Graduate student opportunities in GIScience in the Department of Geography, Society, and Environment at the University of MinnesotaRead Now
NOW RECRUITING MGIS, MA AND PHD STUDENTS
The Department of Geography, Society, and Environment at the University of Minnesota invites students to apply for MA and PhD positions in Geography with a specialization in Geographic Information Science (GIScience). The department also offers a two-year professional Masters of GIS (MGIS).
The department offers all MA or PhD students a very competitive funding package that will cover a standard progression of four to five years for the PhD. The application deadline is December 15, 2017 for admission in fall 2018. The Department of Geography, Society, and Environment at the University of Minnesota has long been a center of innovative work in Geographic Information Science. We have made several recent hires and now have eight full-time faculty/staff members who provide breadth and depth in GIScience concepts and practice.
The Department of Geography, Society, and Environment at the University of Minnesota is internationally recognized and includes scholars working in GIScience, urban geography, globalization and development, nature-society studies, regional geography, climatology, paleoclimatology, and biogeography. The University of Minnesota is a world-class university that offers students access to a wide array of faculty and departments. The metropolitan area of Minneapolis-St. Paul has a population of over three million people and supports thriving arts and cultural communities.
For questions about faculty interests and topical areas, see http://spatial.umn.edu/. Information on applying is found at https://cla.umn.edu/geography/graduate. The professional MGIS program has information on applying at http://cla.umn.edu/mgis. For questions about the MA/PhD application process, contact the Graduate Program Coordinator, Sara Braun (email@example.com, +1 612 625-6080). Questions about the MGIS program should be directed to Susanna McMaster (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has developed a new professional master’s program in Environmental Observation and Informatics (EOI).
The program focuses on the use, analysis, and interpretation of environmental data to address pressing environmental issues. The EOI degree is a professional MS program, consisting of 32 credits in 15 months with a final project at an organization to deliver a product that meets their needs and the students learning goals. Technical training is combined with professional skills development to ensure graduates are competitive in the job market.
Applications are now open for a program start date of June 2018. Any inquiries or questions can be directed to me, Sarah Graves at email@example.com, or by filling out the 'Contact us' form on the website.
Why this program?
We have unprecedented amounts of earth observation data. We have access to world class geospatial tools and cloud computing resources across a myriad of platforms. And we have some of the most pressing environmental and sustainability challenges that remain unsolved and unanswered. We need a core group of people to tie all this together -- leaders who can harness big satellite data in creative new ways to answer questions ranging from crop yield potential to real-time refugee monitoring. We need to train a group of professionals who know how to bring together the right data and methods with the right questions to get the job done.
Who is this program for?
The EOI professional master's program is designed for early- to mid-career professionals worldwide who wish to advance to positions of project or program manager, senior analyst, or similar rank. Ideal candidates for our program will have approximately two to five years of professional work and/or field experience in GIS, geospatial technologies, and remote sensing. Candidates with diverse professional and academic backgrounds are also encouraged to apply.
For more information about the program, including the curriculum and how to apply, visit our website at: www.nelson.wisc.edu/observation.
Featured article and faculty perspective: http://news.wisc.edu/degree-program-uses-satellite-drone-technologies-to-solve-environmental-problems/
Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences, and the interdisciplinary graduate program in Geoinformatics at the University of Iowa are accepting applications for MS/PhD or PhD degrees starting from Fall 2018. Graduate teaching and research fellowships, and assistantships will be available for these positions.
I am particularly interested in recruiting students with research interests in areas such as:
In addition to the above research interests, students should have, or be interested in developing, ability in:
The application deadline is 01 Jan, 2018. Candidates should contact firstname.lastname@example.org indicating their interest in one of the programs along with their research interests and CV. Competitive students will be invited for a Skype interview.
Upon admittance you will be a member of the Geo-Social Lab, which is home to research projects aimed at developing innovative computational and visualization tools to better understand and analyze massive and complex geo-social networks. The Geo-Social Lab is located within the brand new research facility at the Informatics Initiative which is equipped with cutting edge research infrastructure such as the Visualization Wall, lab computers and meeting rooms, and prioritized access to High Performance Computing (HPC) and Hadoop clusters.
For all inquiries, please contact email@example.com.
Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences
316 Jessup Hall
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242
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A PhD student assistantship is available in the area of socioeconomic-ecological systems modeling. The student will work on an EPA-funded interdisciplinary project led by Dr. Jacob Hochard (Dept. of Economics & Institute for Coastal Science and Policy) in collaboration with Drs. Randall Etheridge (Dept. of Engineering & Center for Sustainability) and Ariane Peralta (Dept. of Biology) at East Carolina University. The PhD student will have a primary focus on Coastal and Marine Economics and Policy and will choose a secondary focus in Coastal Geosciences or Estuarine Ecology. Students without a Master’s degree can earn a Master’s in Economics as they progress through the PhD program.
The CRM PhD student will work closely with economics, biology and engineering faculty at East Carolina University, as well as a Master’s of Biology student, to support an EPA-funded project to study nutrient pollution impacts on human and environmental health in coastal watersheds. The qualified candidate will have a strong undergraduate or graduate training in economics and/or environmental studies. Candidates with an interest in interdisciplinary research and a familiarity with econometric techniques and geospatial analysis are strongly encouraged to apply.
To apply, please contact Dr. Jake Hochard (firstname.lastname@example.org) by February 7th, 2017 with your CV, unofficial transcript(s), GRE scores, and a short statement describing prior research experience and interests. Review of full applications to the CRM PhD Program will begin on March 1, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. CRM PhD Program graduates place routinely in faculty positions within interdisciplinary departments, work for non-profit organizations and government research agencies.
The Departments of Economics, Engineering, Biology, Institute of Coastal Science and Policy, and the Center for Sustainability at East Carolina University take pride in the diversity of our students, faculty, and staff and strive to increase that diversity. We encourage applications and inquiries from members of groups underrepresented in the social sciences.
The Carlson Lab in the Department of Natural Resources and Environment (NREM) within the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa seeks applicants for a funded graduate research assistant position.
This student will research zero-deforestation commitments in the soybean sector of South America. The position is part of a Social-Environmental SYNthesis Center (SESYNC) funded project led by Kimberly Carlson (University of Hawaii) and Rachael Garrett (Boston University).The student will compile data on soy supply chains and land use change in South America, collate information on supply chain commitments by companies, and develop models to assess the impacts of zero-deforestation commitments in the soy sector using Dinamica EGO software. The student will also join virtual meetings with collaborators from around the world, and travel occasionally to Annapolis Maryland for meetings.
More information on the SESYNC project can be found here: http://www.sesync.org/project/propose-a-pursuit/supply-chain-commitments
QUALIFICATIONS: The applicant must have expertise in geo-spatial analysis and programming, experience doing independent research, excellent oral and written communication ability, good organizational skills, and strong interest in creating geospatial models. We are looking for someone who is passionate about tropical conservation and is excited to learn new modeling techniques and tools. Individuals who speak Portuguese or Spanish, have lived in South America, have worked for environmental advocacy organizations or industries related to tropical commodities, have published in peer-reviewed journals, or those with experience in Dinamica EGO or other spatial simulation software are especially well qualified for the position. Applicants must meet the minimum requirements for admittance into the NREM graduate program, and should have a bachelor's degree (if enrolling in the master's program) or a master's degree (if enrolling in the PhD program).
EXPECTATIONS: The selected individual is expected to develop and program geospatial models in Dinamica EGO in close collaboration with the PIs, write up the research results, travel to Annapolis Maryland for team meetings, present research findings at regional and international scientific meetings, seek out and apply for multiple external funding sources each year, and actively participate in lab group meetings and events.
SUPPORT: The position includes a stipend, and tuition is fully covered by the University of Hawaii.
LOCATION: The University of Hawaii at Manoa is in Honolulu, Hawaii, a vibrant community that offers incredible opportunities for outdoor activities as well as a diverse urban environment. As part of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, students in NREM become immersed in the study of tropical agriculture.
APPLICATION: To apply, please send a 2-page cover letter describing how your career goals and experience/qualifications make you an ideal fit for the position. Also attach your CV, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for three references. Send to email@example.com. Applications received by December 31, 2016 will receive full consideration.
QUESTIONS? Feel free to contact Dr. Kimberly Carlson with questions about the position, and check out our lab web site (www.carlson-lab.org) as well as Dr. Rachael Garrett's web site (http://www.bu.edu/earth/people/faculty/rachael-garrett/).
A full description of the NREM graduate programs can be found here: http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/nrem/students/grad-e_komo_mai.html
We seek a graduate research assistant for an urban heat island project funded by NSF's Smart and Connected Community program in the Department of Geography at the University of Georgia (www.uga.edu). The campus is located in Athens, GA about 1.5 hours away from Atlanta. The new graduate student is expected to start in spring semester of 2017, and will conduct research on integrating human-borne and vehicle-borne temperature data to UAS data to study hyper-local spatio-temporal variability within UHIs. Applicants with a bachelor or Master degree in Geography with a focus on climatology or GIScience with some programming experience are encouraged to apply. The assistantship will include a salary commensurate with education level (M.S. or Ph.D.), tuition waiver, and health benefits. Interested candidates should send an email describing their past experience and their motivation for pursuing a graduate degree, along with a CV, unofficial college transcripts, GRE scores, and the names and contact information for 3 references to Dr. Andrew Grundstein (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Deepak Mishra (email@example.com), Department of Geography, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30606. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
ORISE fellowship announcement website: http://orise.orau.gov/epa/description.aspx?JobId=1200
Research Project Description
Research Participation Program
Office of Research and Development
National Center for Environmental Assessment
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Project Description: A postgraduate research training opportunity is currently available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA). This appointment will be served with the Global Change Research Program (GCRP) in Arlington, Virginia. The GCRP, located in the EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD), works to build the capacity of programs, managers, and other decision-makers to assess and respond to global change (i.e., climate and land use) impacts on the environment and human health. Research and assessment activities are focused on a number of areas: ambient air quality, ambient water quality, the built environment (including water and wastewater infrastructure), aquatic ecosystems, and human health. For more information about the GCRP activities in NCEA, visithttp://www.epa.gov/ncea/global/.
Graduate Assistantship: Climate Change, Water, and Ecosystem Services at University of Wyoming
Melanie Murphy is recruiting a MS or PhD student to investigate how long-term changes in climate will impact water (distribution, abundance, quality) and ecosystem services (e.g., biodiversity and livestock production) in Wyoming range systems. The effects of climate change are critically important in semi-arid systems where water is the ultimate limiting factor. Water availability is predicted to decrease in Wyoming rangelands regardless of precipitation due to temperature-related increases in vegetative evapotranspiration rates. In addition, annual water supply in high elevation systems is dependent on spring snowmelt from the mountains which may be significantly impacted by shifts in precipitation timing. Water shortage has negative consequences for both biodiversity and human resource use.
Semi-permanent wetlands are indicators of surface water availability. The selected student will use field-based and remotely-sensed data to characterize wetlands and quantify biodiversity. The student will then link these components with human resource use under alternative scenarios of climate change. Student will also have the opportunity to incorporate molecular methods to quantify biodiversity and landscape connectivity (landscape geneticsapproaches).
Prospective students with a background in natural resources, ecology, and/or population genetics are encouraged to apply. Evidence of robust analytical skills, scientific writing, strong work ethic, passion for scientific inquiry, ability to work under harsh field conditions and aptitude for collaborative research are expected.
My spatial ecology and landscape genetics research group is focused on understanding fine-scale distribution and functional connectivity of animal species in ecological systems (https://sites.google.com/site/murphylabuwyo/). University of Wyoming (www.uwyo.edu) is ideally located in Laramie, Wyoming with easy access to varied field sites and outdoor recreation opportunities. In addition, the campus is only 1 hour from Fort Collins and 2 hours from Denver, CO.
Requirements: GRE 1200 (verbal + quantitative, 4 writing), GPA 3.0 (BS)/ 3.3 (MS). Closing date: Dec. 10, 2011 (review will begin immediately). Send materials to Dr. Melanie Murphy (firstname.lastname@example.org). Also complete a departmental application (http://www.uwyo.edu/renewable/info.asp?p=22152). PhD students are encouraged to apply to the innovative Program in Ecology (www.uwyo.edu/pie), an integrated, interdepartmental PhD program in ecological science. Position starts August 2012.
Position Announcement (March 29, 2011)
Graduate Research Assistant in Geographic Information Science Department of Geography
Florida State University
Immediate Response Requested
Graduate research assistant needed to participate in National Science Foundation funded project investigating methods for analyzing tracking data from mobile objects (e.g. vehicles, animals, pedestrians). Initial appointment is for one year; position renewable contingent on availability of funds, work performance, etc. Position begins fall 2011.
Required qualifications include a strong background in one or more commercial GIS software packages (e.g., ArcGIS, TransCAD, etc.), some familiarity with GPS data collection techniques, previous training in spatial statistics, and the ability to work independently.
Additional desired qualifications include experience with computer programming languages (e.g., C++, python), GIS applications development, and web design.
The graduate research assistant will be housed in the Department of Geography at Florida State University under the supervision of Dr. Mark W. Horner (see http://mailer.fsu.edu/~mhorner/). Candidates must meet
the requirements for entry and funding set by the University and the Department of Geography. Students at either the Master’s of Doctoral level are invited to apply.
Interested students should contact Dr. Horner immediately via email to discuss their suitability for this project (email@example.com). Questions about the project and how to apply will be accepted through 7 April 2011. After that time, prospective applicants may no longer be considered.
PlanYourPlace: a geospatial cyber-infrastructure for sustainable community planning
Graduate Opportunities@ the University of Calgary
We are recruiting graduate students at MSc and PhD levels for a new research project, starting April, 2011. The successful candidates will work on one or more research projects related to cyberinfrastructure implementation, web GIS, urban planning, spatial analysis and modeling, and participatory GIS applications that promote the fundamentals of responsible and ethical sustainable practices for urban development. The proposed work plans to address this objective in three ways: (i) through development of a rich web-based tool to help citizens, developers and elected officials visualize possible scenarios and their anticipated effects (analysis focus); (ii) by developing sketch friendly tools to create alternative plans and then estimate the fiscal, environmental, and social impacts, etc. (design focus); and (iii) extend participatory GIS to support a two way dialog between citizens and planners about communities and their future.
Applicants should have a recent degree in Geomatics, GIScience, Computer Science, Geography, or a related field. Knowledge and experience in advanced Web technologies, geovisualization, or web processing service chaining are desirable. Applicants should provide evidence of an outstanding work ethic; strong written- and oral-communication skills; and demonstrated research excellence or potential.
Successful candidates will collaborate on forefront research within a multidisciplinary research team. Graduate stipends for this project will be inline with NSERC funding guidelines. Additional funding will be available through Teaching Assistantships within the Department of Geomatics Engineering and funding opportunities through the University’s Open Scholarship competition. Students will be provided additional support for attending national or international scientific conferences, and will be required to participate in all project-sponsor meetings.
Interested applicants are requested to send a cover letter summarizing their relevant background / skills, CV, unofficial transcripts, and contact details for three referees to Dr. Andrew Hunter via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Successful candidates will be contacted and asked to apply officially to the Geomatics Engineering Program.