Posted on February 19, 2010 - GC934

Company: Queen's University
Position: GIS Technician
Location: Queen's University, Kingston Ontario
Salary: $47,143
Contact Name: Ian Janssen
Deadline: April 1, 2010

Job Description

Reporting to the Principal Investigators, the incumbent will work on research projects that aim to better understand how the built environment around schools and in children’s home neighbourhoods influences their health (e.g., obesity, injury) and behaviours (e.g., physical activity, violence). The job will involve: 1) obtaining GIS measures of the built environment features that can be linked to existing health surveys, 2) training other members of the research team to obtain these measures, and 3) updating the research teams GIS database on built environment measures around schools and students homes

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: - Obtaining GIS measures of the built environment that are related to obesity, injury, and their causal behaviours (physical inactivity, diet, risk taking). This would include, but is not limited to, GIS measures such as street network designs, active transportation features, recreational facilities, food retailers, crime and violence in neighbourhoods, neighbourhood socioeconomic indicators, etc. - Train graduate students and research assistants in basic GIS techniques - Updating the research teams GIS database on built environment measures around schools and students homes. This GIS database will be linked to existing health surveys.

Job Qualifications

- Bachelors university degree in geography or a related discipline - Masters degree or additional specialized training in GIS (e.g., advanced college diploma in GIS) would be considered an asset - Knowledge of the software programs and hardware components of GIS - Experience with ArcGIS software preferred - Experience working in a research environment preferred - Consideration may be given to a combination of education and experience

SPECIAL SKILLS: - General computer and software skills (e.g., Microsoft Office) - Ability to work in a team environment - Ability to instruct and oversee others people’s work - Ability to work independently

DECISION MAKING: - Make decisions regarding approaches to obtaining GIS measures, adapting techniques as required. Assess progress and determine alternative methods - Determine best approach to training others in the lab

Other Information

At Queen’s, the pursuit of excellence is all about making the world a better place. We educate our students to become citizens for a global society. We foster an academic environment of discovery. And as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers, we provide opportunities for innovative, meaningful careers.

Candidates should submit a letter of application and a resume, by Thursday, April 1, 2010, quoting competition #2010-R009, to: Ian Janssen, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen’s University, 28 Division Street, Kingston, ON K7L 3N6. Tel: 613-533-6000, ext. 78631. Fax: 613-533-2009. E-mail: The University thanks all who express an interest in this position and advises that only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen’s is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.

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