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Open Rank Faculty - Professor of Satellite Geodesy

Saint Louis University - SLU Wool Center
Saint Louis, Missouri
Closing date
Dec 13, 2023

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The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Saint Louis invites applications for one open-rank faculty position with expertise in Geodesy and/or Satellite Geodesy with an anticipated start date of August 1, 2024. Highly qualified candidates who have already tenured at other institutions will be considered for Associate or Full professor with tenure. The Department is seeking applicants with research and teaching expertise in Geodesy, Satellite Geodesy, Geodetic and Topographic Surveying, Gravimetry and Satellite Gravimetry, GPS/PNT, and/or GEOINT Applications in Geodetics. Preference will be given to applicants that have demonstrated success in securing external funding and in building collaborative research and teaching environments.


Potential candidates should have a terminal degree in geospatial science, geoinformatics, geographic information science (GIScience), or similar. Candidates with a Ph.D. in geography with a strong geospatial curriculum training during their graduate education, earned in the last 5 years, could also be considered with demonstrated geospatial research experience. Desired skills include Geodesy, Satellite Geodesy, Geodetic and Topographic Surveying, Gravimetry and Satellite Gravimetry, GPS/PNT, and/or GEOINT Applications in Geodetics; Desired topical areas include geoids, groundwater resources, climate change, gravimetry, and/or GEOINT.


The Saint Louis University Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences houses degree programs in Geoinformatics and Geospatial Analytics at the B.S. and Ph.D. levels, an M.S. in Geographic Information Science (GIScience), as well as programs in environmental science, geoscience, geophysics, and meteorology.  The successful candidates will be expected to contribute to all of those geospatial programs. Thus, Saint Louis University is seeking full-time, open rank faculty to teach on-ground Geographic Information Systems (GIS) courses in GIS, Remote Sensing, Geodesy, and Satellite Geodesy for the Geoinformatics B.S., GIScience MS, Geoinformatics PhD, and GIS certificate programs in the Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Dept. and School of Science and Engineering.


The Dept. of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and School of Science and Engineering offers industry-leading instruction for traditional students and working professionals in Saint Louis University's Jesuit tradition of excellence. We promote a student-centered, science-oriented environment built on a foundation of inclusivity and focused toward addressing the major global challenges facing humans. We offer multiple bachelor's and master's degree programs with plans to continue growing locally, nationally and internationally.


Qualified applicants will be reviewed and contacted if an interview is desired. Applicants must possess an earned PhD degree and have experience successfully conducting geospatial research, securing grants, and leading college-level courses. Applicants must submit their curriculum vitae, and a statement of their teaching interest. If exists, applicants are encouraged to submit sample syllabi of a previous course for which they served as the instructor.


Job Description and Primary Responsibilities

  • Establish a vibrant and productive research program in geospatial science and actively engage in scholarly activities including publishing in peer reviewed journals, dissemination at conferences, and seeking external funding,

  • Develop, deliver, and assess graduate-level courses that maintain and enhance the current geospatial programs,

  • Contribute to the growth of the TGI through building GIS expertise and active participation in TGI priorities,

  • Create inclusive, engaging teaching and research experiences to develop socially conscious students and scientists,

  • Mentor undergraduate and graduate students,

  • Participate in departmental, school, university, and professional service activities.


Minimum Qualifications

  • A Ph.D. in GIScience, Geoinformatics, or other Geospatial Field; Candidates with a geography degree earned in the last 5 years with demonstrated strong GIS education and research activities will be considered.

  • Demonstrated expertise in Satellite Geodesy, Geodetic Surveying, or Gravimetry through research and scholarly activity, including peer reviewed journal and conference papers, grant writing,

  • Excellence in teaching as demonstrated through previous teaching and teaching preparation experiences,

  • Desire to engage with SLU’s mission-driven learning and outreach activities.


Instructional Areas (must be able to teach one/more of the following)

  • Geodesy, Satellite Geodesy, Geodetic and Topographic Surveying, Gravimetry and Satellite Gravimetry, GPS/PNT, and/or GEOINT Applications in Geodetics


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Excellent research productivity and demonstrated potential to be a successful researcher,

  • Relevant teaching experience that promotes theoretical and hands-on, experiential learning,

  • Established record of interdisciplinary collaboration and impactful research work,

  • Demonstrated ability and vision to collaborate and build a multidisciplinary initiative in pursuit of enhancing undergraduate and graduate education.


Applications must include: 1) a cover letter; 2) a resume/curriculum vitae, 3) research statement, 4) teaching statement, 5) diversity statement, and 6) contact information for three references.  You can upload these items on the third page "My experience" of the application.


Questions about the position and application can be directed to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Ness Sandoval (   


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