Researcher (Floods)

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
3-4 Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Academic Staff-Renewable

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osition Summary:

Lead effort on externally-funded project to: 1) develop a building inventory for a coastal region of Wisconsin experiencing significant flood-related loss and damage to buildings; 2) conduct outreach to demonstrate the utility of the inventory for flood vulnerability assessment and planning; and 3) develop transferrable tools and cost estimation methods for other coastal communities and agencies wishing to utilize similar methods.

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List of Duties

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Degree and Area of Specialization:

Master's degree in an applied field such as Urban/Regional Planning, Environmental Studies, Geography, Geographic Information Science, Civil Engineering, or Hydrology/Water Resources, coupled with coursework or work experience using Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

Three+ years of work experience in a field related to degree/area of specialization. Demonstrated experience using GIS databases and tools in support of job functions, including GIS data collection, evaluation, manipulation and analysis. Demonstrated experience: using GIS tools for surface water modeling; working with local government agencies to collect spatial data and make final reports/presentations; gathering spatial data from diverse sources; tracking and analyzing project time and cost expenditures. Demonstrated ability to apply domain knowledge and skills to develop new GIS workflows and methods to achieve project goals. Demonstrated ability to lead research projects to successful conclusion demonstrating comprehensive and independent oversight of project components. Ideal candidate will have experience with tax parcel data and LiDAR data derivative products such as DEMs, building outlines and vegetation classification from LAS points.



Work Type:

Part Time: 50% - 80%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $47,500 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

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Title will be determined upon hire.

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Jacqueline Wild
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