January 12, 2018


Welcome to the New Year!  Hopefully everyone had a chance to see family and friends during the break, and more importantly managed to stay warm. I think we should have Dr. Law explain how did we go from a “bomb cyclone” to temperatures in the 60s in the middle of January?

 Academic Opportunities

 1) Texas A&M University’s Department of Geography is looking for MS and PhD students interested in studying urban sustainability.

 Dr. Guneralp is recruiting graduate students who are interested in human-environment interactions in urban contexts. Ongoing research themes include:  Urban land-change analysis and modeling; Environmental impacts of urbanization across scales; Water-Energy-Food (WEF) nexus issues in urban and peri-urban areas; Exposure and vulnerability of urban areas to natural hazards.  In addition to the above research interests, students should have, or be interested in developing:  Experience in GIS, remote sensing, and spatial analysis; Experience in engaging with social science data and methods; Experience in complex systems analysis (e.g., using systems dynamics, agent-based, or spatial statistical modeling); Ability to work both independently and in interdisciplinary teams in a variety of contexts; Strong skills in oral and written communication. Funding is available for up to four years (through graduate teaching and research assistantships and fellowships) with the potential for additional support thereafter. Interested candidates may contact Burak Güneralp (bguneralp@tamu.edu; Profile on ResearchGate; Profile on Google Scholar) for further inquiries. The application deadline to be given priority in funding for Fall 2018 enrollment is January 31, 2018. To apply to the Texas A&M graduate school directly, go to: admissions.tamu.edu/graduate/apply

 2) PhD student to study urban geography in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

 Possible research topics include, but are not limited to, urban agriculture, ecological gentrification, food justice, and urban land policy. The student is expected to contribute to research projects in Charlotte with the potential opportunity to also conduct international fieldwork in South America. The student will have the opportunity to co-author journal articles and conference presentations as well as complete an individual project to meet graduation requirements. The ideal candidate will be curious about human-environment interactions and social justice, self-motivated, and team-oriented. A successful candidate will have a background in geography, urban planning, international relations, or a related field. Preferred skills include: community-based research, GIS, and a working knowledge of Spanish. The Geography PhD program generally requires a Master’s degree prior to admission. Funding (at $19,000 per year) is guaranteed for two years on a 12-month appointment, with additional years of funding expected through teaching and/or research assistantships. The position will also support relevant conference travel and the student will be nominated for the University’s Graduate Assistant Support Program (GASP) to offset tuition fees. The position will begin in August 2018.

 Interested applicants should submit a cover letter (including a statement of interest in the position, relevant education and experiences) and CV to Dr. Colleen Hammelman at colleen.hammelman@uncc.edu. Priority deadline for submitting full graduate school applications is February 15, 2018. More information on how to apply for the program can be found here. Interested applicants should contact me directly before applying to the graduate school.

 3) M.S. and Ph.D. Graduate Assistantship Positions at Oklahoma State University – Fall 2018

 The Department of Geography at Oklahoma State University is currently accepting applications for fall 2018, and financial support (monthly stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance coverage) is available for qualified students at both the M.S. and Ph.D. level. Our community of student and faculty scholars works at the forefront of geographic research to seek out and bring together insights and approaches from a variety of disciplines with a strategic emphasis on (1) nature-society dynamics, (2) cultural-historical geography, and (3) geographic information science including an emerging interdisciplinary research area in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) with several faculty in the department actively involved in research and teaching in this area.

 To apply, students must submit all documents through OSU’s online application portal managed by the Graduate College (gradcollege.okstate.edu/apply); further information about the graduate program can be found at geog.okstate.edu/programs/graduate-program. Oklahoma State University is an equal opportunity institution (eeo.okstate.edu/). Applications are accepted year round but should be received by February 1st for full funding consideration for the 2018-2019 academic year.

 Job Opportunities

 Geospatial Technician-Orthophotography, Woolpert, Inc., Dayton, OH

Jr. GIS Professional, CH2M, Cincinnati, OH

GIS Technician, Wade Trim, Cleveland, OH

GIS Analyst, Radiance Technologies, Dayton, OH

Research Planning Specialist, Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission, Waverly, OH

GIS Technician, Kucera International, Inc., Kirtland, OH

GIS Specialist, Arcadis, Cincinnati, OH

GIS Specialist, Integrity Applications Incorporated, Beavercreek, OH

Should you have any questions about any of these opportunities, do not hesitate to get in contact.

Sincerely,

The Geography Department​