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    • Project Manager for Spatial Data Management for the China Data Center
    • Date: 2017-10-24
    •  Job Summary

      The China Data Center at the University of Michigan is an international Center designed to advance the study and understanding of China. A primary goal of the Center is the integration of historical, social and natural science data in a geographic information system, where spatial and temporal references are maintained through a relational database. This will facilitate comparative and interdisciplinary uses of the data, enable both non-specialists and China scholars to understand and utilize these data, and enhance knowledge of China. Its missions include: to support research in the human and natural components of local, regional and global change; to promote quantitative research on China studies; to promote collaborative research in spatial studies; and to promote the use and sharing of China data in teaching and research. Both English and Mandarin are required for the maintenance of the center's databases, including China Geo-Explorer and China Map Library. The duties include language translation, content updates, and system maintenance with both Chinese and English interface and menus.

      China Data Center is hosted at the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan,  an is an international membership organization that provides web-based access to empirical social science data for research and teaching, and offers classroom training in quantitative methods to facilitate effective data use. ICPSR also provides user support and preserves data to ensure their long-term availability. Over 700 institutions from around the world are members of ICPSR. 

      The work environment is a combination of the best aspects of a small research or business unit within a university setting. ICPSR is small enough that each person can make a difference, yet large enough to offer a variety of career opportunities. We have a relaxed, collegial atmosphere that fosters communication and networking within and between departments. We are family-friendly, offering flexibility with work hours, and we have a diverse staff that enriches the workplace with their skills and experience.


      Project Management

      • Identify new scientific initiatives and investigative opportunities
      • Design, manage, and conduct research projects related to GIS and spatial data analysis
      • Develop new methodology for big data taxonomization, spatialization and visualization
      • Analyze and summarize research data and synthesize conclusions
      • Build and maintain infrastructure as needed to support center operations
      • Develop business plans for the center data products and services
      • Investigate users interests and requirements for enhanced services
      • Develop strategic partners and implement the execution framework and strategic plan on identified opportunities
      • Coordinate the creation and delivery of online spatial data services
      • Develop grant proposals for external funding support
      • Manage the center projects and keeps track of their progress

      Data and Document Development

      • Coordinate the spatial data development
      • Develop the marketing materials
      • Review and test data products and services before official releases
      • Develop brochures, information packages, and online resources for center’s users


      • Identify, develop, and offer research training opportunities for students and researchers
      • Provide support for the UROP students and center visitors

      Marketing and Customer Support

      • Attend conference exhibitions
      • Work with the manager on the business plans and marketing strategies
      • Make presentations at conferences and workshops
      • Assist in providing customer support
      • Provide support for center visitors, including preparing the documents for visiting scholars and students

      Required Qualifications*

      • Master’s Degree in GIS, spatial analysis, data science or related fields
      • 3-5 years of experience working in GIS and spatial data analysis related research
      • Programming skills in Java, Python, R, C++, Matlab, and JavaScript
      • A record of publishing research in peer-reviewed scientific journals
      • Potential for scholarship, including obtaining external funding
      • Excellent communication skills in English and in Chinese Mandarin
      • Experience conducting workshops, including development and coordination
      • Demonstrated ability to develop and produce informational/communication materials of high quality
      • Ability to propose, design, organize and conduct tasks independently
      • Familiarity with development and deployment of web content
      • Willingness to travel (4-6 times per year)

      Desired Qualifications*

      • Ph.D’s degree in GIS, spatial analysis, data science or related field
      • Experience working in a dynamic and collaborative environment that depends on online communication technologies

      Additional Information

      The Institute for Social Research (ISR) at the University of Michigan seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to ground our research in varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

      The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic university community committed to teaching and research in a multicultural environment. Potential applicants who share this goal are encouraged to apply.

      U-M EEO/AA Statement

      The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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    • Demo File:
China Data Center,330 Packard Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1248, T: (734)647-9610:F: (734)763-0335; Email: chinadata@umich.edu