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RESEARCH SPECIALIST

Apply now Job no: 97554-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Department:L&S/GEOGRAPHY/GEOGRAPHY
Location: Madison
Categories: Extension, Outreach, Public Engagement, Geology/Cartography, Natural Resources, Environmental Sciences

Position Summary:

Provide professional support for the implementation of an externally funded project focusing on a coastal hazards mapping community of practice (CoP). Primary duties involve creating and testing a technology-based collaborative support environment (CSE) to share data, documentation, workflows and methods, and best practices. A major focus of this project is a statewide shared culvert database to be used for hydrologic modeling and flood hazard assessment. The project will successfully demonstrate shared creation and management of critical datasets needed by multiple agencies for coastal hazard application, and the potential of the coastal hazard CoP to provide technical assistance to local communities to develop policies that incorporate coastal hazard awareness. This position will collaborate closely with an Outreach Specialist also being hired for this project, who will be responsible for creating and maintaining the CoP. This position will report to the State Cartographer and will interact with staff from the Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA). This position involves some travel within Wisconsin and requires strong technical computer and GIS skills.

Position Duties:

List of Duties

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Bachelor's Degree in Geography, Cartography, Geographic Information Systems, Computer Science, Environmental Studies, Environmental Engineering, Hydrology and Water Management, or related field. A Bachelor's Degree in another area of study combined with a graduate certificate in GIS, or combined with two years of experience in mapping and/or GIS applications may be substituted for the above requirement.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

1. Strong GIS skills. Minimum one year hands-on experience with geospatial data and GIS software, including raster and vector data, large datasets, spatial analysis, and model building.
2. Extensive use of Esri GIS software suite, including ArcGIS Pro.
3. Experience with multi-user spatial databases such as PostGIS, including installation and configuration.
4. Experience writing scripts for geospatial data processing, including Python and ArcPy.
5. Experience with collaborative online environments such as ArcGIS Online and GitHub.
6. Familiarity with geospatial hydrologic modeling tools, hydrologic data, and LiDAR data and derivatives.
7. Effective oral and written communication skills. Experience writing reports, instructions, and other documents.
8. Strong collaborative skills. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with others to achieve common goals.
9. Ability to plan, think strategically, be creative, and self-motivated.

Additional Information:

 

Department(s):

A482900-COL OF LETTERS & SCIENCE/GEOGRAPHY/GEOGRAPHY

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:

Terminal, 13 month appointment.
This position has the possibility to be extended or converted to an ongoing appointment based on need and/or funding

Salary:

Minimum $37,500 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

How to Apply: Please click on the "Apply Now" button to start the application process.

Title will be determined upon hire.

For questions on the position contact: Howard Veregin at howard.veregin@wisc.edu

To apply for this position, you will need to upload a cover letter, resume, and three professional references, including your current supervisor. References will not be contacted without advance notice.

Your cover letter should address your qualifications as they pertain to the minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience listed above.

Contact:

Jacqueline Wild
wild2@wisc.edu
608-262-2139
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )



Official Title:

SR RESEARCH SPEC(T16BN) or RESEARCH SPECIALIST(T16DN) or ASSOC RESEARCH SPEC(T16FN)

Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Terminal

Job Number:

97554-AS

  The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website: https://oed.wisc.edu/disability-accommodation-information-for-applicants/

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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