Human Resources

Geospatial Data Analyst or GIS Librarian

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Department: Great Lakes Research Center
Work Type: Staff - Full Time
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Research

Department: Vice Pres For Research

Sub Department: Great Lakes Research Center 

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

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Job Description Summary

The Geospatial Research Facility (GRF) at Michigan Technological University invites applications for a full-time Geospatial Data Analyst or GIS Librarian to join the interdisciplinary research community in the Great Lakes Research Center. The GRF is seeking a highly motivated, intellectually curious professional interested in supporting research in GIS for environmental and social scientists. This individual will support multiple projects from across the campus community working directly in a collaborative environment with faculty and research scientists to solve geospatial research questions, develop GIS methodologies, document and manage geospatial data, and support the development and deployment of GIS web services and apps. The successful candidate will have a solid background in geographic information systems, geospatial databases, and the suite of ESRI GIS products especially ArcGIS Enterprise.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

1. Participate as a collaborative team member on multi-disciplinary research that applies GIS techniques and tools to environmental and social science topics and problems.
2. Manage geospatial data and accessibility within ArcGIS Enterprise systems.
3. Execute data management plans.
4. Provide geospatial analysis and geostatistical evaluation for research projects.
5. Contribute to the generation of externally funded research proposals.
6. Manage university geospatial research data portal, develop training material, and broad user support.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

• Master’s degree in geographic information science, geography, library or information science (with focus on GIS), data science, computer sciences, or similar related field
• Bachelor’s degree in geographic information science, geography, library or information science (with focus on GIS), data science, computer sciences, or similar related field, and 3 years related professional or research experience

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

• Experience with database management systems, such as but not limited to, PostGRE SQL Server
• Recent experience with ESRI ArcGIS Enterprise or similar suite of products and services
• Recent experience in geospatial data management
• Experience with desktop GIS applications, such as but not limited to, ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Pro

Desirable Education and/or Experience

• PhD
• Experience working in a research environment
• Experience in geospatial analysis and geostatistics
• Experience managing projects and developing GIS methodologies for environmental and social science research
• Experience developing and writing research proposals
• Understanding of common programming languages such as Python, Javascript, PHP, and working with ESRI’s ArcGIS APIs.
• Experience developing and maintaining metadata

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

• Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
• Demonstrated ability to contribute in collaborative research projects
• Commitment to maintaining an inclusive culture in the workplace

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

• Highly motivated, self-directed, collaboratively minded individual
• Interest in emerging technologies and methodologies
• Ability to communicate with a broad range of user groups including faculty, staff, and students
• Experience collaborating with tribal nations and other partners from diverse backgrounds

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 4 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

  • Annual Title IX Training

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Other Conditions of Employment:

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment. Visa sponsorship is unavailable at this time.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Appointment Term

12 months

Pay Rate/Salary

Negotiable Based on Experience and Qualifications

Title of Position Supervisor

Director, Geospatial Research Facility

Posting Type

Internal & External

Additional Information

Duration of position is dependent upon external funding.


Full Consideration will be given to applicants submitted by October 1, 2021.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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