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Principal Geospatial Analyst

South Boston, Massachusetts, US
Closing date
Nov 28, 2022

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Academic / Research
Informatics / GIS
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Full time
Company Description

We help the world see new possibilities and inspire change for better tomorrows. Our analytic solutions bridge content, data, and analytics to help business, people, and society become stronger, more resilient, and sustainable.

Job Description

Join our growing Research and Modeling department as a member of our Boston-based wildfire modeling team. You will work with the team to develop, optimize, and deploy advanced computational models that simulate fire ignition, spread, and penetration into the wildland-urban interface at meter-scale resolution for millions of scenarios, and that describe the complex relationships between wildfire activity, weather/climate, fuels, and other factors. As a member of this collegial team, you will work closely with a range of stakeholders to (a) incorporate up-to-date scientific knowledge, data, and modeling approaches into our existing models; (b) develop new models and model components; and (c) deploy existing modeling technologies into new regions and/or for new applications.

As a Principal Analyst, you will lead efforts to create the quality, large, high-resolution geospatial data sets necessary to characterize wildfire risk, using your skills to acquire, clean, analyze data and develop, test, and maintain data pipelines.

About The Day To Day Responsibilities Of The Role

* Understand the principles of our wildland fire models and how their components work together to assess model stability, sensitivity to key drivers (e.g., fuel type, weather), and convergence of output.
* Evaluate large datasets that describe processes and entities affecting wildfire behavior in multiple regions of the world.
* Build new data sets for characterizing wildfire activity, weather/climate, and fuels; lead efforts to develop, test, and maintain data pipelines.
* Integrate new climatological, wildfire fuel, and wildfire activity data into existing models and explain changes seen in modeled results.
* Analyze big data sets, including those that characterize fire risk factors and the resulting catalogs of model simulated fires, containing hundreds of millions of individual events.
* Collaborate closely within the wildfire modeling team and across teams focusing on vulnerability of structures to fire, geospatial data, software implementation, and others.
* Understand client needs and address those needs with our model products.
* Analyze and validate model solutions and perform sensitivity analyses to answer client questions and constrain uncertainty regarding their wildfire risk.
* Navigate and manage multiple code repositories, data sets, and data archives in order to maintain and update our models with appropriate approaches to archiving and version control.
* Prepare accurate and effective technical and non-technical documents describing modeling processes and results, both for client use and internal model improvement.
* Create and deliver presentations to coworkers, company management, and clients.
* Deliver results on time to meet project objectives.


* Advanced skills in managing, processing, and analyzing large GIS datasets, with focus on raster creation and editing.
* Practical experience working with environmental GIS data: land use land cover, forestry, soil moisture, slope and aspect, and digital elevation models, etc.
* Demonstrated Python fluency to solve complex modeling challenges and automation, with emphasis on geospatial packages like ArcPy.
* Professional experience in either Esri or open-source GIS desktop software.
* Demonstrated ability to write clear, concise, and well-documented programming code.
* Experience with meteorological data a plus.
* Knowledge or experience with SQL syntax, C++, and/or R is a plus.
* Strong mathematical and/or statistical experience and practical experience developing new models and/or significant new components (e.g., advanced subroutines) in existing models.
* Ability to gather, understand, and critically analyze information from all relevant sources, such as historical fire/weather/climate databases, scientific papers, government reports, insurance data, etc.
* Demonstrated ability to learn new concepts and skills and to meet project objectives and deadlines.
* Excellent written and oral communication skills.
* Knowledge of the application of probabilistic modeling to (re)insurance applications and/or climate change science a plus.
* Master's degree or PhD in a quantitative field; minimum 5 years professional experience.

Additional Information

In 2022, Verisk received Great Place to Work® Certification for our outstanding workplace culture for the sixth year in a row and second-time certification in the UK, Spain, and India. We're also one of the 38 companies on the UK's Best Workplaces™ list and one of 18 companies on Spain's Best Workplaces™ list.

For over fifty years and through innovation, interpretation, and professional insight, Verisk has replaced uncertainty with precision to unlock opportunities that deliver significant and demonstrable impact. From our historic roots in risk assessment, we've grown to provide analytic insights that help transform industries focused on some of the world's most critical areas. Today, the insurance industry relies on Verisk to be, and to make the world, more productive, resilient, and sustainable.

Verisk works in collaboration with our customers and at the intersection of people, data, and advanced technologies. Through proprietary platformed analytics, advanced modeling, and interpretation, we deliver immediate and sustained value to our customers and through them, to the individuals and societies they serve, with greater speed, precision, and scale.

We're 9,000 people strong, committed to translating big data into big ideas. We help others see new possibilities and empower certainty into big decisions that impact individuals and societies. And we relentlessly and ethically pursue innovation to help move our customers, and the world, toward better tomorrows.

Everyone at Verisk-from our chief executive officer to our newest employee-is guided by The Verisk Way, to Be Remarkable, Add Value, and Innovate.

* Be Remarkable by doing something better each day in service to our customers and each other
* Add Value by delivering immediate and sustained results that drive positive outcomes
* Innovate by redefining what's possible, embracing challenges, and pushing boundaries

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Marketing Solutions - delivers data and insights to improve the reach, timing, relevance, and compliance of every consumer engagement

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At Verisk you can build an exciting career with meaningful work; create positive and lasting impact on business; and find the support, coaching, and training you need to advance your career. We have received the Great Place to Work® Certification for the 7th consecutive year. We've been recognized by Forbes as a World's Best Employer and a Best Employer for Women, testaments to our culture of engagement and the value we place on an inclusive and diverse workforce. Verisk's Statement on Racial Equity and Diversity supports our commitment to these values and affecting positive and lasting change in the communities where we live and work.

Verisk Analytics is an equal opportunity employer.

All members of the Verisk Analytics family of companies are equal opportunity employers. We consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, sex, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, veteran's status, age or disability.

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