Assistant Professor of Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
College of Earth and Mineral Sciences


The Departments of Geography and Statistics in partnership with the Institute for CyberScience (ICS) at The Pennsylvania State University, located in University Park, PA, invite applications for a new faculty member in Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis at the Assistant Professor level. This tenure track faculty position is part of the cluster hire initiative of the Institute for CyberScience (ICS) to enhance big-data and big-simulation in support of the ‘Driving Digital Innovation’ thematic area of the Penn State strategic plan. ICS is a University-wide, interdisciplinary research institute with more than 20 ICS tenure-track co-hired faculty and nearly 300 associates in interdisciplinary research enabled by high performance computing (HPC). Penn State’s high-performance research cloud, the ICS Advanced Cyber Infrastructure (ICS-ACI), is available to all faculty engaged in HPC-enabled research. We seek a colleague who specializes in statistical, computational, or geoinformatics methods and conducts research using remotely sensed data to better understand the dynamics within or between ecosystems, the atmosphere, and the critical zone. Potential research areas may include detecting, analyzing, modeling, and predicting environmental change using data from satellites, airborne sources, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). We seek someone who is working across scales, such as local, regional, and global scales, and who has experience working with large ecological or geospatial data sets to inform our understanding of environmental patterns or process drivers, with emphasis in big-data or big-simulation research using HPC. Applicants are expected to have completed all requirements of a PhD degree before August 1, 2019. This position requires excellence in teaching, research, and service while the professor is employed by Penn State, as well as the development of an externally funded research program. We expect that the candidate will contribute to the research and teaching of both the Departments of Geography and Statistics and will support the strategic objectives of the ICS. The tenure home of the new faculty member will be in either the Geography department or Statistics department, depending on the candidate`s background and interests. Applicants will upload application materials consisting of 1) cover letter identifying the fit with both the Departments of Geography and Statistics, as well as ICS; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) statement of research; 4) statement of teaching interests; 5) statement of their commitment to fostering diversity, equity, inclusive excellence, and belonging and of engagement which creates an inclusive environment in their department/workplace; and 6) names and contact information for four references. Appointments could begin as early as July 1, 2019. Review of applications will begin on November 26, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Further inquiries about the position may be directed to Dr. Guido Cervone (

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088