Research Data Analyst

Connecticut, United States
Monday, 14 December 2020
End of advertisement period
Friday, 12 February 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Focus:

The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication (YPCCC) invites applications for the position of Research Data Analyst.

Based at the Yale School of the Environment, we conduct scientific research on public climate change knowledge, attitudes, policy preferences, and behavior, and the underlying psychological, cultural, and political factors that influence them. We also engage the public in climate change science and solutions, in partnership with governments, media organizations, companies, and civil society, and with a daily, national radio program, Yale Climate Connections.

The Research Data Analyst will manage, analyze, and visualize scientific data as part of a research team on climate change communication.

Design and execute data management systems for research projects in geography, climate change psychology, communication, risk analysis, and other areas in collaboration with an interdisciplinary and international team of scholars.

Manage, maintain, and update large survey datasets in R; prepare data for public release.

Plan and update interactive web-based visualization tools with new data, geographies, and research content (see for example).

Process datasets for research and conduct quality assessments.

Conduct statistical analyses, including descriptive statistics and regression modeling.

Manage, analyze, and create geospatial datasets; design and implement interactive online maps.

Document data processing and workflows.

Essential Duties

  1. Designs, plans, implements and evaluates complex multifaceted research projects/systems, including method development, adaptation and validation.
  2. Collaborates with PI to define research endeavors and the development of research hypothesis and approach.
  3. Solves complex methodology, protocol, procedural and research problems through design of techniques, procedures and policies that will achieve research goals.
  4. Develops long range plans for supplies and equipment to ensure smooth operation of laboratory.
  5. Investigates, analyzes and evaluates complex data, data collection systems and methods to reach scientific conclusions and ensures the integrity of research data.
  6. Collaborates with PI to coordinate major lab renovations working with Facilities, Health and Safety, and Purchasing to ensure deadlines, safety standards and purchases are according to plans and within budgets.
  7. Prepares scientific reports and papers for research proposals and published reports. 8. May perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience

Master’s Degree in a scientific discipline and three years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Proficiency in R programming and data processing.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Strong understanding of geospatial data and analytics required. Familiarity with geospatial data tools such as GIS software (e.g. ArcGIS or QGIS) or programming languages.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Superior technical skills, attention to detail, and the ability to contribute as an interdisciplinary team member.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Strong documentation and communication skills.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Ability to collaborate effectively with researchers across organizational structures and across knowledge domains.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

A Masters degree in geography, computer science, climate or environmental science, management, or policy, or a related field. Experience designing and conducting independent research. Experience with basic statistics. At least three years of experience programming with R or Python. Experience working with spatial data and maps.

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