SESYNC: Research Assistant in Socio-Environmental Synthesis

Application deadline: July 14, 2017

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), located in Annapolis, MD, seeks a Research Assistant who will contribute to multiple aspects of the Center’s research mission. The successful candidate will be a self-motivated, creative problem-solver with a strong interest in socio-environmental issues. The candidate will have a desire to learn and apply new tools in the service of interdisciplinary science teams who seek to answer pressing problems at the intersection of humans and the environment by synthesizing existing data, methods, and theories in novel ways.

Job duties include:

  • Provide basic research computing support on statistical software, programming challenges, and/or data management to assist resident fellows and science teams in analyzing their data;
  • Conduct literature reviews;
  • Assist during computational short courses;
  • Summarize research findings and opportunities and disseminate through web-based platforms;
  • Maintain catalogs of research publications and computational support provided to SESYNC projects;
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s in a science-related field (natural, social, or computer science);
  • Demonstrated excellence in interpersonal and written communications;
  • Coursework or hands-on experience with statistical software (e.g., Stata, SAS), programming language (e.g., R, python), or advanced spreadsheet use;
  • Equivalent of 1 year+ experience in a professional environment (may include internships, part-time work, volunteer, summers, etc.);
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and track multiple assignments with competing deadlines;
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative in identifying and solving research-related problems

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience with web and social media technologies
  • 1 year+ professional experience post-graduation;
  • Proficiency in R or Python;
  • Proficiency with SQL or GIS

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