Associate Professor of Terrestrial Remote Sensing

The Geospatial Sciences Center of Excellence (GSCE) at South Dakota State University invites outstanding scholars to submit an application for Associate Professor of Terrestrial Remote Sensing position. This is a 12-month state funded tenure-track appointment with a workload of 80% research, 10% teaching, and 10% service. We are seeking an established researcher with experience and teaching interests in the field of remote sensing science, and we are particularly interested in applicants with expertise in one or more of the following areas: land cover and land use, agriculture, hydrology, and biogeochemistry. The successful candidate will be expected to build an externally-funded research program; recruit and mentor Ph.D. students and post-doctoral researchers; teach one graduate course per year in the Geospatial Science and Engineering Ph.D. program, undertake service to international and/or national research organizations and to the university communities, and interact with relevant projects conducted at the USGS EROS Center. A commitment to principles of affirmative action and equal employment opportunity will be expected.

Required Qualifications:

  • Earned Ph.D. in appropriate field with a background in Remote Sensing
  • Minimum five years' experience conducting externally funded research
  • Scholarly activity, including collaborative research and peer-reviewed publications as first author
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with research colleagues, students, and non-specialists

Desired Qualifications:

  • Record of externally funded research grants
  • Experience with geospatial technologies and quantitative methods
  • Experience mentoring graduate students and staff in research activities

Salary: Nationally competitive and commensurate with experience.

The GSCE is a collaboration between South Dakota State University and the nearby United States Geological Survey (USGS) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center that includes both university faculty and USGS researchers ( 

GSCE’s mission is to address fundamental questions about the functioning of the biosphere and its implications for the environment and human welfare in a rapidly-changing world.  The GSCE is a collegial research environment that has excellent research infrastructure and computing support:  (

South Dakota State University is a land grant institution and the state's largest institution of higher education with an enrollment of approximately 13,000 students.  The University is located in Brookings, South Dakota, a community of over 23,000 near the east central border of South Dakota on Interstate 29.  The city has an excellent K-12 education system, is accessible to major medical facilities, has an active cultural and social environment, and has numerous lakes and parks within driving distance.  It is 50 miles north of the Sioux Falls metropolitan area, which has a population of 250,000.  South Dakota has a continental climate and four distinct seasons, ranging from cold winters to hot summers.  In 2016, awarded Brookings a grade of A+ in the large town category (

Application Deadline:  December 21, 2016

Application Process: SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site.  To apply, visit: , and click on “apply for this posting.”  The system will guide you through the electronic application form. The employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, Curriculum Vitae, research statement, and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references.  Email applications will not be accepted. 

SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Women, veterans, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process. 

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to a criminal background check.  

For questions concerning this position, please contact the search committee chair, Dr. David Roy, via email at (605) 688-5352 or


South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff and students.  Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other protected class in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities.  Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact:  Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD  57007.  Phone: (605) 688-4128.