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Assistant Professor in Vegetation Data Science, Department of Geography

Recruitment Period

Open date: October 8th, 2018
Last review date: Thursday, Nov 15, 2018 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: Sunday, Jun 30, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
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.


Assistant Professor – Vegetation 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

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.

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA

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Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

  • Misc / Additional - PhD by time of appointment.

Reference requirements
  • 3-4 required (contact information only)