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Position Number: 00103207
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 Stateas 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. The NCSU Computer Science Department is one of the largest and oldest in the country. It is part of NCSU's College of Engineering, which has recently received significant increases in private and public funding, faculty positions, and facilities that will assist the department in achieving its goals. The department's research expenditures and recognition are growing steadily. For example, we have one of the largest concentrations in the country of prestigious NSF Early Career Award winners (total of 21). Founded in 1887, North Carolina State University is a land-grant institution distinguished by its exceptional quality of research, teaching, extension, and public service. Located in Raleigh, North Carolina, NC State is the largest university in the state, with more than 34,000 students and 8,000 faculty and staff. National rankings consistently rate Raleigh and its surrounding region among the five best places in the country to live and work, with a highly educated workforce, moderate weather, reasonable cost of living, and a welcoming environment. A collaborative, supportive environment for business and innovation and research collaborations with area universities and the Research Triangle Park are compelling reasons for relocation to the area. Our faculty regularly engage in teaching and research activities with the vibrant North Carolina games industry, including over 40 games companies ranging from industry leaders like Electronic Arts, Epic Games and Ubisoft to serious games studios like Lockheed Martin's Virtual Worlds Lab and Virtual Heroes, Inc.
Essential Job Duties: NC State University's Computer Science department will hire a new faculty member to help create its new Geospatial Analytics research and teaching program. A successful candidate will lead a computer science research group focused on spatial computing including location-aware mobile computing, spatial interaction and visualization, and geospatial algorithms and data mining; develop and teach graduate courses on related topics; collaborate extensively with other faculty in the Geospatial program, and assist with the planning and implementation of a new graduate MS/PhD in geospatial analytics. This position is one of three hires in Geospatial Analytics initiative, which in turn is part of the Chancellor's Faculty Excellence Program initiated in Spring 2012 (http://www.ncsu.edu/faculty-and-staff/workthatmatters/). The very successful geospatial science graduate research program (gis.ncsu.edu) is expanding to address both basic geo-research needs and corresponding programs in spatial computation and mathematical modeling. This expansion will focus on remote sensing and "big data" issues 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). In addition, the hired candidate will have the opportunity to participate in a new geospatial research team with the two other Geospatial Analytics hires, as well as to collaborate with other the other 30+ new Chancellor's Faculty currently being recruited. This is in addition to the 25+ current GIS faculty that are spread among 15 of the University's colleges and departments. The position will be supported by not only lab space in computer science, but also the Center for Earth Observation's entirely new 2,000 square foot geo-visualization laboratory and newly renovated 1,800 square foot experimental teaching facility. The Center research program has active initiatives in climate modeling, 3D visualization, tangible modeling and geospatial intelligence. The position duties include: 1) leading a vigorous spatial computing research group, which will require strong evidence of scholarly impact, such as publications in quality journals and securing significant external funding; 2) mentoring outstanding graduate students and post-docs; and 3) developing and expanding collaborative research initiatives with internal and external partners that grow the domain of the university geospatial science and program.
Minimum Education/Experience: * PhD in computer science or related field * Active research agenda and outstanding scholarship that includes a strong history of extramural funding, a robust publication record, and significant experience with interdisciplinary collaborations
Department Required Skills : * Commitment to teaching excellence and excellent mentoring of graduate students * Research expertise and leadership in spatial computing, including location-aware mobiles, spatial interaction and visualization, or geospatial algorithms and data mining.
Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education: * Engaged with multi-disciplinary PhD programs * Experience with government agencies and commercial companies engaged in spatial computing
Necessary Licenses and Certifications: N/A
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