The Energy Academic Group (EAG) at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) is accepting applications for a Non-Tenure Track research position – Critical Infrastructure GIS Faculty Associate. Your role will support the modeling and analysis of critical infrastructure systems (e.g., electricity, water, transportation, and telecommunications) by experts in the EAG and the NPS Center for Infrastructure Defense (CID). Specifically, we are seeking a person with expertise in geographic information systems (GIS) to help manage, curate, analyze, project, and visualize geospatial infrastructure data.
If hired, you will support research sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the US Department of Defense (DoD) on resilient islands and military installations. In 2017, Hurricanes Irma, and Maria both made landfall in the US Virgin Islands (USVI) and caused significant damage to local critical infrastructure systems. The EAG and CID are working with a large team of experts from Federal agencies, US national labs, universities, and the USVI Territory to identify ways to make island infrastructure resilient to future disasters. In tandem, the EAG and CID are also leading research on the design and management of infrastructure systems for DoD installations to ensure electricity, water, transportation, and telecommunication systems remain available to support military missions when faced with disaster.
Both research activities are acquiring and producing a significant amount of geospatial infrastructure data that needs to be analyzed, shared, and explained to diverse stakeholders. The Critical Infrastructure GIS Faculty Associate position is to support these activities. Primary tasks and responsibilities include:
Acquiring, curating, and improving geospatial data sets for electricity, water, transportation, and telecommunications systems on US Territories and military installations.
Producing visualizations of critical infrastructure systems that embed the results of modeling and analysis efforts and are accessible by diverse stakeholder groups.
Coordinating data sharing activities between NPS experts and research partners.
Publishing data sets, reports, and research articles on critical infrastructure systems.
Writing grant applications and acquiring funding for future EAG and CID research
Interested parties are encouraged to submit their applications by October 15, 2019. In your application package include your resume, sample of work product is preferred, and the names of two references. Tell us in your cover letter why you are interested in this position and comment on your experience and capabilities.\
Minimum Qualifications include:
Earned Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, civil engineering, geography or a related field.
Demonstrated aptitude for scientific research
Demonstrated ability to work with student researchers
Preferred Qualifications include:
BS, MS, or equivalent degree in urban planning, civil engineering, geography or a related field.
Proficiency with commercial GIS software and data management tools
Proficiency in Python programming and related GIS data analysis packages (e.g., gdal, geopandas, fiona).
Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills.
Ability to work independently to produce accurate and timely work in a busy, fast-paced environment.
Experience in grant and proposal writing.
Skilled in oral and written communication.
Experience living and/or working with experts in US Territories, islands, and military installations
Proficiency with QGIS and infrastructure related plugins (e.g., FlowMapper, GHydraulics, AequilibraE).
Proficiency with mathematical programming, data visualization, and statistics packages in Python (e.g., numpy, matplotlib, seaborn, pyomo) and/or RStudio.
NPS is a fully accredited graduate school with students from all U.S. services, as well as foreign military officers. Successful candidates will have a demonstrated record of program management and/or methodology development. Salary is highly competitive and includes a generous locality allowance. Monterey is a short drive south from the San Francisco Bay area and is ideally situated along the spectacular central California coast.
Applications should be received October 15, 2019 and include a resume, a written work sample and three letters of recommendation. Please address the applications to:
Alan Howard, Deputy Director, Energy Academic Group
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Applicants with foreign education will be required to select from a list of private organizations that are members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES), which provide foreign education evaluations acceptable to NPS.
U.S. citizenship is required.
Eligibility to hold a DoD security clearance is required.
Relocation package, including recruitment/relocation incentive will not be authorized.
This position is not eligible for telework.
The Naval Postgraduate School is an equal opportunity employer. For additional information about NPS, please refer to the website at http://www.nps.edu.
NOTE: IF YOU ARE A VETERAN, you are strongly encouraged to identify your Veterans’ Preference on your resume or elsewhere in your application package (type of preference, dates of service, date of VA letter, character of service, etc.). Veteran’s preference is treated as a positive merit factor for NPS faculty positions.
Internal Number: 705-FAR-GIS
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