Assistant Professor in Vegetation Data Science, Department of Geography

University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, California
Oct 09, 2018
Nov 08, 2018
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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 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 November 15, 2018 will be given priority consideration, but the position will remain open until filled. To apply please visit


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