The Kinder Institute for Urban Research is a multi-disciplinary “think-and-do tank” housed on the Rice University campus in central Houston, focusing on urban issues in Houston, the American Sun Belt, and around the world. The Kinder Institute seeks a candidate to fill a role as Data Analyst for the Urban Data Platform.

The Urban Data Platform (UDP) brings together hundreds of different datasets about Houston and surrounding areas in a secure computing environment. Housed on Rice University’s secure servers, the Urban Data Platform is a system designed for storing, processing and analyzing public, as well as confidential, data from government, nonprofits, and academia.

As member of the Urban Data Platform team at the Kinder Institute, the data analyst performs a variety of technical duties involved in the acquisition, processing, and managing of large datasets for use in analysis in conjunction with academic and community-based research projects. The data analyst is primarily responsible for the organization of files, learning about and understanding datasets acquired, cleaning data, performing geocoding and spatial joins, designing analysis-ready datasets, and documenting all aspects of the data life cycle. In addition, the data analyst assists in intermediate administrative functions.

This position reports to the data manager of the Urban Data Platform.
The ideal candidate for this position is highly skilled in all aspects of data analytics, including mining, generation, and visualization. Additionally, s/he should be committed to transforming data into readable, goal-driven reports for continued innovation and growth. S/he has strong problem solving skills, a keen attention to detail, and is able to plan work and meet deadlines.

This position requires a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, statistics, or other quantitative field, and three years of related experience in data management, processing, and cleaning; developing metadata and technical documentation; working with multiple data formats; working with relational databases; and generating data summaries and reports.

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