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Assistant Professor – Urban Inequality & Health Disparities – Department of Geography

The Department of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for a tenured or tenure-track faculty position at the level of Assistant Professor with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2019. The Department is looking for exceptional individuals with particular emphasis in the area of urban inequality and health disparities. Urban social inequalities are observed at the individual, relationship/network, community/neighborhood, and societal levels, and are embedded in life course dynamics. The successful candidate will have research and teaching expertise on the social and structural determinants and/or observable manifestations of urban inequality at any of these levels. Topics could include, but are not limited to, disparities in health, income, transportation, or residence relating to race/ethnicity, socio-economic status, gender, or other characteristics. We are particularly interested in researchers using innovative theory and quantitative methods that account for social and spatial context. Applicants with perspectives from public health, demography, sociology, or other related fields in addition to geography are encouraged to apply. The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service as appropriate to the position. Applications received by December 1, 2018 will be given priority consideration, but the position will remain open until filled. To apply please visit https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF01334.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. 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.


Assistant Professor – Vegetation Data Science – Department of Geography

The Department of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara, invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the level of Assistant Professor with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2019. The Department is looking for exceptional individuals with particular emphasis in the area of Vegetation Data Science. We seek a highly creative and interdisciplinary scholar whose research exploits large spatio-temporal data sets such as those coming from continental and global scale environmental data networks and observatories (e.g., FluxNet, PhenoCam network, NEON, US National Phenology Network) and/or state of the art geospatial data, such as hyperspectral remote sensing (e.g., NEON—AOP, forthcoming ENMAP, HESUI, EMIT). The work should extract insight from environmental data sets at scale using novel computational and algorithmic approaches to environmental data science (e.g., machine learning, computer vision, artificial intelligence, and related methods). Research areas of particular interest include (1) biosphere-atmosphere interactions, with emphasis on the role of terrestrial vegetation in environmental change; (2) monitoring and predicting vegetation responses to disturbances such as climate, drought, fire, pathogens, or invasive species; and (3) quantifying plant diversity and its impact on ecosystem resilience and biogeochemical cycling. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an extramurally-funded research program in the focal area of her/his expertise, to mentor graduate students, and to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in their area of expertise.

The Department has a long history of cross-disciplinary research, collaboration and innovation. Faculty expertise includes Geographic Information Science and Geoinformatics, Atmospheric and Climate Science, Geoanalytics, Ocean Science, Population and Health, Terrestrial Sciences and Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences. Opportunities are encouraged for interactions with many other departments and research units on the campus, such as the Earth Research Institute; Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology; the Program in Environmental Studies; the Department of Earth Science; the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management; the Climate Hazards Center; National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis; and Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration.

Responsibilities of faculty members generally include teaching at undergraduate and/or graduate levels, recruitment, supervision, and mentorship of graduate students, participation in university service and professional activities, and the development of an actively funded research program of the highest quality. Applicants must have completed all requirements for a PhD (or equivalent) except the dissertation at the time of application. A demonstrated record of excellence in research, a record of (or potential for) outstanding teaching, a high level of publishing history, and the potential to make foundational research contributions to vegetation data science that exploits large spatio-temporal data sets such as those coming from continental and global scale environmental data networks and observatories and/or state of the art geospatial data are desired. Successful candidates will have a record of collaborative research, and will be able to leverage synergies within the Department/Division/Camps. The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service as appropriate to the position.

Applications should be submitted electronically, and must include:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of research
  • Statement of teaching
  • Applicants will need to provide contact information for 3 references

As an option, candidates can also submit a statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

Applications received by November 15, 2018 will be given priority consideration, but the position will remain open until filled. To apply please visit https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF01339.


The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. 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.


Assistant Professor in Spatial Data Science, Department of Geography

The University of California, Santa Barbara Department of Geography invites applications for a tenure-track position in spatial data science and geographic information science at the rank of Assistant Professor. The department seeks applicants with core research interests in, but not limited to, inferential and computational analysis of spatial data, data mining, spatial analytics, machine learning, geographic information retrieval, and geovisualization in support of any substantive domain in Geography or allied disciplines 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 campus, including the Center for Spatial Studies, various labs (Space and Time for Knowledge Organization, GeoTrans, Spatial Optimization, VIPER), the Broom Demography Center, and the Center for Information Technology & Society. Preference will be given to candidates demonstrating potential for significant and sustained research and teaching contributions in geographical data analysis, spatial statistics and geographic information science.

To apply, please log in to https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF01239 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 September 23, 2018 will receive priority consideration, but the position will remain open until filled. The effective start date of the position is July 1, 2019 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 as appropriate to the position.


The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. 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.