The California Center for Sustainable Communities (CCSC) at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability is seeking a skilled Data Analyst/Developer to take a leading role on the UCLA Energy Atlas team. This full-time position is eligible for all UCLA benefits and is currently remote, though eventually will be flexible with some workdays based on the UCLA campus when safe to do so.
About the Project
The UCLA Energy Atlas is a database of building energy consumption that links utility account information to building characteristics, sociodemographic data, and other significant attributes that can be expressed spatially. The public portion of the Energy Atlas features interactive energy maps, comparative graphs, and tabular views of community energy profile data. The aggregated information presented on this public front-end website is made possible through a separate, confidential, back-end geospatial relational database which contains almost five billion unique records.
The Energy Atlas project provides Californians, and those interested in ongoing energy transitions, with the opportunity to interact with one of the largest sets of disaggregated building energy data available in the nation. This interactive tool is used by a wide variety of stakeholder groups to inform energy planning and research throughout California. As creators of this tool, our mission is to provide transparency and access to critical energy data to achieve the state’s ambitious energy and climate goals.
CCSC is increasingly recognized as pioneering new analysis methods to assist in the energy transition toward electrification and for providing insights into the potential for unequal outcomes for disadvantaged communities. Our Energy Atlas harnesses a sophisticated coupling of sociodemographic data, energy consumption, and building attributes, with grid capacity and solar rooftop potential, to help make these conversations possible.
The Data Analyst/Developer plays a key role supporting the innovative research of Energy Atlas data team at CCSC. They will be responsible for leading data analysis, data processing, and working closely with the database programmer on backend development. This position requires a strong understanding of data analysis, statistics, and database best practices and development in the context of tabular and spatial data presentation. The Data Analyst works closely with other Technology teams to deliver innovative and quality solutions. The candidate must have a demonstrated strong understanding of SQL, Python, spatial statistics, and database management. This person is responsible for collaboratively developing methods of analysis to address research questions. Additional responsibilities include project related activities such as presenting the work to end users, gathering feedback, documenting methods, and written analysis. Desired familiarity with energy systems and units. Preferred familiarity with GIS analysis, web mapping, and data visualization. The candidate must have the ability to work independently and collaboratively in a small group.
Essential Job Responsibilities Include:
Skills And Qualifications
The ideal candidate will possess the following skills and experience: