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

Leibniz Universität Hannover: 3 year PhD position

In the context of a DFG-funded Research Training Group (RTG) SocialCars, the Department of Cartography and Geoinformatics (ikg) offers

A position of a Doctoral Researchers (salary scale 13TV-L, 3 years) starting at 1.4.2018.

The overall objective of the SocialCars RTG is to research new methods and applications of decentralized, cooperative traffic management. The SocialCars RTG is
based on the interdisciplinary collaboration of experts in the fields of traffic planning, psychology, computer science, communication, business informatics, and
geoinformatics. At the ikg the following PhD-topic is offered: automatic map generation for visual communication to control behavior in route choice.
Successful candidates will have an outstanding Master degree (or equivalent) in geoinformatics, cartography or computer sciences. In addition, strong computer
skills, ability for interdisciplinary and independent work as well as a very good command of the English language are required. The willingness to learn the German
language is mandatory.

We offer an attractive employment in an interdisciplinary team dealing with a highly topical research area. The structured program offers supportive and systematic
supervision and mentoring throughout the doctoral work.  Leibniz Universität Hannover and NTH strive to increase its proportion of female staff and specifically encourages qualified women to apply. Disabled persons with equivalent qualification for the position will be favored.

Further details about the RTG can be found on the SocialCars website ( Applications have to include a motivation letter and a description of your ideas concerning the topic of the thesis. Screening of applications will begin on 15 March 2018 and will end when the position is filled.

For further information you can also contact Prof. Monika Sester (+49 511 762 3588,
Prof. Monika Sester
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover, Katedra für Kartographie
und Geoinformatik, Appelstraße 9a, 30167 Hannover

Nabídka Ph.D. studia geoinformatiky na UPJŠ Košice

Doktorandský študijný program Geoinformatika a diaľkový prieskum Zeme je jediný študijný program v odbore Geoinformatika na Slovensku.

Ústav geografie má vynikajúce personálne a materiálne predpoklady na realizáciu tohto študijného programu. Pre úspešnú realizáciu doktorandského štúdia je nevyhnutný kvalitný medzinárodný výskum. Ústav geografie realizuje viacero výskumných projektov, garanti a pracovníci publikujú v kvalitných zahraničných časopisoch.

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


A new Master in Geoinformatics Engineering at Politecnico di Milano

Dear colleague

as you might know, Politecnico di Milano has started a new Master of Science in Geoinformatics Engineering: it is a two years program, it is the first one in Italy and is taught in English.

Nowadays, many B. Sc. graduates chose to continue their Master studies in a different University, sometimes in a different country. In case some of your former Bachelor students have this objective and are interested in Geoinformatics, please, be so kind as to mention also our study course to her / him. Regarding this, we are writing hereafter some additional information and attaching the detailed brochure to the email.
Please, feel free to forward this email to anyone who could be interested.

Established in 1863, Politecnico di Milano is one of the most outstanding Technical Universities in Europe, and it is the largest School in Engineering, Architecture and Industrial Design in Italy.
Politecnico di Milano is confirmed the best University in Italy by the latest QS World University Ranking 2016. As for the last QS World University Rankings by Faculty 2015, it was ranked among the first 10 Technical Universities in Europe and among the top 25 Technical Universities in the world. Politecnico di Milano offers innovative study programs at all academic levels. Thanks to a strong internationalization policy, Politecnico di Milano is attracting an ever-increasing number of talented foreign students, which now form a community of more than 5000 students coming from more than 100 nationalities.

Milano is a lively town that offers many extra-curricular activities: in particular, international students find a rich offer of cultural and sports proposals in Campus Leonardo, which is close to the city center.
Moreover, a very well organized network of University residences is available.

The M. Sc. in Geoinformatics Engineering is chaired by the Geomatics and Geodetic research group of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The group, now counting 14 members (researchers and professors), was founded by Fernando Sansò, past president of the International Association of Geodesy, now Emeritus Professor. Present members are significantly involved in international researches and cooperation on GNSS positioning, meteorology, networks and reference frames, GIS and Earth Observation, Photogrammetry, Geostatistics, Physical and Satellite Geodesy. Many of them participate to international or national scientific boards, committees and networks like IAG, ISPRS, OSGeo and the UN-GGIM Academic network. The group also hosts Polimappers, a chapter of Youthmapper and is strongly involved in OpenStreetMap activities.

In general, students coming from a Bachelor in either Environmental / Geomatics or Computer Science Engineering are the best suited candidates for the M. Sc in Geoinformatics Engineering, but also students coming from other technical Bachelors can apply for admission. In order to select the best candidates and to guarantee the study quality, a limited number of 50 students per year is fixed. The chair of the M. Sc. is Prof. Ludovico Biagi, who can be contacted at the email address  for more details.

Thanks in advance and sorry for any cross-posting.

Kind regards

Ludovico Biagi & Maria Brovelli

[UCGIS] Graduate Student Assistant position at University of Kansas

Department of Geography & Atmospheric Science, at the University of Kansas is seeking one graduate student assistant at the PhD level specializing in Geographic Information Science, starting from Fall 2018.

We are particularly interested in recruiting students with research interests in areas such as:

  • Network analysis
  • Location modeling and spatial Optimization
  • Remote Sensing and Image Processing (object extraction/tracking, and change detection)
  • High performance computing, Hadoop, and big data storage systems (MongoDB)
  • Application areas include transportation and logistics, analysis of social networks, urban geography, public and private facility location, and natural resource management.

Ideal qualifications include:

  • Programming in a high-level language such as C++ or Java;
  • Statistical computing software such as R or Matlab
  • GIS Software such as ArcGIS or QGIS.
  • Familiarity with Linux and Database management system software such as PostgreSQL/PostGIS and MongoDB
  • English Proficiency (TOEFL and GRE)

The application deadline is Jan 15, 2018. Candidates should contact indicating their interest in one of the areas along with their research interests and CV.

For more information, see .

Graduate Research Assistant


Graduate Research Assistantship Available at West Virginia University

The West Virginia GIS Technical Center (, housed in the Department of Geology and Geography at West Virginia University, is seeking at least one graduate research assistant at the Masters or Ph.D. level, specializing in Geographic Information Science. At a minimum, applicants should have an undergraduate degree in Geography, Geology, Computer Science or related field, or a combination of education, training and experience which demonstrates the qualification and ability to perform the duties of the position. Successful applicants will work toward a higher degree in GIS Science.

Position Requirements: 20 hours/week and possible full-time employment during the summer. Hours are flexible to accommodate class schedule. Assistantships include a full tuition waver.

Stipends at the MA and PhD levels are competitive nationally. Start Date: Start date is typically August, but other dates may be arranged. Application Deadline: Priority will be given to applications received by January 1, 2018 for fall admission. You must apply though the WVU Office of Admissions and Records Review of applicants by the Department for entry into the graduate program and WV GIS Technical Center for the assistantship will begin upon completed submission to WVU admissions.

Minimum Qualifications:

Must meet the graduate student entrance qualifications of the Geology & Geography Department.

Ability to conduct research in Geographic Information Science and present findings.

Advanced working knowledge of spatial analysis and/or GIS databases.

Accepted into MA or Ph.D. program in the WVU Department of Geology and Geography.

For application requirements, see

Ideal Qualifications:

GIS Research: Demonstrated ability to conduct GIS research.

Programming Skills: Demonstrated knowledge of GIS programming languages, application development/implementation, mobile applications, and online mapping services.

Minimal Supervision: Ability to work independently with minimal supervision

Communications Skills: Strong communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with other staff members. Application:

Submit a formal application to WVU and the Geography Graduate Studies Coordinator. For instructions, see

In your Statement of Interest to the Graduate Studies Coordinator, express your desire to work at the WV GIS Technical Center.

In addition, interested candidates should email their resume and cover letter to Kurt Donaldson, Manager, WV GIS Technical Center, email: If possible, please provide links to previous research projects and contributions to successful GIS applications.

Contact Dr. Gregory Elmes Co-Director ( for further academic information.

PhD Assistantship – Geospatial Analytics for Natural Resource Challenges at NC State

The Vukomanovic Lab at North Carolina State University seeks a creative, motivated Ph.D. student with strong analytical and communication skills to join a team investigating land change and ecosystem services. The position will begin Fall 2018 and is funded for four years at $25,000/year, plus benefits and tuition support, through the cutting-edge Ph.D. program in Geospatial Analytics offered by NC State’s Center for Geospatial Analytics (


Funded by the National Park Service, the selected applicant will focus on geospatial analytics for fire and natural resource management in parks and protected areas, including modeling fire and ecosystem processes at landscape levels, forecasting development along park boundaries, and building decision support systems. The student will be encouraged to develop research questions and a project tailored to their unique interests and career goals.


The Center for Geospatial Analytics is an internationally recognized collaborative hub for interdisciplinary data scientists advancing novel understanding of spatial phenomena and applying new knowledge to grand challenges. Students in the Ph.D. program 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 also engage in experiential learning through an off-campus professional internship.


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should hold a degree in natural resources, geography, informatics, ecology, environmental studies, or a related discipline. Competitive candidates will be proficient in GIS, statistical analysis and modeling, and can show evidence of strong writing skills. For more information about the position, contact Dr. Jelena Vukomanovic ( and include a copy of your CV.


Additional details about the Ph.D. program in Geospatial Analytics and complete application instructions are available at

Ross K. Meentemeyer, Professor

Director | Center for Geospatial Analytics

Chair | GIST Faculty



Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program in Geospatial Analytics

Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources

College of Natural Resources

Jordan Hall 5106 | Campus Box 7106

North Carolina State University

2800 Faucette Dr.

Raleigh, NC 27695 USA | 919-513-2372 |

Master EM in Geospatial Technologies – call for scholarship students

Dear all,

The call for scholarship students in our Erasmus Mundus Master in Geospatial Technologies for the academic course 2018-2019 is now open – over 20 scholarships are available.

The Erasmus Mundus Master in Geospatial Technologies – recognized as the second best master’s degree in Technology in 2017 by the El Mundo ranking and endorsed by the European Commission as one of the most excellent programs in Europe – is an official 90 ECTS master’s course taught in English and it is a joint degree organised by the Universitat Jaume I (Spain), the Nova Lisboa University (Portugal) and the University of Münster (Germany).

Students will go through subjects related to geospatial data analysis and visualization, geographic information systems, geospatial (web) services, mobile and web-based applications, among others, which will give them the opportunity to expand their knowledge towards such an interdisciplinary area as geospatial technologies and geoinformation.

Throughout its existence (call open for 12th edition) the Master has had international teaching staff and has welcomed students from all continents, giving graduate students from over the world the chance to study in an European multicultural atmosphere and, on the top of it fully funded!!

Application period will end on January 15th, 2018.

We are waiting to have you on board!!