[ECOLOG-L] Assistant Research Professor, Remote Sensing of Agriculture, South Dakota State University

Assistant Research Professor
Geospatial Sciences Center of Excellence
South Dakota State University

South Dakota State University invites applications for an Assistant Research Professor. The Geospatial Sciences Center of Excellence (GSCE) seeks a person with research experience focused on remote sensing of agriculture using multi-temporal Landsat or equivalent moderate resolution data over large geographic domains and with demonstrated computer programming experience. The position is externally funded full-time at the 10-month level, with the opportunity to secure two additional months of funding. The successful candidate will be expected to seek and secure externally funded research grants, recruit and mentor Ph.D. students and post-doctoral researchers, and undertake service to international and/or national research organizations and to the research and university communities.

Required Qualifications:
. Earned Ph.D. in Geography or appropriate related field, with a background in remote sensing;
. Minimum of three years’ experience conducting externally funded research;
. Scholarly activity, including collaborative research and peer-reviewed publications as first author in terrestrial remote sensing journals;
. Demonstrated experience developing, refining, and implementing novel algorithms to process remotely sensed data;
. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with research colleagues, students, and non-specialists;
. Effective written communication skills;
. Effective verbal communication and interpersonal skills;
. Ability to work collegially in a group setting; and
. Commitment to principles of affirmative action and equal employment opportunity.

Desired Qualifications:
. Programming in C and use of scripts in a Linux environment;
. Experience developing computer vision based algorithms for object extraction from remotely sensing imagery;
. Experience in the analysis of remotely sensed time series over large geographic areas;
. Experience in quantification of agricultural information using remotely sensed imagery.

Salary: Nationally competitive.

The Geospatial Sciences Center of Excellence (GSCE) is a collaboration between South Dakota State University (SDSU) and the nearby United States Geological Survey (USGS) Center for Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) that includes both university faculty and USGS researchers (http://ift.tt/1sK2q5T). The GSCE mission is to apply geographic information science capabilities, especially remote sensing, to advance the scientific understanding of the Earth System and, in particular, the characteristics and consequences of a changing global landscape. The GSCE is a friendly research environment that has excellent research infrastructure and computing support: (http://ift.tt/1H7OHgY ).

SDSU is a land grant institution and the State’s largest institution of higher education with an enrollment of nearly 13,000 students. SDSU is located in Brookings, South Dakota, a community of approximately 23,000 near the east central border of South Dakota on Interstate 29. The city has an excellent K-12 education system, is accessible to major medical facilities, has an active cultural and social environment, and numerous lakes and parks are within driving distance. It is 80 km north of the Sioux Falls metropolitan areas with a population of 230,000.

Application Deadline:  Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by June 15, 2015.

Application Process: SDSU accepts applications only through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit http://ift.tt/1PvXo3R. The system will guide you through the electronic application form. The employment site will require the attachment of your curriculum vitae; cover letter and research statement; and the names and contact information for three professional references. Any offer is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, a criminal background check. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process. Email applications will not be accepted.

SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations.

For questions concerning this position, please contact Dr. David Roy, Search Chair via email at david.roy@sdstate.edu.

South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff and students. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing HR@sdstate.edu. SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other protected class in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Administration 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007. Phone: (605) 688-4128.

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Geoffrey M. Henebry PhD CSE
Professor, Natural Resource Management
Co-Director, Geospatial Sciences Center of Excellence (GSCE)
South Dakota State University
1021 Medary Avenue, Wecota Hall 506B
Brookings, SD 57007-3510, USA
voice: +1-605-688-5351 (-5227 FAX)
email: geoffrey.henebry@sdstate.edu

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