Tenure-track Faculty Position Announcement: Geographic Information Sciences

The Department of Geography at the University at Buffalo is seeking outstanding applicants for a tenure-track faculty position (Assistant Professor) in Geographic Information Sciences (GIScience). The department is seeking highly qualified candidates who demonstrate, or show promise of establishing, a strong analytical research program in GIScience, which may include such topics as spatial data science, spatiotemporal data analytics, deep learning, and remote sensing. A competitive startup package will be provided to the successful candidate.

The University at Buffalo (UB) is the largest and most comprehensive campus in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. The Department of Geography is a nationally-ranked unit noted for significant advances in Earth systems science, economic geography, geospatial analysis and modeling, GIScience, health geography, and remote sensing. The successful candidate will join a world-class group of educators and researchers that was recently designated a Center of Academic Excellence in Geospatial Sciences by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the United States Geological Survey. It is also home to the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, which provides leadership in GIScience research across multiple disciplines.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. (or other doctorate degree) and a scholarly publication record. The successful candidate will be expected to successfully secure external funds for research and to participate in graduate and undergraduate teaching, consistent with the tenured ranks at AAU institutions.

To apply, electronically submit a curriculum vitae, description of current and future research interests (three pages maximum), copies of published work (no more than three), and contact information for three referees to: https://www.ubjobs.buffalo.edu/. The position will remain open until filled, but preference will be given to applications received by March 15, 2018. Please consult our website (https://www.buffalo.edu/cas/geography.html) for information about UB, our department, and our community. UB is an AA/EOE and welcomes all to apply including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Review of applications will begin after 15 March 2018

More information about the Department of Geography at the University at Buffalo: https://www.buffalo.edu/cas/geography.html

More information about the position and to applyhttps://www.ubjobs.buffalo.edu/

— Eun-Hye Enki Yoo Associate Professor Department of Geography University at Buffalo, The State University of New York (SUNY) 121 Wilkeson Quad, North Campus Buffalo, NY, 14261-0055 Email: eunhye@buffalo.edu Voice: (716) 645-0476 Fax : (716) 645-2329

ETH Zurich – Software Engineer 80 – 100%

Das Institut für Kartografie und Geoinformation der ETH Zürich entwickelt im Auftrag des Bundes den nationalen ATLAS DER SCHWEIZ (www.atlasderschweiz.ch). Der interaktive ATLAS DER SCHWEIZ hat sich weltweit als Spitzenprodukt der Kartografie etabliert. Die aktuelle Version wurde in einem mehrjährigen Projekt als online 3D-Atlas mit OpenSource-Frameworks neu entwickelt. Für die Weiterentwicklung des Atlasprojekts suchen wir ab 1. März 2018 oder nach Vereinbarung eine/einen Software Engineer 80 – 100% Ihre Aufgaben im Team Sie sind mitverantwortlich für die Konzeption, Entwicklung und Implementierung des ATLAS DER SCHWEIZ – ONLINE. Ihre Arbeit beinhaltet speziell die Bereiche mobile Applikationsentwicklung und Design der Geo-Datenbanken. Sie entwickeln benutzerfreundliche Visualisierungs- und Analysekomponenten. Zudem arbeiten Sie auch in der Lehre und Forschung mit. Sie verfügen über fundierte Kenntnisse in der Entwicklung mobiler Applikationen, der WebApplikationsentwicklung oder komplexer Softwaresysteme. Sie besitzen Arbeitserfahrung mit mindestens zwei der folgenden Programmiersprachen: Python, C/C++, Java oder JavaScript. Sie interessieren sich für aktuelle Webtechnologien (vorzugsweise Vue.js, webpack) sowie für Design und Anwendung von PostgresSQL und PostGIS Datenbanken. Sie können aktive Mitwirkung an OpenSource-Projekten vorweisen. Sie haben einen Hochschulabschluss in Informatik (Software Engineering) oder eine gleichwertige Ausbildung, sind teamfähig, an selbständiges, produktives Arbeiten gewöhnt und bereit, sich in neue Gebiete einzuarbeiten. Gute Deutsch- und Englischkenntnisse sind Voraussetzung. Wir bieten Ihnen eine Arbeit in einem kleinen, motivierten Team (zwei Entwickler, drei redaktionelle Mitarbeiter), eine sehr gut ausgebaute Infrastruktur, ein hohes Mass an Mitbestimmung, flexible Arbeitszeiten sowie nationale und internationale Kontaktmöglichkeiten. Arbeitsort ist die ETH Zürich, Campus Hönggerberg. Die Anstellungsbedingungen für diese befristete Anstellung als Wiss. Assistent richten sich nach der Verordnung für das Wiss. Personal der ETH Zürich. Weitere Auskünfte zur Stelle erteilt gerne der Projektleiter, Herr Dr. René Sieber, sieberr@ethz.ch, Tel +41 44 633 30 25. Informationen zum Projekt finden Sie auch unter www.atlasderschweiz.ch Ihre Bewerbungsunterlagen senden Sie bitte mit Bewerbungsschreiben und einem Lebenslauf bis Ende Januar 2018 online via www.jobs.ethz.ch an: ETH Zürich, Frau Corina Niescher, Human Resources D-BAUG, CH-8092 Zürich.

Software Developer Geoinformation Technology

Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology (HeiGIT) and GIScience Research Group


In the context of research projects at HeiGIT and the GIScience Research Group we offer the position of a Software Developer Geoinformation Technology in Heidelberg (full-time or part-time).

Depending on your experience the tasks are related to at least one of the following areas:

  • Development and maintaining of Web-Mapping Applications (e.g. HeiMap for historians; different thematic OSM map apps; routing & navigation use cases; in domains from disaster management to logistics)
  • Support developing a OpenStreetMap Full History Analytics Plattform (ohsome.org) using Big Data Frameworks (Apache Ignite, Spark, Hadoop, etc.)
  • Development of methods, tools, case studies and GI web services, especially for the analysis and data enrichment of heterogeneous geodata, especially from the social web, OpenStreetMap, remote sensing etc. in different domains (Humanitarian Aid, Transportation, Health etc.)
  • Collaboration in the development of Web-based services for quality assessment and improvement of OpenStreetMap by data mining in OSM Full History data

We offer an attractive position in an interdisciplinary dynamic team in a highly dynamic growth market. In order to promote technology transfer and applied research in the area of ​​Geoinformatics, the Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology (HeiGIT) is currently being established with the support of the Klaus-Tschira Foundation.http://www.heigit.org. This is to be continued in the future as an independent institute. HeiGIT is and will be related closely to the Department of Geoinformatics which is Member of the Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing (IWR) and the Heidelberg Center for the Environment (HCE). We offer a stimulating interdisciplinary research environment with many personal development opportunities.


We expect an above-average university degree in one of the subjects of Geoinformatics, Computer Science, Geography, Mathematics or similar. Apart from a strong team spirit, independence and high motivation, as well as excellent abilities for internal and external communication and presentation in (if possible) German and English this includes excellent competency in methodology and technology, and geoinformatics experience, especially in Web Development (e.g. Angular, php etc.), ​​Big Spatial Data Analytics (Java) or Data Mining & Machine Learning.

The position is to be filled as soon as possible and initially limited to two years with the option of sustainable extension. Please send application documents (CV, certificates, references, etc.) as soon as possible to zipf@uni-heidelberg.de.– GIScience Research Group Heidelberg University http://uni-heidelberg.de/gis Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology http://heigit.org

Department Head, Geomatics Engineering, University of Calgary

The University of Calgary’s Schulich School of Engineering invites applications for an appointment with tenure at the rank of Professor to serve as the Department Head,Geomatics Engineering. This is a key leadership position within the Schulich School of Engineering (SSE). The Department Head appointment is a five-year term, renewable and subject to review.

The Schulich School of Engineering (SSE) is a leader in engineering education and research innovation. We draw on our combined strengths in teaching and research to offer students rich and diverse learning experiences, and create a dynamic research environment that encourages high-caliber research by world-class scholars. Located in Calgary, the energy and engineering capital of Canada, the Schulich School of Engineering has close ties to the community and key industry partnerships that provide extensive opportunities for research and student engagement.

The Department of Geomatics Engineering was established in 1980 to provide professional training for the land surveying industry in Western Canada.  It has since become a world-recognized centre of excellence in geomatics education and research in Geodesy, Remote Sensing and Earth Observation, Positioning, Navigation and Wireless Location, Digital Imaging Systems, and GIScience and Land Tenure. Our undergraduate and graduate alumni are employed worldwide in these and related industries. Our undergraduate program is fully accredited by both Engineers Canada and the Canadian Board of Examiners for Professional Surveyors and is one of only four such programs in Canada.

The Schulich School of Engineering is searching for an outstanding and proven leader and engineer to assume the role of Head of the Department of Geomatics Engineering. We are seeking a candidate who has achieved excellence in their career, and has the potential to be a strong and effective leader. The successful candidate must successfully strengthen the Department in the context of the University’s Eyes High strategic direction and the Faculty’s Strategic Plan Energizing Engineering Education, while interacting with industry, government, and the broader community on a regular and sustained basis to promote the Department.  It is required that the Department Head has earned a PhD degree in Geomatics Engineering or a related discipline and either is registered as a Professional Engineer or is eligible to be registered as a Professional Engineer.

The successful candidate will be considered relative to our Faculty Council’s “Appointment, Authority, and Responsibility of Department Heads” document, which states:


“The position of Head should be held by someone who has the personal respect of students and colleagues, who is a teacher and scholar, but who is willing to assume for a time special responsibility for the harmonious and effective functioning of the University at the department level. In departments which prepare students for professional careers (e.g. in the Schulich School of Engineering), the Head should also have earned the regard of non-academic colleagues. During the period of appointment, a Head is expected to put the interests of the department ahead of one’s own research interest.


The Head should be appointed for devotion to education and research, for intellectual, professional and administrative abilities, and for qualities of leadership.”

Candidates will also be considered relative to the following key attributes:


  • Vision: Ability to identify strategic priorities within the rapidly changing fields of Geomatics Engineering.
  • Leadership: Ability and commitment to lead, guide and work within complex dynamic environments.
  • Integrity: Ability to lead others through effective and transparent decision-making to facilitate trust among all stakeholders consistently and equitably.
  • Fairness: Provide fair and balanced treatment across the Department.
  • Communication: Highly effective at communicating and engaging with all faculty, administrative staff,                          technical staff, graduate and undergraduate students, post-doctoral fellows and associates.
  • Scholarship: Recognize and support the continued pursuit of scholarly excellence in research and teaching and learning within the Department.
  • Advocacy: Effective advocate for the Department’s people and resources.
  • Connection: A strong vision for the future branding of Geomatics, which will require the development of stronger outreach and connection to groups outside of the Geomatics community. The candidate should focus on marketing techniques, which will bring attention to the importance and relevancy of innovative Geomatics practices.

The vision of the Schulich School of Engineering identifies three priority areas: research that makes a difference, committing to student success, and fostering diversity as described in our Strategic Plan.

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit an application online via the ‘Apply Now’ link and are advised that the application process allows for only four attachments. Your four application attachments should be organized to containing the following (which may require you to merge documents, such as publications):

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of leadership philosophy (not to exceed one page)
  • Statement of how you would champion research excellence (not to exceed one page)
  • Statement of how you would champion student success and positive experiences (not to exceed                                       one page)
  • Statement on how you would champion leadership and equity, diversity and inclusion (not to exceed one page)
  • Name and contact information of at least three referees


Applications will be accepted until March 5, 2018.

For more information, and to apply, please visit the university’s career page.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)


Diana S. Sinton, Ph.D.

Executive Director, UCGIS


607.252.6851 (office)

Spatial Data Architect


Contribute to a growing team of partners including faculty, librarians, and educational technologists focused on building capacity in spatial analysis and spatial data visualization within the library and across campus.   Advance knowledge and skills in spatial science within the Library’s Teaching, Learning, and Research (TLR) team to support spatial thinking and spatial literacy across campus.  Play a central role in developing and providing services to support the identification, creation, curation, visualization, analysis, and dissemination of spatial data used and generated by the Smith College community. Develop curricular materials and tools for classes using spatial data technologies. Work with faculty and students to promote the use of spatial research methods in a wide range of knowledge domains, including developing innovative Digital Humanities projects.

Instructional Technology   Apply current and emerging learning frameworks and knowledge of spatial technologies and methods to design and support the creation of instructional materials, and online/blended learning objects for a diverse set of classes in the Sciences, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Collaborate closely with departments and programs that are major users of GIS technology and advise curricular development that reflects current and developing research needs. Provide in-person technical support to students and faculty working on independent research using spatial technologies. Identify needs and opportunities for workshop development; design engaging instructional materials and teach workshops on a regular schedule. Instruct non-credit one-week interterm GIS class and other related (possibly credit bearing) classes depending on need.


Application and Map Development  Develop map-centric applications enabling new research and teaching methods utilizing digitized collections.  Assist in the conception and implementation of an evolving strategy designed to expand the Library’s spatial data presence and to make extraordinary collections available/visible in digital form. Coordinate and participate in initiatives and activities to build digital applications that facilitate discovery and access to the library’s spatial data holdings.


Data Management, Equipment Maintenance, and System Administration Provide administrative and program support in maintaining the Library’s spatial data collection, and acquire or generate new digital materials to support classroom and research activities. Generate metadata as required to meet internal and external standards and requirements. Develop and administer enterprise / organizational maps services both hosted and cloud based systems.  Configure and maintain field data collection equipment.


Administration and outreach  Identify opportunities to apply spatial tools and methods to internal and external funding possibilities that advance spatial literacy at the college. Assist in proposal writing, budget development, and administration of grant awards. Participate in grant-funded research and collaborate on digital scholarship projects with the Teaching, Learning, & Research group and faculty. Assist in all forms of outreach, drawing upon the full range of library services, including blog posts, social media and conference presentations. Conduct targeted outreach to nontraditional GIS users and student organizations.


Education/Experience:  Advanced degree in discipline such as Geography, Geoscience, Environmental Science with emphasis in quantitative spatial data analysis plus a minimum of 3 years’ experience with research or direct project experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in a higher education setting, or an equivalent combination of education/experience.  Teaching experience, especially at the undergraduate level.  Experience supervising students in a work-study environment

Skills: Knowledge of current issues and trends in pedagogy; understanding of current data analysis and data visualization methods.  Excellent critical thinking, interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written). Ability to communicate well with faculty, staff and users at all levels and from diverse backgrounds. Proficient with GIS software with a focus on ESRI ArcGIS and skills in interacting with GIS software programmatically.  Fluent in ArcGIS API for Javascript and ArcPy.  Fluent in open-source and web-based GIS and data analysis tools such as Leaflet, jQuery, OpenStreetMap, QGIS, PostGreSQL/PostGIS, SQL, and GeoServer.  Demonstrated experience working with data management and visualization tools such as D3.js, R, Javascript, and Python.  Knowledge of data management and curation.  Demonstrated ability to initiate and manage collaborative projects.


Smith College is an AA/EO/Vet/Disability Employer

Open Position at Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology (HeiGIT)

You genuinely enjoy developing open source Geoinformation Services used by thousands on a daily basis? You are a highly motivated Java Backend Developer and algorithm designer? And you love using and enhancing OpenStreetMap for high-performance GI services for global coverage? Then we actually might have a suitable and interesting job for you.

In order to promote technology transfer and applied research in the area of ​​Geoinformatics, the Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology (HeiGIThttp://www.heigit.org) is currently being established with the support of the Klaus Tschira Foundation. In the future, this endeavor is to be continued in the future as an independent institute. To this end, we are looking for a motivated Software Engineer in the field of OSM Routing Services (Java Backend). Depending on your experience the tasks are related to at least one of the following areas:

Route Planning, Smart Mobility and Navigation Intelligence

  • Development and design of innovative routing services, algorithms and extensions for the well-known open source project http://go.OpenRouteService.org (Java).
  • Extension of the global services infrastructure of various location-based services (LBS) using OSM.
  • Development of highly performant algorithms, methods and GI web services, especially for the analysis and data enrichment of heterogeneous global geodata sets e.g. from the Social Web, OpenStreetMap, etc., especially in the domain of routing, traffic and navigation etc.

We offer an attractive position in an interdisciplinary team in a highly dynamic and growing market. HeiGIT is and will be related closely to the Department of Geoinformatics, which is member of the Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing (IWR) and the Heidelberg Center for the Environment (HCE). We offer a stimulating interdisciplinary research environment with many personal development opportunities.

We expect a highly-motivated backend developer with solid experience in Java or C++ and an above-average university degree in one of the subjects such as Geoinformatics, Computer Science, Geography, Mathematics or similar.

The position is to be filled as soon as possible and for administrative reasons initially limited for two years – with the option of sustainable extension. Please send application documents (CV, certificates, references, etc.) as soon as possible to zipf@uni-heidelberg.de

 https://www.facebook.com/GIScienceHeidelberg                                                                                                                                                 http://twitter.com/GIScienceHD

– GIScience Research Group Heidelberg University http://uni-heidelberg.de/gis Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology http://heigit.org

Two GIScience Lecturer Positions Open at UChicago

The Committee on Geographical Sciences at the University of Chicago invites applications for a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer position in Geographic Information Science (GIS). Review of applications will begin January 21, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled or the search is closed. 
More Information about the positions:
Luc Anselin, PhD
Stein-Freiler Distinguished Service Professor of Sociology and the College
Director, Center for Spatial Data Science
Senior Fellow, NORC
University of Chicago

A PhD Position in Geospatial Information Science

The PhD student will be working in the ALEXANDER project that intends to develop a design tool for automatically generating living structure, which is characterized by far more small things than large ones globally and more or less similar things locally, for biophilic urban design. It aims to develop a suite of differentiating algorithms to create living structures based on city plans of historical cities such as Venice and Rome. It will set up SimCity-like simulations to conduct what-if modeling in order to better understand why and how these living structures work. The developed tool will be tested and improved through experiments with spatial planning students and design practitioners. The design tools targeted at biophilic urban design – in terms of creating living structures rather than increasing buildings’ aesthetic appeal through inserting trees and shrubs – provide an alternative to existing industrial design tools such as AutoCAD, and thus help make or re-make urban environments living, beautiful, and sustainable.

Bin Jiang
University of Gävle
Department of Industrial Development, IT and Land Management