Research Assistant I (Programmer and GIS Specialist)

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI, USA 🇺🇸

Job no: 848808
Work type: Support Staff
Pay Grade: 11
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Agriculture And Nat Resources
Department: Water Research Institute Anr 10002916
Sub Area: AP- Professionals
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Research/Scientific, Administrative Professionals- AP, Full Time (90-100%), Union, Remote-Friendly

Position Summary

The Institute of Water Research at MSU is seeking a full-time programmer and GIS specialist that can assist with front-end development (java script development, HTML, CSS, and Python) scripting. The candidate will provide project-specific support via GIS analysis, web development, processing GIS data (e.g., downloading and processing SSURGO, DEMs), and digitizing. SQL database programming and programming is preferred but not required. 

Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills

Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in the specific field of research employment or other related science fields; one to three years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in standard laboratory procedures and safety requirements and performing analytical and research techniques in an area related to research being performed; may require software specific to the area of research; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The position may require special licensing or certification in the field related to the area of employment.

Desired Qualifications

  • M.S. degree from a four-year college degree program in GIS, Geography, Computer Science, Natural Resources Management, Biology, Environmental Studies, and related field and 5 years of relevant experience in a professional setting.
  • SQL database programming and programming
  • Familiarity with hydrography datasets including National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) products and the Water Boundary Dataset (WBD).
  • Experience managing and working with large geospatial datasets and databases.
  • Knowledge of aquatic ecosystems, biology, and research.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Application Materials

Resume and cover letter.

Work Hours


Description of End Date

This is an off dated position funded for one year from the date of hire with possible extension contingent upon funding renewal.

Remote Work Statement

MSU strives to provide a flexible work environment and this position has been designated as remote-friendly. Remote-friendly means some or all of the duties can be performed remotely as mutually agreed upon.

Bidding eligibility ends on 3/14/2023 at 11:55 PM

Advertised: Mar 8, 2023 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: Mar 28, 2023 Eastern Daylight Time





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