The Polis Center, a unit in the IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI, works with community partners in Indiana and beyond to develop innovative place-based policies and practices for healthier and more resilient communities. Polis Center experts use geospatial technologies to integrate, manage, and visualize the rapidly growing information on the places where we live and work. The center helps organizations understand gaps in service, trends, assets, and ways to build capacity.

The Polis Center is nationally recognized as a dynamic urban-centered, learning environment with highly professional staff who excel in partnerships, real-world application, and winning solutions for the communities. From inception, The Polis Center has been guided by core values that include: making a difference, collaboration, developing creative solutions to real-world problems, accountability, integrity, respect, and stewardship.

We offer a fun team environment. Our team is passionate about the work we do, and we love working together.  Indiana University has an exceptional benefits package, such as 30 days of vacation a year and 10 paid holidays, 403(b) defined contribution retirement plan (employer contribution of 10% of base salary), tuition assistance, affordable health insurance, and much more. Please visit here for more information.

Job Summary

The Polis Center’s community analysis team provides research, analysis, and data visualization to community-based organizations, public agencies, local governments, researchers, and citizens so they can understand issues and develop solutions. The center seeks an experienced, senior level analyst for this position.

Department-Specific Responsibilities

  • Provides advanced analysis of existing data and data structures and satisfies ad-hoc reporting/analysis requests.
  • Serves as a first point of escalation for junior analysts.
  • Provides advanced consultation to faculty and/or staff and identifies reporting needs and opportunities for analysis to drive organizational and research decisions.
  • Provides advanced guidance and interpretation of complex environments and data.
  • Makes recommendations and provides peer review and coaching; ensures proper documentation of data analysis efforts (data sources, reporting specifications, tools, issue/problem resolutions).
  • Interacts with community and research groups to communicate and interpret results and findings.
  • Defines study methodology and executes statistical analysis methods in support of community and academic research projects.
  • Develops spatial and non-spatial statistical models for inferential analysis, prediction, and data visualization.
  • Creates maps and data visualizations.
  • Develops reports containing descriptive and analytical content for both public and academic audiences.

General Responsibilities

  • Performs complex data collection, data analysis, data management, literature research, technical writing, and reporting in support of research project(s); performs quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis.
  • Ensures quality control of data and reports findings to federal and other agencies.
  • Consults with faculty researchers and research staff and provides input on research project evaluations and research project designs.
  • Writes various technical reports, journal articles, and/or develops presentations to disseminate and share research findings.
  • Performs various analyses to ensures quality assurance of research findings (data quality, reports, etc.).
  • Represents the department with regard to related research and participates in professional development activities and programs.
  • Mentors and/or provides guidance to students, faculty, or other staff working on research project(s) through training in related aspects of research techniques and analysis as needed; may provide daily oversight to less experienced staff or student researchers.
  • Provides additional research project support as needed.

Note: This position is grant funded with expected annual renewals. Renewals are contingent on the availability of grant funds.




  • Master’s degree


  • Master’s degree in a field related to the center’s work, such as spatial science, urban planning, a social science (e.g., geography, sociology, demography, etc.).



  • 3 years in a related field


  • 5 years of related experience

Combinations of related education and experience may be considered



  • Proficient communication skills
  • Maintains a high degree of professionalism
  • Demonstrated time management and priority setting skills
  • Demonstrates a high commitment to quality
  • Possesses flexibility to work in a fast paced, dynamic environment
  • Seeks to acquire knowledge in area of specialty
  • Highly thorough and dependable
  • Demonstrates a high level of accuracy, even under pressure
  • Strong knowledge and ability to apply qualitative and/or quantitative research skills
  • Familiarity with and openness to learn new qualitative and mixed methods
  • Knowledge and familiarity with various statistical software


  • Strong quantitative analysis and statistical skills, including methodologies for regression modeling
  • Knowledge of appropriate statistical and data visualization software, such as R or Python
  • Experience with ArcGIS software, or equivalent software such as QGIS or spatial libraries in R/Python
  • Demonstrated experience in applied community research projects

Working Conditions / Demands

This role requires the ability to effectively communicate and to operate a computer and other standard office productivity equipment. The position involves sedentary work as well as periods of time moving around an office environment and the campus. The person in this role must be able to perform the essential functions with or without an accommodation.

Work Location

IUPUI Campus

Indianapolis, Indiana

The Polis Center values a positive work/life balance and supports part-time remote work for all of its staff. 100% remote work however, is not an option for this position.

Advertised Salary

The salary range for this position is $65,000 – $75,000.

Job Classification

Career Level: Career

FLSA: Exempt

Job Function: Research

Job Family: Research Data Analysis

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