Assistant Professor - GIS and Hazards

Classification Title:

Assistant Professor in GIS and Hazards

Job Description:

The Department of Geography at the University of Florida, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, invites applications for a full-time, nine-month, tenure-accruing position, at the level of Assistant Professor to begin August 2018. The department seeks an outstanding candidate with expertise in GIS and natural hazards, including (but not limited to): community disaster resilience; coupled natural-human system modeling; hazard and risk assessment; emergency management; food security; sea level rise; climatic and other extreme events. The candidate will substantially contribute to the department’s long-term strategic goal in growing the fields of Geographical Information Science (GISc) and Global Environmental & Social Change. Primary responsibilities include high-quality research in the field of GIS & Hazards and a 2-2 teaching assignment, particularly developing introductory and advanced courses in ‘GIS & Hazards’ at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Applicants should have a strong record of research and scholarly activities in the field of GIS & natural hazards; experience and demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching; and a proven ability to communicate effectively with students, professionals, and the general public. 

The Department of Geography has 16 active faculty members, who conduct teaching and research in a broad spectrum of areas, including Geospatial Analysis and Techniques, Medical Geography in Global Health, Earth System Science, and Global Environmental and Social Change. It offers BS/BA, MS/MA, and PhD degree tracks, including online and distance learning options for coursework. The department has two computer-lab classrooms and provides a high-speed on-line computing environment via UFAPPs ( ), where any student and faculty can access software applications, such as ArcGIS, ENVI, ERDAS, MATLAB, and SPSS, from any computing device, from any location, at any time. Applicants are encouraged to visit the website ( ) to learn more about the Department of Geography.

The Department is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. The university and greater Gainesville community enjoy a diversity of culture, music, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activity, and social opportunities, including organizations that support the interests of people from varied backgrounds. 

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law. If an accommodation due to disability is needed to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).

Advertised Salary:

The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, and includes a full benefits package.

Minimum Requirements:

The successful candidate should possess a Ph.D. in Geography or a relevant field of study (e.g., urban planning, environmental science, and sustainability) at time of appointment. Candidates must use geospatial techniques, such as GIS, remote sensing, and/or spatial modeling with substantive focus on hazards and society.

Preferred Qualifications:   Special Instructions to Applicants:

For full consideration, applications must be submitted online at  and must include: (1) a letter summarizing the applicant's qualifications, ongoing research directions, and interests, (2) a complete curriculum vitae, (3) teaching philosophy and (4) research statement.  Names and email addresses of three referees must be provided on the application. An email will be sent automatically to your referees, requesting them to upload their letters. The search committee will begin the review process on October 30, 2017, and only complete applications will be reviewed. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the committee and/or hiring authority, and the position will remain open until filled. Inquiries about the position should be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Liang Mao, at 

The final candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered "official" if a designation of "Issued to Student" is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States must be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

Health Assessment Required: No.


Similar jobs

Similar jobs