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Data Science Graduate Research Assistant

University of Maryland

Job detailsJob TypeFull-timeRemoteLocation3100 Hornbake Library, College Park, MD 20742+ Leaflet | OpenStreetMap contributorsIndeed’s salary guideNot provided by employer$64.7K – $81.9K a year is Indeed’s estimated salary for this role in College Park, MD.Report inaccurate salaryFull Job Description

Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number:



Graduate Research Assistant

Functional Title:

Data Science Graduate Research Assistant

Category Status:

04-Graduate Assistant

Applicant Search Category:

Graduate Assistant

University Authorized FTE:


CMNS-National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center

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Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the states flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nations legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nations capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

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Offers of employment are contingent on completion of a background check. Information reported by the background check will not automatically disqualify you from employment.

Vaccine Protocol

The University of Maryland has made the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University System of Maryland (USM) recently announced that students, faculty, and staff on USM campuses this fall, including UMD, are required to be vaccinated against COVID. As a prospective and/or a new employee at UMD, you will be required to comply with the Universitys vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required before the start of employment in order to work at any University of Maryland location. Prospective or new employees may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement at and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment. Failure to provide proof of vaccination or to obtain approval for a medical or religious exemption will result in the offer of employment being rescinded.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) is seeking a graduate research assistant (GRA) for the Spring 2021 semester. The GRA will assist SESYNCs cyberinfrastructure team with data science tasks, primarily involving supporting external working groups and postdoctoral researchers. All tasks can be done remotely. A minimum of one semester commitment is expected, with the possibility of extension based on available funding. The position will require about 20 hours per week.
This person will work with the SESYNC data science team to assist SESYNC research groups with data processing, analysis, and visualization, especially geospatial data. This may involve discussing issues with researchers, debugging their scripts, or writing snippets of example code to get them started on a particular task. Other tasks may include assisting in managing virtual meeting logistics for SESYNC research teams and communicating with teams about data management. Remote participation in weekly cyberinfrastructure team meetings will be expected, with additional meetings as needed to accomplish tasks.

Minimum Qualifications:

Experience using R and/or Python
General familiarity with geospatial analysis concepts


Experience actually conducting geospatial analysis in R and/or Python
Background in a natural/social/earth science discipline
Familiarity with using statistical and visualization packages in R and/or Python
Familiarity with using remotely sensed data

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Additional Information:

Applicants must be current graduate students at the University of Maryland, College Park.

To apply please submit:

A cover letter that includes your name, current program year, expected graduate date, advisor name, and department and that details your interest in the position and why you are a good candidate for this position.
Your CV

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Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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