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Position Number: 00103192
Primary Function of Organization Unit: As one of the leading land-grant institutions in the nation, North Carolina State University is proud to announce its Chancellor's Faculty Excellence Program, a cluster hire program that marks the first major initiative of the university's 2011-2020 strategic plan 'The Pathway to the Future'. Starting in 2012, NC State will hire thirty-eight faculty members across twelve research areas, or 'clusters', to promote interdisciplinary scholarship and the development of innovative curriculum in emerging areas of strategic strength. http://www.ncsu.edu/faculty-and-staff/workthatmatters/ Through this faculty cluster hire, NC State will create a unique interdisciplinary research and PhD program in Geospatial Analytics to address the extensive research needs in both basic geospatial sciences and the corresponding computer science and mathematical modeling disciplines. This interdisciplinary program, designed in part to address the nationally identified shortage for geospatial scientists and professionals, will be strengthened through the hiring of a senior geospatial scientist and two junior scientists. These individuals will organize and lead NC State's dispersed, but very successful, Geospatial Information Science and Technology research and teaching programs (GIS.ncsu.edu) across 15 departments on campus. These faculty additions will allow NC State to significantly expand its research initiatives in spatial analytics and algorithmic development and computation, mobile GIS, spatial data mining, and in particular remote sensing. These activities will be shared with the university community and the public via collaboration and linked visualization capabilities connecting with the NCSU Libraries and with the new Nature Research Center at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences.
Essential Job Duties: NC State University invites applications for a tenure track faculty position at the assistant or associate professor level for a new Geospatial Analytics research and education program. The successful candidate will lead research focused on advanced remote sensing and geospatial analytics of the Earth's surface or shallow sub-surface, develop and teach related upper undergraduate and graduate courses, and assist with the implementation of a new graduate MS/PhD degree program in Geospatial Analytics. It is anticipated that the position will be with the Department of Marine Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (MEAS), one of the largest interdisciplinary geoscience departments in the nation (www.meas.ncsu.edu). The multi-disciplinary nature of the department lends itself to the study of severe weather and its impacts, coastal processes and ecosystems, land surface evolution, water quality and climate change. This position is one of three hires in our Geospatial Analytics initiative supported by the Chancellor's Faculty Excellence Program (http://www.ncsu.edu/faculty-and-staff/workthatmatters/). The very successful existing geospatial science program (gis.ncsu.edu) is expanding into "big data", 3D remote sensing and complex spatio-temporal modeling and will be linked to parallel Faculty Excellence programs in Data Driven Science, Forensics Sciences, and Global Environmental Change as well as NC State's unique Institute for Advanced Analytics (analytics.ncsu.edu). The current GIST academic program includes: 1) a well-enrolled (100+) professional master's degree in Geospatial Information Science and Technology, 2) a correspondingly large graduate certificate program in Geospatial Information Systems, 3) a graduate minor in Geospatial Information Science, and 4) a graduate minor in Remote Sensing. The program is coordinated by the Center for Earth Observation which currently supports 20+ PhD and MS students in allied disciplines (e.g., Natural Resources, Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Forestry, Parks, Recreation, and Tourism, etc.). The Center research program has active initiatives in: 1) Environmental Science and Informatics, including forest health, wildfire, hydrology, vegetation monitoring, coastal ecology and climate modeling, 2) Human Health and Wellness with foci on healthy schools, green space and healthy communities, 3) Advanced Geospatial Sciences involving 3D visualization, tangible GIS models and open source GIS, 4) Enterprise and web enabled GIS and National Park Service technical GIS support, 5) Geospatial Intelligence focused on advanced analytical sciences and "big data" (Institute for Advanced Analytics, a new program in civilian applications of unmanned aircraft platforms for remote sensing). Research and teaching in the Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences address some of the most complex and important geoscience issues facing North Carolina and the world, including hurricanes, floods, climate change, water and air pollution, coastal erosion, the sustainability of fisheries, environmental cycles of critical elements (e.g., carbon and nitrogen), and the history of life itself. Job duties 1) establishing an externally-funded cutting edge research program with an emphasis on new technologies in remote sensing and RS data analytics (for example, lidar mapping, hyperspectral imaging, sensors mounted on UAV's); 2) teaching upper undergraduate and graduate Remote Sensing and GIST courses and mentoring MEAS and GIST graduate students; 3) developing and expanding collaborative research initiatives with internal and external partners that grow the domain of the University's Geospatial Analytics program and contribute to the mission of the MEAS department. The anticipated time distribution among these duties is 45% research, 45% teaching and mentoring, and 10% service.
Minimum Education/Experience: * PhD in geospatial sciences, geomatics, geodesy, or related field.
Department Required Skills : * Commitment to teaching excellence and an active research agenda with an established publication record.
Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education: * Experience with modern 3D remote sensing technologies, such as lidar, IFSARE/InSAR, GPS Geodesy, 3D photogrammetry; * Background in geospatial intelligence or hyperspectral imaging; * Familiarity with development or applications of open source geospatial software; * Experience with UAV and robotic mapping technologies.
Necessary Licenses and Certifications: N/A
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