The Public Health Institute (PHI) is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting health, well-being, and quality of life for people throughout California, across the nation and around the world. As one of the largest and most comprehensive public health organizations in the nation, we are at the forefront of research and innovations to improve the efficacy of public health statewide, nationally, and internationally.
Tracking California is a program of the Public Health Institute, in collaboration with the California Department of Public Health, and our mission is to mobilize data for public health action. We “track” or compile and analyze data about public health and the environment to protect California communities. Our core values include environmental justice and health equity – we work to ensure that all Californians, regardless of location, identity, or income, have the opportunity to live in healthy communities protected from environmental hazards. To achieve this goal, we help community groups, government agencies, researchers, and health advocates shine a spotlight on environmental hazards and other factors that may be impacting community health.
We are a diverse team and currently have 25-30 projects at any one time. We aim to provide an environment in which our staff can do their best work: we provide a flexible work schedule and promote a healthy work/life balance. Our ideal candidate would align with our program values of scientific integrity and accessibility, transparency, sustainability, partnership and promoting respect, as well as a passion for social justice. We aim to build an inclusive program team that is reflective of the populations we support, and actively seek applications from individuals from communities that are marginalized and underrepresented.
Geospatial Analyst Position
Tracking California works to overcome environmental health data gaps to make data actionable for public health research and policy. We are seeking a Geospatial/GIS Data Analyst to lead a one-year project to assemble and display traffic data for California, to support researchers and public health professionals interested in the intersection between traffic, air pollution, and environmental health disparities. Currently, vehicle traffic volume data in California are collected and reported as point data, limiting their spatial coverage and utility for public health applications. The goals of this project are to assess the vehicle traffic volume data ecosystem, connect with traffic data stewards, and develop a method for modeling traffic data with greater spatial coverage onto the linear road network. The data will then be used to build a public-facing web-based tool for calculating and displaying traffic volume data, to support public health action and research.
The Geospatial/GIS Data Analyst will lead the research, assessment, and modeling of vehicle traffic volume data metrics, working with support from an interdisciplinary team. This project is expected to take approximately 60% of the Analyst’s time. The remaining time may be used for other research or analysis projects according to the candidate’s interests and program priorities. There will be opportunities for the Analyst to explore other areas of personal interest within the field of environmental health, and to develop and lead new projects that align with the Program’s mission, upon successful procurement of funds. Tracking California has a history of working in environmental epidemiology, exposure assessment, surveillance, and community-based research (current portfolio can be seen at https://trackingcalifornia.org/).
The position is currently funded for one year, but as a Program we constantly seek new funding sources for our projects, and we aim to retain strong staff. The candidate should have expertise in GIS and spatial analysis; spatial modeling; and experience and/or interest in spatial statistics and/or traffic modeling. The candidate should have familiarity with spatial statistical software and tools used to analyze patterns, map clusters, measure geographic distribution, model spatial relationships, and working knowledge of various other tools and software for operating on large spatial datasets.
The candidate may come from a public health background with interest in traffic data and/or environmental health; or the candidate may come from an urban planning/engineering/geography background with interest in public health. The position may be a good fit for a recent graduate looking for a post-doctoral position, and we welcome applications from candidates who are looking to move into a position of scientific leadership within the program over time.
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