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Graduate Research Assistant- Interdisciplinary Masters of Science in Geospatial Data Science

University of Alaska

Data Science Full Time

We are accepting applications for a Masters student in Geospatial Data Science to contribute to coastal erosion data and modeling for Alaska. The position is funded by the Alaska Sea Grant program, https://alaskaseagrant.org/, with goals of healthy coastal ecosystems, coastal resilience and community engagement. The project is titled, “Climate-Driven Arctic Coastline Modeling: Improving Erosion Forecasts for Communities”, and will require the acquisition and analysis of satellite imagery and climate data, the development of automated coastline extraction algorithms, and the calibration of coastal change models.

Duties:

100Assisting faculty and P.I. on various tasks related to grant funded projects. Including but not limited to: the acquisition and analysis of satellite imagery and climate data, the development of automated coastline extraction algorithms, and the calibration of coastal change models.Essential

We are accepting applications for a Masters student in Geospatial Data Science to contribute to coastal erosion data and modeling for Alaska. The position is funded by the Alaska Sea Grant program, https://alaskaseagrant.org/, with goals of healthy coastal ecosystems, coastal resilience and community engagement. The project is titled, “Climate-Driven Arctic Coastline Modeling: Improving Erosion Forecasts for Communities”, and will require the acquisition and analysis of satellite imagery and climate data, the development of automated coastline extraction algorithms, and the calibration of coastal change models.

This is a two-year research project that will cover the graduate student’s tuition, health insurance, and a stipend of $2,500/month ($30,000/year). The student will be required to complete and defend a thesis as part of the degree requirements.

Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics, or related field. Experience with programming languages (Python, Matlab, R), working with geospatial data, and machine learning techniques are desired.

To apply, please upload the following documents, if you have additional questions please contact Frank Witmer ([email protected]) and/or Matt Kupilik ([email protected]):

  • Email subject line: MSCS application
  • 1-2 paragraphs describing your interest and relevant experience
  • Attached resume

Applications will be reviewed on April 15, 2020. Graduation expected by May 2022.

Graduate assistantships may be awarded for up to 20 hours per week during the academic year (fall and spring). During the summer and school breaks (winter and spring break), graduate students may work up to 40 hours per week.

Graduate students MUST be full-time (9 credits or more) to be eligible for an assistantship; audited classes do not count toward full-time classification. There are no exceptions to this policy. Must hold a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination

At-Will:

Pursuant to Board of Regents’ Policy 04.01.055.B, temporary, extended temporary, adjunct, student, casual labor, regular new hire probationary employees and those positions designated by the president as officers and senior administrators of the university are employed at-will.

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace.

University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.


Advertised: 14 Feb 2020 Alaskan Standard Time
Applications close: 30 Jun 2020 Alaskan Daylight Time