Search underway for tenure track faculty position in cyberscience

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 8:41am




Tenure track faculty position at open rank. The Department of Geography at Penn State invites applicants for a tenure track faculty position specializing in cyberscience. We particularly encourage applications from individuals for an assistant or associate professor appointment; we will also consider exceptional individuals at the professorial rank. This search is part of a Penn State cyberscience cluster hire in computation and data-enabled science and engineering (see ). We seek exceptional faculty who develop and apply innovative data- and computation-intensive techniques to address critical problems in all areas of the earth, environmental, and geographical sciences. We seek candidates who can contribute to the teaching and research programs in the Department of Geography ( and to cross-cutting research themes, such as exploring global change.


Applicants should have a keen desire to collaborate with colleagues across disciplines engaged in Penn State’s Cyberscience Initiative and to participate in the larger earth and environmental science community’s cyberscience efforts (e.g., the Federal Big Data Initiative, and NSF’s Earth Cube, Cyber-enabled Sustainability, DataONE, and other initiatives). This hiring initiative seeks to capitalize on the era of computation- and data-enabled science and engineering, where creative integration of heterogeneous data sources and synthesis approaches are critical for understanding global change.


Excellence in research, teaching, and service is expected, as is evidence of success in securing extramural funding. Review of applications will begin December 10, 2012, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications from women and under-represented groups are encouraged. A Ph.D. should be in-hand at time of application.


Applicants should submit:

(1) a letter describing how they would contribute to the department’s teaching and research program;

(2) a complete curriculum vitae;

(3) up to 4 digital reprints; and

(4) the names and addresses (including e-mail and fax) of three to five references.


Apply: Dr. Alan MacEachren, Chair, Search Committee, Department of Geography, The Pennsylvania State University, 302 Walker Building, University Park, PA 16802 Phone: (814) 865-3433; Fax: (814) 863-7943; 


Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.  Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce.