Director of the Center for Earth Observation and Spatial Sciences

East Carolina University

Greenville, NC, US

Job Duties

The Center’s Director is designated as a principal research scholar and is expected to lead highly specialized and multifaceted research efforts involving the natural phenomena of the hydrosphere, lithosphere, atmosphere and biosphere. The research will involve inter-disciplinary teams of scientists investigating how society and these natural phenomena interact. The research topics investigated will inform the public and government (local, state, and federal) with authoritative scientific results as well as develop tools and solutions to advance policy and management of the Earth’s systems. We would envision the director successfully managing a wide range of grant funded projects focused on the water-energy-food nexus, water resources, forestry and land-use change, and broader topics of environmental change from funding agencies such NSF, NASA, USDA, DoD, NIH, etc.

Specifically, we are seeking a Director who will perform the following duties:
1. Provide vision, leadership and strategic direction grounded in science for the overall development and advancement of the Center for Earth Observation and Spatial Sciences.
2. Cultivate donor relationships, coordinating STEM fund-raising and overseeing the authoring of proposals to a wide variety of funders.
3. Establish connections and guide quantitative and qualitative inquiries and projects with other STEM researchers and students at ECU.
4. Seek out and execute consulting engagements for paying clients in the private, public and non-profit sectors with the goal of bringing about regional transformation.
5. Help produce scientific projects that will lead to the successful development of tools that become essential to applied research and management and policies in eastern North Carolina.
6. Promote the STEM efforts of the Center for Earth Observation and Spatial Sciences via national media, industry conferences, research presentations, webinars, website, etc.

This appointment is contingent on available funding.

Minimum Education/Experience

Ph.D. in Geography or related STEM field and senior-level management that can translate to the ability to create and sustain a vibrant hub for earth observation and geospatial data science and analytics at ECU with at least 3 years of experience in GIS project management of diverse teams that include, but not limited to, scientists and technicians.





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