Spatial Scientist, Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The School of Natural Resources (SNR) at the University of Nebraska‐Lincoln (UNL) Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) is seeking applicants for a tenure‐track position in Spatial Science with an emphasis in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at the rank of Assistant Professor. This 12‐month position shall have appointments in teaching and research and is expected to lead and coordinate a nationally‐recognized research and education program in GIS and spatial analysis. We seek candidates who can apply advanced GIS methods, models, and theories and other spatial techniques such as remote sensing and geovisualization in natural resources, climate, agriculture, water, and/or environmental sciences. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the undergraduate and graduate programs of SNR and develop a research program that complements existing strengths of Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies (CALMIT) and other Spatial Science faculty in SNR.
The successful candidate will develop an interdisciplinary research program focused on the use of GIS to investigate topics related to natural resource and agricultural management and sustainability and environmental change issues. Applicants with experience in spatial modeling and analysis techniques, programming, and application of a variety of spatial data sets including remote sensing imagery to investigate the interaction between climate and land and/or water systems are desired. The faculty member will provide GIS leadership within CALMIT and SNR and their research will interface with various centers, units, and initiatives at UNL and state agencies to advance the use of GIS and spatial analyses to address emerging environmental, natural resource, and agricultural issues.

This position will support curriculum development, teaching, and evaluating student outcomes for 3‐4 undergraduate/graduate courses per year that include introductory and advanced GIS and other spatial science‐related topics and techniques. Specific course assignments may be changed over time based on Academic Unit need.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in a relevant field of study (e.g., geography, ecology, or natural resources) at time of appointment, a strong record of research and scholarly activities in the field of spatial science with an emphasis in applied GIS for natural resources and agriculture including publications in peer‐reviewed journals and evidence of development of proposals for externally‐funded grants, experience and demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching, and a proven ability to communicate effectively with students, professionals, and the general public.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Relevant experience in the use of GIS pursuing inter‐disciplinary research related to natural resources, agriculture, and/or environmental monitoring. Experience in GIS‐based environmental modeling and spatial analysis, computer programming (e.g., Python), spatial databases, remote sensing and global positioning systems.

TO VIEW DETAILS OF THE POSITION AND MAKE APPLICATION, go to and search for position F_170039. Click on “Apply to this job” and complete the application. Attach a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references; also attach a statement regarding research and teaching as “other document”. Review of applications will begin on August 1, 2017, and continue until the position is filled or the search is closed.
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Diana S. Sinton, Ph.D.
Executive Director, UCGIS
607.252.6851 (office)