Research Technician

Sonoma State University
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Dec 12 2007

Research Technician
Geographic Information Center
Geography and Global Studies
Sonoma State University

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Position:Under the work direction of the Principle Investigator, the Research Technician will support a new four year National Science Foundation research grant that investigates the impact of the global economy on natural and human systems at multiple spatial scales in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Research Technician will assist with: gathering, compiling, and analyzing regional geospatial datasets, including satellite imagery and derived GIS products; research problems using complex GIS/remote sensing, including satellite image processing and classification, field data manipulation, and web-based GIS mapping; geospatial database management, distribution, and backup; and, automated processing and analytical tasks performed with a scripting language, such as Python and IDL. In addition, the Research Technician assists with the hiring, payroll vouchers, and daily tasks of student assistants; interacts as a liaison with collaborating universities, their technicians, and graduates students throughout the United States and Latin America; and, supports research publications with cartographic design and data reports. Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:Requires a BA in geography or a related field and one year experience with GIS and remote sensing. The successful candidate will have experience with ESRI ArcGIS Desktop and remote sensing software (e.g., ENVI, Erdas Imagine). Experience with ArcGIS Server and the use of GPS units in natural and agricultural environments is desirable. In addition, the successful candidate will possess excellent oral and written communication skills; the ability to work well independently with minimal supervision; adapt well to changes in workload with the ability to meet established timelines; the ability to accurately assist with the gathering, analyzing, and compiling of data; and demonstrate the ability to analyze situations accurately and to adopt an effective course of action. An intermediate skill level in MS Office; the ability to work up to 8 hours a day at a computer; and the ability to establish and maintain good professional relationships with administrators, staff, faculty, and other in the academic community are required. The ability to read, write, and speak Spanish is preferred. The ability and willingness to work outside in all types of weather; and travel occasionally to Latin American and Caribbean countries are preferred. (Evidence of degree(s) or certificate(s) required at time of hire.)

Application Process: A completed SSU Employment Application form is required for each desired position by the filing deadline. Filing deadlines may be extended to meet the needs of the recruitment. A resume may be submitted in addition to the application. Please be aware that any resume submitted without a completed application will not be considered. For more information on the application process and to download an on-line application, please visit You may also contact Human Services to have an application mailed to you. Materials submitted with your application will not be returned. Human Services must receive applications for staff positions by 4:30 p.m. on the filing deadline date, unless otherwise specified. The ADA Coordinator is available to assist individuals with disabilities in need of accommodation in the hiring process.

Salary and Benefits: The salary range is $2,960 to $4,441 a month. Starting salary placement will not exceed the beginning of the range. This is a full time, temporary, non-exempt position. Reappointment to this position is dependent upon the individual's performance as well as administrative and budgetary considerations. A comprehensive benefits summary for this position is available at or by request at Human Services