Postdoc Research Position – GeoVISTA Center, Department of Geography, The Pennsylvania State University

Outstanding candidates are invited to apply for a postdoctoral research
associate position at the GeoVISTA Center, Department of Geography, The
Pennsylvania State University. The position is a combined research and
teaching position. The research associate will work on projects concerning
representation of and/or reasoning about spatial (and spatiotemporal)
information. The GeoVISTA Center offers a number of research opportunities
and depending on the expertise, skills, and interests of the applicant
several options exist for doing joint research. It is expected that a
successful candidate will select one or two main areas of research. We are
interested in a researcher with broad training in geographic information
science. Topics of interest are:

   - Webmapping
   - Mobile computing
   - Spatial language and text processing
   - Qualitative spatio-temporal reasoning
   - Geo-ontologies
   - Linked geodata
   - Movement pattern analysis
   - Spatial cognition
   - Spatio-temporal visual analytics
   - Spatialized social network analysis
   - Location-aware Social Media and VGI
   - Spatio-temporal pattern analysis and modeling

The candidate will have access to GeoVISTA Center research facilities
including an environment (the Human Factors Lab) to work on behavioral

The GeoVISTA Center is a transdisciplinary and highly energetic research
environment with excellent connections to other departments working on both
computational and cognitive aspects of spatial information processing and

The teaching component of the Postdoc will be tailored to the candidate’s
expertise, skills and interests. Teaching might take place residentially or
on-line. It would include two courses, one per semester. Potential options
for courses are:

   - Mapping our changing world (an introduction to GIScience)
   - Programming in GIScience
   - GISystems courses
   - Seminar in GIScience (possible co-instruction)

This postdoctoral research associate position is a one-year appointment with
the possibility of renewal for the second year.

Review of applications will begin July 18, 2011, but applications will be
accepted until the position is filled. Applications should be sent to: Dr.
Alex Klippel, 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; Email:

Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the
diversity of its workforce.

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