Assistant Professor, Geospatial Computing Science, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi


Faculty Position Announcement

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY-CORPUS CHRISTI

Department of Computing Sciences

Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi (TAMU–CC) is a rapidly growing doctoral research university with more than 12,000 students. TAMU–CC, a Minority-Serving Institution and Hispanic-Serving Institution on the cultural border with Latin America, provides a robust campus experience focused on student and faculty success. Located on its own island on the Texas Gulf Coast, the “Island University” was recently recognized as one of the most beautiful coastal campuses in the United States. In 2019, the Carnegie Commission of Higher Education designated TAMU-CC an R2 Doctoral University – High Research Activity. State-of-the-art classroom and laboratory buildings, support facilities, and recognized faculty strategically position TAMU–CC to achieve its goal of national and international prominence as an emerging research institution as designated in the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Accountability System.

TAMU-CC invites applications for 5 tenure-track positions in the Department of Computing Sciences for Fall 2020. The Department of Computing Sciences prepares students to pursue productive careers and advanced degrees in computer science or geospatial systems engineering. The department is also home to the recently formed Geospatial Computer Science PhD program, which is a first of its kind program, nationally and internationally, that emphasizes the theory of computer science for handling geospatial data and in exploring emerging technologies enabled by geospatial science & engineering.

Faculty hired under this initiative will play an integral role in the development and growth of the Ph.D. program as well as the BS and MS in Computer Science programs. Information about the department is available at http://csci.tamucc.edu/. Three of these positions represent a cluster hire in geospatial data science where we are seeking innovative, talented researchers in the areas such as: machine learning, deep learning, data science, spatial simulation and modeling, computer vision and image processing, geospatial AI and analytics, geospatial software systems and computation. The other two positions will be filled with applicants with a focus in cybersecurity and applications of cybersecurity to Geospatial Computer Science.

For specific details and qualification requirements for each of these two searches or to apply visit the following website, https://islanderjobs.tamucc.edu.

The application deadline is December 13, 2019 for the geospatial data science cluster and December 2, 2019 for the cybersecurity focus. All required documents must be provided by the deadline for full consideration.

Ph.D. and Postdoctoral research positions at the UCSB Geography Department


Two postdoctoral research fellow positions at the University of California Santa Barbara
The MOVE Laboratory (http://move.geog.ucsb.edu) at the Geography Department at UC Santa Barbara is seeking applications for two postdoctoral research fellowswith an anticipated start date as early as 15 January 2020. Candidates are expected to hold a Ph.D. in GIScience, Geography, Cartography, Computer Science, or Data Science. The successful candidates will have strong quantitative and analytical skills and research experience in areas such as machine learning, movement pattern mining, artificial intelligence, geovisualization, visual analytics, spatial cognition,  human behavior studies. Experiences and knowledge of experiment design, especially in the area of spatial cognition is desirable. The postdoctoral fellows will be engaged in multidisciplinary research on two different projects to develop and evaluate cartographic and data science approaches to studying movement in different contexts including human mobility, migration, health geography, movement ecology, and natural hazards and earth system sciences. Please find more information about the positions here. The review of applications begins on 15 December 2019 and it will continue until the positions are filled. For any inquiry or to submit your application, please contact Dr. Somayeh Dodge (sdodge@ucsb.edu). Ph.D. positions at the University of California Santa Barbara
The MOVE Laboratory (http://move.geog.ucsb.edu) at the Geography Department at UC Santa Barbara is seeking Ph.D. students. We are looking for talented students with a strong quantitative background in GIScience, Geography, Computer Science, or Data Science, and interest in movement and mobility. Our group focuses on the study of movement using data science and geo-computational approaches, including movement data analytics, pattern mining, machine learning, geovisualization, AI, modeling, and simulation. The students will be engaged in multidisciplinary research to develop data science approaches to study movement in different contexts including human mobility, migration, health geography, movement ecology, and natural hazards and earth system sciences. Please find more information about the application process at https://geog.ucsb.edu/graduate-admissions/. The application deadline is December 15th, 2019. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Dr. Somayeh Dodge (sdodge@ucsb.edu) before submitting your application.

Somayeh Dodge
Assistant Professor
Department of Geography
Web: http://move.geog.ucsb.edu/
Email: sdodge@ucsb.edu

Tenure Track Faculty Position at University of Wyoming: Assistant Professor in Geospatial Data Science and Computation


Tenure Track Faculty Position: Assistant Professor in Geospatial Data Science and Computation 

To Apply:https://uwyo.taleo.net/careersection/00_ex/jobdetail.ftl?job=19004680&lang=en

The Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center (WyGISC) at the University of Wyoming (UW) invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor position in Geospatial Data Science and Computation with expertise in Geospatial Informatics and an anticipated start date of August 2020. Successful candidates will demonstrate: the ability to secure and maintain a competitively funded extramural research program using data science/geospatial approaches and have an interest in and ability to work with emerging data analysis methods, high resolution spatiotemporal data, and develop and use machine learning and other quantitative methods, ideally within a High Performance Computing environment; interest, aptitude, and capability for effective undergraduate and graduate education; and e excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work with others in a collegial team atmosphere. 

This is a full-time 9-month tenure-track position. The successful candidate’s appointment will be at the beautiful UW Laramie campus located in the Northern Rocky Mountains. The area is known for its outdoor recreation opportunities. Salary is competitive based on experience and qualifications. The University of Wyoming offers excellent opportunities and resources such as high performance computing (https://www.uwyo.edu/arcc/resources/high-performance-computing/) for interdisciplinary collaborative research with the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Agriculture, College of Engineering and Applied Science, School of Business, Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources and others.

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Geospatial Science at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand


https://jobs.canterbury.ac.nz/jobdetails?jobmc=1676UCGIS

Lecturer/ Senior Lecturer in Geospatial Science
School of Earth and Environment – Te Kura Aronukurangi
College of Science – Te Rāngai Pūtaiao
University of Canterbury – Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Christchurch, New Zealand

  • Full-time at 37.5 hours per week (1.0 FTE)
  • Continuing (i.e. permanent) position

What You Will Do

We invite applications for a Lecturer/ Senior Lecturer position (equivalent to Assistant or Associate Professor in the US System) in Geospatial Science in the School of Earth and Environment, College of Science. The level of appointment will depend on the successful candidate’s relevant experience and impact.

As the successful candidate you will be expected to establish a vigorous, externally-funded research programme and to develop a personal research group in your sub-discipline. We are also looking for an individual who will establish collaborations across the School. The development of collaborative links with the wider geospatial science sector at local, national and international levels will be strongly encouraged and supported.

You will contribute to a range of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in Geospatial Science, with a focus on Geographic Information Science and Spatial Data Science, and their application to the Social, Earth and Environmental Sciences. Willingness to teaching a GIS applications course for non-specialists is strongly desired.

Who You Are

You are a highly motivated individual but collegial in your outlook. You have a PhD in Geoinformatics, GIScience, Geography or a cognate disciplinary area and ideally some post-PhD experience. You will have a strong research track record appropriate to your career stage. Excellent candidates working in any area of GIScience research will be considered. You will ideally apply your GIS research to one or more of the disciplinary areas in the School and you will have a commitment to excellence and innovation in teaching of Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Data Science-related courses at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. You will also have demonstrated, or have clear potential for and commitment to, excellence in supervision of Masters and PhD students. You will be expected to contribute to School, College, and University activities. Additionally, you will be a collegial and collaborative individual, with the interest and ability to work with researchers, students and practitioners from a diverse range of backgrounds. Members of underrepresented groups in GIS research, such as women, Maori and Pacific peoples, and other minorities, are strongly encouraged to apply.

Who You Will Work With

The School of Earth and Environment is a new entity formed in late 2019. It brings together all the Earth and Environmental units at the University of Canterbury to take advantage of the opportunities for high impact research and teaching in our unique environmental setting of South Island, New Zealand; the Southern Ocean and Antarctica.

The School of Earth and Environment is a dynamic, vibrant, friendly, interdisciplinary group of over 40 academics with numerous research associates and a strong graduate student body. Within the School of Earth and Environment, we tackle a range of geospatial research questions across all our disciplinary areas. The traditional core of GIS sits within Geography, but GIS expertise is also present in Gateway Antarctica, the Waterways Centre and other parts of the School. The University of Canterbury has a strong commitment to GIS Science and related fields through the establishment of the Geospatial Research Institute in the College of Science and the Human Interface Technology Laboratory New Zealand (HIT Lab NZ) in the College of Engineering.

For more information about our School and team, please visit our website.

Why UC

The University of Canterbury is a globally top 250 research and teaching Institution with a strong commitment to scholarship. We are proud of our graduates who espouse our vision of “People Prepared to Make a Difference”. You will have the opportunity to work alongside members of a world-class academic community and enrich your own professional and personal development.

For information about the range of fantastic benefits that UC offers including flexible work practices, study opportunities and generous superannuation and leave provisions, please visit us:http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/joinus

The University of Canterbury is an Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) employer and we encourage diversity in our staffing profile. The University of Canterbury actively seeks to meet its obligation under the Treaty of Waitangi – Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

The closing date for this position is: Sunday, 19th January 2020 (Midnight NZ time)

Apply

Applications for this position should be submitted online and include:

  • a ‘cover letter’, including a 2-3 page statement outlining the applicant’s research interests and goals, teaching philosophy, and their thoughts on how to develop a successful Geospatial Science team at UC, and
  • a ‘curriculum vitae’ which includes a list of relevant research publications and the contact details of three referees.

We are happy to answer your queries in relation to the application process, please forward these to WorkatUC@canterbury.ac.nz

For further information specifically about the role, please contact Acting Head of School, Associate Professor Catherine Reid, catherine.reid@canterbury.ac.nz

Tenure track Faculty Position in Remote Sensing and Geospatial Image Processing at the Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center, University of Wyoming


Tenure track Faculty Position in Remote Sensing and Geospatial Image Processing at the Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center, University of Wyoming.

To apply and for more details, visit:

https://uwyo.taleo.net/careersection/00_ex/jobdetail.ftl?job=19004679&lang=en

The Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center (WyGISC) at the University of Wyoming invites applications for a tenure track faculty position in remote sensing and geospatial image processing with an anticipated start date of August 2020. The successful candidate will contribute to proposed new undergraduate and graduate programs in geospatial information science and technology (GIS&T) and to a growing multidisciplinary research program in the geospatial sciences at WyGISC.

Responsibilities will include a 50% teaching expectation (two courses per semester average) in remote sensing and UAS. The candidate will also be expected to develop an internationally recognized research program in remote sensing, UAS, and digital image processing at WyGISC and in collaboration with other faculty across campus and with colleagues nationally and internationally.

Only applicants with a PhD (or soon to be awarded) in an appropriate field at the time of application will be considered. The University of Wyoming offers excellent opportunities and resources such as high performance computing (https://www.uwyo.edu/arcc/resources/high-performance-computing/) for interdisciplinary collaborative research with the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Agriculture, College of Engineering and Applied Science, School of Business, Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources and others.

This is a full-time 9-month tenure-track position. The successful candidate’s appointment will be at UW’s beautiful Laramie campus in the Northern Rocky Mountains. The area is known for its outdoor recreation opportunities. Salary is competitive based on experience and qualifications.

The University of Wyoming is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law and University policy. Please www.uwyo.edu/diversity.  We conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Offers of employment are contingent upon the completion of the background check.

Assistant Faculty Position in Data Science -seeking spatial data science expertise


Assistant Professor in Computer Science (Data Science)

Statement of the Job:

The University of Maine School of Computing and Information Science seeks applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position, with an anticipated start date of September 1, 2020. Our primary target focus is the broad area of data science including spatial data science (machine learning, data mining, data analytics, graph analysis, data visualization), but we will consider exceptionally qualified candidates in any data science related area. This position is part of a cluster hire around an EPSCoR research grant on environmental DNA. The candidate is expected to participate in interdisciplinary collaborations with faculty in ecology, bioinformatics, marine science, and others in large scale analysis of spatially and temporally distributed sequence data. The candidate will also participate in the EPSCOR research program, develop and teach courses in Data Science and other areas of expertise, advise and mentor students, and contribute service to the School, College, and University. The position is expected to become joint with the planned Maine Center for Genetics in the Environment at the University of Maine.

— 
Dr. Kate Beard
School of Computing and Information Science
Spatial Informatics
University of Maine

PhD Position – TU Vienna – SpatialHCI Lab


The Geoinformation Group at TU Vienna in Austria is looking for a PhD Student, starting the earliest possible.

We welcome applications from students that are enthusiastic about working in the area of Human-Computer Interaction and Geographic Information Science. During this 4 years position, the main focus will be on spatial interaction modalities and human activity recognition using a variety of sensors. The research is expected to lead to publications and a PhD dissertation for the student.

Qualifications and Skills

The ideal candidate must have an academic degree (Master Degree or equivalent) in a relevant field (e.g., Geographic Information Science, Computer Science, Media Informatics, Information Science), as well as strong research interests in Geographic Information Science and Human-Computer Interaction.

Good programming skills (e.g., C#, Python) and analytical thinking are required. Experience in Machine Learning and Empirical Research is highly desirable. Experience with one or more of the following is a plus: AR/VR, Unity, Eye Tracking. Furthermore, the candidate must have good communication skills in English (oral and written) and be a team player.

Contract information

·       4 years position not tied to a project

·       30h/week employment

·       Minimum 2.148,38 Euro gross (14 x per year)

Application Documents

·       Motivation letter

·       A Curriculum Vitae

·       A copy of education degrees: e.g. bachelor degree, master degree, etc.

·       Course transcripts, GPA (grade point average)

·       Reference letters are welcome

Application Deadline: 7. January

Please send your application documents (one file) to barbara.triebl-kraus@tuwien.ac.at

If you have any questions, you can write to geoinfo@geo.tuwien.ac.at

Web: geoinfo.geo.tuwien.ac.at

Twitter: geoinfo_tuv

YouTube: Geoinformation TU WIEN

Assistant Professor of Spatial and Environmental Data Science, UC Davis


POSITION 15-09b, Assistant Professor of Spatial and Environmental Data Science

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

Assistant Professor of Spatial and Environmental Data Science

Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources, University of California, Davis

Title: Assistant Professor of Spatial and Environmental Data Science. The Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis is recruiting an Assistant Professor of Spatial and Environmental Data Science with a preferred emphasis in the intersections of big data and environmental science. This is an academic year (9-month), Assistant Professor tenure-track position with teaching, research, outreach/engagement and service responsibilities and includes the expectation that the appointee will conduct mission-oriented research and outreach/engagement of relevance to the California Agricultural Experiment Station (https://caes.ucdavis.edu/research/aes).

Responsibilities:

The Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources is seeking applicants that focus on environmental research emphasizing environmental informatics using big data and geospatial approaches and analysis, with a goal to advance our understanding of spatial and temporal environmental patterns and processes, addressing natural and managed conditions.

The appointee is expected to establish a competitively funded research program to address critical or emerging issues in global environmental change. The candidate is expected to show a record of achievement in data science/geospatial approaches at the intersection of environmental science/management. The successful candidate should demonstrate experience with various big data and geospatial technologies, and have an interest in and ability to work with emerging “big data” sources and data mining methods, including new data sources and types, high resolution temporal and spatial data, developing and using machine learning and other quantitative methods to integrate, visualize and discover information from sensor networks, environmental databases, and disparate sources and types of geospatial and temporal data. The position will complement existing LAWR strengths in regional climatology, hydrology, and biogeochemical processes and campus-wide excellence in ecology and environmental sciences. The candidate is expected to collaborate with environmentally relevant programs on campus and demonstrate experience and interest in working with interdisciplinary groups.

We seek a commitment to excellence in teaching. The applicant is expected to teach an undergraduate upper-level core GIS course, an additional upper-level undergraduate environmental data science course, and a graduate level course in her/his area of expertise (average of 2.5 courses per year). Supervision of graduate students, student advising, curricular development is expected.

Participation in and development of outreach/engagement programs, and performance of departmental and university service is expected. This position is expected to collaborate with extension educators and partners in allied industries.

Qualifications:

Ph.D. or equivalent degree in environmental science, informatics, data science, soil science, hydrology, ecology, atmospheric science, geography, applied statistics, computer science or a closely related field. Post-doctoral experience is preferred. Evidence of research excellence is expected. The candidate should have the ability to develop and instruct undergraduate and graduate courses and the ability to develop and conduct extramurally funded research in geospatial and environmental data science. The candidate must demonstrate interest, understanding, and commitment to contributing to diversity.

Salary:

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applications:

Application materials must be submitted via the following website: https://apptrkr.com/1698740. The position will remain open until filled. To ensure consideration, applications should be received by December 31, 2019.

Required application materials include:

• curriculum vitae including publication list,

• up to three publications,

• transcripts if the applicant is within five years of Ph.D. degree,

• statement of research accomplishments,

• statement of teaching accomplishments and philosophy,

• statement of future research plans relevant to spatial and environmental data science,

• statement of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion and

• the names, addresses, including e-mail, of four professional references.

Additional inquiries should be directed to Dr. Yufang Jin, Recruitment Advisory Committee Chair at yujin@ucdavis.edu

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

UC Davis supports Family-friendly recruitments. UC Davis covers travel expenses for a second

person to accompany an invited faculty recruitment candidate who is a mother (or single parent of either gender) of a breast or bottle-feeding child less than two years of age.

http://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/programs/work-life/index.html

UC Davis recognizes the necessity of supporting faculty with efforts to integrate work, family and other work-life considerations. To recruit and retain the best faculty, the campus sponsors a Work Life

Program that provides programs and services that support faculty as they strive to honor their commitments to work, home and community. http://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/programs/worklife/index.html

UC Davis was ranked #1 in 2016 on Forbes Magazine list of the 13 most important STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) universities for women, and is a U.S. Department of Education’s “Hispanic Serving Institution” which was designated May 2019. Davis celebrates the multi-cultural diversity of its student body by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for students through such organizations and programs as the Center for African Diaspora Student Success; the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual Resource Center; Casa Cuauhtemoc Chicano-Latino Theme House; Asian Pacific American Theme House; ME/SA (Middle astern/South Asian) living-learning community; Multi- Ethnic Program (MEP); Chicano/Latino Retention Initiative; and Native American Theme Program.

The UC Davis Partner Opportunities Program (POP) is a service designed to support departments and deans’ offices in the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty. Eligibility for POP services is limited to full-time Academic Senate Ladder Rank faculty (including Lecturers with Security of Employment (LSOE), Lecturers with Potential Security of Employment (LPSOE) Senior Lecturer with Security of Employment (SLPSOE)), and Cooperative Extension Specialists.

UC Davis is a smoke- and tobacco-free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any property owned or leased by UC Davis– indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.

To apply, visit https://apptrkr.com/1698740

Multiple opportunities with POLARIS Arctic Community Research


POLARIS Arctic Community Research: Assistant Research Professor, Research Technician, and Graduate and Undergraduate Research Assistants

The POLARIS, or Pursuing Opportunities for Long-term Artic Resilience for Infrastructure and Society, is a newly funded NSF project that studies environmental migration, food security, and human-environment conflicts in coastal Arctic Indigenous communities and identifies the important assets (social, environmental, infrastructural, institutional) to help them adapt and become more resilient to climate-related changes. More information about the project can be found at https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1927827&HistoricalAwards=false. The research is interwoven with education, outreach, local community engagement, international comparison and collaboration, and evaluation. The team is composed of more than 20 collaborators from Penn State, University of Alaska at Anchorage, University of Alaska at Fairbanks, and Michigan Tech. We seek one Assistant Research Professor, one Research Technician, six Graduate Research Assistants, and multiple Undergraduate Research Assistants to join our team.

Assistant Research Professor (The Pennsylvania State University)

Penn State’s Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) and Population Research Institute (PRI) seek a talented scholar to join their large transdisciplinary POLARIS team. This position will have both project management and research responsibilities. This position will manage and coordinate project activities. This position will also help ensure the team is on track and milestones achieved in a timely, efficient, and effective manner. For research, this position will participate in and collaborate on research activities of this project; this position will also lead research in his/her own research area. The successful candidate will also lead developing new projects or components of them.

This position requires a Ph.D. or equivalent degree. Fieldwork experience in the Arctic, especially in coastal Indigenous communities is desired. Some fieldwork experience in remote research settings is a minimum. Candidates from social and natural science fields are all welcome to apply for this position, but the candidate should be comfortable and able to work with researchers and others across a wide variety of disciplines and perspectives. Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research experience is desired. This position requires an individual who is self-motivated, detail-oriented, responsible, team-oriented, and creative, with excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills as well as research proficiency, and ability to multi-task.

To apply for this position, please visit the Penn State Jobs website at https://psu.jobs/job/91936. Please submit a brief cover letter that describes relevant experiences along with a current curriculum vita, and contact information for three professional references (name, current position title, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address). This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of renewal. This position is expected to be at least four years. A competitive package will be provided. Review of applications begins immediately, and will continue until the position is filled. Please contact Dr. Guangqing Chi at gchi@psu.edu if you have any questions about this position.

Research Technician (University of Alaska Fairbanks)

This project will hire a Research Technician in the area of coastal hazard research and community-based monitoring. This position is located at the University of Alaska Fairbanks’s Arctic Coastal Geoscience Lab (ACGL). We seek an innovative individual committed to excellence in research, communication across cultural boundaries, and education. The position will support the POLARIS project focused on the development and maintenance of community-based erosion monitoring sites and conducting coastal hazard risk assessments within remote Alaskan coastal communities. The position includes the processing and analysis of geospatial data sets, production of data products accessible to coastal residents, and supervising undergraduate student interns in laboratory tasks. Applicants with experience working within Alaska Native communities and having geological and geospatial skills preferred. If you are interested in learning more about the ACGL and what we do, please visit our website (https://acgl.community.uaf.edu). If you are interested in applying for the position, please email Dr. Chris Maio (cvmaio@alaska.edu) with your resume.

Graduate and Undergraduate Research Assistants (Michigan Technological University, University of Alaska Anchorage, and The Pennsylvania State University)

The project will hire six graduate students and many undergraduates to be located at The Pennsylvania State University, Michigan Technological University, and University of Alaska Anchorage. The students will be members of a large interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research team. The students will participate in research, educational, and outreach activities of the POLARIS project and conduct field data collection in rural coastal communities in Alaska. The graduate students are expected to develop their dissertation or thesis research based on the POLARIS project. Experience working with Indigenous communities is ideal; a strong interest working with Indigenous communities is a must. Students should be self-motivated, open to learning new methods, resourceful, and independent.

The positions are described below. For application deadlines, please refer to the corresponding program websites. Students of interest are encouraged to contact the corresponding professors and send in a cover letter (one page, single spaced) and a complete resume. For more information about the project, please contact Dr. Guangqing Chi (gchi@psu.edu).

Michigan Technological University

One graduate research assistant will be in Michigan Technological University’s Environmental and Energy Policy graduate program (https://www.mtu.edu/social-sciences/graduate/programs/). This student will study and do their thesis or dissertation on the policy dimensions of reducing the negative socio-ecological impacts of coastal Alaska permafrost thawing. Native American and Alaska Native students are particularly encouraged to apply. The ideal student will have an undergraduate or MS degree in a social science discipline and serious policy science interests. Please contact Dr. Kathleen Halvorsen (kehalvor@mtu.edu) for more information about this position.

University of Alaska Anchorage

The University of Alaska Anchorage Department of Economics seeks one to two undergraduate student assistants to assist in POLARIS project research. We seek undergraduate students in Anchorage and/or students from a rural Alaska community; students from a community (currently Dillingham, Scammon Bay, and Wainwright) collaborating with the POLARIS researchers are especially encouraged to apply. Students from any academic background or major may apply. Ideal candidates will have solid skills in writing, critical thinking, data management, and data analysis. Students may assist in background research, collecting data, and/or managing and analyzing data using STATA or SAS. Students from a study community may be tasked with writing a report, creating a video, or generating photo book based on project themes during time at home in their community. Students should be able to work independently and carry out assigned tasks with minimal supervision. Please contact Dr. Lance Howe (elhowe@alaska.edu) for more information about the positions.

The Pennsylvania State University

Two graduate research assistant positions will be in PSU’s Rural Sociology graduate program (https://aese.psu.edu/graduateprograms/rural-sociology/apply). They will also have an opportunity to pursue a dual-title degree in Demography (https://sites.psu.edu/demography/), Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment (HDNRE,https://agsci.psu.edu/hdnre), International Agriculture and Development (https://agsci.psu.edu/international/intad), or Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality (https://wgss.la.psu.edu/graduate/degree-programs#PhD). These two positions should have a strong research interest in rural sociology, demography, population and environment, community resilience, gender and women studies, and/or climate change in Indigenous communities or remote research settings. Competence in rigorous statistical and spatial analysis is preferred.

Two graduate research assistant positions will be in PSU’s Geography graduate program (https://www.geog.psu.edu/degree-programs/graduate-degrees/doctor-philosophy-phd) or the Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Ecology (https://www.huck.psu.edu/graduate-programs/ecology/applications/apply-now). Students will have an opportunity to examine the impact of environmental change on local people and their food systems. Students may have an opportunity to apply to the LandscapeU transdisciplinary graduate training program in food-energy-water systems (https://sites.psu.edu/landscapeu/call-for-applications/), or the HDNRE dual-title. A strong grounding in landscape ecology, ecological modeling, or ecosystem services, and/or Indigenous food systems and food environment assessment is preferred.

One graduate research assistant position will be in PSU’s Energy, Environmental and Food Economics graduate program (https://aese.psu.edu/about/disciplines/agricultural-economics). This position will have an opportunity to study environmental migration and/or food security taking an economic approach. This position should have some programming background especially in R and Python. A good statistics and/or econometrics background is also required. Experience working with bigger datasets and having some level of training in economics are desired.

The funding for graduate students is guaranteed for four years, conditional on satisfactory performance of both assistantship duties and academic progress. For undergraduate assistants, the area of interest is open. Undergraduates of interest should discuss their proposed work in relation to the POLARIS project in their cover letter. For more information about these positions, please contact Dr. Guangqing Chi (gchi@psu.edu).

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Diana S. Sinton

Executive Director, UCGIS