Job Detail

Organization: University of South Carolina-Inst. For Families In Soc.
Title: Research Associate/Cartographic Designer
Location: 1600 Hampton Street Ste 507 Columbia, SC 29208

Posted: 2019-02-06
Application Deadline:

Position Description:


Want to join a research institute on the cutting-edge of health services research and data visualization? The Institute for Families in Society (IFS) at the University of South Carolina was established in the early 1990s and is one of the oldest research units in the nation having a university-state partnership with its state Medicaid agency. With more than 20 years of uninterrupted funding from grants, contracts, and foundations, our integrated health, and policy research is at the forefront of initiatives and policies shaping the future of health care and other public policy and programs by applying concepts of health and place, equity and geospatial analysis to our projects. While positions are posted as temporary, they are intended to be continuous for as long as contract and grant funding is sustained.

This position will join the Data Science and Visualization team at IFS. The DataViz team is responsible for processing raw data, pulling down Census data, conducting geospatial analysis, maintaining GIS data files, creating automation routines for processes, creating GIS maps, creating and maintaining web applications, creating tables and charts, and building full reports. This position will use Geographic Information System (GIS) software, tools and methods to generate maps and infographic products in a fast-paced, applied research environment. In addition to downloading and maintaining geographic data, this position will assess and propose new cartographic, infographic, and table/chart designs to fit project needs. This position will research, collect, store, retrieve, evaluate and manipulate map data related to health concepts. Staff will be a member of the DataViz team at IFS using the latest Esri software, Adobe products, scripting and programming languages (Python, JavaScript, SAS) and other ancillary tools (Excell, Access, Powerpoint, SQL).

Masterís degree in public health, health services research, science, engineering, geography or related field with coursework and/or work experience with GIS software AND at least two years of work experience in public health/health data analysis mapping. Experience with ArcMap 10.4 or higher. Ability to multitask and work in a fast paced environment with deadlines.

Experience with Adobe products (Reader, Illustrator, InDesign); scripting languages (Python, JavaScript); SQL databases and SQL query language; coding in Visual Basic in Excel; SAS; Online mapping tools and creation of online mapping products; knowledge of public health and healthcare concepts and methods; working with health-related datasets (Medicaid/Medicare, hospitalizations, births, cancer, etc.); large datasets.

Knowledge of GIS principles, concepts, and methods. Working knowledge and experience with ArcGIS Desktop 10.4, geocoding, ArcMap Extensions (Network Analyst, Spatial Analyst, etc.), and Adobe software. Working knowledge of SAS with demonstrable ability to manipulate data in SAS to use for mapping products. Expertise in cartographic design and production. Proven ability to conceptualize and complete projects and apply new design concepts. Ability to communicate effectively with supervisors, project leader, and co-workers both orally and in writing. Ability to work in a team environment as well as a goal-oriented individual who functions with the highest level of integrity and professionalism.

Salary commensurate with qualifications.

The University of South Carolina requires individuals to complete an online staff application. You may access the USC Jobs Online Employment site at EOE/AA

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