Assistant Professor in Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis – University of Minnesota

Description: Nine-month, full-time, tenure-track assistant professor appointment with responsibilities for teaching
(50%) and research (50%). The position is in the Department of Forest Resources and located on the St. Paul
Campus. The funding for this position is provided under State of Minnesota Legislation supporting Agricultural
Research, Education, Extension and Technology Transfer with the goal of enhancing Minnesota’s economy through
advancements in productivity of forestry and agricultural industries.

Essential Qualifications: Ph.D. by the time of appointment with concentration in remote sensing and geospatial
analysis or a closely related field. In-depth understanding of and experience with remote sensing and geospatial
analysis technologies and applications to forests and natural resources using a multidisciplinary approach. Demonstrated potential to secure extramural funding for remote sensing and geospatial analysis research.
Demonstrated potential to provide effective undergraduate and graduate instruction on a range of remote sensing
and geospatial analysis topics. A commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate instruction, including
a commitment to successfully advise and train graduate students. Strong oral and written communication skills,
including the ability to publish in leading peer-reviewed scientific journals. At least one degree or substantial
education and/or experience in forestry.

Preferred Qualifications: Specialized expertise in a complimentary area such as silviculture, resource economics,
forest ecology, resource analysis, biometrics, informatics, spatial statistics, or data science. Experience with forest
health, management and productivity issues in Minnesota and/or the U.S. Upper Great Lakes Region. Experience
applying remote sensing and geospatial analysis tools and techniques in a field setting. Demonstrated success in
securing extramural funding for remote sensing and geospatial analysis research. Demonstrated success in effectively
delivering undergraduate and graduate instruction. A forestry degree accredited by the Society of American
Foresters.

Responsibilities: Establish a nationally-recognized research program that uses remote sensing and geospatial analysis
to address important problems in forest and natural resources management and conservation. The research would be
undertaken in collaboration with faculty located in St. Paul, Grand Rapids, and Cloquet, as well as scientists locally,
regionally, nationally, and internationally. Seek and secure funding needed to develop a nationally-recognized research
program. Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in remote sensing and geospatial analysis, and other courses as
assigned. Mentor undergraduate students in the Forest and Natural Resource Science and Environmental Sciences,
Policy, and Management majors. Recruit, advise, train, and mentor graduate students from culturally diverse
backgrounds. Participate in University faculty governance and service. Provide leadership to continuing education
and outreach activities statewide. Provide service to the profession. Serve as a resource for the forest products
stakeholders in Minnesota and beyond.

Salary and Benefits: Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Benefits
include participation in the University faculty retirement program, as well as optional retirement plan, group life,
medical, and dental insurance plans. The position is available August 26, 2019. Detailed benefits information is
available at: http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/benefits/index.html.

Application Process: Apply on line via the University of Minnesota Employment System at
http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/employment/. The Job Opening ID for this position is 328226. Applications must
include the following: (1) cover letter; (2) detailed CV/resume; (3) brief statement describing teaching interests and
philosophy (1 page); (4) brief statement describing research interests and philosophy (1-2 pages); (5) brief
statement describing interest in, experience with, and commitment to diversity and inclusiveness (1 page); (6) copy
of undergraduate and graduate transcripts; and (7) names and contact information for three professional references
(reference letters should only be provided upon request). Combine all parts of the application (i.e., letter, CV,
statements, etc.) into a single document before uploading.

For questions or inquiries about the position, please contact Dr. Joe Knight (jknight@umn.edu), Chair of the
Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis Search Committee. For questions about the application process, please
contact Lori Loberg, CFANS Human Resources, at theis020@umn.edu. Review of applications will begin February
1, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

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