Funded PhD positions at Temple University

Funded PhD positions at Temple University
Department of Geography and Urban Studies

The Department of Geography and Urban Studies at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is accepting applications for the possibility of two funded doctoral position beginning January 2019. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until December 7, 2018. The doctoral program focuses on geographic approaches to the study of urban processes and conditions in US and international settings. Our emphasis is on the themes of globalization, sustainability, social justice, and geographical methods. We train our students to conduct theoretically-informed and empirically-grounded research in urban and metropolitan settings, understand interdisciplinary and integrative analyses of complex urban processes and problems, and specialize in techniques for urban analysis with an emphasis on GIS, spatial statistics, and qualitative methods.

The position is supported through a teaching assistantship that provides a stipend plus tuition remission. For more information on conditions of employment please The program serves full-time students. Priority is given to students with a Master’s degree in a relevant field.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until December 7, 2018. For more information, please contact Hamil Pearsall, Graduate Chair, at For more information about the department please see To apply, please see the Phd in Geography and Urban Studies on the Graduate Bulletin:

Temple University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and the University especially encourages applications from women and minorities.

Hamil Pearsall
Temple University

Tenure-track faculty position in GIScience (assistant professor)

The Department of Geography at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor specializing in geographic information science (GIScience). We are interested in candidates who will strengthen the department’s research and teaching program and help build strong connections to other relevant science communities. Candidates with an emphasis in any area associated with GIScience will be considered. A PhD degree completed before August 1, 2019, is expected. Excellence in teaching, research, and service is expected of professors employed by Penn State Geography, as is development of an externally funded research program. Participation in the department`s online geospatial education programs is also expected. To apply please upload: a letter describing how your interests would integrate with the teaching and research programs within the department, a curriculum vitae, up to four publications, and the names, addresses, and contact information of four potential referees. Applicants should provide evidence, either woven through their application materials, or as a separate diversity statement, of a commitment to fostering diversity, equity, inclusive excellence, and belonging and of engagement which creates an inclusive environment in their department/workplace. Review of applications will begin November 8, 2018, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Questions about the position should be directed to the search committee chair: Dr. Alexander Klippel, email Please do not email documents or completed applications to this address as they will not be considered.


Postdoctoral research fellow in Data Science & Geomagnetic Bird Navigation at the University of St Andrews

I’m looking for a postdoctoral research fellow to work the project on “Uncovering the Mechanisms of Migratory Bird Navigation with Big Data Analytics”, funded by Leverhulme Trust. The post-holder will undertake data science research and is expected to develop new data fusion methods for open geomagnetic and bird tracking data. The post holder will work in an interdisciplinary and international team, consisting of data scientists at the University of St Andrews and ecologists at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology (MPIO) in Germany.

Applicants should hold a PhD in geographic information science, remote sensing or a related spatial data science discipline and have an interest in movement ecology.

The post is for 14 months and is to start on 3 January 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Application DL: 1 October 2018

More info here:

Please, forward this to anyone who might be interested.

Best regards,
Urska Demsar


Dr Urska Demsar
Senior Lecturer in Geoinformatics
School of Geography & Sustainable Development
University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK

Geospatial Data Scientist

The Urban Data Visualization Lab (UDVL) in the Department of Urban
Planning and Policy (UPP), College of Urban Planning and Public
Affairs (CUPPA) at the University of Illinois at Chicago invites
applications for a full-time Geospatial Data Scientist position.
Responsibilities will include managing research, service and teaching
activities within the area of geospatial analysis and visualization
technologies as pursued by UPP and UDVL.

Located just west of Chicago’s Loop, UIC is a Carnegie Research I University (very high research activity).
It enrolls 27,000 students and is the largest public research university in the Chicago area. CUPPA was
created in 1995 as part of UIC’s Great Cities Initiative and houses two academic departments(Department
of Urban Planning and Department Policy and Public Administration). The College also hosts eight other
research centers and institutes: the Center for Public Safety and Justice, Great Cities Institute, Institute
for Research on Race and Public Policy, Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement, Natalie P.Voorhees
Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement, Survey Research Laboratory, Urban
Transportation Center, and the Government Finance Research Center .
The Department of Urban Planning and Policy (UPP) offers a highly-regarded professional degree
program, the Masters in Urban Planning and Policy (MUPP), which is accredited by the Planning
Accreditation Board. It also hosts a new and rapidly growing Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies and a small
but selective doctoral program. The department has 18 tenured and tenure-track faculty, and currently
140 MUPP students, 100 undergraduate majors, and 15 Ph.D. students are enrolled.
The Urban Data Visualization Lab (UDVL), housed within UPP, is an in-house team of spatial analysts,
modelers, designers and visualization experts who employ various technologies, including mapping and
geospatial data analysis, complex systems modeling, and visual approaches to help decision makers and
researchers across disciplines solve problems through critical geospatial reasoning and communication.
The UDVL faculty and staff also teach courses in the graduate Geospatial Analysis and Visualization (GSAV)
Certificate and the GIS minor.
Job Summary: This position is responsible for teaching activities, along with managing and conducting
research and service within the areas of geospatial analysis and visualization technologies as pursued by
the Department of Urban Planning and Policy (UPP) and the Urban Data Visualization Lab (UDVL). Due to
the teaching responsibilities included in this role there will be a faculty component associated with this
Key Responsibilities/Duties include:
• Teaching Geospatial Information and Visualization Technology course (two courses per semester).
• Contributing expertise to the development of research projects and service proposals including
designing, conducting, and coordinating research on UDVL initiatives and priority areas.
• Analyzing findings, writing research reports and presenting research finding to public audiences
and funders.
• Pursuing external funding for UDVL research including developing relationships with funders,
writing grants and coordinating applications with grants and contracts staff people.

• Developing and promoting relationships with peer research organizations in mutually beneficial
• Providing professional service on awarded projects, including professional and peer reviewed
publications and journals.
• Consulting and support to students and faculty with dissertations and/or projects that incorporate
geospatial and visualization technology applications.
• Managing UDVL office operations including supervision of research and teaching assistants,
preparing annual UDVL reports, coordinating the lab’s data and technology resources.
• Performing other related duties and participating in special projects as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications (required):
• A PhD degree in Urban Planning, Geography, Engineering, Data Science, Computer Science or
related field required.
• A minimum of one (1) year of experience in using software applications, teaching, grant writing
and publishing.
• Knowledge of spatial data analysis and visualization methods and technologies.
• Knowledge of pedagogical approaches to teaching software.
• Relevant experience in research-based organizations with the development of research ideas and
agenda preferred.
• Basic computer programming for geospatial analysis and visualization applications.
• Advanced computer programming for geospatial analysis and visualization applications preferred.
• Demonstrated proficiency in geospatial data management and analysis, visualization and/or
decision support tools and software.
• Strong writing/reporting skills.
• Proven knowledge and experience in Geospatial analysis and visualization application
• Ability to apply and integrate geospatial and visualization technologies with other information
and communication technologies and tools, including mobile apps, social media, and spatial data
infrastructures (SDIs).
• Ability to develop relationships with stakeholders, communities and external constituents.
• Demonstrated ability in geospatial and visualization research and research administration.
• Work experience in an interdisciplinary and diverse setting.
• Ability to supervise staff and plan and manage budgets.
• Research ideas and agenda development knowledge and experience.
All application materials must be submitted via HireTouch. For fullest consideration, candidates must
submit a cover letter outlining their qualifications for and interest in the Geospatial Data Scientist position,
a current curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three professional

references. Please submit by October 1, 2018 to:

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that has a strong
institutional commitment to the principle of diversity and is particularly interested in receiving
applications from a broad spectrum of people, including members of ethnic minorities, women, covered
veterans, and individuals with disabilities. The University of Illinois conducts background checks on all job
candidates upon acceptance of contingent offer of employment. Background checks will be performed in
compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Ministerstvo vnitra – výběrové řízení

Ministerstvo vnitra vypsalo výběrová řízení na tři pozice v oddělení geoinformatiky v Praze. Více informací se dozvíte zde:

GIScience PhD opportunity at the University of St Andrews: Modelling geomagnetic bird navigation

I’m looking for a candidate for a 3-year fully-funded PhD studentship in GIScience. The project is funded by the Leverhulme Trust and is a collaboration between the University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK and the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Radolfzell, Germany. The studentship starts in October 2018.

The project will model how migratory birds use the information in the Earth’s magnetic field to find their way during their long journeys. We will employ a big data analytics approach to better understand what strategies the birds use for their navigational feats. For this, we will collect real geomagnetic data in UAV surveys and simulate bird navigation through these data using Agent-Based Modelling. This is primarily a data science project, however, the work will be fully informed with biological knowledge through the collaboration with MPIO.

The project would suit an excellent candidate with an interest in movement analytics and an MSc in GIScience/ Geoinformatics or a related discipline. Prior experience with working with geomagnetic data (either from satellite or terrestrial sources) is a plus.

More info here or in the attached pdf:

Application DL: 15 Aug 2018.  

Note that this opportunity is limited to UK/EU citizens.

I would appreciate if you could, please, forward this ad to anyone who might be interested. Thank you in advance.

Urska Demsar.


Dr Urska Demsar
Lecturer in Geoinformatics
School of Geography & Sustainable Development
University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK

Geospatial Data Curator & Applications Administrator

The Sheridan Libraries and Museums seeks applications for the position of Geospatial Data Curator & Applications Administrator. This position implements and oversees geospatial data applications for academic and research use by JHU students, staff, and faculty and contributes to the curation of geospatial data. The position provides technical expertise and leadership in developing systems that support the teaching and research work at the university, leading the technical and curation side of the provision of GIS services in the Data Services unit, administratively located in the Data Management Directorate. Serves the point of communication between service and technology. For full announcement and to apply, please visit

Please let me know if there are any questions!

Mara Rojeski Blake (she/her/hers)

Manager of Data Services

Sheridan Libraries and Museums

Johns Hopkins University

Assistant Professor of Computational Social Science at Texas A&M

TEXAS, COLLEGE STATION. Texas A&M University. The Department of Geography invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Geographic Information Science at the Assistant Professor level. We seek applicants who address questions through a computational social science approach. The successful applicant must be able to teach advanced courses in GIS/CyberGIS (e.g. WebGIS, Spatial Databases, and/or GIS Programming).  Essential characteristics include publications commensurate with experience; demonstrated capability to secure external funding; and the ability to strengthen the graduate program in Geography through course offerings and mentoring students. Candidates should have the potential for creating synergies with existing Department strengths, must have a Ph.D. at the time of appointment, and have a strong commitment to excellence in research and teaching.

The Department of Geography has 24 faculty members with strengths in biogeography, climatology, geomorphology, human geography, human-environment relationships, and GIST (Geographic Information Science and Technology) ( We are based in the College of Geosciences ( At Texas A&M University, exciting opportunities for synergies exist with the Center for Geospatial Sciences, Applications and Technology (GEOSAT), the Texas Research Data Center, the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center, and the Institute for Sustainable Communities. The Department of Geography is involved in a new campus-wide initiative focused on big data and data analytics. Texas A&M is also home to the Bush School of Government and Public Service. Texas A&M University, a land-, sea-, and space-grant university, is located in a metropolitan area with a dynamic and international community of 220,000 people.

Candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and names and addresses (including e-mail addresses) of three referees to We will begin reviewing applications on September 14, 2018. Texas A&M University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to excellence through the recruitment and retention of a diverse faculty and student body and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We strongly encourage applications from women, underrepresented ethnic groups, veterans and individuals with disabilities. Texas A&M University also has a policy to address the needs of dual-career partners (


Diana S. Sinton, Ph.D.

Executive Director, UCGIS

607.252.6851 (office)