The Department of Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland (College Park) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Geospatial Information Science. This position is part of the Center for Geospatial Information Science (CGIS) (see http://www.geospatial.umd.edu for more information). The tenure home for this position is in Geographical Sciences and the expected start will be on or about January 2020. Salary and benefits are highly competitive, commensurate with qualifications and experience. A Ph.D. degree in Geography, Geoinformatics, or a related discipline is required by the time of appointment. Preference will be given to candidates with postdoctoral experience. Candidates should demonstrate commitment to excellence in research and teaching, and show promise for gaining external funding.

The University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship campus of the University of Maryland System and is ideally situated in close proximity to Washington, D. C., Baltimore, and Maryland’s 270 Technology Corridor. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

We are seeking an outstanding candidate who will expand the breadth in our research and teaching and enhance our national and international reputation in Geospatial Information Science. Candidates are expected to have a demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentorship at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including working with students and groups from under-represented backgrounds. Successful candidates are expected to conduct research at the leading edge of GIScience, and be able to work in interdisciplinary teams that address significant real-world problems. We especially encourage applications from candidates with a background in geospatial simulation (e.g., virtual and augmented reality, agent-based modeling), data mining and machine learning for spatiotemporal data, big geospatial computing, and geospatial approaches to cybersecurity, among other areas. Possible applied GIS research areas include: urban modeling and simulation, smart cities, environmental analysis, natural hazards, and geospatial intelligence and security among other topics associated with the application of GIScience to societal and environmental issues from local to global scales.

Applications should include a cover letter, a personal statement on background and experience relevant to the position, including research, teaching, and service activities (uploaded as supplemental document 1), a signed and dated Curriculum Vitae, reprints of selected peer-reviewed publications (uploaded as the required research document and optional writing samples 1 and 2), and provide the names, addresses, and email addresses of three references. The Department of Geographical Sciences is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are encouraged to identify their experiences in these areas.

For best consideration applications should be submitted no later than September 16th, 2019 but the search will continue until a suitable candidate is appointed. Further information on this position and on academic and research programs of the Department and CGIS can be found at http://www.geog.umd.edu. Questions regarding this position can be directed to Search Chair, Professor Kathleen Stewart, stewartk@umd.edu.

Applications from women and minorities are particularly sought. The University of Maryland is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer.

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About University of Maryland

The University of Maryland, College Park (commonly referred to as the University of Maryland, UMD, or simply Maryland) is a public research university in College Park, Maryland.[10] Founded in 1856, UMD is the flagship institution of the University System of Maryland, and is the largest university in both the state and the Washington metropolitan area, with more than 41,000 students representing all fifty states and 123 countries, and a global alumni network of over 360,000. Its twelve schools and colleges together offer over 200 degree-granting programs, including 92 undergraduate majors, 107 master’s programs, and 83 doctoral programs. UMD is a member of the Association of American Universities and competes in intercollegiate athletics as a member of the Big Ten Conference.

The University of Maryland’s proximity to the nation’s capital has resulted in many research partnerships with the federal government; faculty receive research funding and institutional support from agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Department of Homeland Security. It is classified as one of 115 first tier research universities in the country by the Carnegie Foundation, and is labeled a “Public Ivy”, denoting a quality of education comparable to the private Ivy League. UMD is consistently ranked among the top 100 universities both nationally and globally by several indexes.

In 2016, the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore formalized their strategic partnership after their collaboration successfully created more innovative medical, scientific, and educational programs, as well as greater research grants and joint faculty appointments than either campus has been able to accomplish on its own. As of 2017, the operating budget of the University of Maryland is approximately $2.1 billion.[27][28] For the 2018 fiscal year, the university received a total of over $545 million in external research funding. In October 2017, the university received a record-breaking donation of $219.5 million from the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation, ranking among the largest philanthropic gifts to a public university in the country.