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GIS Specialist, Environmental Programs, Faculty of Science, Dalhousie University

Halifax, Nova Scotia
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Posting Date: November 27, 2009
Closing Date: Applications accepted until position is filled
Job Classification: GIS Specialist
Location: GIS Specialist, Environmental Programs, Faculty of Science, Dalhousie University
Duration: 12-month, full-time position with the possibility of extension

We seek a full-time GIS Specialist to support ongoing requirements of the Health Geomatics Laboratory and the Elizabeth May Chair office in the Faculty of Science at Dalhousie University. The GIS Specialist will work on a variety of health geomatics research projects, develop web-based mapping products, and assist with the administration and coordination of research and outreach activities. The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary research team with expertise in environmental science, epidemiology, health geography, GIS, GPS, and spatial statistics.

Scope of Work:

The successful candidate will participate in a variety of research projects requiring the linkage, integration and processing of datasets generated from multiple sensors (by date/time) in a GIS environment, including GPS, actigraphy, air quality, noise, and physiological sensors. The candidate will possess advanced GIS skills and will have some experience with statistical analysis. Ideally the candidate will be comfortable with programming and development in a GIS environment, possess confidence to work with and analyze large datasets, and will demonstrate excellent verbal and written skills. Other tasks will include mapping and the development of web-based dissemination products, geocoding, tool development, as well as data cleaning and preparation using ArcGIS software. The successful candidate will also be involved with project meetings and development, literature searches and reviews, and will contribute to the preparation and dissemination of research products including grant applications, reports and academic publications.

Education & Experience:

University degree in geography or environmental science, preferably with a GIS emphasis or postgraduate qualification in GIS. Experience with ArcGIS is essential and use of spatial analyst, network analyst, arc editor is required. Preference will be given to applicants with applied GIS experience, or interest in health or environment-related research.


  • Experience with ArcGIS, and command of spatial and tracking analyst required
  • Thorough knowledge of ArcObjects, VB.NET, and VBA (or Python), in an ArcGIS environment
  • Knowledge of descriptive and multivariate statistical analysis
  • Proficient in developing and managing MS Access databases, and connecting to these databases via OLEDB or ADO (ability to set table constraints, joins, or relationships)
  • Competence to capture, clean, and work with large GIS datasets with a high regard for data quality
  • Experience in a research environment and/or training in research methodology
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision and as a team member
  • Demonstrated planning, organizational, prioritization and time management skills
  • Excellent communication (oral and written) skills
  • Skills in critical evaluation and interpretation of results
  • Proven ability to pay attention to detail and accuracy and meet deadlines


  • Capture, clean, prepare and link data derived from sensors (GPS, health, environmental) and existing GIS databases for manipulation in a GIS environment
  • Develop, design and program specialized tools for GPS and other data processing (translate analysis objectives into code and integrate into existing workflows)
  • Perform spatial and network-based analyses in ArcGIS 9.x and/or raster-based software
  • Prepare maps, written and tabular summaries, and graphics related to data analysis and interpretation
  • Contribute to preparation and distribution of research articles (or reports) in a variety of formats, including web-based mapping and website development activities
  • Assist with organization of knowledge dissemination events including conferences, workshops and electronic and traditional media
  • Assist with administrative duties associated with research and laboratory support
  • Assist with additional tasks when required

Compensation: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Please send Covering Letter, CV and contact information, including current email addresses, of three references to:

Dr Daniel Rainham
Environmental Programs, Faculty of Science, LSC827
Dalhousie University
1355 Oxford Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4J1
Fax: (902) 494-1286

We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those invited for an interview will be contacted.

Dalhousie University is an Employment Equity/Affirmative Action employer. We encourage applications from qualified Aboriginal peoples, persons with a disability, racially visible persons and women.