Research Analyst - Metric Geometry & Gerrymandering Group, Tisch College - (21001283)
This is a limited term position ending December 31, 2021.
The Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life prepares Tufts students to become active citizens and community leaders. As the only university-wide college of its kind, its mission is to engage Tufts students in meaningful community building, public service experiences, and transformational learning. It conducts and supports groundbreaking research on civic and political participation and forges innovative community partnerships. Tisch College is a national leader in civic education, whose model and research are setting the standard for higher education's role in civic engagement.
MGGG (The Metric Geometry & Gerrymandering Group) is a working group that studies applications of geometry and computing to U.S. redistricting. MGGG pursues cutting-edge research on the redistricting problem and builds publicly accessible tools and resources to help citizens and community groups better understand districts and their consequences. Founded in 2016-17, MGGG partners with civil rights organizations to strengthen the quantitative toolkit for protecting voting rights in the U.S. This year, MGGG will be supporting legislatures, independent redistricting commissions, and parallel public processes in at least eight states as they do their crucial decennial redistricting.
The Research Analyst conducts research and supports a range of projects and activities simultaneously. Reporting to the MGGG Director, the Analyst will work as part of the MGGG team on research products and activities. The Research Analyst will also interact with a larger group of colleagues at Tisch College and will be expected to participate in various college-wide initiatives such as college-wide events and mentorship programs.
The Research Analyst, in collaboration with a broad array of professionals, will help to build the software and the technical infrastructure needed to produce research and support reform efforts in voting rights and redistricting. Willingness to learn new skills across problem domains is a must.
2-3 years of related experience.
Fluency with Python.
Experience delivering tested, high-quality code.
Experience with GitHub (or equivalent) and continuous integration practices.
Demonstrated interest in social and racial justice.
Experience writing unit tests with pytest.
Experience handling geospatial data using geopandas/shapely and pandas.
Back-end development in Flask or another Python framework.
Effective verbal, written and interpersonal skills.
An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.
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