GIS Research Assistantship

Project Overview:

Since 2013, China has launched eight pilot emissions trading schemes (ETS) at the subnational level. It is unclear whether these ETS programs have effectively reduced emissions from the regulated sectors. This project will estimate the impacts of China’s pilot ETS programs on emissions reductions using NASA air pollutants satellite data.


As a GIS Research Assistant, your tasks will include downloading, collecting, and analyzing spatial data, interpreting satellite imagery, compiling and synthesizing spatial data from various sources, and providing technical support for the project. The ideal candidate will be comfortable working independently and demonstrate an interest in automating processes to improve project efficiencies.

Hengrui Liu, a pre-doctoral research fellow, will be the supervisor. We are looking to hire one or two RA to work part-time, approximately 20 hours per week for ten weeks, starting in September. The work can be conducted remotely or hybrid. The pay rate is $17/ hour.


  • Expertise in GIS software, including ArcGIS Desktop 10.x, ArcGIS Pro, and/or QGIS
  • Experience with developing spatial methods independently with minimal oversight
  • Experience working with and analyzing large tabular datasets
  • Excellent quantitative skills and a high degree of comfort working with data and web technologies
  • Willingness to take initiative and ability to work independently and manage your own time
  • Creative problem-solver who likes to be challenged
  • Obsessive attention to detail
  • Familiar with NASA air pollutants satellite data (Desired)
  • Expertise in Python (Desired)


Please send to no later than Friday, 23 September:

  • A statement of interest and qualifications (approximately 100 words)
  • Your CV
  • Past GIS project [if available]

Tufts University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and actively seeks candidates from diverse backgrounds.