The School of Forest Resources at the University of Maine is seeking applications for the Barbara Wheatland Professorship of Geospatial Analysis & Remote Sensing.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The selected candidate will be expected to develop an internationally recognized research and teaching program on geospatial analysis, modeling, and remote sensing that advances the management of working forests in Maine and the region. This is an academic-year, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor with 50% research and 50% teaching responsibilities.
Teaching – The successful candidate will be expected to 1) teach undergraduate courses in geospatial analysis (e.g., GIS), remote sensing (e.g., LiDAR), and forest mapping applications in forest inventory and biomass estimation; 2) teach a graduate course in advanced geospatial analysis, quantitative ecological assessments in natural resources using remote sensing and modeling (e.g., regional carbon modeling), or a related area; and 3) serve as advisor to both undergraduate and graduate students. An additional key responsibility will be serving as Director of the new Barbara Wheatland Geospatial Analysis Laboratory to support teaching and research in GIS and geospatial analysis.
Research – The successful candidate will be expected to create a nationally recognized, externally funded research program that advances knowledge about geospatial analysis of forest landscapes, remote sensing, landscape ecology, quantitative forest ecosystem analysis and large-scale modeling at state and regional levels. Research efforts may be national, regional, or international in scope, but emphasis must be placed on applications that improve the management of working forests. The successful candidate will be expected to lead and be part of interdisciplinary research teams addressing various aspects of forest resource management and monitoring, including applied geospatial analysis of forest environments, as well as the process and application of remote sensing data (e.g. LiDAR, Landsat, MODIS) for tree species composition mapping, biomass\carbon modeling, landscape ecology, biodiversity monitoring, regional forest insect/disease risk analysis, and related subjects. Demonstrated skills in working collaboratively with other faculty members and representatives of private, governmental, and non-governmental organizations are essential. Selected candidates will be expected to publish in leading refereed journals and successfully obtain extramural funding.
Service – The successful candidate will be expected to pursue informal extension and public service activities, such as interacting with Cooperative Extension staff and government agency personnel, providing assistance to industrial and non-industrial landowners, and serving on campus committees and professional organizations.
Public service is an obligation of all faculty members in the School of Forest Resources. Activities may include: interaction with forestry professionals in the private sector and government; conducting technical workshops, chairing professional society or conference technical meetings; editorship in scientific journals; participation in manuscript reviews or agency proposal reviews; and service within the University, professional societies, and local community.
Research, teaching, and service responsibilities are to be consistent with the University of Maine’s Land Grant mission.
QUALIFICATIONS: An earned Ph.D. by date of hire in a geospatial analysis (e.g., mapping, geodesy, and cadastral studies) and remote sensing (e.g., LiDAR, satellite imagery, and photogrammetry) as they apply to forest resource management, landscape ecology, earth sciences, or closely related field is required. A BS or advanced degree in forestry or natural resources is preferred. Proficiency with spatial analysis (e.g., ArcGIS) and statistical software (e.g. R, FRAGSTATS) is essential. Teaching experience in GIS and remote sensing, and a demonstrated record (or the strong potential for) establishing a strong record of extramural grant awards, refereed journal publications, and professional leadership at regional, national, or international meetings is also preferred.
BACKGROUND: Founded in 1865, the University of Maine is a land-grant institution distinguished by its exceptional quality of research, teaching, extension, and public service. The School of Forest Resources (SFR) is one of the oldest forestry programs in the country, and is a national leader in forest resources research and education. SFR faculty lead and are part of a number of research centers in forest resources on the UMaine campus, including the Center for Research on Sustainable Forests (CRSF), Maine Image Analysis Laboratory (MIAL), Cooperative Forestry Research Unit (CFRU), Maine’s Sustainability Solutions Initiative (MSSI), Advanced Structures and Composites Center (AEWC), and Forest Bioproducts Research Institute (FBRI).
UMaine is located in Orono, a small New England college town bounded by the Stillwater and Penobscot Rivers. The campus is eight miles north of Bangor, a commercial center for Maine and the eastern Canadian Provinces. The Bangor Region is centrally located in the state, providing incredible recreation access to wild mountains, forests, parks, rivers, lakes, and the coast. Acadia National Park, Baxter State Park, Allagash Wilderness Waterway, major ski resorts, and 10 million acres of unbroken forestland are close by. Boston and Quebec City are only a four-hour drive away.
APPLICATION: To apply, submit an application letter with specific information about disciplinary focus, professional activities and other information relevant to meeting position qualifications, including curriculum vitae; copies of academic transcripts; names, addresses & telephone numbers of three references; copies of selected research publications and course teaching evaluations (if available) to:
Dr. Aaron Weiskittel
Geospatial Search Committee Chair
5755 Nutting Hall
School of Forest Resources
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469-5755
Phone: (207) 581- 2857; FAX (207) 581-2875
Incomplete applications cannot be considered. Review of applications will begin October 14, 2013 and continue until a qualified pool of applicants is identified. The desired starting date for this position is between January 1 and August 1, 2014. Appropriate background checks will be required.
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