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 |