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Academic Faculty

(Geographic Information Scientist)


Open for Recruitment:  December 20, 2013 - Open until further notice
Announcement #:  10000001169
Salary Range: 
Full or Part Time:  Full Time
Location: Moscow

Materials Required:
    Online Application
    Curriculum Vitae
    Cover Letter
    Statement of Research Interests
    Statement of research accomplishments
    Contact Information for 3 References
    Selected Publications

Title and Rank: Assistant or Associate Professor of Geographic Information Science
Appointment:   Tenure track, academic year (9 months)
Starting Date:   August 17, 2014
Please note Closing Date Status:  To receive "first consideration", please submit all application materials by January 31, 2014.  Following initial review of "first consideration" applicant pool, job posting may be re-posted until position is filled.

We seek a Geographic Information Scientist to complement existing department expertise in spatial statistics, remote sensing, human-environment geography, climate, political and economic geography.  The position will be tenure-track in the Department of Geography with research, teaching, service, and undergraduate and graduate advising responsibilities. The successful candidate will join a dynamic, growing department with GIS Certificate, B.S., M.S., and Ph.D.  programs.  Candidates must have a primary research emphasis in an area of GIScience, such as theory of spatial information, GIS algorithm development, geovisualization, automated cartography, spatial optimization, web-based delivery systems, spatial database design, GIS Programming or other topics in GIScience.  The areas of application of GIScience is open, but some preference will be given to candidates whose interests provide greatest opportunity for collaboration within and outside our department.   The new hire will join an active geospatial community in teaching and research at our institution; however, our department serves as the focal point for GIS teaching and research.  The department is also involved in several existing and planned interdisciplinary endeavors at our institution in which the individual in this position could choose to participate (for example, integrated social-ecological science, as applied to issues of the growing wildland-urban interface in the American West and elsewhere, food security and resilient rural communities).  Teaching responsibilities include courses in GIS, cartography and geospatial theory/application.  Successful candidates will demonstrate potential for or past experience in developing an externally funded research program, with expectations commensurate with rank.

·         Ph.D. in Geography or closely related field

·         Minimum of one advanced degree in Geography (M.S. or Ph.D.)

·         Ph.D. at time of appointment

·         Primary research emphasis in GIScience

·         Potential for scholarly publications in GIScience 

·         Potential to establish a strong research program in GIScience, including extramural funding

·         Potential for high-quality teaching of undergraduate and graduate courses in GIS and GIScience


Must:  Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.*


·         Ph.D. in Geography

·         Demonstration of high-quality teaching of courses in both theory and application of GIScience

·         Scholarly publication record, commensurate with experience

·         Research experience in GIScience, commensurate with rank

·         Ability to complement existing departmental research and teaching expertise, including the development of new courses complementary to existing department offerings

·         Potential of candidate’s GIScience research to enhance existing and potential collaborative opportunities across disciplines and colleges internal and external to UI

·         Evidence of ability to advise graduate students to completion of an advanced degree, commensurate with rank


Application Procedures:
To be considered for this position, applicants should s
ubmit the following via the online application system (

·         Curriculum vita

·         Cover letter

·         Statements of research accomplishments and interests (one page maximum)

·         Statement of teaching interests and if applicable, teaching experience (one page maximum)

·         Names of three references

·         (Optional) Sample publications

Please direct inquiries and/or questions to search committee chair, Dr. Jeff Hicke (

We are particularly interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.
The Department of Geography is an active department in the University of Idaho College of Science offering B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Geography and a GIS certificate program.  The department’s Ph.D. program was ranked in the top 20 Geography Ph.D. programs by the National Research Council in 2010.  We have had research expenditures approaching $1M per year in recent years.  We are active participants in interdisciplinary programs at the University of Idaho, including the National Institute for Advanced Transportation, International Studies, Environmental Science, Water Resources and Bioregional Planning programs.  We are also partners in regional and federal research initiatives such as the USGS Northwest Regional Climate Science Center.  For further information on the department, see
The College of Science ( consists of the departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Geography, Geological Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics.  The college currently enrolls 800 undergraduate students and 220 graduate students and employs 100 faculty and 40 staff.  The faculty research is largely supported by approximately $8M in external grant funding.  The College of Science was established in 2002.

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