Fall 2021 Graduate Assistantships

Each year, faculty fellows at the Center for Geospatial Analytics seek prospective students for graduate assistantships funded through external grants. Opportunities available for students applying for Fall 2021 admission to the Ph.D. program in Geospatial Analytics are, and will continue to be, posted below.

Hydro-Ecology and Forest Management for Global Change

A collaboration between faculty from the Center for Geospatial Analytics and the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources to study Climate Adaptive Management for Forest Ecosystem Services has two graduate assistantships available: (1) Integrating hydrologic and forest process models to examine changes in forest water resources and (2) Modeling innovative forest management to sustain ecosystem services.

Students will work with Drs. Katie Martin, Robert Scheller, Zakiya Leggett, and Jelena Vukomanovic. Students will each have one primary mentor and the other project partners will form their graduate committees. The positions will begin Fall 2021 and are funded for four years at $25,000/year, plus benefits and tuition support, through the cutting-edge Ph.D. program in Geospatial Analytics offered by NC State’s Center for Geospatial Analytics.

The Center for Geospatial Analytics at NC State is an internationally recognized hub for interdisciplinary data scientists pushing the boundaries of spatial data science to advance discovery and inform real-world decision-making. Students in the Ph.D. program receive multidisciplinary advising and the opportunity to work with over thirty faculty fellows with diverse expertise from over a dozen departments across NC State.

To apply, complete the application at grad.ncsu.edu/apply by February 1, 2021. Applicants should have a background and preferably a Master’s degree in environmental science, natural resources, or similar and experience in coding.

For more information about the positions, contact Katie Martin (katie_martin@ncsu.edu) or any member of the collaboration and include a copy of your CV. Additional details about the Ph.D. program in Geospatial Analytics and complete application instructions are available at go.ncsu.edu/geospatial-phd. Interested students are also encouraged to contact Rachel Kasten, Graduate Services Coordinator (rachelkasten@ncsu.edu or 919-515-2800), with questions about the program or to explore additional opportunities.

Analytics for Sustainable Agriculture

The Biosystems Analytics Lab at North Carolina State University seeks a creative, motivated Ph.D. student with an interest in satellite remote sensing for agricultural systems analysis and modeling. The position will begin Fall 2021 and is funded for three years at $30,000/year, plus benefits and tuition support, through the cutting-edge Ph.D. program in Geospatial Analytics offered by NC State’s Center for Geospatial Analytics (geospatial.ncsu.edu).

The selected applicant will join a research lab focused on leveraging remotely sensed and in situ data to develop predictive and explanatory models for use in sustainable environmental and agricultural management, and will also be part of a diverse, multidisciplinary team of researchers at NC State working to capture, integrate, and analyze sweetpotato production data collected from field to market. Learn more about the project here, and see a recent press release describing the project here. The student will be encouraged to develop research questions tailored to their unique interests and career goals, while working in the context of sweetpotato agriculture. Sweetpotato is a key horticultural crop in North Carolina, and the student who works on this project will have the opportunity to produce results that directly support the sustainability and resilience of local food systems, while generating generalizable insight that more broadly advances the use of geospatial analytics in agriculture.

The student will also have support to pursue interdisciplinary academic training and engage in a range of professional development experiences, including a short-term research exchange at the Idaho National Lab, interaction with the Future Leaders for Food and Agriculture Fellows program, networking opportunities with professionals at SAS and Microsoft, as well as training sessions on topics related to intercultural competence, time management, and more.

The Center for Geospatial Analytics at NC State is an internationally recognized hub for interdisciplinary data scientists pushing the boundaries of spatial data science to advance discovery and inform real-world decision-making. Students in the Ph.D. program receive multidisciplinary advising and the opportunity to work with over thirty faculty fellows with diverse expertise from over a dozen departments across NC State.

To apply, complete the application at grad.ncsu.edu/apply by February 1, 2021. Applicants should hold a degree in data science, biological and agricultural engineering, environmental science, agronomic science, geography, or a related field. Applicants do not necessarily need prior experience in agriculture, but should have interests in industrial crop production. Students who are members of historically underrepresented groups in STEM are particularly encouraged to apply.

Due to constraints imposed by the funding source, only U.S. citizens are eligible to receive this assistantship.

For more information about the position, contact Natalie Nelson (nnelson4@ncsu.edu) and include a copy of your CV. Additional details about the Ph.D. program in Geospatial Analytics and complete application instructions are available at go.ncsu.edu/geospatial-phd. Interested students are also encouraged to contact Rachel Kasten, Graduate Services Coordinator (rachelkasten@ncsu.edu or 919-515-2800), with questions about the program or to explore additional opportunities.

Landscape Transformations

The Dynamic Ecosystems and Landscapes Lab at North Carolina State University seeks a Ph.D. student with an interest in anthropogenic change and landscape transformations. The position will begin Fall 2021 and is funded for four years at $25,000/year, plus benefits and tuition support, through the cutting-edge Ph.D. program in Geospatial Analytics offered by NC State’s Center for Geospatial Analytics.

Our lab’s mission is to understand landscapes, their people, and their futures and, by doing so, improve landscape policy and management decision. Questions that motivate our research include: What determines landscape trajectories? Will future landscapes be able to adapt to human-driven change? How will landscape management shape future landscapes? We particularly focus on the role of anthropogenic change (climate change, land use change) and management practices. The selected student will have broad opportunities to address these questions and to work with a diverse and motivated team.

The Center for Geospatial Analytics at NC State is an internationally recognized hub for interdisciplinary data scientists pushing the boundaries of spatial data science to advance discovery and inform real-world decision-making. Students in the Ph.D. program receive multidisciplinary advising and the opportunity to work with over thirty faculty fellows with diverse expertise from over a dozen departments across NC State.

To apply, complete the application at grad.ncsu.edu/apply by February 1, 2021. Applicants should have a Masters degree (or soon to be completed) in forestry, landscape ecology, geography, or similar and experience in coding.

For more information about the position, contact Robert Scheller (rschell@ncsu.edu) and include a copy of your CV. Additional details about the Ph.D. program in Geospatial Analytics and complete application instructions are available at go.ncsu.edu/geospatial-phd. Interested students are also encouraged to contact Rachel Kasten, Graduate Services Coordinator (rachelkasten@ncsu.edu or 919-515-2800), with questions about the program or to explore additional opportunities.

Large Scale Change Monitoring from Multisource Imagery

The Spatial Ecosystem Analytics Lab at North Carolina State University seeks a creative, motivated Ph.D. student with an interest in remote sensing, land cover/land use change, and ecosystem dynamics. The position will begin Fall 2021 and is funded for four years at $25,000/year, plus benefits and tuition support, through the cutting-edge Ph.D. program in Geospatial Analytics offered by NC State’s Center for Geospatial Analytics.

The selected applicant will join a research group devoted to answering questions of broad significance through innovative use of remotely sensed imagery. The student will be part of an interdisciplinary and multi-institutional team building a system to monitor and characterize change over huge spatial scales using heterogeneous satellite imagery. It is expected that the student will develop research questions and a project tailored to their unique interests and career goals.

The Center for Geospatial Analytics at NC State is an internationally recognized hub for interdisciplinary data scientists pushing the boundaries of spatial data science to advance discovery and inform real-world decision-making. Students in the Ph.D. program receive multidisciplinary advising and the opportunity to work with over thirty faculty fellows with diverse expertise from over a dozen departments across NC State.

To apply, complete the application at grad.ncsu.edu/apply by February 1, 2021. Applicants should have experience in remote sensing and coding.

For more information about the position, contact Josh Gray (josh_gray@ncsu.edu) and include a copy of your CV. Additional details about the Ph.D. program in Geospatial Analytics and complete application instructions are available at go.ncsu.edu/geospatial-phd. Interested students are also encouraged to contact Rachel Kasten, Graduate Services Coordinator (rachelkasten@ncsu.edu or 919-515-2800), with questions about the program or to explore additional opportunities.

Inequities in Built Environments & Active Living

The C-WHERE Lab at North Carolina State University seeks a creative, motivated Ph.D. student with an interest in spatial energetics (space, place, human movement, physical activity). The position will begin Fall 2021 and is funded for four years at $25,000/year, plus benefits and tuition support, through the cutting-edge Ph.D. program in Geospatial Analytics offered by NC State’s Center for Geospatial Analytics.

The selected applicant will join a research group focused on built environments and active living, with a focus on righting inequities and bringing power to data. The student will be actively involved in a NRPA-sponsored project in Baltimore, MD. The student will be encouraged to develop research questions and a project tailored to their unique interests and career goals.

The Center for Geospatial Analytics at NC State is an internationally recognized hub for interdisciplinary data scientists pushing the boundaries of spatial data science to advance discovery and inform real-world decision-making. Students in the Ph.D. program receive multidisciplinary advising and the opportunity to work with over thirty faculty fellows with diverse expertise from over a dozen departments across NC State.

To apply, complete the application at grad.ncsu.edu/apply by February 1, 2021. Applicants should hold a degree in data science, public health, geography, urban planning, parks & recreation, or related field.

For more information about the position, contact Aaron Hipp (jahipp@ncsu.edu) and include a copy of your CV. Additional details about the Ph.D. program in Geospatial Analytics and complete application instructions are available at go.ncsu.edu/geospatial-phd. Interested students are also encouraged to contact Rachel Kasten, Graduate Services Coordinator (rachelkasten@ncsu.edu or 919-515-2800), with questions about the program or to explore additional opportunities.

Modeling the Spread of Infectious Swine Disease

The Machado Lab at North Carolina State University seeks a creative, motivated Ph.D. student with an interest in disease spread modeling to join a team developing forecast models of swine diseases. The position will begin Fall 2021 and is funded for four years at $25,000/year, plus benefits and tuition support, through the cutting-edge Ph.D. program in Geospatial Analytics offered by NC State’s Center for Geospatial Analytics.

The selected applicant will join a research group focused on the epidemiology of transboundary animal diseases, integrating approaches such as traditional spatiotemporal statistics for mapping disease spread and forecasting disease emergence in animal and human populations. The student will be actively involved in an ongoing project for which a large dataset has already been collected (disease occurrences, whole genomes, network of swine movements between farms); the main goal of this research is to develop flexible spatial and spatiotemporal models of swine disease spread while considering the evolutionary and ecological dynamics of the virus and the observed contact network of related farms. The student will be encouraged to develop research questions and a project tailored to their unique interests and career goals.

The Center for Geospatial Analytics at NC State is an internationally recognized hub for interdisciplinary data scientists pushing the boundaries of spatial data science to advance discovery and inform real-world decision-making. Students in the Ph.D. program receive multidisciplinary advising and the opportunity to work with over thirty faculty fellows with diverse expertise from over a dozen departments across NC State.

To apply, complete the application at grad.ncsu.edu/apply. Applicants should hold a degree in ecology, epidemiology, applied mathematics, computer science, spatial statistics or a related quantitative discipline. Experience with programming in R, Python, or a similar open-source platform, as well as previous publishing experience, is desired. 

For more information about the position, contact Dr. Gustavo Machado (gmachad@ncsu.edu) and include a copy of your CV. Additional details about the Ph.D. program in Geospatial Analytics and complete application instructions are available at go.ncsu.edu/geospatial-phd. Interested students are also encouraged to contact Rachel Kasten, Graduate Services Coordinator (rachelkasten@ncsu.edu or 919-515-2800), with questions about the program or to explore additional opportunities.

Past Opportunities

Curious about what projects students have applied to work on in the past? Brief synopses are provided below:

  • Carbon Cycles and Environmental Justice Policy –– Join the Ecohydrology and Watershed Science Laboratory to assess impacts of climate change and land use change on terrestrial water and carbon cycles and/or evaluating datasets and methodologies used for environmental justice policy.
  • Modeling the Spread of Invasive Species –– Join the Biological Invasions Lab join a research group focused on interactive near-term forecasting of landscape and environmental change, with emphasis on collaborating with stakeholders to explore what may happen in the future under different scenarios.
  • Remote Sensing of Geologic Hazards –– Join the Earth Surface Processes Lab to join a team of geoscientists combining field-based studies with geospatial analysis and modeling.

  • Landscape Connectivity Dynamics in Surface Water Networks — Join the Geospatial Analysis for Environmental Change Lab to investigate climate and land-use change effects on landscape connectivity dynamics.
  • Seasonality from Space — Join the Spatial Ecosystem Analytics Lab on a NASA-funded project investigating satellite data fusion and time series analysis.
  • Winter Weather — Join the Environment Analytics group to study the complex interactions within snow storms and wintery mix storms.
  • Modeling Forest and Water Resources under Changing Conditions — Join the Watershed Ecology lab group and combine various data sources to create projections of future landscape conditions.
  • Modeling Agricultural and Water Resource Dynamics — Join the Biosystems Analytics Lab to study the effects of global and local change on fresh and estuarine water quality, land-sea connectivity and agroecosystem productivity.
  • Surface Water Dynamics from Space — Join the Geospatial Analysis for Environmental Change Lab to investigate hydroclimatic drivers of surface water extent dynamics and advance quantification of water extent and volume.
  • Remote Sensing Forest Gap Dynamics — Join the Applied Remote Sensing and Analysis lab group to examine the role and influence of forest gaps in relation to localized large-scale disturbances.

  • Exploring Urban Planning Scenarios — Join a geovisualization research group focused on developing interactive online 3D visualization systems for innovative public engagement and urban planning in the Research Triangle Region of NC.
  • Natural Resource Management and Ecosystem Services — Focus on geospatial analytics for fire and natural resource management in national parks and protected areas, including modeling fire and ecosystem processes at landscape levels, forecasting development along park boundaries, and building decision support systems.
  • Sustainability Solutions with Land Change Science — Join an interdisciplinary team investigating the dynamics of urbanization and landscape change in the Southeast US through land-change modeling in collaboration with the US Geological Survey.
  • Outdoor Recreation Decision Support Systems — Join a research group focused on built environments and active living, and contribute to developing new decision support analytics for the Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Branch of the National Park Service.
  • Smart and Connected Communities — Join a team designing a publicly available, multi-user, online serious game called TomorrowNow to engage citizens and decision makers in developing collaborative scenarios of urbanization and stormwater management, as part of a new grant from the NSF Smart and Connected Communities program.
  • Biological Invasions and Plant Health — Join the Spatial Analytic Framework for Advanced Information Systems (SAFARIS) team to develop spatial models and techniques to forecast movement of invasive pests and pathogens affecting food security and natural ecosystems.
  • Participatory Video and Engaged Environmental Justice — Use participatory mapping and video methods to understand how communities address resource inequities in disaster recovery plans, as part of a larger research project focused on long-term recovery from Hurricane Matthew in NC.
  • Geospatial Social Networks of Environmental Governance — Examine changes in watershed governance following disasters with spatially-explicit social networks in order to understand how and why environmental governance transitions occur.
  • Seasonality from Space — Join a NASA-funded research project to generate moderate resolution land surface phenology from Landsat and Sentinel data fusion. Learn more.
  • Innovation in Local Government — Join a team developing solutions through geospatial visualizations and analytics for internal and external stakeholders of local government in partnership with Wake County, North Carolina.