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Job Summary

The Environment and Policy Lab (EPL) at the University of Michigan is seeking to hire a full time Geographic Information Systems Specialist.  The EPL lab conducts research that examines the role of environments and policy on physical activity behavior and chronic disease outcomes in children and adults.  The GIS Specialist would serve as the GIS analyst for several federally funded grants that involve working with numerous large spatially-referenced databases. The GIS Specialist would have primary responsibility for preparing spatially-referenced data for analysis using GIS software, documenting and maintaining multiple spatially-referenced datasets and contributing to research team meetings and the overall project.


Assist in the acquisition and cleaning of spatially-referenced databases from public and commercial sources

Develop standardized, repeatable processes for gathering, manipulating and interpreting complex quantitative data and synthesizing multiple large datasets to answer spatial questions

Perform geoprocessing operations, including but not limited to adding data from different sources to a geodatabase, geocoding, aerial image interpolation, and performing spatial and attribute queries

Create and maintain end user documentation for GIS deliverables and participate in or lead associated training on the deliverables

Prepare data sets and documentation to distribute to researchers and to include in scholarly publications

Organize, prioritize, and communicate status of work and projects

Participate in team meetings

Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications*

Bachelor degree in geography, planning, environmental science, social sciences or related fields. Two or more years of experience with geospatial analyses and GIS maps in a research / lab setting. Must have high-level of proficiency in ArcGIS, including modeling and Python scripting.  Experience with Esri’s Network Analyst, SQL, Python, and Microsoft Office suite (Word, PowerPoint, Access and Excel). Excellent organizational and time management skills. Must have capacity to take initiative and work collaboratively.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master’s degree
  • Esri or Geographic Information Systems certification
  • A strong understanding of how the built environment impacts community health
  • Web site management experience
  • Statistical analysis skills

Additional Information

This is a one-year term limited position with the potential to be extended based on funding and successful performance.  The appointment start and end dates listed on this posting are subject to flexibility depending on when the selected candidate is identified.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.