South Africa

Geospatial Specialist

Company Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
Reference # eRKC Geo-SP 11/2021
Published 29/11/2021
Contract Type Contract
5 Years
Location Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
Duration 5 Years
In delivering ‘social science that makes a difference’, the Research Programmes of the Human Sciences Research Council initiate and undertake policy-oriented research projects and programmes from its offices in Cape Town, Durban, Pietermaritzburg and Pretoria. Its public-purpose mandate is set out in the Human Sciences Research Council Act of 2008.

The eResearch Knowledge Centre (eRKC) within the HSRC employs a group of practitioners and specialists in the areas of information services, geospatial analytics and digital curation who provide knowledge services to enhance the HSRC’s research capability.

The eRKC is looking to appoint a suitably qualified professional to fill the position of a Geospatial Specialist. The main responsibilities of this position is to take the lead in managing the GIS component of the Geospatial Analytics unit and to undertake geographic analysis relevant to the social sciences, using big data.

The vision of the eRKC is to enhance the HSRC’s research capability through innovative information services, geospatial solutions and digital curation. The mission of the eRKC is to be an informed research enabler that provides innovative knowledge services and access to resources that meet the needs of the HSRC’s research community and its stakeholders. This is achieved by
•managing various resource collections and support the use thereof,
•supporting digital scholarship and providing support for organisation wide processes and requirements,
•supporting geospatial analytics in the HSRC, and
•raising awareness about best practices and building capacity in the HSRC.

Geospatial Specialist
Internal and External Advert
Five (5) Year Fixed Term Contract
Office Base: Pretoria
REF: eRKC Geo-SP 11/2021

The Geospatial Specialist role demands that the incumbent functions as part of the Geospatial Analytics team. The successful candidate will oversee the effective managing of the GIS component of the unit’s work, introduce and undertake geographic analysis using big data and be cognisant of the latest digital trends in multi-disciplinary research.
Job Functions Research
Industries Research

The following are the key responsibilities for the Geospatial Specialist position:
•Take the lead in managing the GIS component of the Geospatial Analytics unit
•Conceptualise and introduce innovative geographic information systems (GIS) solutions using big data technology for the social sciences research conducted in the HSRC
•Undertake geographic analysis using big data and data conversion using open-source tools like Python or R
•Ensure the GIS solutions offered comply with the latest digital trends in multi-disciplinary research
•Assist with spatial data modelling of HSRC and other relevant data to create future trends

•Masters/ PhD, with at least 5 years’ experience in the GIS industry
•Seven or more years of appropriate work experience
•A sound knowledge of research methodology in the social sciences
•Clear understanding of the latest digital trends in multi-disciplinary social sciences research
•Basic knowledge of open-source programming languages like Python
•Basic knowledge of open source statistical and machine learning programs
•Experience in managing project deliverables as well as people.
•Advanced working knowledge of ArcGIS (QGIS being an advantage)
•Intermediate working knowledge of MS Word, Excel and SPSS or Stata
•Ability to work in a team environment, but also be self-motivated
•Proficiency in speaking and writing English
•Ability to anticipate needs, take initiative and implement solutions effectively.
•Ability to work under pressure and after hours when needed.

The HSRC offers a fixed salary package and applicants must be South African citizens.

In your application, please include:
•A comprehensive CV, a letter of motivation and the details of three recent referees (with telephone and e-mail contact details).
•An example of three recent peer reviewed academic work (not exceeding 8000 words each).
•Please indicate the reference number in the subject line, applications that do not adhere to this, will not be considered.
The HSRC will only consider applications that comply with the above requirements. Applicants may be required to undertake a psychometric test, a written exercise and / or an oral presentation in the competencies required for the position.

Please submit your application on-line at http://hsrc.jb.skillsmapafrica.com

Please note the following:

•Ensure you use Google Chrome or Firefox from a computer or laptop, and not a cell phone
•Only your CV can be uploaded on the first page after you have registered/logged in.
•ALL OTHER DOCUMENTS can be uploaded on the “Document” tab on your profile
•Attachments must be less than 2 MB.

•For further information about the HSRC, advert or the post and not for sending applications please e-mail Dr Gina Weir-Smith on [email protected] .

Only applications that comply with the listed above requirements will be considered. The HSRC is committed to accelerating the improvement in the proportion of its staff who are black, female or disabled.

Closing date: 13 December 2021.

We encourage applicants to submit prior to the closing date. If you do not receive any response from us within eight weeks, please accept that your application was unsuccessful. Only candidates who are interviewed will be advised of the outcome of their application.

You can further consult our website (www.hsrc.ac.za).

The HSRC reserves the right not to make an appointment.

Job Closing Date 13/12/2021
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