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Spatial Scientist, Assistant Professor

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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.

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title Spatial Scientist, Assistant Professor
Department School of Natural Resources-0844
Requisition Number F_170039
Posting Open Date 04/28/2017
Application Review Date: (To ensure consideration, please submit all application materials before review date) 08/01/2017
Posting Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Description of Work

The Spatial Scientist will contribute to the integrated research and teaching land-grant Mission of the home unit and the IANR, as an effective scholar and citizen, including supporting student recruitment, IANR science literacy, and Conservation and Survey, as appropriate.
The incumbent will: provide leadership in GIS and spatial science within SNR and the Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies (CALMIT); contribute directly to programs such as the Nebraska Daugherty Water for Food Institute (DWFI) and Rural Futures Institute (RFI); position UNL to be more competitive for external funding through the National Science Foundation (NSF) and other federal and state agencies; apply advanced GIS methods, models, theories, and other spatial techniques such as remote sensing in natural resources, climate, agriculture, water, and/or environmental sciences. Responsibilities will focus on (1) advanced GIS research and development focused on the spatio-temporal analyses and modeling of complex natural resource, water, climate, and environmental issues; (2) providing technical GIS expertise on the use of GIS and integration of other spatial technologies (e.g., geovisualization) to study complex interdisciplinary issues such as agricultural and natural resource sustainability, drought, and land use/land cover change; and (3) developing and offering an appropriate range of GIS courses necessary for the agricultural and natural resources research and training needs of a Tier 1 Research Land Grant university.
As appropriate to the appointment, the incumbent will: develop a high-impact, nationally and internationally recognized research and teaching program in spatial science; seek and establish effective disciplinary and transdisciplinary collaborations including effective integration with research groups and educational programming; connect with stakeholders, state and local government, private industry, and other external organizations to strengthen research and teaching; effectively obtain and leverage external and internal support (grants, fee revenue, etc.) for research and teaching activities; mentor graduate students; publish in high-quality, high-impact peer-reviewed journals, and participate in scientific meetings and other appropriate professional activities; and, translate research-based information into learner-centered products. This includes: creating scholarly, innovative, and high impact learning programs and tools; identifying issues and opportunities focused on learner needs and emerging regional and national issues with international relevance; measuring the impact of your programs and communicating results to administrators, stakeholders, users, and media; and, mentoring colleagues through professional development, translational research, grants, and professional writing.
The incumbent will be expected to average .50 FTE as determined by the CASNR Academic Appointment Guidelines. Courses include, but are not limited to: NRES 312, Introduction to Geospatial Information Sciences; NRES 412/812, Introduction to Geographic Information Systems; advanced GIS Programming courses; and special topic spatial science seminar courses. Specific course assignments may be changed over time based on academic unit and program need.
In addition to the above-described duties, the individual will be expected to accept committee assignments, reporting responsibilities, and other special ad hoc assignments as requested at the administrative unit, college/division, institute, and or university level.

Minimum 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.

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Criminal History Background Check Required No
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How to Apply

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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Brian Wardlow

Job Category
Job Category (old) Faculty Tenure/Tenure Leading
Job Type 12 Month (Faculty Only)
Position funded by grant or other form of temporary funding? No
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Required Documents

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  1. Letter of Interest
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. List of References
  4. Other Document
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