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Sr Research Scientist 1

University of New Mexico

Job detailsSalary$60,000 – $72,000 a yearJob TypeFull-timeRemoteLocation1700 Lomas Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106+ Leaflet | OpenStreetMap contributorsBenefitsPulled from the full job descriptionDental insuranceHealth insuranceLife insuranceVision insuranceFull Job Description

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Sr Research Scientist 1

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Position Summary

The University of New Mexico Center for Geospatial and Population Studies (GPS) provides data-driven research and analysis to support improved public decision making. As experts on New Mexico population dynamics, we collaborate with researchers across UNM and New Mexico state agencies on a range of projects related to demography and population health. We supply trustworthy information that serves communities and government agencies as population statistics are fundamental building blocks for policy and decision analytics.
We are seeking a Senior Research Scientist 1 who, working under general supervision, will be responsible for demographic analyses on population dynamics and health research. This position requires working independently or in collaboration with other researchers within GPS and the broader UNM community.
The Senior Research Scientist 1 will assist with GPSs responsibilities as the demography office for the State of New Mexico and as New Mexicos demographic liaison the US Census Bureau. This will include tasks such as contributing to the production of GPSs population estimates and projections, evaluating Census Data products, assessing the impact of disclosure avoidance methods on the quality and utility of New Mexicos population data, and/or building and managing spatial databases.
As a research center, GPS has a strong history of supporting staff in their professional development and provides flexibility to researchers to pursue their own research interests within the scope of GPSs mission (i.e. population dynamics and/or population health, broadly speaking). GPS also maintains a flexible work environment with staff able to work partially from home, provided the alternative work environment is within New Mexico. Please see UNMs remote and telework policy for more information.
The ideal candidate will have direct experience with demographic research and modeling, including experience with geospatial analyses, and will have strong writing skills. Anyone with several of the preferred qualifications are encouraged to apply.

Duties and Responsibilities

Designs and implements research protocols and projects; applies advanced analytical techniques and the modification and extension of theories and practices in innovative research projects in demography and/or population health; develops statistical and observational models.
Applies diversified knowledge of scientific research principles, practices, and protocols in research projects; may make recommendations and conclusions which serve as the basis for decision making in a specialty area.
Collaborates with users and principal investigators on design, analysis, application, and reporting of research projects; teaches and advises on techniques.
Supplies technical leadership and consultation to professional co-workers, collaborators, and graduate students. Prepares analyses, reports, and other documentation for publication; presents findings at local, national, and/or international meetings.
Prepares grant proposals to obtain funding in support of research activities.
Serves as principal investigator, as appropriate, on sub-projects of complexities consistent with above criteria.
May manage or oversee a research laboratory; may curate a research collection.
Maintains currency of knowledge with respect to relevant state-of-the-art technology, equipment, and/or systems.
Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

Knowledge of current technological developments/trends in area of expertise.
Ability to provide technical guidance and leadership to professional personnel in area of expertise. Ability to develop and deliver presentations.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
Ability to develop scientific reports and manuscripts based on original research.
Comprehensive knowledge of engineering, scientific, and/or mathematical concepts and theories in area of specialty.
Ability to utilize and maintain advanced scientific equipment and facilities.
Knowledge of contracts and grants preparation and management.
Skill in educating others in research methods and techniques in area of expertise.
Ability to utilize advanced analytical techniques and programs to develop scientific model
Knowledge of engineering and/or scientific research principles, practices, and protocols.
Ability to utilize advanced computer statistical and technical applications.
Ability to use independent judgment to adapt and modify research concepts and approaches to specific projects. Knowledge of research methodology, principles and procedures.

See the Position Description for additional information.

Conditions of Employment

Successful candidate must submit to a post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check. Additional health screenings may be required, dependent on the nature of the research conducted, as determined by Employee Occupational Health Services.

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree; at least 5 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Preferred Qualifications

Minimum Job Requirements

Master’s degree; at least 5 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified (i.e. demography, sociology, human development, health policy, population health, applied geography, economics or other related field).

Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Preferred qualifications

Ph.D. in Demography, Applied Geography, Economics, Sociology, Anthropology and other related positions preferred.
Knowledge of US Census Bureau data products including Decennial Counts, Population Estimates, American Community Survey and PUMS data.
Experience with demographic statistics and analysis such as producing subnational population estimates or projections.
Ability to gather, integrate, manage and process large, spatially-referenced databases for demographic analysis. Experience collaborating with federal, state and local agencies and/or non-profit organizations in accomplishing shared goals.
Experience using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) software such as ESRI or QGIS.
Experience with applied socio-economic and/or population health research.
Publication of scholarly research or technical white papers.
Ability to select, apply, and interpret advanced statistical methods to data, including spatial data, to answer specific research questions
Experience with presentations at academic conferences or public hearings.
Experience with supervising, teaching and/or mentoring other staff including graduate or undergraduate students.
Experience with statistical software packages such as R, SAS, SPSS, STATA, or other programming languages such as python or C++.
Demonstrated ability to prioritize, manage, and pursue multiple projects simultaneously. Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
Experience with Traffic Safety Research a plus

Additional Requirements


Main – Albuquerque, NM


Geospatial and Population Studies (069D)

Employment Type


Staff Type

Term – Full-Time

Term End Date

One year from date of hire




Salary range is $60k-$72k a year based on qualifications

Benefits Eligible

This is a benefits eligible position. The University of New Mexico provides a comprehensive package of benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. In addition, UNM offers educational benefits through the tuition remission and dependent education programs. See the Benefits home page for a more information.

ERB Statement

Temporary and on-call employees working an appointment percentage of 26 (.26 FTE) or greater, per quarter, will be eligible to earn retirement service credits and thus are required to make New Mexico Educational Retirement Board (NMERB) contributions. More information pertaining to your FTE and NMERB contributions can be reviewed on the NMERB Guidelines Clarified webpage.

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Application Instructions

Only applications submitted through the official UNMJobs site will be accepted. If you are viewing this job advertisement on a 3rd party site, please visit UNMJobs to submit an application. Requirement of a Resume or CV, Cover Letter, and names/contact info for 2-3 references

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