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Columbia University Research Staff Assistant in New York, New York

Position Summary

The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory seeks a Research Staff Assistant to join their team at the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN). The successful candidate will perform data cleaning, integration, and database maintenance operations for a number of CIESIN projects. Position also requires assisting with the statistical and spatial analysis of complex datasets for a variety of CIESIN projects and assisting with creating maps and other graphic products from these data. Support development and management of interactive data access and mapping tools and create interactive mapping applications through the use of templates (cloud-based). Creation of Metadata, data documentation, project reports and presentations based on team research.


  • Data cleaning, integration, digitization, and database maintenance operations.

  • Develop documentation and guidelines and user training materials.

  • Assist in the creation of maps and graphic products for static maps and interactive mapping tools.

  • Compile and write project reports, presentations, configure and deploy mapping templates.

  • Compile literature review material in scientific literature and applications concerning spatial data analysis and project-specific topics as assigned.

  • Provides information and guidance to students on the project team.

  • Exercises independent judgment and initiative within specific parameters as set by the supervisor.

  • Will report to the Associate Director for Geospatial Applications Division and received guidance from various project leads and PIs.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree and two years experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Must be able to work in interdisciplinary teams.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with GIS, spatial analysis tools, and remote sensing.

  • Knowledge of environmental decision-making tools.

  • Experience in data cleaning and quality checking / review.

Other Requirements

  • Prospective candidates must apply online.

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