POSITION: The Geospatial Research Assistant will assist with the spatial modeling of multiple stressors in Arctic marine systems as part of a recently funded Stanford Catalyst for Collaborative Solutions project. This position is tailored towards a master’s or PhD student interested in engaging in interdisciplinary ocean-related geospatial science and policy.

We seek enterprising students interested in working in a professional, interdisciplinary work environment. The Geospatial Research Assistant will support the recently funded Stanford Catalyst for Collaborative Solutions project, while strengthening their communication, collaboration, and problem-solving skills. The Center for Ocean Solutions strives to equip and inspire emerging leaders to pursue and excel in a career at the evolving intersection of geospatial science and policy, a nexus critically important for solving our ocean and coastal challenges.

The Geospatial Research Assistant will be supervised by Center staff and will participate in project-based team meetings and all-staff meetings. The Research Assistant will have the opportunity to work on interdisciplinary teams with social and physical scientists, lawyers, and other interns, supporting project work while learning about the social, legal, and biophysical underpinnings of resource management decisions.

The Geospatial Research Assistant will:

  1. Invigorate the Catalyst project with novel and diverse perspectives on spatial analysis and data management;
  2. Bolster overall, and project-specific, capacity at the Center through spatial analysis applications
  3. Perform routine spatial analysis, under general supervision and create and maintain databases to support the Catalyst project

QUALIFICATIONS: All graduate students, across Geospatial and Environmental disciplines, are eligible to apply. Significant experience in GIS, remote sensing, and marine ecological research and writing through coursework or other employment is required. We seek a self-starting graduate student or recent graduate with Masters-level experience with the following interests and experience:

  • You have strong interest in ocean geospatial sciences
  • You are enthusiastic about GIS & remote sensing with significant experience in spatial analysis
  • You enjoy sharing ideas and communicating with different groups
  • You are able to work independently, while also knowing when to seek guidance
  • You are detail-oriented
  • Extensive ArcGIS experience required; previous Python experience is a plus
  • You excel at writing metadata, GIS documentation and methodology
  • Highly desirable candidates will also have experience with R programming language

Description of Duties
The primary responsibility of the Geospatial Research Assistant is to support the link between science and policy through spatial modeling work. Other tasks include:

  • Assist project staff with GIS data compilation and analysis
  • Manage and organize GIS data sets in ArcCatalog
  • Create geodatabases and supporting metadata
  • Pre-process GIS files to support spatial modeling
  • Conduct projections and transformations of GIS data
  • Apply geoprocessing and Model Builder as needed for project support
  • Document GIS methods and communicate effectively
  • Engage in the link between spatial analysis and ocean policy applications

The Center for Ocean Solutions is an equal opportunity employer. We actively accept our responsibility to make employment decisions without regard to political affiliation, race, religious creed, color, age, sex, gender identity, genetic information, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, religion, marital status, medical condition, political or religious opinions, physical or mental disability, military service, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, or any other non-job related factor.

Start Date: November 2017

Hours and Compensation
The Geospatial Research Assistant will be given a workspace in our Stanford main campus office (Palo Alto, CA), and will be expected to work the equivalent of 20 hours per week through June 30th 2018. Compensation starts at $23/hr.

To apply: Please email (1) a 1–2-page letter of interest providing background on your GIS and spatial analysis experience, (2) a sample of your mapping work (e.g. project, class maps, documentation, metadata), and (3) a CV including a list of three references to:

Dr. Lisa Wedding, Research Associate in Spatial Ecology and Analysis, Center for Ocean Solutions: lwedding@stanford.edu.

Deadline: November 1, 2017. The Center for Ocean Solutions will accept applications until the position is filled.