Position Available: Graduate Research Assistant (Fall 2020) – Filled!

This position has been filled!

Job Title Graduate Research Assistant
Location Twin Cities
Regular/Temporary Regular
Job ID 337150
Job Code 9521
Empl Group Grad/Prof Student Position
Full/Part Time Part-Time

Special Notice for Covid-19

The UMN has suspended hiring for most positions. However, we will continue hiring for positions critical to the University’s mission and operations at this time. Applications are being accepted for this position and you are encouraged to apply. In-person interviews are suspended indefinitely and will be replaced by interviews in a virtual format. Thank you for your continued interest in working at the University of Minnesota.


Required Qualifications
  • Current University of Minnesota Graduate Student in GIS or related field
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Able to work in a fast-paced environment and learn quickly
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple projects at once
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written) and a strong commitment to provide superior support to the polar science community
  • Ability to work independently as well as with others
Preferred Qualifications
  • Focus in Remote Sensing, Cartography, Imagery Analysis, or Computer Science
  • 1 year of previous GIS job experience and/or study
  • Remote Sensing experience/expertise
  • Interest in Polar Science initiatives and collaborations
  • Ability to work full-time over the summer
  • Customer Service experience

About the Job

The Polar Geospatial Center (PGC) is looking for a graduate student in GIS or a related field to fulfill a wide range of duties. The position duties include but are not limited to:

  • Assisting polar researchers from other institutions in obtaining and manipulating imagery,
  • Creating custom map products,
  • Manipulating and editing geographic datasets, and
  • Managing long-term mapping, and data storage projects with undergraduate student assistants

Specific skills will be taught on the job. The applicant should possess strong problem-solving skills and the ability to learn quickly. Work at the Polar Geospatial Center is fast-paced and constantly changing, so the applicant must have exceptional organizational skills and the ability to work independently and with others.

Position schedule: 20 hrs/week (50% RA) during the academic year, with the possibility to increase up to 100% RA during the summer.

The PGC provides geospatial support, mapping, and GIS/remote sensing solutions to researchers and logistics teams in the polar science community. We collaborate with scientists to complete their research goals in a safe, timely, and efficient manner by providing a service which most groups do not have the resources or expertise to complete. Our goal is to introduce new, state-of-the-art techniques from the geospatial field to effectively solve problems in the least mapped places on Earth.

About the Department

The N.H. Winchell School of Earth & Environmental Sciences lies within the College of Science & Engineering. The School is the umbrella under which resides the Institute for Rock Magnetism, the Limnological Research Center (National Lacustrine Core Facility & Continental Scientific Drilling Coordination Office), the Minnesota Geological Survey, and the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, including the Polar Geospatial Center.

We are located on the University of Minnesota Saint Paul campus.


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How To Apply

Student positions are a form of financial support while pursuing an education at the University of Minnesota.

Applications must be submitted online.  To be considered for this position, please click the Apply Now button and follow the instructions.  You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your “My Activities” page and uploading documents there.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).

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