25 days old

Computational Scientist, GIS

University of Chicago Research Computing Center
Chicago, Illinois 60637
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time
  • Shift
    1st Shift

The Research Computing Center (RCC) is seeking a highly motivated Computational Scientist, GIS to work closely with faculty and researchers at The University of Chicago.  The person in this position will serve as a technical domain expert, supporting and advising faculty and students from a range of disciplines on obtaining, managing and using data and analysis tools for research, development and grant proposals. The successful candidate will be experienced in geographic information systems (GIS) software and spatial analysis methods with a focus on innovative uses for GIS technology and spatial data.


  • Serve as a central knowledge resource for faculty and researchers. Work closely with faculty to identify, develop, and implement geographical information sciences related methods and resources that support or advance their research.
  • Support faculty with their research projects on GIS related questions.
  • Implement, modify, and support a variety of GIS applications and software.
  • Support faculty and researchers with large and small-scale management and analysis of primarily spatial data.
  • Coordinate and lead the implementation and usage of GIS technology; oversees and participates in creating, maintaining, and updating new and existing data layers and databases; work with local, national, and international data repositories and historical datasets to support or advance research.
  • Design tutorials, hands-on workshops, and documentation for researchers and students with the help and coordination of other RCC staff.
  • Keep abreast of new developments in GIS, particularly in remote sensing, aerial, and mapping data, and be pro-active in introducing them to the faculty.
  • Help faculty with grant proposals by contributing sections describing the interplay between research objectives and new or expanded data resources and other duties as assigned.


Education, Experience or Certifications:


  • Master's degree in Geography, Urban Planning, Engineering, Computer Science or a related field required


  • Minimum of two years of relevant related technical work experience required

Technical Knowledge or Skills:

  •  Experience with one or more GIS software platforms required (ESRI’s ArcGIS, Quantum GIS, GeoDa, GeoMedia, etc.).
  • Principles and methods of GIS systems, database management, and strong knowledge in cartographic composition techniques required.
  • Numerical and/or GIS computing experience using programming languages, such as  Python and/or R required.
  • Fluency in data organization, manipulation and analysis required.
  • Experience in a UNIX-based programing environment required.
  • Experience with remote sensing data and GIS mapping and animation preferred.
  • Proficiency in one or more scripting languages (such as JavaScript, Perl, or Bash) preferred.
  • Experience with algorithms that make sense of multispectral data preferred.
  • Experience with machine learning and statistical analysis applied to GIS data preferred.


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