Geospatial Analyst Fellow

Funding Agency:
Department of Transportation

Are you ready to build a resource that will provide our communities across the Nation with the accurate, reliable data we need to understand the transportation system?  Do you want to bring transformative change to traditional 2-D mapping techniques at the Federal level? Have you ever wanted to influence and improve the effectiveness of geospatial data at the national level?  Are you obsessed with simplifying complex problems with data and visuals that easily convey information in new, understandable ways?  Take an appointment with our team where you build new geospatial data sets and implement innovative geospatial analysis.  
This post-graduate research project and developmental opportunity is currently available at the U.S. Department of Transportation.  The appointment will be served within the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) in Washington, DC as a Geospatial Analysis Fellow.

The future of geospatial transportation datasets holds great promise as well as new challenges.  The democratization of data and omnipresence of technology in transportation has created the opportunity for vast new empirical data resources with profound impacts on data velocity, volume and bias.  These changes push us, as analysts and statisticians, to rethink our relationship with data.  In this 24 hour a day instantaneous environment, the pressure to deliver fresh data is relentless.  A constant call to balance the decennial, quinquennial or even annual data releases with near real time data and analysis exists for many data providers.  You will explore opportunities to advance geospatial data resources that are appropriate for statistical analysis and you will build new data sets for BTS to use in analysis and publish to the world.    

You will be using, adapting and transforming data and collection processes originally designed for other ends to provide new data for transportation analysis.  You will learn to wrangle automobile, plane and ship probe data feeds into meaningful geospatial datasets, and extract data from remote sensing operations.  You will learn to design and build innovative, new data sets that capture emerging areas of transportation.

Start date is flexible.  You may start anytime between January and June 2018.

The USDOT is actively reviewing applications and is looking to fill positions as soon as qualified applicants are identified.  

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Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must have received master's degree in a related field within the last five years.  Preferred disciplines are Geographic Information Systems, Geography, Social or Behavioral Science, Computer Science, Information Systems, Mathematics, Statistics, Earth and Geosciences, or Engineering. 

Amount Description

Stipend: $70,000
Professional Development: $2,500
Relocation : $2,000
Health Insurance Allowance: $3,000

Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students


Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
Social Sciences

External Deadline

May 31, 2018