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Postdoctoral Scholar- GIS Specialist (OPS)

Florida State University

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The Florida State University Geography Department

Equal Employment Opportunity

An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer. FSU’s Equal Opportunity Statement can be accessed at:


The Florida State University seeks a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) specialist to serve as its Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) Research Partner Fellow. The position is funded for two years and requires residency at Florida State University. DPAA Research Partner Fellows are issued taskings from the DPAA that involve conducting geospatial analysis in a historical context that is related to U.S. military losses in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. While creating research products that materially help the DPAA honor, identify, and repatriate unaccounted-for personnel, DPAA Research Partner Fellows also maintain an active presence on campus, leveraging the assets of their home institutions to serve the DPAA. Researchers are sought with a background in GIS, with expertise possibly including but not limited to geovisualization, large-scale spatial data analysis, historical GIS and digital humanities, and/or remote sensing.
The Fellow will work on research projects assigned by the DPAA that support the Agencys mission to achieve the fullest possible accounting of American personnel missing from twentieth-century conflicts. Being interdisciplinary in nature, the research may include elements beyond GIS work and is not limited to any one topical focus; historical research and writing, digital humanities projects, public history work, etc. may all come into play. Strong writing and data collection/analysis skills, along with an ability to collaborate with others, are required for this position. The DPAA Research Partner Fellowship requires a time commitment of 40 hours per week on DPAA related work and outreach activities.
The Fellow is expected to maintain a presence on campus. As a part of their responsibilities, the Fellow will be asked to teach one course per year in GIS, and will be encouraged interact with and mentor students. The Florida State University seeks a person who, in concert with DPAA, will engage the community and other stakeholders to raise awareness about issues related to the identification of unaccounted-for remains.


Earned doctoral degree in geography/geographic information science or related disciplines (e.g. planning, development, engineering, geomatics, etc.) is required. Advanced doctoral candidates well into their ABD status with completion of the dissertation imminent will also be considered.
Mastery Geographic Information Systems-based methods and practices
Strong writing/presentation skills
Experience in creating/managing large data sets
Ability to work in a team environment
Ability to navigate interdisciplinary research issues and engage in collaboration
Practiced time management


Experience working with government/military personnel
Foreign Language skills

University Information

One of the nation’s elite research universities, Florida State University preserves, expands, and disseminates knowledge in the sciences, technology, arts, humanities, and professions, while embracing a philosophy of learning strongly rooted in the traditions of the liberal arts and critical thinking. Founded in 1851, Florida State University is the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida. FSU is a community steeped in tradition that fosters research, encourages creativity, and embraces diversity. At FSU, theres the excitement of being part of a vibrant academic and professional community, surrounded by people whose ideas are shaping tomorrows news! Learn more about our university and campuses.

Pay Plan

This is an OPS/temporary Job.

Soft Money Funded Position

This position is time-limited based on soft money funding, with renewal contingent upon available funds and the needs of the University.

How To Apply

If qualified and interested in a specific job opening as advertised, apply to Florida State University at If you are a current FSU employee, apply via myFSU > Self Service. Applicants are required to complete the online application with all applicable information. Applications must include all work history up to ten years, and education details even if attaching a resume.
Please also send CV, Cover Letter and names of three references to
The position supervisor is Dr. Mark W. Horner of the Department of Geography at Florida State University

Open until filled

This position is being advertised as open until filled.
The review of applications will begin 01/03/22.

Affordable Care Act

OPS employees are covered under the Affordable Care Act. OPS employees who meet certain criteria will be offered affordable health care coverage. For more information on the Affordable Care Act, please visit the Benefits website and click on Employee Insurance Eligibility.

Tobacco Free Campus

Effective January 1, 2014, tobacco use, including simulated tobacco use, is prohibited on property, interior and exterior, owned or managed by Florida State University. This policy applies to all Florida State University students, employees, consultants, contractors, visitors, and external individuals.

Screening Foreign Researchers

Pursuant to Florida law, any citizen of a foreign country who is not a permanent resident of the U.S., or who is a citizen or permanent resident but is affiliated with or has had at least 1 year of employment or training in China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela, or Syria is subject to additional screening. If you meet these criteria, you must be prepared to provide the following information to FSU upon request:

Every institution of higher education attended, whether or not listed on your CV or resume
All previous employment since your 18th birthday
A list of all published material
A list of all current and pending research funding from any source, including details about the research, your role, funding source, and amount
List and description of any non-university professional activities
Any affiliation with an institution or program in a foreign country
A complete copy of your passport
Your most recently submitted DS-160 (Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application)

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