Geospatial Research Analyst - Bozeman, MT

$60,000 - $65,000 yearly
  • Gallatin College
  • Jun 17, 2022
Full time Analysis Customer Service Design Research Senior Level

Job Description

Position Information


Announcement Number FAC - VA - 22127
For questions regarding this position, please contact:
Eric Sproles at (406) 994-6917 or
Classification Title Instructor
Working Title Geospatial Research Analyst
Brief Position Overview
The newly founded Geospatial Core Facility at Montana State University seeks a broadly trained geospatial researcher and educator to join its growing team.
Faculty Tenure Track No
Faculty Rank Non-Tenure Track
Position Number 4B3193
Department Earth Sciences
Division College of Letters & Science
Appointment Type Non-Tenure Track
Contract Term Fiscal Year
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Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining
FTE 1.0
Benefits Eligible Eligible
Salary Salary range of $60,000 to $65,000, commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.
Contract Type LOA
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Recruitment Type Open
Position Details


General Statement
The newly founded Geospatial Core Facility at Montana State University seeks a broadly trained geospatial researcher and educator to join its growing team. The premise of Geospatial Core Facility (GCF) is based upon the expanding, transdisciplinary role of geospatial data, technology, and analysis across research, education, and society. The overarching goal of the GCF is to expand and facilitate interdisciplinary geospatial research, teaching, and external funding across campus on a wide range of projects.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Geospatial Research Analyst is expected to develop and support interdisciplinary scholarship, research, and proposals, with the opportunity to develop and lead their own projects. In addition to research and project management, this position will teach four courses each academic year (two undergraduate and two graduate), with one course each semester being online.
Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Master’s degree in Geography, GIS or a related discipline with a research emphasis on geospatial analysis.
  2. Demonstrated expertise applying geospatial analysis across disciplines.
  3. Effective oral and written communication, including data visualization (maps, infographics, figures, etc.).
  4. Experience teaching geospatial courses and curriculum.
  5. Demonstrated expertise in Geographic Information Systems (i.e. ArcGIS, QGIS, GRASS GIS).
  6. Demonstrated expertise in geographically-focused programming (i.e. Python, R, Matlab) and the ability to teach python-focused curriculum.
  7. Expertise and willingness to provide consultation on geospatial projects at all skill levels.
  8. Demonstrated ability in research/project management while working independently and/or as part of a team.
  9. Experience in teaching, or willingness to co-teach geospatial workshops.
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. PhD in Geography, GIS or related discipline with a research emphasis on geospatial analysis.
  2. Research experience in a social science or science discipline.
  3. Experience in, or willingness to learn data-driven approaches, including machine learning (ML) models, to solve problems.
  4. Experience in, or willingness to learn UAV (Uncrewed Aerial Vehicle) data acquisition, processing, and analysis.
  5. Statistical skills to effectively provide geospatial support at all skill levels.
  6. Experience with large datasets (parallel processing, cluster computing, etc.).
  7. Experience in web-based applications of geospatial data.
  8. Experience using Github in a research and teaching environment.
  9. Experience with open research approaches.
  10. Experience with parallel computing and/or high-performance computing.
  11. Experience with cloud-based geo-spatial data environments (Google Earth Engine, Azure Planetary Computer, AWS).
  12. Experience in, or willingness to learn UNIX shell command line scripting.
The Successful Candidate Will
The successful applicant needs to be:
  • Enthusiastic about geospatial science and analysis
  • A curious scholar and educator with expertise integrating a variety of data types (including geospatial) across disciplines
  • Effective communication is a must for this position, and the Geospatial Research Analyst should be able to succeed in a transdisciplinary, collaborative environment
Position Special Requirements/Additional Information
Continued employment is contingent upon availability of funding.

Opportunities for field work also exist for this position, though are not required.

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.
Physical Demands
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
The Program
The Geospatial Core Facility is newly founded hub (so new we do not have a website yet!) that promotes Montana State University’s long-standing commitment to integrate discovery, learning, and community engagement.

The Geospatial Core Facility will be comprised of four interrelated and complimentary components.
  1. Expand and facilitate interdisciplinary research that employs geospatial data collection, analysis, and visualization.
  2. Support external funding through the continuum of the grant process from proposal conceptualization to data collection, analysis, geo-visualization, & dissemination.
  3. Develop new educational opportunities focused on geospatial technologies and analysis for students at MSU and MUS campuses, and through outreach across Montana.
  4. Grow mutually beneficial partnerships that support informed public policy and governance, and help financially sustain the longer-term viability of the GCF.
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Posting Detail Information


Number of Vacancies 1
Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search.
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Applications will be:
Screening of applications will begin on June 20, 2022; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.
Special Instructions
Required application materials:
  1. A one-page cover letter outlining your research interests and expertise related to the job description.
  2. Resumé or CV.
  3. An example of your work that you are proud of and willing to share (ex. visualization, manuscript/paper, links to code repositories/websites).
  4. Copy of quantitative and qualitative teaching evaluations.
Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: .

FLSA Details

FLSA Determination


FLSA Status Exempt

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume OR Curriculum Vitae
  3. Other - Please see Special Instructions Summary
  4. Other #2 - Please see Special Instructions
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