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AidData <>, a research and innovation lab that seeks to
improve development outcomes by making development finance data more
accessible and actionable, has two positions open through the College of
William & Mary that may be of interest to other members of the network.

The Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations at the
College of William and Mary invites applications for two positions that
will begin Summer 2015:

(A) Data Science Research Instructor -
(B) Geospatial Scientist -

These positions are designed to support and grow the AidData program.
AidData is a partnership that seeks to (a) make aid information more
accessible and usable to policymakers, civil society organizations,
journalists, and researchers; and (b) produce research and create tools
that enable users to more effectively target, coordinate, deliver, and
evaluate aid. AidData tracks more than $5.4 trillion dollars from over 90
donor agencies, creates visualization tools and software applications to
facilitate understanding of aid information, conducts rigorous impact
evaluations of aid transparency innovations, and a variety of applied
research activities that seek to improve understanding of aid distribution
and impact. AidData has collaborated with the World Bank, the Bill and
Melinda Gates Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, andUSAID, among others.

For the Data Science Research Instructor, the ideal candidate will have a
broad knowledge of geographic information science and big data analytics
and visualization, with an area of specialization that intersects with
international aid. The successful candidate will be able to illustrate past
work employing spatial modeling in social contexts. Experience in using
spatial data analysis software such as GRASS,GDAL/OGR, Q, and R, or
equivalents is highly desirable. Successful applicants will also have
scripting and programming experience in GIS environments, as well as
experience with server and infrastructural needs for analyzing large
datasets. The position carries a typical teaching load of 1 to 2 courses
during the fall and spring semesters. The expected teaching load will
include courses in data science and data visualization. In addition to
excellence in teaching, the position requires an active program of
scholarly activity that advances the field of GIS and data science, as well
as aligns with AidData’s mission.

For the Geospatial Scientist, the ideal candidate will have at least 3-7
years of research or teaching experience, and significant experience
working with policymakers, practitioners, and/or information technology
specialists from the global development community. The position also
requires strong leadership and networking skills. Optimal candidates will
have a strong track record of applying or developing models for causal
inference in a spatial context.  This position will be focused on (1)
overseeing AidData’s efforts to ensure that its geo-referenced development
finance data meets the highest standards of data quality assurance; (2)
producing policy-relevant scholarship that leverages geospatial data,
research methods, and technologies; and (3) providing training and
intellectual leadership about the role of geography in development and
policy matters and how spatial awareness, spatial literacy and the use of
geographic data, technology, methods and visualization media can improve
analysis and decisionmaking. The position carries typical teaching load of
1 to 2 courses during the fall and spring semester.

*Jessica Hogstrom *Research [log in to unmask] +1 858-442-8703
A partnership of College of William and Mary /​ Development Gateway /​
Brigham Young University <>AidData - Open Data for
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