySQL, IIS and Apache web servers, Java, Python, Tomcat, HTML, CSS, XML, and JavaScript;
  • Demonstrate professional behavior such as collaboration, creative problem solving, continuous learning and a commitment to costumers within and outside the organization;
    Demonstrated experiences and educational background in database, web programming and development;
    Strong communication and interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team.

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