Postdoctoral Scholar- GIS Specialist (OPS)

Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL

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Job Title: Postdoctoral Scholar- GIS Specialist (OPS)
Location: Tallahassee, FL
Regular/Temporary: Temporary
Full/Part Time:
Job ID: 50662

The Florida State University Geography Department

Equal Employment Opportunity

An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer.

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Responsibilities The Florida State University seeks a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) specialist to serve as its Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) Research Partner Fellow. The position is funded for two years and requires residency at Florida State University. DPAA Research Partner Fellows are issued taskings from the DPAA that involve conducting geospatial analysis in a historical context that is related to U.S. military losses in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. While creating research products that materially help the DPAA honor, identify, and repatriate unaccounted-for personnel, DPAA Research Partner Fellows also maintain an active presence on campus, leveraging the assets of their home institutions to serve the DPAA. Researchers are sought with a background in GIS, with expertise possibly including but not limited to geovisualization, large-scale spatial data analysis, historical GIS and digital humanities, and/or remote sensing.

The Fellow will work on research projects assigned by the DPAA that support the Agency’s mission to achieve the fullest possible accounting of American personnel missing from twentieth-century conflicts. Being interdisciplinary in nature, the research may include elements beyond GIS work and is not limited to any one topical focus; historical research and writing, digital humanities projects, public history work, etc. may all come into play. Strong writing and data collection/analysis skills, along with an ability to collaborate with others, are required for this position. The DPAA Research Partner Fellowship requires a time commitment of 40 hours per week on DPAA related work and outreach activities.

The Fellow is expected to maintain a presence on campus. As a part of their responsibilities, the Fellow will be asked to teach one course per year in GIS, and will be encouraged interact with and mentor students. The Florida State University seeks a person who, in concert with DPAA, will engage the community and other stakeholders to raise awareness about issues related to the identification of unaccounted-for remains.


    Earned doctoral degree in geography/geographic information science or related disciplines (e.g. planning, development, engineering, geomatics,etc.) is required. Advanced doctoral candidates well into their ABD status with completion of the dissertation imminent will also be considered.

    Mastery Geographic Information Systems-based methods and practicesStrong writing/presentation skillsExperience in creating/managing large data setsAbility to work in a team environment Ability to navigate interdisciplinary research issues and engage in collaborationPracticed time management
  • Experience working with government/military personnel

  • Foreign Language skills

University Information

One of the nation's elite research universities, Florida State University preserves, expands, and disseminates knowledge in the sciences, technology, arts, humanities, and professions, while embracing a philosophy of learning strongly rooted in the traditions of the liberal arts and critical thinking. Founded in 1851, Florida State University is the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida. FSU is a community steeped in tradition that fosters research, encourages creativity, and embraces diversity. At FSU, there’s the excitement of being part of a vibrant academic and professional community, surrounded by people whose ideas are shaping tomorrow’s news!

Learn more about our university and campuses.

Pay Plan

This is an OPS/temporary Job.

Soft Money Funded Position

This position is time-limited based on soft money funding, with renewal contingent upon available funds and the needs of the University.

How To Apply

If qualified and interested in a specific job opening as advertised, apply to Florida State University at If you are a current FSU employee, apply via myFSU > Self Service.

Applicants are required to complete the online application with all applicable information. Applications must include all work history up to ten years, and education details even if attaching a resume.

Please also send CV, Cover Letter and names of three references to [email protected]

The position supervisor is Dr. Mark W. Horner of the Department of Geography at Florida State University

Open until filled

This position is being advertised as open until filled.

The review of applications will begin 01/03/22.

Affordable Care Act

OPS employees are covered under the Affordable Care Act. OPS employees who meet certain criteria will be offered affordable health care coverage. For more information on the Affordable Care Act, please visit the Benefits website and click on Employee Insurance Eligibility.

Tobacco Free Campus

Effective January 1, 2014, tobacco use, including simulated tobacco use, is prohibited on property, interior and exterior, owned or managed by Florida State University. This policy applies to all Florida State University students, employees, consultants, contractors, visitors, and external individuals.

Screening Foreign Researchers

Pursuant to Florida law, any citizen of a foreign country who is not a permanent resident of the U.S., or who is a citizen or permanent resident but is affiliated with or has had at least 1 year of employment or training in China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela, or Syria is subject to additional screening. If you meet these criteria, you must be prepared to provide the following information to FSU upon request:

  • Every institution of higher education attended, whether or not listed on your CV or resume
  • All previous employment since your 18th birthday
  • A list of all published material
  • A list of all current and pending research funding from any source, including details about the research, your role, funding source, and amount
  • List and description of any non-university professional activities
  • Any affiliation with an institution or program in a foreign country
  • A complete copy of your passport
  • Your most recently submitted DS-160 (Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application)


Working at Florida State University

One of the nation's elite research universities, Florida State University — with the Carnegie Foundation's highest designation, Doctoral/Research University-Extensive — offers a distinctive academic environment built on its cherished values and unique heritage, welcoming campus on the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida, championship athletics, and prime location in the heart of the state capital.

Combining traditional strength in the arts and humanities with recognized leadership in the sciences, Florida State University provides unmatched opportunities for students and faculty through challenging academics, cultural discovery and community interaction.

Underlying and supporting the educational experience at Florida State University is the development of new generations of citizen leaders, based on the concepts inscribed in our seal: Vires, Artes, Mores — Strength, Skill and Character.

Epitomized by recently named Rhodes Scholars Garrett Johnson and Myron Rolle — elite athletes and scholars committed to public service — and Joseph O'Shea — a campus and community leader as well as a top scholar — Florida State's 40,000 students are dedicated to academic excellence and providing leadership in our complex world.

Florida State University's 16 colleges offer more than 275 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, professional and specialist degree programs, including medicine and law, covering a broad array of disciplines critical to society today. Each year the University awards over 2,000 graduate and professional degrees.

With its impressive breadth of leading graduate, professional and undergraduate programs, Florida State University is a demanding, intellectually stimulating, yet warm and caring environment for students and faculty. Recognized nationally for its commitment to diversity, Florida State University is a national leader in the number of doctorates awarded to African-American students and in the graduation rate of African-American undergraduates. Its College of Medicine and College of Law are ranked in the nation's Top 10 for Hispanic students.

Florida State University's arts programs — dance, film, music and theatre — rank among the finest in the world, offering an arts education comparable to leading conservatories. Its creative writing program is ranked among the nation's best and is home to the most consistently honored and published student body in the United States. Florida State is responsible for governance of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and associated arts programs, one of the largest museum/university complexes in the nation.

Other programs consistently included in the top public university list include physics, chemistry, political science, psychology, criminology, public administration, library science, information, human sciences, business and law.

At the Ph.D. level, interdisciplinary programs draw on notable research faculty strengths that transcend the traditional disciplines, including neuroscience, molecular biophysics, computational science, materials science and research at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory—home to the world's most powerful magnets.

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