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Assistant Professor in Spatial Data Science, Department of Geography

Recruitment Period

Open date: September 18th, 2017
Last review date: November 15th, 2017
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: June 30th, 2018
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.


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 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.

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Santa Barbara, CA

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