There are currently two open positions (see below), in the research and data systems tracks, but we accept resumes for all tracks, and may contact students when placements become available. To be considered for future positions, send us a resume, and subscribe to our population health scholars mailing list for announcements of new openings.  

Research Track: Mapping/GIS Specialist

The Population Health Scholars program is looking for a graduate student or advanced undergraduate to assist with geospatial population health projects.

At minimum, tasks will include: 

  • Gathering, managing and processing geospatial data
  • Maintaining and expanding a community health indicator mapping tool
  • Producing static and interactive maps for print and online use 

Additional tasks will be assigned based on program needs, as well as skills and interests of successful candidate.

Required education

Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in Geography/Geographical Information Systems, Urban Planning, Public Health, Health Informatics, or related field.  

Required skills/experience

Proficiency with ESRI ArcGIS products, including ArcGIS online; ability to locate, obtain, and manage spatial data sets related to healthcare, demographic, behavioral and environmental health factors. Desired skills/experience: proficiency with one or more GIS programming languages (e.g. Python); design skills and geospatial data analysis skills a plus.

Work hours/location

20 hours per week, flexible schedule

Placement period

Spring 2018 semester; position can be extended multiple semesters, with favorable review at end of each semester.

To apply

Submit resume/CV and cover letter to Eileen Nehme at

Data Track: Population Health Data Migration Project

The Population Health Scholars program at UT System is seeking candidates for a 10-20 hour/week position for the Spring 2018 semester to work on a data migration project.  The candidate will work with Population Health staff in developing and implementing a process for migrating public use hospital data that Population Health receives quarterly as text files from the Department of State Health Services into a relational database.  

The position will be at the UT System offices at 7th and Lavaca in downtown Austin.  There is the possibility of the position continuing in the summer or future semesters to work on additional projects involving the data systems at Population Health.

Major Duties/Critical Tasks

  • Analyzing the data for content and variation year-to-year
  • Working with Population Health researchers to determine what data is most important to them
  • Developing a strategy and process for migrating the data into a relational database, both historical and going forward
  • Testing migrated data with researchers to ensure that it meets their needs for access via queries and a variety of statistical tools such as SAS

Required Skills/Knowledge/Experience

  • Experience with relational databases
  • Communication skills and the ability to work with others to determine requirements, needs and direction

Preferred Experience

  • Knowledge of MySQL.  
  • Knowledge of Linux.

Required Education

Candidates must be currently enrolled UT Austin undergraduate or graduate student in either Computer Science or the School of Information.

To Apply

Submit resume/CV and cover letter to Jon Gibson at