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Research Consultant (Geographic Information Systems)

Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA
Closing date
Jun 26, 2022

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Boston College Introduction

Founded in 1863, Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university located six miles from downtown Boston with an enrollment of 9,445 full-time undergraduates and 5,125 graduate and professional students. Ranked 35 among national universities, Boston College has 878 full-time and 1,201 FTE faculty, 2,750 non-faculty employees, an operating budget of $1.2 billion, and an endowment in excess of $2.8 billion.

Job Description

The Research Consultant Geographic Information Systems (GIS); will be responsible for providing faculty with direct consulting, user support, assistance, and/or guidance for leveraging GIS to support research projects, academic programs, and grants. This role will also structure and execute analysis of data directly related to research efforts in a variety of disciplines. This role will be responsible for providing this support throughout the grant lifecycle, providing faculty with the material support for applications with different federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health. The Research Consultant (GIS) will also play a role in post-award support activities. In addition, this role will provide expertise and support in the use of GIS for grant applications, computational projects and applications with large and small datasets. The Research Consultant (GIS) will provide support and guidance at all stages of the research process with respect to GIS and its application to research or academic imperatives.

Additional responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

Develop GIS-related on-line documentation and training materials. Conduct tutorials and workshops and deliver lectures for the entire research community to include faculty and graduate student consultants on Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and the use of related software. Ensure that appropriate departments are aware of the GIS support resources provided by Research Services. Represent the Department of Information Technology Services to other University areas to effectively communicate the availability of research support resources to the research community. Additionally, Monitor trends in GIS methods and software to ensure that consulting services are aligned with researchers needs and current tools and methodologies.

Title and salary commensurate with relevant experience based on the following titles and hiring ranges:

Senior Research Consultant - GIS: Minimum of 3 to 5 years of experience in a research environment providing advanced GIS/analytical consultation - Salary 99,900k to 115,500k

Research Consultant - GIS: Minimum of 2 years of experience in a research environment providing advanced GIS/analytical consultation - Salary from 80k to 100k

  • Masters/Ph.D. in a related area
  • Expertise with ArcGIS, QGIs, Google Earth or similar tools
  • 3 years experience in an academic setting (some of which is teaching experience)
  • Proficiency in a programming language such as Python
  • Ability to extract and work with data from a variety of sources (e.g., XML, database, Web)
  • Work with investigators on data collection (ensure all processes for data collection/entry meet good practices, cleaning, storage), data analysis, and presentation.
  • Strong public presentation and interpersonal skills.

Closing Statement

Boston College offers a broad and competitive range of benefits depending on your job classification eligibility:
  • Tuition remission for Employees
  • Tuition remission for Spouses and Children who meet eligibility requirements
  • Generous Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • Low-Cost Life Insurance
  • Eligibility for both University-Funded 401k and Employer-Sponsored 403b Retirement Plans
  • Paid Holidays Annually
  • Generous Sick and Vacation Pay
  • Additional benefits can be found on

Boston College conducts pre-employment background checks as part of the hiring process and requires all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Boston College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. In concert with our Jesuit, Catholic mission, Boston College is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications for women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans. To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity at .

Boston College's Notice of Nondiscrimination can be viewed at .
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