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Research Associate I

Employer
South Dakota State University
Location
Brookings, South Dakota
Salary
Commensurate with qualifications.
Date posted
Apr 4, 2024

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Geography
Employment Level
Administrative
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Details

The Geographical Sciences Center of Excellence (GSCE) at South Dakota State University (SDSU) seeks applications for a Research Associate I to begin on June 22, 2024. This is a 12-month, full-time, and benefit-eligible position. This position is dependent on funding and performance. The GSCE, housed in the Department of Geography & Geospatial Sciences, has a mission to apply geospatial techniques, especially remote sensing, to advance the scientific understanding of the Earth System and the consequences of a changing global landscape. This position is supervised by the Department Head for Geography and Geospatial Sciences. We will be filling three Research Associate I positions from this search.

South Dakota State University promotes access to and opportunities for all to receive the benefit of and participate in education, research, and service and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to this land-grant mission of access.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

The successful candidate will be expected to conduct the following activities:

  • Develop algorithms to process time series data observed from polar-orbiting and geostationary satellites.
  • Develop compute codes for the implementation of operational phenology detections, the monitoring of crop growth, or the generation of biomass burning emissions products.
  • Investigate the impacts of environmental changes on long-term variation in vegetation phenology.
  • Communicate with users to modify/improve various data formats of land surface products including vegetation phenology and biomass burning emissions.
  • Prepare research articles for journal publications and conference presentations.
  • Prepare research proposals for securing external funding.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Masters in Geography or Geospatial Sciences or closely related field;
  • At least one year of experience in remote sensing; 
  • Ability to develop algorithms for quantitatively analyzing time series data from both polar-orbiting and geostationary satellites.
  • Ability to handle (read/write) satellite data formats of HDF and NetCDF.
  • Ability to write computer codes using C/C++ or IDL in Linux/Unix.
  • Ability to develop an operational computer system.
  • Ability to publish the results of original research in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Effective written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • PhD in Geography or Geospatial Sciences or closely related field;
  • Ability to develop an independent, externally funded research program; and
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary team.

SALARY:

Commensurate with qualifications.

BENEFITS:

South Dakota State University offers a wide range of benefits including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave. Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.

UNIVERSITY/COMMUNITY:

South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university with more than 200 academic programs, an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students, and over $60 million annual research expenditures.

South Dakota State University offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation and the world. Its employees embrace the university’s core values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to diversity of thought, and excellence through continuous improvement.

As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of South Dakota State University is carried out on its main resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, and Aberdeen, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across South Dakota.

Jackrabbits Athletics competes as an NCAA Division I member with membership in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Summit League and the Big XII for wrestling.

Brookings is home to approximately 24,000 residents and is located 60 miles north of Sioux Falls and 200 miles west of Minneapolis. Brookings is listed as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals and retirees, and is rated among the safest and most vibrant cities in South Dakota.

The Brookings Public School District educates approximately 3,300 K-12 students and ranks among the state’s highest academic achieving school districts. The district includes three elementary schools, an intermediate school for fourth and fifth grade, one middle school, and a high school.

The city also boasts an abundance of attractions and activities, including the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Dakota Nature Park, South Dakota Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Positions are open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by 04/25/2024.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

South Dakota State University accepts applications through an online employment site. To apply, visit: https://yourfuture.sdbor.edu, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this job.” This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This 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 or resume, and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact South Dakota State University Human Resources at 605-688-4128 if you require assistance with this process. 

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

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment. It is university policy to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students. This position is subject to South Dakota State University’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14. 

For questions on the position, contact the Search Chair, Dr. Hankui Zhang at 605-688-5352 or Hankui.Zhang@sdstate.edu. 

South Dakota State University promotes access to and opportunities for all to receive the benefit of and participate in education, research, and service and is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to this land-grant access mission. SDSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to, and SDSU prohibits discrimination on, the basis of sex, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identification, transgender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other status that may become protected under law against discrimination in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing HR@sdstate.edu. Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007, 605-688-4128.

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South Dakota State University

South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive higher- education institution. As South Dakota’s Morrill Act land-grant university, SDSU had a fall 2023 enrollment of 11,505, with students coming from 48 states and 74 countries. Students can choose from 88 majors, 38 specializations, 104 minors, 39 master’s degree programs, 16 Ph.D. programs and two professional doctorates. The university also offers courses at various off-campus sites as well as undergraduate and graduate programs online through the Office of Continuing and Distance Education.

Named the 33rd safest college town by SafeWise (2022), Brookings (pop. 23,993) is just 55 miles north of Sioux Falls on Interstate 29, 200 miles from Minneapolis and 400 miles east of Rapid City and the Black Hills. Students from communities in Nebraska, North Dakota and Iowa also find SDSU within an easy day’s drive.

The Division of Research and Economic Development works closely with university researchers, business leaders and other sponsors to promote faculty expertise aimed at solving real-world problems in society and industry. The university is a leader in bioprocessing, agriculture and precision agriculture, remote sensing and life sciences.

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