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Assistant Professor in Remote Sensing - Geography

University of Florida

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Assistant Professor in Remote Sensing - Geography

Job No: 528717
Work Type: Tenure-Track Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Humanities, Physical/Mathematical Sciences
Department: 16220000 - LS-GEOGRAPHY

Job Description

Classification Title:

Assistant Professor

Job Description:

The Department of Geography at the University of Florida (UF) invites applications for a full-time, nine-month, tenure-accruing position Assistant Professor in Remote Sensing, beginning August 16, 2024. Applicants should be able to contribute to the Department of Geography's GeoAI and GIScience focus areas with their expertise in any area of Remote Sensing.

We prefer candidates with expertise in any area of remote sensing to align with the existing strengths of the UF Department of Geography, strengthening its interdisciplinary approach to understanding and addressing complex geospatial challenges. Areas of interest include: GeoAI, earth systems, modeling, climate change, spatial analysis, conservation, medical geography, and understanding complex socio-ecological systems. Preference will be given to researchers who integrate social and economic data to study the interactions between human activities and natural systems. The successful candidate will emphasize how their expertise in remote sensing will enhance the department's capabilities in data acquisition, analysis, and interpretation.

Primary responsibilities include 1) the development of a high-quality research portfolio employing Remote Sensing (e.g. utilizing GeoAI, Hyperspectral, LiDAR, Drones, Multispectral), 2) a 2-1 teaching assignment including newly developed undergraduate and graduate courses that contribute to our existing certificate programs in GIScience and GeoAI along with mentoring students, including those from underrepresented backgrounds, and 3) performance of administrative/service duties commensurate with a tenure-track appointment in the Department.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop a funded research portfolio linked to their Remote Sensing field. The ability to contribute significantly to graduate education and the mentoring of graduate students is highly desirable. Preference will be given to scholars with significant existing teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels with a track record of research excellence.

The Department of Geography has 24 active faculty members who conduct teaching and research in a broad spectrum across our focus areas, which are Geospatial Analysis & Techniques; Earth System Science; Medical Geography in Global Health; Geopolitics & the Global Economy; Places, Networks & Flows; Catastrophes, Conservation, &Conflict; and Sustainability & the Global Environmental Change. It offers BS/BA, MS/MA, and PhD degree tracks, including online and distance learning options. Please visit to learn more about the department.

Faculty in the Department of Geography contribute courses to UF Quest and the CLAS Beyond120 programs, both of which are encouraged with this position. Additionally, the college has strong interdisciplinary programs and centers where faculty linkages are encouraged, such as International Studies, Sustainability Studies, the Center for African Studies, and Latin American Studies. There are also many UF-wide investments that might contribute to the success of new faculty: the Informatics Institute, the AI2 Center, the Florida Climate Institute, and the Emerging Pathogens Institute. The University is home to HiPerGator, one of the most powerful high-performance computers at a US public university ( For more information on the recent gifts from an UF alumnus and NVIDIA to support this effort, see and the AI webpage for UF at

Expected Salary:

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

Employment Benefits include:

Health Insurance: UF participates in state- and university-sponsored benefits programs for individuals, families, and domestic partners, and offers voluntary insurance that includes vision, dental, long-term disability and more.

Retirement Options: Attractive options include Florida Retirement System Pension Plan, State University System Optional Retirement Program, Florida Retirement System Investment Plan, and Voluntary Retirement Savings Plan.

Leave: UF staff enjoy a generous paid leave plan as well as access to a sick-leave pool, maternity/paternity leave, and leave payouts.

Minimum Requirements:
    Ph.D. degree in Geography, Environmental Science, Data or Computer Sciences, or related field before August 15, 2024. Demonstrated research potential or accomplishments in using extensive Remote Sensing data, tools, and techniques. Ability to teach one core course in our required techniques courses, such as Digital Image Processing, Environmental Remote Sensing, GeoAI etc. A commitment to quality teaching that incorporates Remote Sensing and mentoring of a diverse student body

Preferred Qualifications:
    Experience using supercomputing in research and planned uses for supercomputing in proposed research. A record of publications in peer-reviewed academic journals where RS techniques were applied to achieve research goals. Evidence of high-quality teaching at the undergraduate and/or graduate level Ability to teach at least one new course that provides students with hands-on experience in utilizing advanced RS-related techniques, e.g., LiDAR, Big Data, Drones, ML/DL, Google Earth Engine, Amazon Web Services. The successful candidate must be able to work with students, faculty, and staff from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. The university has a student body of over 49,000 undergraduate, graduate and first-professional students, including over 14,500 minority students, and 6,000 international students.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

For full consideration, applications must be submitted online. Click on Apply Now at the top of this posting.

A complete application includes: (1) a cover letter summarizing the applicant's qualifications, ongoing and future research directions, and interests (with explanation of applicant's role in collaborative efforts), (2) a complete curriculum vitae; (3) a research statement describing qualifications to conduct research in the field of Remote Sensing, highlighting funding successes (if applicable) and future funding plans; and (4) a teaching statement describing qualifications to design and teach courses utilizing Remote Sensing, highlighting experiences with student bodies, and (5) a list of at least three references. After initial review, confidential letters of recommendation from the references will be requested for applicants chosen for further consideration.

Review of applications will begin starting November 1st, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. Only complete applications will be reviewed at that time. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the committee and/or hiring authority. Inquiries about the position should be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Jason Blackburn, at

All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening, which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks, and verification of education. The selected candidate must provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if the designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States require evaluation by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The University of Florida invites all qualified applicants, including minorities, women, veterans and individual with disabilities to apply. The University of Florida is a public institution and subject to all requirements under Florida Sunshine and Public Records laws. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law. If 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).

The Department of Geography particularly welcomes all abilities, classes, ethnicities/races, gender identities and expressions. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. The university and greater Gainesville communities enjoy a diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities.

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.

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