[Ieee_vis_open_positions] GeoVISTA Center Postdoctoral research opportunity

Alan MacEachren maceachren at psu.edu
Fri Feb 12 19:41:01 CET 2016

The GeoVISTA Center (www.geovista.psu.edu 
<http://www.geovista.psu.edu/>) at The Pennsylvania State University is 
seeking applicants for a Postdoctoral Scholar position. The position 
will be a fixed-term appointment of 12 months with the potential for 
renewal. The successful applicant will join an interdisciplinary team 
that brings together perspectives from GIScience, information science, 
cognitive science, and computer science to achieve advances in geo-Big 
Data methods and their application in contexts that range from social 
and environmental science, through public health and education; to 
support for risk assessment, disaster management and humanitarian 
relief. Preference will be given to candidates with research interests 
linked to space-time dynamics, spatial language and text analytics, 
social data analytics, and/or choro-phronesis.

The position will involve participation in one or more ongoing GIScience 
research projects as well as participation in proposals for new 
projects. To meet existing project needs and to complement current 
faculty, staff, and graduate assistant research efforts, we are looking 
for an individual with substantive interests that complement those of 
current faculty. The ideal candidate will have expertise in at least two 
domains listed and the ability to interact with an interdisciplinary 
research team that, collectively, is focused on challenges within and 
across these domains.

  * (Geo)Visualization/Visual Analytics: Integration of visual with
    statistical and computational methods for exploration of large,
    high-dimensional, space-time data sets; work with heterogeneous
    information sources (e.g., numerical data, text, images); software
    engineering to support visual analytics tool development
    (particularly for web-based applications).
  * (Geo)Text Analytics: Named-entity recognition and geoparsing,
    place-time relevant text mining and topic modeling, geographical
    information retrieval.
  * Network Science: Geo-social networks; place-relevant complexity
  * Big Data and High Performance Computing: The use of high performance
    computing to support interactive interfaces for work with large
    volumes of heterogeneous and potentially streaming spatial data.
  * Knowledge Construction and Management: Semantic search/mediation;
    spatio-temporal data representation; connecting knowledge
    repositories with analytical tools.
  * User-Centered Design/Cognitive Systems Engineering: Usability
    engineering methods, human-computer interaction (HCI), and
    laboratory studies to understand cognitive work with visual
    information technologies.
  * 3D Modeling & Virtual Reality: of geographic scale phenomenon, for
    applications in wayfinding, climate change, ecology, and data

Additional desired qualifications include: ability to lead and manage 
projects; software engineering expertise; strong written and oral 
communication skills; experience in application of basic research 
advances to relevant domains of science and practice; and 
ability/willingness to participate (as an instructor or advisor) in Penn 
State’s online geospatial education programs.

The successful applicant must provide evidence of an ability to work 
productively in an interdisciplinary collaborative research setting. 
Expertise in geospatial information and technology is desirable, but not 
essential. Ph.D. in hand at time of appointment is required for 
postdoctoral appointment.

Applicants should submit the following information (grouped as needed 
into no more than 7 files for upload): a brief cover letter indicating 
your interest in being considered; curriculum vitae / resume and contact 
information for 3-5 references (name, office address, and e-mail 
address); a one to two page statement of experience as it relates to the 
research domains listed above; and a maximum of five sample 
reprints/preprints (as PDFs).

Review of applications will beginMarch 11, 2016, but applications will 
be accepted until the position is filled. We encourage applications from 
individuals of diverse backgrounds. Questions about the position should 
be directed to Dr. Alan M. MacEachren, Director, GeoVISTA Center, 
Department of Geography, email:maceachren at psu.edu; phone:(814) 865-7491 

Apply online athttps://psu.jobs/job/61997

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is 
committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified 
applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual 
orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected 
veteran status.

Dr. Alan M. MacEachren, Director - GeoVISTA Center Professor of 
Geography and Affiliate Professor of Information Sciences & Technology 
302 Walker, Penn State University, University Park, PA 16802 
www.GeoVISTA.psu.edu; maceachren at psu.edu
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