Assistant Professor: Remote Sensing/GIS

Georgetown University

Washington, D.C., USA 🇺🇸

Georgetown University: Main Campus: Graduate School

Location: Washington, DC

Open Date: Oct 12, 2022

Deadline: Jan 02, 2023 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time


This is a tenure-track position for an assistant professor. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in some aspect of Remote Sensing/ Geographic Information Systems  or a closely related field. We seek an interdisciplinary scholar who uses remote sensing/geographic information systems, geospatial analysis and modeling. This scholar can be from one or more of the natural or physical sciences (environmental science, ecology, geography, biodiversity, hydrology, marine science, climatology, agricultural sciences, physics, chemistry and engineering or related fields), and or social science.

This position will be a faculty member and participate actively in The Earth Commons, Georgetown University’s Institute for Environment and Sustainability – an ambitious and emerging priority of the University. New faculty will complement Georgetown’s existing faculty in key focal areas (Climate and Energy; Biodiversity Conservation, Sustainability, Food and Water Security, Environmental Justice) to build innovative and impactful programs and degrees that will form the core of the Environmental and Sustainability curriculum for undergraduate and graduate degrees and the research enterprise.

We are looking for a scholar with the potential for developing a stellar record of research and fundraising, who is on track for a distinguished career within their own discipline and has potential to contribute significantly to interdisciplinary efforts.  The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated track record of communicating their academic research both to the general public and to policymakers in person, as well as through the media. They will also have experience teaching students using experiential and active learning techniques.

This faculty member would contribute to the development and delivery of our innovative pedagogical and experiential components for the new undergraduate curricula, and would help connect our various environmental and material science faculty with the ongoing work of the Earth Commons and the Office of Sustainability.  We seek an individual who can lead efforts to communicate complex sustainability-relevant science and scholarship to a broad audience, with demonstrated success in innovative broad outreach and a passion for building capacity within the Earth Commons. 

The ECo Institute is a rapidly growing entity and will be located, at least in part, on the downtown capital campus. This position with a focus on Environmental Sustainability is central to Georgetown’s efforts to be an leader in environment and sustainability, teaching and in action. All of the candidates must possess a Ph.D., have a strong academic background and a demonstrated potential for excellence in research grant acquisition. 

As the ECo Institute looks to grow its faculty, it is building bridges with schools and programs across the university. In that regard, this new tenure line hire will join the Georgetown community as part of a broader faculty cluster hire of at least four faculty (three tenure and one non-tenure line) in the Environmental Sciences. The ECo Institute is committed to hiring dedicated scientists who will be able to support, deepen, and enhance the important research and teaching in the areas of Environmental Science, Climate Science, Environmental Economics, and Sustainability, and to develop new impactful programs and degrees. Joint appointments will be made between the ECo Institute and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences with the McDonough School of Business, the School of Foreign Service, the College of Arts and Sciences, and other relevant STEM departments and units. 


The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in various aspects of remote sensing, GIS, modeling and quantitative analysis and developing a vibrant geospatial lab leading integrated inter-disciplinary remote sensed-based initiatives. The successful individual will have demonstrated advanced expertise in remote sensing approaches and technologies; experience with a diverse range of remotely-sensed data types, including fine-, moderate-, and coarse-scale imagery that employs both passive and active sensors; Broad understanding of GIS and demonstrated or potential ability to secure extramural funding, independently and with interdisciplinary teams. Demonstrated communication skills to reach broad audiences for greater community engagement is also highly desirable.

Application Instructions

Applicants should provide a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research and teaching statements (latter two documents not to exceed two pages each), a diversity and inclusion statement (one page), names and contact information of three referees, and recent teaching evaluations (if available). All candidates must hold a PhD by the time of employment. The start date for this position is August 1, 2023. Applications for this position must be made via Georgetown’s online application management system Faxed, mailed or emailed applications will not be accepted. Review of applications will begin on December 10, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff.  All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please click here for more information, or contact the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Affirmative Action (IDEAA) at (202) 687-4798. 





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