Postdoctoral Teaching and Research Fellow in Geospatial Analysis at Utah State

OverviewThe Department of Environment and Society seeks a Postdoctoral Fellow with expertise in geospatial analysis to teach four courses in that field including an undergraduate intro GIS course (on-line, fall semester), a graduate geospatial analysis course (on-line fall and spring semesters), and a dual-list undergrad and grad geospatial analysis course (face-to-face, spring semester).

ResponsibilitiesThe postdoctoral fellow will advance research from their dissertation and have the opportunity to collaborate with Drs. Peter Howe, Christopher Lant, and/or Claudia Radel on ongoing human-environment geography research projects. The Postdoctoral Fellow will co-author research articles, assist with proposals and present research results at national/international meetings as appropriate. A budget for research-related expenses of up to $5000 will be available with this position. The position is 100%-time for one year from August 15, 2019 – August 15, 2020.

QualificationsMinimum Qualifications:

  • Completion by date of appointment of a Ph.D. in Geography or a field related to geospatial analysis.
  • Facility with ArcGIS software
  • Demonstrated verbal and written English communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to publish in peer-reviewed journals.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior teaching experience.
  • Interest in building capacity to teach undergraduate and graduate students at the university level in face-to-face and on-line formats.
  • Interest in and capacity to collaborate on research projects with substantial geospatial components.
  • Facility in R spatial analysis packages.

Required DocumentsAlong with the online application, please attach:

1. Cover Letter detailing teaching and research interests and experience

2. A Curriculum Vitae to be uploaded to the applicant profile

Please do not attach cover letter. You will be instructed to copy and paste your cover letter in the application. 

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

University HighlightsUtah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 28,000 students (25,000 undergraduates and 3,000 graduate students) on the Logan main campus, four regional campuses, two USU Eastern campuses, and 28 centers throughout the state. USU offers 162 undergraduate majors, 153 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. The 2018 rankings from Washington Monthly ranked USU as one of the top 30 national Universities and the 5th best public national university in the nation. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found at:

A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.

The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region. Additional information about Logan can be found at:

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Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience plus excellent benefits

College/Department HighlightsEnvironment and Society ( is one of three departments in the Quinney College of Natural Resources. Utah State University is a Land Grant and Space Grant institution, classified as a Carnegie Research Doctoral Extensive University of over 20,000 students. USU is dedicated to recruiting stellar candidates from a diverse pool including women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities. USU is sensitive to the needs of dual-career applicants and offers competitive salaries with outstanding medical, retirement, and professional benefits ( Utah State University is an AA/EO employer.

Logan is located 85 miles north of Salt Lake City, in a community with a population of approximately 100,000. The main campus is situated in beautiful Cache Valley, a semi-rural mountain basin offering nearby ski resorts, rivers, and mountains, making it one of the finest outdoor recreation environments in the nation.



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