Assistant Professor in Geography,

the University of South Carolina, the Department of Geography and School of the Environment

As part of the Faculty Excellence Initiative at the University of South Carolina, the Department of Geography and School of the Environment invite applications for a Geographic Information Scientist specializing in ecological mapping and spatial analysis for a tenure track assistant professor position to begin August 16, 2008. This position is one of several university-funded cluster hires whose goal is to build strategic research capabilities in Environmental Microbiology, with a focus in the emerging research area of Environmental Stresses and Microbial Stress Responses. Interests should include, but are not limited to, the general area of geospatial dynamics of waterborne microbial pathogens. We are seeking a candidate who can integrate, analyze, model, and/or interpret microbiological information along with spatial and temporal environmental data. This is a joint search involving the Department of Geography and the School of the Environment in the College of Arts an! d Sciences. The position is a 9-month academic year tenure-track appointment in Department of Geography. A Ph.D. is required at the time of appointment.

We are searching for a geographer with outstanding research and teaching capabilities who will complement existing campus-wide strengths in geospatial techniques and analysis, environmental microbiology, gene-environment interactions, and the assessment of environmental water quality. Specifically, we are interested in a specialist who can contribute to mapping and describing the geospatial aspects of environmental stressors, such as pathogen distribution, abundance, and dynamics, to integrate the results of research on stress response with land/water use over large geographical areas. The successful applicant will demonstrate experience in this topical area, or in another area where the experience can be transferred. The successful candidate is expected to teach courses in geographic information systems and their application, as well as other undergraduate and/or graduate courses in geography and related environmental studies, and to direct an active externally funded res! earch program.

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Applicants should include with their application a vita, statement of research and teaching interests and goals, and the names, addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of at least three references. This information should be sent to: Chair, FEI Environmental Microbiology Search Committee, Department of Biological Sciences, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208. To ensure full consideration, applications should be submitted by December 1st, 2007.

The University of South Carolina is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or decisions for qualified persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or veteran status.