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Junior Specialist in the Climate Hazards Group in the Department of Geography
Assistant Professor in Spatial Data Science, Department of GeographyAssistant Professor in Environmental Data Science and Informatics, Earth Research InstitutePart Time Lecturer Position in Geography
Where and when will food insecurity occur in the world? Where will food shortages affect the lives of large numbers of people in the coming months? How will anthropogenic climate change impact food production in the coming decades? Since 2003, the Climate Hazards Group (CHG) has taken a climate science-based approach to answering these fundamental questions.
Using a combination of remote sensing data and ground observations as inputs, CHG scientists have developed rainfall and other models that reliably predict crop performance in parts of the world vulnerable to crop failure. Policy makers within governments and at non-governmental organizations rely on CHG decision-support products for making critical resource allocation decisions.
Today, due mainly to insufficient water availability, fifty nations throughout the world face chronic food shortages, with 20% or more of their populations under-nourished. In the next twenty years, the average supply of water per person world-wide is expected to drop by a third. By 2050, as many as seven billion people may face acute, persistent water shortages.
As water availability shrinks in many of the world’s food-producing regions, effective climate change adaptation will determine the fates of billions of people. Effective adaptation requires knowing where increasingly scarce rains will fall, where snowpack will accumulate and melt, and where lack of precipitation of any kind will render specific locales uninhabitable
The Climate Hazard Group uses the UCSB Geography department’s strengths in statistical climatology, hydrology, GIS, remote sensing, and geostatistics to reduce the threat of flooding and famine in the developing world. The CHG works closely with governmental institutions (especially the United States Geological Survey (USGS) International Program) to improve the scientific research, capacity building, and application components of the USAID-funded FEWS NET.

Duties: The successful applicant will perform statistical analysis, run crop models, evaluate remotely sensed data and other outputs, write documents or contribute to scientific reporting and peer-reviewed journal articles, and perform limited administrative tasks.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Geography or related field

Additional Qualifications:

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Google Drive
  • Proficient in quantitative analysis and analysis of scientific articles
  • Experience with geospatial datasets and raster datasets
  • Ability to conduct statistical analysis and linear regression

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proficient in scientific programming in IDL
  • Knowledge and experience with ARCMap or other GIS package
  • Knowledge and experience with Water Requirement Satisfaction Index crop model
  • Knowledge and experience with remotely sensed precipitation datasets

Initial appointment is for one year (beginning approximately November 1st, 2017) at 100%, with a comprehensive benefit package. Continuation beyond one year will be based on performance and availability of funding. The salary is based on UCSB’s salary scales and dependent upon qualifications.
To apply, please go to the following link [https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF01086] Applicants should submit: 1) cover letter describing your qualifications, research interests and career goals, 2) a current curriculum vitae, 3) contact information (including names, email addresses, and telephone numbers) for 3 -5 references who can provide letters upon request.
Applications will be accepted through 10/20/2017. The Department anticipates a start date in November.
The Department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

The University of California, Santa Barbara Department of Geography invites applications for a tenure-track position in spatial data science at the rank of Assistant Professor. The department seeks applicants with core research interests in inferential and computational analysis of spatial data, data mining, and machine learning in support of any substantive domain in the field of Geography or allied fields that rely on spatiotemporal data. The Department of Geography has strengths in three broadly defined areas: human geography; earth system science; and modeling, measurement, and computation. This position is most strongly associated with the third of these areas, but interest in one or both of the other systematic areas is also desirable. We provide opportunities for interactions with many other departments and research units on the campus, including the Center for Spatial Studies, various labs (Space and Time for Knowledge Organization, GeoTrans, GeoOpt), the Broom Demography Center, and the Center for Information Technology & Society. Preference will be given to candidates who have grounding in computational data analysis equivalent to, or exceeding, an M.S. in statistics, computer science, geoinformatics, or related fields, and will have a proven track record of collaboration with diverse disciplinary teams of scientists.

To apply, please log in to https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF01091 to submit your cover letter, curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching interests, and names of three referees with their contact information. A Ph.D in an appropriate field is required by the date of appointment. Applications completed by November 15, 2017 will receive priority consideration, but the position will remain open until filled. The effective start date of the position is July 1, 2018 or later.

The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

The Earth Research Institute (ERI; www.eri.ucsb.edu) at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Environmental Data Science and Informatics at the rank of Assistant Professor. We seek a highly creative and interactive scholar whose research and teaching interests are focused on innovative approaches for theoretical, empirical, and computational analyses in Earth and Environmental Sciences and whose research addresses dynamics at any scale – from individual organisms to the entire globe. In particular, we are interested in candidates who are developing novel insight related to environmental topics in areas including – but not limited to – computational ecology, ecological modeling, social-ecological systems, and the human ecology of infectious diseases. The ability to contribute to existing campus-wide environmental and ecological research initiatives, including the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS, https://www.nceas.ucsb.edu), is highly desired.

The successful candidate will conduct research relevant to one of the core themes of ERI – Natural Hazards, Human Impacts, Earth System Science, and Earth Evolution – and will hold a faculty appointment in an academic department that participates in ERI. The candidate will be expected to develop an internationally-recognized and extramurally-funded research program, mentor graduate and undergraduate students in the candidate’s area of expertise, and teach both graduate and undergraduate courses. A Ph.D. in an appropriate field is required at the time of appointment.

Applicants should submit: 1) an application letter, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a statement of research accomplishments and future plans which addresses both the candidate’s vision for the future of environmental data science and how their efforts will contribute to the field, 4) a statement of teaching experience and interests, 5) an optional statement describing commitment to diversity, 6) up to three selected publications, and 7) names and contact information of at least three persons willing to provide letters of reference (the committee will solicit letters for a short list of candidates).

Submit applications electronically at https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF01060 , and address questions to EnvironmentalDataSearch@eri.ucsb.edu. Applications completed by November 15th, 2017 will receive priority consideration, but the position will remain open until filled. The effective start date of the position is July 1, 2018.

The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Open date: August 29th, 2017
Next review date: September 13th, 2017
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: October 31st, 2017
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

 

Description

The Department of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for a pool of qualified temporary lecturers to teach course(s) in The Department of Geography for the upcoming openings. Screening of applicants is ongoing and will continue as needed. The number of positions varies from quarter to quarter, depending on the needs of the department. Positions percentage times may range. The salary is based on UC’s salary scales and dependent upon qualifications.

Main duties include teaching upper-division and lower-division courses. The candidate should be interested and experienced in teaching in lab and lecturer-oriented classes.

Basic qualifications: The minimum qualifications required to be an applicant are 2 years of teaching experience in any area of Geography and an M.A. or M.S. in Geography or related field (required at the time of application).

Preferred qualifications: Experience teaching in one or more areas of physical or human geography, or geographic information science.

The department of Geography is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service. The department strongly supports the University’s commitment to diversity and all applicants are encouraged to submit a statement of their contributions in this area as applicable.

To apply, please go to the following link: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF01053. Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae and teaching evaluations. Applicants should also provide contact information only for three references.

The posting will remain open until October 31, 2017 to accommodate department needs. Appointments for fall quarter are usually reviewed in September, winter quarter in November, and for spring quarter in February (if applicable). The pool will close on October 31, 2017; if you would like to continue to be considered after that time, and the pooled position is advertised again, you will need to submit a new application.

Please note: The use of a lecturer pool does not guarantee that an open position exists at the time you are applying. See the review date specified in UC Recruit to learn whether the department is currently reviewing applications for an upcoming opening. If there is no future review date specified, your application may not be considered at this time.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

 

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA
More information about this recruitment: http://geog.ucsb.edu/open-positions/

Requirements

Documents

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Misc / Additional – Teaching Evaluations
  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity – Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service. (Optional)

References

3 references required (contact information only)

 

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