Open Source Geospatial Analyst

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
03 – H – Exempt
Work Unit:
University Libraries
Research Informatics and Publishing
Full/Part Time:


The Pennsylvania State University Libraries invites applications for the position Open Source Geospatial Analyst within the Research Informatics and Publishing Department. The Open Source Geospatial Analyst will work as a member of the Donald W. Hamer Center for Maps and Geospatial Information team to support open source software, open data, and web-mapping solutions to spatial problems in research, teaching and learning at The Pennsylvania State University. The successful candidate will provide expert guidance through one-on-one and small group consultation services, develop and deliver guest lectures and workshops, and will be active in the community of geospatial scholars and professionals at The University. The Analyst will advocate for open geospatial solutions to spatial problems and promote successes at the university. They will develop and complete independent and/or collaborative demonstration projects of broad interest and/or high impact to raise the profile of open source geospatial software, the use of open data and web-mapping applications, and/or the value of library print and digital geospatial information resources. Due to the rapid pace of technological development in open geospatial fields, professional development is an important part of this position and the ideal candidate will demonstrate an enthusiasm and aptitude for learning to use new open geospatial data sources, tools, and methods. The University Libraries values diversity of thought, perspective, experience and people, and is actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect. We encourage candidates to apply who thrive in a welcoming multicultural environment. More information on Penn State’s commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence, can be found by visiting For additional information about the Libraries’ diversity efforts, please visit The Research Informatics and Publishing Department (RePub) is a new, collaborative and innovative unit within The Pennsylvania State University Libraries. RePub enhances the technology-driven teaching and research capacity of the Penn State community. The Pennsylvania State University Libraries are a strategic asset to Penn State, advancing intellectual discovery, information literacy, and lifelong learning, all in support of the University’s strategic goals in teaching, research, service, and outreach. The University Libraries is ranked among the top 10 research libraries in North America, according to the Association for Research Libraries investment rankings, and provides services at University Park and 22 other campus locations throughout Pennsylvania as well as online. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus three years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Preferred skills and abilities: Masters-level training and/or experience using open source geospatial tools and open data; Familiarity with the Open Source Geospatial Foundation, Open Geospatial Consortium and related initiatives. Required skills and abilities: Proficient skills using at least 1 open source geospatial software tool (e.g. QGIS, Mapbox etc.); Familiarity with open geospatial data sources and formats (e.g. OpenStreetMap, etc.); Working knowledge of at least one computer scripting language commonly used in open source and web-mapping software; Foundational understanding of geospatial data and geographic information systems consistent with at least an undergraduate-level of training and/or experience; Ability to work both independently and in small results oriented teams; Written and verbal communication skills consistent with an academic professional.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088