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WORK TYPE:STAFF-FULL TIME
CATEGORIES:EXTENSION, OUTREACH, PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT, GEOLOGY/CARTOGRAPHY, NATURAL RESOURCES, ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES
Geographic Information Science (GIS) Specialist – Scholarly Commons
University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign
Position Available: Position available immediately. This is a 100% time, 12 month appointment academic position in the University Library.
Position Function/Summary: The Geographic Information Science (GIS) Specialist plays a critical role in the development, growth, and stability of the University Library’s geospatial program. The GIS Specialist has interests in all facets of a geospatial program–hardware, software, data access, and user services–and the ability to support and move forward the Library’s geospatial endeavors in all of these areas. From a strong technical foundation, the GIS Specialist is adept at and enthusiastic about communicating technical information to non-technical users. GIS consultation and assistance is provided primarily in the Scholarly Commons but may also occur in the Map Library, other University Library spaces, and in academic department settings. The position is based in the Scholarly Commons (www.library.illinois.edu/sc) and reports to the Head, Scholarly Commons. The GIS Specialist collaborates with Scholarly Commons personnel and campus partners, as well as personnel throughout the library, to meet the campus’s needs for geospatial services, collections, and infrastructure. Key collaborators in the library will be the Map Librarian, Library Information Technology staff, metadata librarians, Research Data Service, and Digitization Services.
Major Duties and Responsibilities: The Library’s GIS Specialist, in coordination with the Data Discovery and Access Librarian and the Map Librarian, will promote the use of geospatial data and methodologies in instruction and research, consulting with and assisting a campus-wide spectrum of users with a broad variety of needs, interests, and abilities.
The University Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign values diversity of thought, perspective, experience and people, and is actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect. We are dedicated to the practices of social justice, diversity, and equality, and strive to overcome historical and divisive biases in our society and embrace diverse points of view as assets to the fabric of our community. All positions will be called on to contribute to building this environment in the Library and throughout the campus community, and we encourage candidates to apply who share these values.
The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visithttp://go.illinois.edu/EEO. To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu.
Specifically, the GIS Specialist’s responsibilities will include:
Instruction and Research
- Develops and teaches instructional sessions for credit courses and workshops on geospatial data and proprietary and open-source GIS and remote sensing applications
- Refreshes and develops new instructional content based on research about new developments in GIS and user needs
- Researches and incorporates into instruction and consultation recent developments and trends in GIS and related technologies
- Leads one-on-one or small group research and application consultations
- May serve as substitute instructor for academic department-offered courses as needed
GIS Community and Professional Development
- Serves as University Library’s liaison to UIUC campus GIS organizations and research groups
- Contributes to grant-funded projects across campus with approval of supervisor
- Acts as University Library’s liaison to the Big Ten Academic Alliance Geoportal Project
- Actively participates in campus, statewide, and national GIS organizations and events
- Provides exceptional user experience by joining knowledge of geospatial data and software and an understanding of GIS applications with an analysis of user needs and abilities
- Provides general and specialized assistance with digital geospatial data and use of GIS software
- As an expert in geospatial data and technology, guides users engaged in a wide variety of tasks including geospatial data selection and analysis, manipulation, customization, and modeling
- Advises researchers developing data management plans
- Researches, writes, and maintains content-rich website and online guides describing GIS services and data offered through the Library and data and web-mapping applications offered elsewhere
Data, Software, and Hardware Management
- Improves the discoverability and accessibility of digital geospatial resources held by the Library (either created on campus or purchased) by following standards and best practices for creating web mapping services and metadata
- Researches and evaluates geospatial data available for acquisition
- Plans and implements long-term preservation of digital geospatial assets
- Maintains collection of geospatial data and populates an ArcGIS server through data migration and upload
- Develops and writes documentation of processes and procedures for geospatial data and server management
- Collaborates with Library Information Technology staff to (i) define, obtain, and configure server space devoted to GIS software and geospatial data storage and access; and (ii) install and update GIS server software and maintain the Library’s GIS servers
Academic Professional employees are encouraged to use “investigation time” to pursue areas of interest, not directly in support of an immediate program need, in accordance with the University Library’s policy on Investigation Time for Academic Professional Employees <http://www.library.illinois.edu/administration/human/resources/investigationtime.html>. Some investigations originating in this manner may evolve into regular work assignments or production activities.
Environment: The University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign is one of the preeminent research libraries in the world. With more than 14 million volumes and significant digital resources, it ranks second in size among academic research libraries in the United States and first among public university libraries in the world. As the intellectual heart of the campus, the Library is committed to maintaining the strongest possible collections and services and engaging in research and development activities in pursuit of the University’s mission of teaching, scholarship, and public service. The Library currently employs approximately 90 faculty and 300 academic professionals, staff, and graduate assistants. The Library consists of multiple departmental libraries located across campus, as well as an array of central public, technical, and administrative service units. The Library also encompasses a variety of virtual service points and “embedded librarian” programs.
The Scholarly Commons supports the traditional and emergent needs of students, faculty, and other scholars at Illinois by providing information resources, expert assistance, and technology resources that support teaching, research, and public engagement. GIS is a core service, along with digital humanities, scholarly communication and publishing, data discovery, and data visualization. Other important services, such as statistical consulting and survey research, are provided by campus partners. Consultations and workshops are the primary ways that the Scholarly Commons delivers its services.
- Masters with a concentration in GIS; or a graduate-level or post-baccalaureate GIS certificate with two years GIS-related work experience including diverse GIS projects
- Ability to explain technical topics to a non-technical audience
- Customer service or teaching experience
- Demonstrated commitment to working with a diverse clientele
- Ability to work independently while balancing needs of diverse stakeholders
- Demonstrated research and discursive writing skills
- Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly in writing and in person
- Demonstrated interpersonal communication skills
- Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks and to work collaboratively and effectively in a team environment
- ALA-accredited Masters of library/information science; or academic library experience
- Evidence of increasing GIS-related responsibilities
- Knowledge of GIS server needs and ability to work collaboratively to maintain and update server
- Experience with ESRI products such as ArcGIS for Desktop, ArcGIS Online, and ArcGIS for Server
- Programming languages such as Python or PHP and an understanding of how they are used in conjunction with GIS tools
- Experience with open-source GIS
- Ability to evaluate and implement access tools for geospatial data
- Interest in preservation of geospatial data
- Experience with software licensing
Terms of Appointment: Twelve-month appointment; 24 annual vacation days; 11 annual paid holidays; 12 annual sick-leave days (cumulative), plus an additional 13 sick-leave days (non-cumulative) available, if needed, each year; health insurance requiring a small co-payment is provided to employee (with the option to purchase coverage for spouse and dependents); required participation in State Universities Retirement System (SURS) (8% of annual salary is withheld and is refundable upon termination), with several options for participation in additional retirement plans; newly-hired employees are covered by the Medicare portion of Social Security and are subject to its deduction.
Campus and Community: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a comprehensive and major public land-grant university (Doctoral/Research University-Extensive) that is ranked among the best in the world. Chartered in 1867, it provides undergraduate and graduate education in more than 150 fields of study, conducts theoretical and applied research, and provides public service to the state and the nation. It employs 3,000 faculty members who serve 31,000 undergraduates and 12,000 graduate and professional students; approximately 25% of faculty receives campus-wide recognition each year for excellence in teaching. More information about the campus is available at www.illinois.edu. The University is located in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana, which have a combined population of 100,000 and are situated about 140 miles south of Chicago, 120 miles west of Indianapolis, and 170 northeast of St. Louis. The University and its surrounding communities offer a cultural and recreational environment ideally suited to the work of a major research institution. For more information about the community, visit: http://illinois.edu/about/community/community.html or http://www.ccchamber.org/.
To Apply: To ensure full consideration, please complete your candidate profile at https://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a letter of interest, resume, and contact information including email addresses for three professional references. Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. For questions, please call: 217-333-8169.
Deadline: In order to ensure full consideration, applications and nominations must be received by February 22, 2019. Interviews may occur before the closing date; however, no decisions will be made prior to the closing date.
The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.
PhD–POSITION URBAN MODELLING
At SPINlab, dept. Spatial Economics
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
For the recently approved SIMITRI project (funded by JPI-Urban Europe and NSFC) we are looking for a PhD researcher that will develop an urban land use and transport modelling environment. Building on recent experience with of state-of-the-art land-use models applied in the Dutch planning context, this new model will help addresses contemporary planning issues such as urban extension-densification, spatial distribution of residents-employment; and inclusiveness/equity issues.
The candidate will focus on understanding and simulating urban development dynamics and addressing the land-use implications of socio-economic and demographic scenarios in relation to (changes in) accessibility and spatial planning alternatives. This involves empirical analyses of changes in urban land use relying on spatially explicit data sources and spatial analysis techniques using geographical information systems and statistical approaches. Based on these insights a spatial simulation approach will be developed that combines the current spatial distribution of demographic and socio-economic groups, expected changes in their location preferences, the competition for space between these groups and government interventions in relation to, for example, changes in the transport infrastructure.
The full vacancy can be found here: https://werkenbij.vu.nl/ad-preview/80cebj/en
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The Geoinformation Group at TU Vienna in Austria is looking for a Post-Doctoral researcher, starting the earliest possible.
We would like you to contribute to our research in the areas of Human-Computer Interaction and Geographic Information Science. The position is not tied to a specific predetermined project. Some of the areas we are interested in are: spatial human-computer interaction, human navigation, location based services, smart cities, augmented and virtual reality, gaze-based interaction, spatio-temporal decision making as well as ubiquitous computing.
We welcome applicants with a doctoral degree in the area of Computer Science and Geoinformation Science or any related field.
We are offering an interesting full position in our group for up to 6 years.
— Contract information
6 years position not tied to a project
Minimum 3711,10 Euro gross (14 x per year)
— Application Documents
A Curriculum Vitae
A copy of education degrees
Contact details of 2 referees
Application Deadline: 17. February
Please send your application documents (one file) to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Prof. Dr. Ioannis Giannopoulos
Vienna University of Technology
Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation
Research Group Geoinformation
1040 Vienna, Austria
the University of Leicester is offering a fully funded PhD position to work with me, Dr Nick Tate and Dr Andrea Ballatore (Birkbeck, University of London) on charting the diverse geographies of User-Generated Content. Please see further information below and let me know if you have any questions or queries.
Please feel free to forward this email to any potentially interested students.
Application deadline: Monday, January 21, 2019
Data Census: Charting the diverse geographies of User-Generated Content
The past ten years have seen a momentous change in the way data is produced and used, driven by “web 2.0” and social media platforms (such as Wikipedia, Twitter and Instagram), and intertwined with the wide-spread adoption of smartphones and the open data movement. These phenomena have led to a deluge of digital data, including geospatial data, and the subsequent boom in big data analytics, data science, and machine learning (Kitchin, 2013). The use of these information sources is now commonplace, considered enabling of knowledge production (Smith, 2018) and a vital component of the recent advances in artificial intelligence.
However, the relationships between the geographies of user-generated content – commonly referred to as volunteered geographic information (VGI) in geographic information science – and the underlying socio-demographics at global (Graham et al., 2015), national (Bright et al., 2015) and urban (Ballatore and De Sabbata, 2018; Shelton et al., 2015) scales is complex and still largely unexplored. These studies indicate that user-generated content is highly concentrated in few locations, typically in urban areas with high socio-economic profiles, but only about half of the variation is accounted for by variation in socio-demographic variables, leaving the rest unexplained. Salient questions need to be asked about what part of our cities and regions are represented and how, and what impact these uneven geographies have on the algorithms and social science research that rely on those data.
The project aims to move forward from isolated analyses of single platforms to a contextualised, integrated understanding of the complex representations created on multiple platforms, and how user-generated content varies through time and space.
The project will:
- identify specific ontological dimensions of user-generated content (Kitchin and McArdle, 2016), including its geographic representativeness and relevance;
- conduct a cross-platform analysis of user-generated content and its relationship to socio-demographic data, including multiple platforms;
- establish the core of a novel data census, i.e. an open spatial dataset that charts the representativeness and salience of user-generated content, which will become a point of reference for analysts and developers on the advantages, biases and limitations of popular sources of big data.
Dr Stefano De Sabbata
Lecturer in Quantitative Geography
School of Geography, Geology and the Environment,
University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK
t: +44 (0)116 252 3812
Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
Dr Stefano De Sabbata
Lecturer in Quantitative Geography
School of Geography, Geology and the Environment,
University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK
t: +44 (0)116 252 3812
Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
Post doc or PhD student position on geovisualisation of air quality in MegaSense programme.
UAI Hope project funded by European Commission is hiring a post doc or PhD student depending on the applicants for 3 years to Department of Geosciences and Geography of the University of Helsinki.
The research topic is real-time spatiotemporal modeling and geovisualisation of air quality in Helsinki, green path modeling in city area and research on causes and consequences of air quality. The air quality data is provided by the cooperation partners of the projects. The research of these positions is linked to another PhD thesis project on using imaging data for air quality assessment and development of augmented reality of air quality. The applicant should be experienced in geoinformatics, and programming with R, Python or both.
Cooperation partners within University of Helsinki are Department of Computer Sciences and Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research (INAR). The others are City of Helsinki, Forum Virium Helsinki, Vaisala Oyj, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority and Useless Company Oy. More about Hope: https://www.uia-initiative.eu/en/uia-cities/helsinki
The work is part of MegaSense research programme of University of Helsinki, which in addition to air quality research in Helsinki, has activities in China and prospects in other European, Arabic and African cities, for example in Nairobi. https://www.helsinki.fi/en/researchgroups/sensing-and-analytics-of-air-quality/about-megasense
Person should also take part in project meetings and may need to travel abroad. The work would start in January/February, 2019.
Please express your interest by January 18 to Prof. Petri Pellikka, firstname.lastname@example.org, by sending your cv and reasoning your interest, and expressing your talents.
More information: Petri Pellikka, Earth Change Observation Laboratory, Department of Geosciences and Geography / Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research / Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science. email@example.com, 358-50-4154701.
Petri Pellikka, PhD
Professor of Geoinformatics
Earth Change Observation Laboratory, Department of Geosciences and Geography
Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research
University of Helsinki
Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science
Director, Taita Research Station of the University of Helsinki in Kenya
POB 64, 00014 University of Helsinki, Finland
tel: +358504154701, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
We in the Department of Forest Resources are recruiting a new remote sensing faculty member. This is a full time, nine month, tenure track assistant professor position. The position description is attached, and can also be viewed here: https://hr.myu.umn.edu/jobs/
I’d appreciate your help in giving this the widest possible distribution. Please forward to those potentially interested.
-- Joe Knight Associate Professor Director, Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis Lab Director of Undergraduate Studies, ESPM Major Department of Forest Resources University of Minnesota Saint Paul, MN 55108 Tel: 612-625-5354 Web: rs.umn.edu, knightlab.org Skype: Joe_Knight_UMN Twitter: @JoeKnightUMN, @umnuas Instagram: @umnuas
Overview of the position
We are looking for a PhD student who will join the Social and Economic Geography (SEG) research group at the Geography Department of Ghent University. The appointed PhD student will work on the project titled “The happy commuter. A life-oriented approach of commuting satisfaction”, funded by the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) and supervised by prof. Frank Witlox and dr. Jonas De Vos. This PhD position is part of a joint project together with the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER), where dr. Veronique Van Acker supervises the project. We are seeking a candidate for a 4-year term. At Ghent University the PhD student will work at one of the leading universities in Western Europe. The SEG research group has conducted high-quality research on travel behaviour over the past years, collaborating intensively with experts in the field from universities abroad.
In order to understand commuting satisfaction and how it changes over time, this project will use a life-oriented approach. This approach is based on a life course research design of mobility behaviour while also paying attention to the interaction with other life domains such as residential environment, employment and time use. Such a longitudinal research design adds a dynamic layer to the presently-dominant static interpretation of commuting satisfaction. The project will evaluate the interaction between commuting satisfaction and the decision to move to another residential location or to change workplaces.
– MSc degree in Geography (and broader social sciences), Spatial planning, Transport planning/ engineering, or related field
– Excellent written and oral communication in English
– Knowledge of Dutch is an asset, but not a requirement
– Knowledge of statistical analyses (e.g., SPSS, AMOS), and GIS applications and techniques are an asset
– Familiarity with travel behaviour literature is an asset
Conditions of employment
We offer a full-time position (38 hours/week) for a period of four years (2 + 2 years). The net monthly salary is € 1897.76 minimum (depending on experience) + benefits. Employees of Ghent University have 39 days of (paid) leave per year. The PhD student will have office space at Ghent University’s campus “Sterre”. Ghent University is an equal employer institute.
All individuals interested in this position must submit a motivation letter and CV (in PDF) to prof. Frank Witlox (email@example.com) and dr. Jonas De Vos (firstname.lastname@example.org) by January 31th, 2019. The appointed PhD student is expected to start April 2019.
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