Assistant/Associate Professor position in Urban Informations @ GGS

Tenure-Track Assistant/Associate Professor, Urban Informatics

As part of a multidisciplinary initiative in Urban Science, the Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science (GGS) is seeking an enthusiastic and energetic individual for a Tenure-Track Assistant or Associate Professor position in Urban Informatics. This full-time, Tenure-Track position is scheduled to begin in August 2018 or January 2019.


We are seeking outstanding candidates with expertise in urban informatics and its applications to infrastructure, environment, or human aspects of cities. We especially encourage candidates with expertise in spatial analysis and modeling, geographic information systems, information visualization, system dynamics, data mining, and/or machine learning. The successful applicant will be expected to develop an externally funded research program, both, individually and as part of a team, and to collaborate with other researchers across COS and the university to enhance transdisciplinary research.

The selected candidate will provide core support to the Urban informatics initiative as well as to the successful and growing GIScience and Geoinformatics programs; teach core and advanced courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels (the equivalent of two courses per semester); develop new courses as needed in the area of specialization; mentor graduate students at both the master’s and Ph.D. levels; and develop an externally funded research portfolio that will advance the mission of GGS. Service activities are expected.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in geoinformatics, geography, computer science, physics or a closely related field;
  • Ability to develop a strong and active research agenda in Urban Informatics;
  • A demonstrated record of publishing peer-reviewed scholarship;
  • Ability to teach introductory and advanced courses in Geoinformatics and Urban science; and
  • A demonstrated record of excellence in teaching.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A demonstrated record of seeking/securing external research grants;
  • Specialization in Urban Informatics with a demonstrated multidisciplinary interest; and
  • Strong and demonstrated research interest in geoinformatics and its application to urban systems.

About George Mason University

George Mason University (Mason) is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason is a Carnegie tier-one research university (top 115 in the nation) and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education. Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason’s diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

Application Instructions:

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number F5253z at; and upload a cover letter, CV, research statement, teaching statement, and a list of three professional references with contact information. Review of applications will begin April 30, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

For more information about GGS or this opportunity, visit us at or contact the department chair, Prof. Dieter Pfoser (dpfoser at

Closing date: April 30, 2018