Friday, October 09, 2009

GIS Job Position at South Dakota State University

The Geographic Information Science Center of Excellence (GISCE) at the South Dakota State University is in need of an Associate Professor or Full Professor to fill up its faculty position vacancy.

An Associate or Full Professor with research interests in quantitative remote sensing, large-area terrestrial monitoring and/or modeling is sought for a position with the Geographic Information Science Center of Excellence. Specialization in one of the following areas is preferred: 1) land/atmosphere interactions and climate modeling, 2) active sensors (radar and/or lidar) for vegetation characterization, 3) modeling the dynamics of coupled human-environmental systems. The position workload is 80% research, 10% teaching, and 10% service. Research includes securing externally funded grant awards and recruiting and supervising grant-funded researchers. Teaching responsibilities include instructing one course per year and recruiting and advising students in the Geospatial Science and Engineering doctoral program. Service to international and/or national research organizations, the University, and the Center is expected. The successful candidate will hold academic rank at SDSU in Geography and/or other appropriate department. The successful candidate will be expected to train and advise graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and research assistants.

Required Qualifications: (Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skill, Aptitude)
• Earned PhD in appropriate field with a background in Remote Sensing and/or Earth System Science.

• Demonstrated record of successful externally funded research in area of specialty.

• Demonstrated scholarly activity, including a portfolio of prestigious publications and collaborative research.

• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with research colleagues, students, and nonspecialists.

Desired Qualifications:
• Minimum of five years experience in conducting externally-funded research.

• Demonstrated experience mentoring graduate students and/or staff in scholarship and research activities.

• Demonstrated leadership in professional service activities.

• Commitment to principles of affirmative action and equal employment opportunity.

Salary: Nationally competitive and commensurate with experience.

The Geographic Information Science Center of Excellence (GIScCE) is a collaboration with the USGS Center for Earth Resources Observation and Science. The GIScCE mission is to apply geographic information science capabilities, especially remote sensing, to advance the scientific understanding of the Earth System and, in particular, the characteristics and consequences of a changing global landscape. GIScCE faculty are expected to carry out collaborative research, seek professional development and implement educational programs in their area of study.

SDSU is a land grant institution and the state's largest institution of higher education with an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students. SDSU is located in Brookings, South Dakota, a community of approximately 20,000 near the east central border of South Dakota on Interstate 29. The city has an excellent K-12 education system, is accessible to major medical facilities, has an active cultural and social environment, and has numerous lakes and parks within driving distance. It is 50 miles north of Sioux Falls, a city of 124,000. South Dakota has a continental climate and four distinct seasons, ranging from cold winters to hot summers. In 2007 it was ranked the 9th most livable state by the CQ Press Annual Ranking based on 44 factors, including median household income, crime rates, employment, health, environment and education.

Application Deadline: Screening will begin December 21, 2009, and continue until the position is filled.

Application Process:
SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit:, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this posting.” The system will guide you through the electronic application form. The employment site will also require the attachment of a curriculum vitae, cover letter and research statement, and the names and contact information for three professional references. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.

For questions on the position, contact Dr. Michael Wimberly, Search Chair, at (605) 688-5350 or via email at


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