Postdoc in Question-based Analysis of Geographic Information with Semantic Queries


Job description
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In the age of big data, geographic information has become a central means for data scientists of various disciplines to embed their analysis into a spatio-temporal context, from human mobility patterns and social inequality to the investigation of personal health. However, as the variety of data sources and software available on the Web increases, it becomes more and more impossible to comprehend and utilize all tools and data available to answer geo-analytical questions. Hence, whenever a functionality is needed but not available in one tool, analysts are forced to reformulate their questions in terms of technicalities of another tool or other datasets. This procedure does not scale with the increasing variety of geo-analytic sources on the web, preventing analysts from tapping its full potential. Consider, in contrast, how easy it is for a user of a digital smartphone assistant such as Amazon’s Alexa to ask a question like “What is the weather today?” and get back an answer from the Web. It would mean a tremendous breakthrough if analysts could similarly ask questions in order to get the tools and data required to answer them. Unfortunately, geo-analytic technology currently cannot handle questions.

To realize this vision, it is necessary to understand how geo-analytic resources can be captured with the questions they answer. The QuAnGIS project, a 5-year research project at Utrecht University, starting in January 2019 funded by the European Research Commission (ERC), develops a theory about interrogative spatial concepts needed to turn geo-analytical questions into a machine-readable form using Semantic Web and Question-Answering (QA) technology. Concepts include “spatial core concepts” field, object, network, event (Kuhn 2012), as well as analytical concepts such as accessibility, exposure, density, distance and aggregation. In this form, questions can be matched with the capacity of major analytical GIS tools and data sources on the Web.

We are looking for an experienced Researcher in order to cope with the conceptual as well as computational challenges involved and to help guide the project team (2 PhD candidates and a technician) together with the project leader. The Postdoc is responsible for developing technology to match spatial questions in the form of semantic queries with descriptions of geospatial tools and data sources. This is the central computational mechanism of the developed technology stack.

The Postdoc will work on the following topics:
• help develop a gold standard of question-answers in geospatial analysis for evaluation;
• develop tractable query language (SPARQL) subsets for query matching;
• develop matching algorithms and reasoning technology for matching questions and tools;
• evaluate question matching on gold standard;
• help perform user study for evaluating technology stack.

Tasks of the Postdoc consist of (but are not limited to):
• conducting and spurring scientific research in the fields of Geospatial Semantics, Geographic Information Science, Ontology Engineering, or Semantic Web relevant to handling spatial questions and analytic resources;
• collection of data for developing a gold standard of question-answers as well as analytic (web) resources for geospatial analysis (filling web repository with content);
• perform user studies for specifying test scenarios and for testing the technology stack, including the matching algorithm, the question formulation interface as well as the tool/data repository with geospatial analysts;
• publication of results in scientific journals and presentation in high quality international conferences in these fields;
• organizing multi-stakeholder meetings and workshops to test and discuss the technology;
• to develop teaching skills, researchers in the project are expected to contribute to the teaching programme of the Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning to a limited degree (up to 10%).

Qualifications
We are looking for a candidate with an excellent track record in Information Science or the Semantic Web, with a strong interest in thinking about data semantics as well as geographic analytics and appropriate technology and who thrives when working in interdisciplinary settings.

We encourage you to apply if you:
• have a relevant background in Geographic Information Science, Computer Science, or another field related to question-based computation and data analysis;
• have a strong track record in the Semantic Web, Geospatial Analysis or in Semantics;
• have demonstrated experience in application development for Semantic Web reasoning or in algorithmic data matching and querying;
• have experience in conducting scientific research leading to high-quality publications;
• are willing to explore options for grant writing to acquire additional projects in this area (including personal grants);
• have a good (international) research network;
• are a team player;
• have the willingness to teach for up to 10% of your time;
• are proficient in both written and spoken English.

You are expected to:
• start with the project in February or later in 2019;
• meet the goals and deadlines as set out in the project proposal.

Offer
You will initially be offered a temporary position for a period of one year (0.8 FTE). Depending on good performance, the contract may be extended to a total period of four years. The gross salary – depending on previous qualifications and experience – ranges between €3,123 and € 4,274,- gross per month for a full-time employment (scale 10 Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities as of February 2019). Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8 % and a year-end bonus of 8.3 % per year. We offer a pension scheme, (partly paid) parental leave, collective insurance schemes and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model).

Facilities for sports and child care are available on our main campus (where the Department is situated), which is located only 15 minutes away from the historical city center of Utrecht.

About the organization
A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

The city of Utrecht is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, with a charming old centre and an internationally oriented culture that is strongly influenced by its century-old university. Utrecht city has been consistently ranked as one of the most liveable cities in the Netherlands.

The Faculty of Geosciences conducts education and research concerning the geosphere, biosphere, atmosphere and anthroposphere. With a complement of 2,600 students (BSc and MSc) and 600 staff, the Faculty is a strong organisation. The Faculty is organised in four Departments: Innovation, Environmental & Energy Sciences, Earth Sciences, Physical Geography, and Human Geography & Spatial Planning.

The Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning has its focus on the enhancement of long-term economic developments of cities, how to cope with social inequalities and how to ensure a healthy urban living. Research on these topics takes place within our research programme “Urban Futures: Transitions Towards Economic and Social Sustainability for Cities”.

Our research programme is the basis for our Research Master Human Geography and Geographical Information Management and Applications (GIMA) and Professional Master in Human Geography, International Development Studies and Spatial Planning. The Department runs also a large and highly appreciated Bachelor Programme and is part of the Netherlands Graduate School of Urban and Regional Research for PhD candidates.

The project team is part of a new Geographic Information Methods (GIM) interest group within the Social Urban Transitions (SUT) research programme in the Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning, Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University. It is linked to the Healthy Urban Living research group comprising a wide variety of researchers, for instance with backgrounds in transport Geography, Epidemiology, Urban Geography, and Health Sciences. It is also linked to the Vitality Data Centre, a project involving data scientists and researchers interested in methods for assessing physical activity and health.

Additional information
Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from Dr. Simon Scheider via s.scheider@uu.nl.
Apply
To apply, please use the button below and attach a letter of motivation, curriculum vitae (both English) and e-mail address of at least one referee.

Apply before December 9, 2018. Interviews will be held in January 2018. The candidate is expected to start in February 2018 or later.

The application deadline is
09/12/2018

2 PhD positions in Question-based Analysis of Geographic Information with Semantic Queries


Job description
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In the age of big data, geographic information has become a central means for data scientists of various disciplines to embed their analysis into a spatio-temporal context, from human mobility patterns and social inequality to the investigation of personal health. However, as the variety of data sources and software available on the Web increases, it becomes more and more impossible to comprehend and utilize all tools and data available to answer geo-analytical questions. Hence, whenever a functionality is needed but not available in one tool, analysts are forced to reformulate their questions in terms of technicalities of another tool or other datasets. This procedure does not scale with the increasing variety of geo-analytic sources on the web, preventing analysts from tapping its full potential. Consider, in contrast, how easy it is for a user of a digital smartphone assistant such as Amazon’s Alexa to ask a question like “What is the weather today?” and get back an answer from the Web. It would mean a tremendous breakthrough if analysts could similarly ask questions in order to get the tools and data required to answer them. Unfortunately, geo-analytic technology currently cannot handle questions.

To realize this vision, it is necessary to understand how geo-analytic resources can be captured with the questions they answer. The QuAnGIS project, a 5-year research project at Utrecht University, starting in January 2019 funded by the European Research Commission (ERC), develops a theory about interrogative spatial concepts needed to turn geo-analytical questions into a machine-readable form using Semantic Web and Question-Answering (QA) technology. Concepts include “spatial core concepts” field, object, network, event (Kuhn 2012), as well as analytical concepts such as accessibility, exposure, density, distance and aggregation. In this form, questions can be matched with the capacity of major analytical GIS tools and data sources on the Web.

The 2 PhD positions in this project focus on the semantic concepts required and the information technology needed to enable GIS analysts to formulate questions and to retrieve resources for analysis. This involves the following two questions:

  • PhD 1: How can geo-analytical questions be captured in terms of semantic queries in a machine readable way? This involves an ontological investigation into spatial concepts and geo-analytical questions in project scenarios and literature, into the expressiveness of query languages, as well as into technical interfaces to let users formulate spatial questions for analysis.
  • PhD 2: How can the intention of geo-analytical resources (data and tools) be described in terms of the questions they answer? This involves an investigation into GIS tools and their functionality in terms of spatial concepts, as well as standard web data sources, and how both can be linked using semantic concepts. The purpose is to build an integrated extensible Web repository about analytical tools and data sources.

Important tasks of the PhD candidates are:

  • conducting scientific research in the fields of Geospatial Semantics, Geographic Information Science, Ontology Engineering, and Semantic Web relevant to handling spatial questions and analytic resources;
  • collection and semantic description of geographic information scenarios for developing a gold standard of question-answers as well as analytic (web) resources for geospatial analysis (filling web repository with content);
  • perform user studies for specifying test scenarios and for testing both the question formulation interface as well as the tool/data repository with geospatial analysts;
  • publication of results in scientific journals and presentation in high quality international conferences in these fields;
  • organizing multi-stakeholder meetings and workshops to test and discuss the technology;
  • to develop teaching skills, students are also expected to contribute to the teaching programme of the Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning to a limited degree (up to 10%).

Your responsibilities are:

  • start with the project in February or later in 2019;
  • meet the goals/deadlines as set out in the project proposal;
  • complete a PhD thesis within the 4-year contract period.
Qualifications
We seek 2 highly motivated PhD candidates who have a strong interest in thinking about data semantics as well as geographic analytics and appropriate technology.

They should have:

  • a MSc degree in Geographic Information, Computer Science, Data Science or Geography;
  • analytical skills and interest in geographic data analysis;
  • strong scientific writing skills;
  • interest in academic theory development and abstraction as well as theory application;
  • affinity with scientific research in Geospatial Semantics, GIScience or Semantic Web;
  • experience with Semantic Web technology, GIS technology or Data Science technology;
  • experience with Web data sources and corresponding APIs, such as OSM;
  • solid abilities in programming and application development are needed. Experience in Web programming, Semantic Web development or Machine Learning is a bonus;
  • independent, pro-active working style;
  • motivation to work in an international team;
  • excellent communication skills (written and verbally) in English.
Offer
You will initially be offered a full-time position for the duration of one year. Upon a good performance the contract will be extended to a total period of four years, with the specific intent that it results in a doctorate within this period.

The gross monthly salary starts at €2,266 in the first year, and ends at €2,897 in the fourth year (scale P Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities). The salary is supplemented with a holiday allowance of 8% per year and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%. In addition, we offer a pension scheme, collective insurance schemes and flexible employment conditions.

Facilities for sports and child care are available on our main campus (where the Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning is situated), which is located only 15 minutes away from the historical city centre of Utrecht.

About the organization
A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.​_

The city of Utrecht is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, with a charming old centre and an internationally oriented culture that is strongly influenced by its century-old university. Utrecht city has been consistently ranked as one of the most liveable cities in the Netherlands.

The Faculty of Geosciences conducts education and research concerning the geosphere, biosphere, atmosphere and anthroposphere. With a complement of 2,600 students (BSc and MSc) and 600 staff, the Faculty is a strong organisation. The Faculty is organised in four Departments: Innovation, Environmental & Energy Sciences, Earth Sciences, Physical Geography, and Human Geography & Spatial Planning.

The Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning has its focus on the enhancement of long-term economic developments of cities, how to cope with social inequalities and how to ensure a healthy urban living. Research on these topics takes place within our research programme “Urban Futures: Transitions Towards Economic and Social Sustainability for Cities”.

Our research programme is the basis for our Research Master Human Geography and Geographical Information Management and Applications (GIMA) and Professional Master in Human Geography, International Development Studies and Spatial Planning. The Department runs also a large and highly appreciated Bachelor Programme and is part of the Netherlands Graduate School of Urban and Regional Research for PhD candidates.

The project team is part of a new Geographic Information Methods (GIM) interest group within the Social Urban Transitions (SUT) research programme in the Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning, Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University. It is linked to the Healthy Urban Living research group comprising a wide variety of researchers, for instance with backgrounds in transport Geography, Epidemiology, Urban Geography, and Health Sciences. It is also linked to the Vitality Data Centre, a project involving data scientists and researchers interested in methods for assessing physical activity and health.

Additional information
Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from Dr. Simon Scheider via s.scheider@uu.nl.
Apply
To apply, please use the button below and attach a letter of motivation, curriculum vitae (in English) and e-mail address of at least one referee.

In your motivation letter, please indicate your priority with respect to the two PhD topics.

Apply before December 7, 2018. Interviews will be held in January 2018. The candidate is expected to start in February 2018 or later.

The application deadline is
09/12/2018

Researcher in GIS, Lund University


Lund University GIS Centre at the Department of Physical Geography and
Ecosystem Science is one of the World’s leading centers in the field of
Geographical Information Science. Besides strong scientific networks in
Sweden, the centre has large international networks in Europe, USA,
Australia, Africa, Middle East, and Central Asia. GIS Centre has been
involved in several national and international projects funded or
supported by e.g EU, Swedish research agencies, and international
organizations such as WHO. The GIS Center is going to expand its
research activities in the area of processing and analysis of VGI as
well as social media data. The aim of this call is to employ a
researcher with a very high scientific competence to join our research
group and increase the quality of research by producing more/better results.

We are looking for a person who is driven, can structure and organize
his or her own work, a person who is patient, flexible, and who is
social and communicative. He or she should have the intention to work in
group, share and discuss his/her ideas, knowledge and achievements with
the group and to be helpful to the group members.

For more information visit:
https://lu.mynetworkglobal.com/en/what:job/jobID:231414/


Ali Mansourian (PhD)
Associate Professor (Docent)
Lund University GIS Center &
Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science
Lund University, Sweden
Phone: +46 46 222 1733
Mobile: +46 720 108 096
http://www.nateko.lu.se/ali-mansourian
Invoice address: Sölvegatan 12, SE-22362 Lund, Sweden
Visiting Address: Sölvegatan 10, SE-22362 Lund, Sweden

Assistant Professor in GIS at UCONN


The Department of Geography at the University of Connecticut, Storrs seeks an outstanding scholar to fill a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in Geographic Information Science (GIScience) with an expected start date of August 2019. We are seeking applicants who specialize in spatial data science with a focus on one or more areas, viz., Geovisualization (e.g. webGIS, digital cartography, visualization of large, complex, and multidimensional geospatial and movement data) and Analytics and Modeling (e.g., advanced spatial modeling, space-time analytics, spatial interaction, network analysis, data mining). We particularly welcome applicants who are able to strengthen our existing research cluster of Geographic Information Science and Systems and complement other clusters of Spatial Analysis of Social Issues, Earth System Dynamics, and Human-Environment Dynamics by critically applying GIScience methods. More details on the research clusters can be found at https://geography.uconn.edu/people/clusters  Successful candidates will have the opportunity to teach advanced courses in GIScience such as Geovisualization, Cartography, WebGIS, GIS programming, data mining, big data analytics, and other courses in their area of specialization.

The University of Connecticut (UConn) is in the midst of a transformational period of growth supported by the $1.7B Next Generation Connecticut (http://nextgenct.uconn.edu/), the $1B Bioscience Connecticut (http://biosciencect.uchc.edu/) investments, and a bold new Academic Plan: Path to Excellence. The Department of Geography has 18 faculty and is poised to expand further as the University of Connecticut consolidates its position as the best public university in New England and one of the top 20 public universities nationwide. The University of Connecticut offers excellent opportunities and resources such as high performance computing (https://hpc.uconn.edu/) for interdisciplinary collaborative research with the School of  Engineering, Department of Statistics, College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, School of Business, Digital Humanities and Media Studies, Center for Environmental Science and Engineering, and Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

The successful candidate will have a PhD in Geography or a related discipline by August 23, 2019; a proven record of excellence in teaching; demonstrated potential in establishing a successful research and scholarship program; and a deep commitment to promoting diversity through an academic or research program.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

The successful candidate will be expected to establish and maintain a strong program of research and publication in GIScience and to develop a robust, externally funded research portfolio that advances the candidate’s research as well as the mission of the Department of Geography. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in GIScience and take an active role in bringing currency and creativity to the development of the curriculum. The successful candidate will also demonstrate an ability to mentor graduate and undergraduate students, to participate in outreach activities, and to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.

APPOINTMENT TERMS

This is a full-time 9-month tenure-track position. The successful candidate’s appointment will be at the Storrs campus. Salary is competitive based on experience and qualifications.

TO APPLY

Go to https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/12621. Select “Apply” to be redirected to Academic Jobs Online to complete your application. Please submit a curriculum vitaeletter of applicationstatement of research and teaching interests, and two samples of publications. Follow the instructions in Academic Jobs Online to direct three reference writers to submit letters of reference on your behalf. For questions, please contact Debs Ghosh at debarchana.ghosh@uconn.edu and/or Chuanrong (Cindy) Zhang at cindy.zhang@uconn.edu. Review of applications will begin January 1, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. The University of Connecticut encourages minorities, women, and people with disabilities to apply for this position. For more information regarding the Department of Geography please visit the department website at https://geography.uconn.edu/.

Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.  (Search 2019182). This position will be filled subject to budgetary approval. All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics, which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp

You can also find the job link here: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/12621

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Chuanrong (Cindy) Zhang

Professor and Department Head

Department of Geography

Center for Environmental Sciences and Engineering

University of Connecticut

215 Glenbrook Rd., Unit 4148

Storrs, CT 06269-4148

Phone: 860-486-3656

Website: http://geography.uconn.edu/people/faculty/cindy-zhang/

Position of Assistant Professor in Political Ecology in the area of international illicit supply networks


The Department of Geography at the University of Alabama is hiring for the tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in Political Ecology in the area of international illicit supply networks. The successful candidate’s research and teaching area of expertise will be in political ecology, or a closely related discipline, concerning one or more aspects of illicit supply networks in relation to human-environment interactions, coupled with substantial expertise in geospatial analysis. Topical specializations may include: geographic information science, value chain analysis, policy impact assessment, social or trade network analysis, financial transaction analytics, economic geography, land and/or supply chain governance, or political corruption. This new position will support the expansion of a collaborative research cluster with the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice and other campus partners to study international illicit supply networks.

Please note that one does not need to currently be studying illicit supply networks to apply for this position. Many of the expertise and approaches used to study conventional (i.e., legal) supply network are applicable and of interest to the search committee.

Applications received by November 16, 2018 will receive priority, and review will continue until the position is filled. Apply online at https://facultyjobs.ua.edu/postings/44016. Applicants must attach a cover letter, CV (including contact information for at least three references), and statements of research and teaching interests.  For additional information, contact the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Nicholas Magliocca (nrmagliocca@ua.edu).

CENIA nabídka pracovní pozice


Specialista GIS v aplikaci pro životní prostředí

Náplň práce:

– analytická práce s prostorovými daty v aplikacích pro životní prostředí,

– příprava tematických mapových podkladů,

– podpora implementace Směrnice INSPIRE,

– zajišťování správy Národního geoportálu INSPIRE,

– příprava a publikace mapových služeb.

Spolupráce při přípravě:

– mapových podkladů pro Zprávu o životním prostředí ČR, Zprávy o životním prostředí v krajích ČR, Statistickou ročenku životního prostředí ČR, aj.

– rozvoj dalších analytických metodik pro podporu hodnocení životního prostředí,

– metodiky vrstvy Národního krajinného pokryvu.

Co od Vás očekáváme:

– VŠ vzdělání technického, popř. přírodovědného směru (geoinformatika, kartografie, geografie), vhodné i pro absolventy, praxe výhodou,

– znalost zpracování vektorových a rastrových dat,

– zájem o problematiku životního prostředí,

– orientace v problematice infrastruktury prostorových informací (INSPIRE) výhodou,

– uživatelská úroveň práce s programy na zpracování a publikaci prostorových dat:

ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Server (výhodou), QGIS,

ENVI (výhodou),

FME (výhodou),

– znalosti práce s relační databází (znalost SQL),

– elementární znalost programování – např. Python,

– základní znalost HTML, CSS, XML,

– samostatný, odpovědný a proaktivní přístup,

– kreativní přístup k práci, zájem o sebevzdělávání, ochota učit se nové věci,

– schopnost práce v týmu,

– dobré vyjadřovací a komunikační schopnosti, výborný písemný projev, prezentační schopnosti,

– středně pokročilá znalost angličtiny (schopnost číst a analyzovat informace u odborných textů).

Nabízíme:

– plný či zkrácený pracovní úvazek,

– nástup od 2. 1. 2019 (náhrada za mateřskou dovolenou),

– zaměstnanecké benefity: pružná pracovní doba, 5 týdnů dovolené, stravenky

– odměňování podle zákoníku práce a podle Přílohy č. 1 k nařízení vlády č. 564/2006 Sb., osobní ohodnocení

– mimořádné mzdové ocenění za splnění plánovaných úkolů

– možnost spolupráce na dalších projektech a výzkumných záměrech CENIA

– Více informací o nabízené pozici: zbynek.stein@cenia.cz,

Životopis a krátký motivační dopis prosím posílejte na e-mail: zbynek.stein@cenia.cz

Stránky s nabídkou pozice naleznete na tomto odkazu.

Assistant Professor Position – Urban Inequality & Health Disparities


The Department of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for a tenured or tenure-track faculty position at the level of Assistant Professor with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2019. The Department is looking for exceptional individuals with particular emphasis in the area of urban inequality and health disparities. Urban social inequalities are observed at the individual, relationship/network, community/neighborhood, and societal levels, and are embedded in life course dynamics. The successful candidate will have research and teaching expertise on the social and structural determinants and/or observable manifestations of urban inequality at any of these levels. Topics could include, but are not limited to, disparities in health, income, transportation, or residence relating to race/ethnicity, socio-economic status, gender, or other characteristics. We are particularly interested in researchers using innovative theory and quantitative methods that account for social and spatial context. Applicants with perspectives from public health, demography, sociology, or other related fields in addition to geography are encouraged to apply. The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service as appropriate to the position. Applications received by December 1, 2018 will be given priority consideration, but the position will remain open until filled.  To apply please visit https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF01334.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

https://geog.ucsb.edu/open-positions/

Geospatial Data Services Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Colorado – Boulder


Job Announcement

University of Colorado Boulder Libraries

Geospatial Data Services Postdoctoral Fellowship

The University of Colorado Boulder Libraries seeks applications for a 24-month postdoctoral fellowship to focus on creating a program of research support for the current and evolving geospatial research needs of faculty and students across disciplines. The Fellow will be instrumental in planning and developing library services related to creating, locating, analyzing, and visualizing geospatial data in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.

Responsibilities include:

  • Develop event programming and outreach initiatives across campus to support geospatial research as well as digital scholarship and research data services more generally.
  • Design and teach workshops and/or courses incorporating geospatial data topics, including data cleaning and structuring, data access, data literacy, and data visualization as well as on specific programs such as ArcGIS, Carto, QGIS and other tools.
  • Collaborate with subject librarians on creating tailored instruction and resources supporting user engagement with geospatial approaches and on responding to geospatially related data queries, including the proper citation of geospatial data.
  • Investigate needs and collaborate to expand current geospatial data curation services.

As part of a highly collaborative team in the University Libraries’ Department of Open and Digital Scholarship and CU Boulder’s Center for Research Data and Digital Scholarship, this position plays a key role in the University’s educational mission by establishing strong relationships with faculty and students, and collaborating with Libraries colleagues to connect them to the resources, technologies and tools that meet their research, teaching and learning needs. The fellow will report to the director of the Department of Open and Digital Scholarship.

The Fellow will receive training, education, and professional development opportunities through the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Postdoctoral Fellowship program.

Qualifications

Required

  • PhD completed after Jan. 1, 2014, and before beginning the fellowship (see CLIR’s eligibility requirements)
  • Experience working with geospatial data for research
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently in a team environment
  • Strong verbal and written communication abilities; excellent interpersonal skills
  • Commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion

 

Desired

  • Demonstrated commitment to and experience teaching
  • Experience with geospatial analysis using GIS analysis software or programming languages, such as ArcGIS, QGIS, R, Python, etc.
  • Familiarity with data visualization tools and techniques
  • Familiarity with data management, data cleaning, and data description including geospatial metadata

The University of Colorado Boulder is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building and retaining a diverse workforce to offer students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of developing and learning. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

 

Salary and Benefits

The salary for this position is in the range of $55,000-$65,000 plus benefits, depending on qualifications. Travel related to participation in the fellowship program will be paid by the University Libraries.

Application Process

The fellowship is coordinated by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and application must be made through their program here: https://www.clir.org/fellowships/postdoc/applicants/. The application deadline is January 4, 2019. Our announcement is posted here: https://www.clir.org/fellowships/postdoc/applicants/university-of-colorado-boulder/.

The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin. The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and, when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history.

Environment

 

About the University and Libraries:
As the flagship University of a multi-campus system in the State of Colorado, CU Boulder is a dynamic community of scholars and learners situated on one of the most beautiful college campuses in the country.  As one of 34 U.S. public institutions belonging to the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU)—and the only member in the Rocky Mountain region—we have a proud tradition of academic excellence, with five Nobel laureates and more than 50 members of prestigious academic academies.

CU-Boulder has blossomed in size and quality since we opened our doors in 1877—attracting superb faculty, staff, and students and building strong programs in the sciences, engineering, business, law, arts, humanities, education, music, and many other disciplines.

Today, with our sights set on becoming the standard for the great comprehensive public research universities of the new century, we strive to serve the people of Colorado and to engage with the world through excellence in our teaching, research, creative work, and service.  The University Libraries faculty and staff are diverse, talented, and passionate people who share this vision and mission.  Librarians participate at all levels of the campus and hold full faculty status and rank.  The Libraries, a member of the Association of Research Libraries, holds the largest collection in the Rocky Mountain region with over 12 million books, periodicals, government publications, audiovisual materials, microforms, maps, manuscripts, papers and computer-based resources. The Libraries faculty and staff collaborate internally, with colleagues beyond the campus, and with our clients to advance information literacy, intellectual freedom, lifelong learning, the disciplinary growth of information, and the amplification of knowledge.

 

About Boulder, Colorado:
Boulder and the surrounding area is known as one of the best places to live because of its spectacular setting, acres of open space, and vibrant atmosphere.  At 5,430 feet above sea level, acres of vast open space entwine into Boulder’s cityscape nestled into the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Home to approximately 90,000 residents, Boulder has a mild, dry climate with more than 300 days of sunshine per year. Boulder offers activities for every interest.  Over 80 miles of pedestrian and bike paths, as well as a convenient bus system, provide transportation around town and to the Denver metropolitan area. Photographers, music lovers, rock climbers, Olympians, artists, and others are drawn to this great city because of its scenic beauty, vibrant culture, and fabulous amenities. Boulder is just three hours from 11 ski resorts, 40 minutes from Denver, and moments from 43,000 acres of open space and trails.

Ph.D. Assistantships in Geospatial Analytics at NC State University


The cutting-edge Ph.D. program in Geospatial Analytics (go.ncsu.edu/geospatial-phd) at North Carolina State University’s Center for Geospatial Analytics (geospatial.ncsu.edu) is now accepting applications for Fall 2019 enrollment. Twelve fully funded graduate assistantships with $25,000 salary, benefits, and tuition support are available. The application deadline is February 1, 2019.

 

The Center for Geospatial Analytics at NC State is an internationally recognized hub for interdisciplinary data scientists advancing novel understanding of spatial phenomena and applying new knowledge to grand challenges. Ph.D. students will receive multidisciplinary advising and the opportunity to work with over twenty faculty fellows with diverse expertise from nearly a dozen departments across NC State. Students with quantitative and computational backgrounds in geography, informatics, or remote sensing are strongly encouraged to apply. We welcome students interested in pushing the boundaries of geospatial analytics and technology from a variety of perspectives, including design, cognitive science, natural resources and the environment, computer science, engineering, and more. Faculty at the center develop and apply innovative techniques that include tangible user interfaces and 3D visualizations, novel remote sensing and image processing algorithms, open source software solutions, dynamic spatio-temporal modeling, participatory research with stakeholders, and citizen science.

NC State’s unique graduate program in Geospatial Analytics also includes an off-campus professional externship within government (local, state, federal), industry, nonprofit, private, or academic research organizations. Additional details and complete application instructions are available at go.ncsu.edu/geospatial-phd. Interested students are also encouraged to contact Rachel Kasten, Graduate Services Coordinator (rachelkasten@ncsu.edu or 919-515-2800), with any questions.

Best wishes,

Ross

Ross K. Meentemeyer, Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Professor

Director | Center for Geospatial Analytics

Chair | Geospatial Analytics Graduate Faculty

 

College of Natural Resources

Jordan Hall 5106 | Campus Box 7106

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, NC 27695 USA

rkmeente@ncsu.edu | 919-513-2372 | geospatial.ncsu.edu

Visiting Assistant Professor in GIS, University of Connecticut


https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/12173

 

 

Position Title : Visiting Assistant Professor in Geographic Information Science (GIS)

 

The Department of Geography, University of Connecticut, invites applications for a one-year position of Visiting Assistant Professor in Geographic Information Science (GIS) starting in August 2019. The position is renewable annually subject to funding availability and satisfactory performance. This position will contribute to our Geographic Techniques curriculum, which includes cartography, visualization, and other GIS courses.

The University of Connecticut (UConn) is in the midst of a transformational period of growth supported by the $1.7B Next Generation Connecticut (http://nextgenct.uconn.edu/) and the $1B Bioscience Connecticut (http://biosciencect.uchc.edu/) investments and a bold new Academic Plan: Path to Excellence (http://issuu.com/uconnprovost/docs/academic-plan-single-hi-optimized_1).We are pleased to continue these investments by inviting applications for a faculty position in the Department of Geography at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor.

The Department of Geography has 18 faculty members, and is poised to expand further as the university consolidates its position as the best public university in New England and one of the top 20 public universities nationwide.  The department is seeking to build on its core strengths of spatial analysis of social issues, geographic information science and systems, earth system science, and human-environment dynamics.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

A PhD in Geography or a closely related field, or a master’s degree and significant industry experience, by the start date of employment. ABD candidates will be considered. The candidate should demonstrate a strong commitment to quality undergraduate education.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Expertise in GIS and an outstanding record of and commitment to effective teaching; integrating technology into instruction; the ability to contribute through teaching and/or public engagement to the diversity and excellence of the learning experience. Experience teaching different levels of GIS courses for both undergraduate and graduate curriculum is preferred. For example, teaching the core introductory Mapping and GIS courses, and advanced courses in GIS (e.g. GIS programming).

APPOINTMENT TERMS

This is a full-time, 9-month, non-tenure track position with an anticipated start date of August 2019. The teaching load will be 6 to 7 courses per year. The successful candidate’s appointment will be at the Storrs campus. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

TO APPLY

Please submit a cover lettercurriculum vitaeteaching statement (including teaching philosophy that illustrates commitment to effective teaching, teaching experience, and concepts for new course development); and commitment to diversity statement (including broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and research and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles) to Academic Jobs Online. Additionally, please follow the instructions in Academic Jobs Online to direct three references to submit letters of reference on your behalf. Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

For more information regarding the Department of Geography please visit the department website at www.geography.uconn.edu.

Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.  (Search 2019123)

This position will be filled subject to budgetary approval.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics, which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.

 

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Chuanrong (Cindy) Zhang

Professor and Department Head

Department of Geography

Center for Environmental Sciences and Engineering

University of Connecticut

215 Glenbrook Rd., Unit 4148

Storrs, CT 06269-4148

Phone: 860-486-2610

Website: http://geography.uconn.edu/people/faculty/cindy-zhang/