New Positions at GDCS



Assistant Professor


The School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning (SGSUP) in collaboration with the Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science (GDCS) invite applications for a full-time, tenure-track, Assistant Professor position with an anticipated start date of August 2020.

We seek applicants with a research focus in terrestrial spatial ecology and expertise in advanced remote sensing techniques. The successful candidate will join a dynamic faculty working to advance innovative research and excellence in teaching through its work with the diverse and growing undergraduate and graduate student population at ASU. The successful candidate will have a tenure home in SGSUP and an affiliation in GDCS.

With 40+ full-time faculty including four members of the National Academy of Sciences, 150 graduate students and nearly 1,000 undergraduate majors, SGSUP offers degrees in GIS, geography and planning as well as graduate certificates in social science research methods, transportation and GIS. The successful candidate will teach courses in remote sensing and/or spatial analytics in SGSUP.

GDCS advances spatial ecological knowledge for a complex world, emphasizing education, research, and applied solutions to global change problems. The center has a recognized strength in applied remote sensing and field-based exploration and applications to real-world challenges, thereby seeking solutions in support of improved environmental conservation, resource management, and policy development. GDCS members work together to develop, apply, and teach spatial-ecological science techniques, and to advance the capacity of the field to generate new knowledge and innovative solutions through collaboration across disciplines.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop a vigorous, externally-funded research program, generate peer-reviewed research, engage undergraduate and graduate students through effective teaching, participate in service to the university and profession, and build productive relationships with faculty both within and beyond the Center.

ASU is a research-intensive university with outstanding facilities and infrastructure support. Ranked four years in a row as the nation’s most innovative school, the university’s location within the large and fast-growing Phoenix region provides a rich context for applied research and community engagement around issues of climate change, housing growth, (sub)urban development patterns, an expanding transportation and rail system, energy and water use, livability, health, and social equity.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A doctorate in ecological remote sensing or related field by the time of appointment.  
  • Demonstrated potential to establish a strong, externally-funded research program.
  • A record of or well-articulated commitment to excellence in teaching.

Desired Qualifications:

  • A research focus with the potential to advance the mission of the Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science.
  • A strong record of research publication in the peer-reviewed literature.
  • Experience in the development and writing of successful research proposals.
  • Experience or interest teaching in a variety of modalities (classroom, hybrid, online).
  • Demonstrated success meeting the needs of diverse student populations and/or reaching out to diverse communities.

The initial deadline for accepting applications is October 18, 2019. If not filled, reviews will occur every week thereafter until the search is closed.

To apply, candidates must submit the following materials online at

(1) cover letter, (2) comprehensive curriculum vitae that includes a complete publication record, (3) outline of future research plans (max two pages), (4) statement of teaching philosophy and interests (max two pages), and (5) A statement addressing how your past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance ASU’s commitment to inclusive excellence (max 2 pages). (6) three references (including name, phone number and email) This is a paperless search, and only materials submitted electronically as outlined above will be considered.

Questions related to the search may be addressed to Dr. Greg Asner, the SGSUP-GDCS Search Committee Chair, at

The College values our cultural and intellectual diversity, and continually strives to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment. We are especially interested in applicants who can strengthen the diversity of the academic community. A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Further information on ASU’s policies can be found at and its complete non-discrimination statement at

Postdoctoral Scholarships

Carbon Neutral Landscapes


A postdoctoral research position is available for a quantitative ecologist/ecosystem modeler to develop modeling approaches that support pathways to regional scale carbon neutrality throughout the Hawaiian Islands. We seek a researcher who can combine multiple data sources, such as energy sector and remote sensing data, into models directly applicable to the management of carbon sources and sinks. This position requires strong statistical, computer programming and spatial analysis skills. The successful applicant will be part of a team of researchers that employs a suite of remote sensing and modeling methods to evaluate the natural, agricultural and societal sources and sinks for atmospheric greenhouse gases with the goal of moving Hawaii towards is legislated goal of carbon neutrality by 2045.

The position will be funded by Arizona State University’s Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science (GDCS), and based at the facility inside the Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry (IPIF) in Hilo, Hawaii. The successful candidate will work closely with researchers on a carbon neutral landscapes working group that includes: Drs. Greg Asner (Arizona State University), Christian Giardina (USDA FS), and Zhiliang Zhu (USGS). The candidate will also interact with collaborators from Yale University, University of California Los Angeles, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, The Nature Conservancy, Hawaii Green Growth Initiative, Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, as well as postdoctoral researchers, field technicians, graduate students and undergraduate research assistants as part of daily activities related to the project.

Responsibilities include model development and analysis, publishing in peer-reviewed journals and conducting outreach with environmental management professionals. Funding is for up to two years. A Ph.D. in a discipline such as Ecology, Ecological Economics, Geography, Sustainability Science or equivalent is required; strong quantitative, modeling and coding skills, as well as demonstrated experience are highly desirable. Demonstrated experience in working with diverse collaborators and in a working group environment is a positive.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, statement of research interests that includes your accomplishments and how this position will help you achieve your career objectives, current curriculum vitae, and the names of two references (please include email addresses and phone numbers).

Review of applications will begin July 1, 2019, and continue until the position is filled. Applications should be sent to Andrea Cottrell: