Two 2-year Research Assistant (RA) positions East Tennessee State University

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East Tennessee State University (ETSU) 
Department of Geosciences, Johnson City, TN 37614
(423) 439-7516; fax (423) 439-7520

Two 2-year Research Assistant (RA) positions for student’s interested in Geospatial/Hazards research at the Master’s level will be available at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) in the Department of Geosciences (Fall 2016 enrollment). The RA’s will work on a FEMA Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant (PDMC-PL-04-TN-2015-003) that will be used to develop the first ever Hazard Mitigation Plan for the ETSU campus. Mitigation plans are required for states and counties, resulting in their ability to request post-disaster funding that relates to mitigation strategies outlined in the plans.  Many universities across the country have begun to develop their own individualized mitigation plans that are more specific to their needs.  The Department of Geosciences will be working with multiple staff and faculty across campus to develop a map- and GIS-intensive mitigation plan that will include extensive geospatial databases, modeling, analysis, open-source GIS solutions and products, and interactive/mobile web map services. 


The ideal candidates should have experience with both ArcGIS and open source GIS programs/tools (e.g., QGIS, GeoServer/MapServer, PostGIS, OpenLayers), computer programming, and statistics, familiarity with hazard modeling (e.g., Hazus) and hazard mitigation or the ability to learn, and an interest in geospatial hazards research.  One of the two RA’s will be responsible for developing an interactive web application using either GeoServer or MapServer.  Additionally, the RA’s will use department-owned unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs - e.g., Phantom 3, Inspire 1, Matrice 100) to periodically develop up-to-date digital orthophotos of campus and potentially other useful UAV-inspired products. Applicants with previous research experience, ability to develop an independent thesis topic potentially related to the project, and excellent communication and writing skills will be highly competitive for the position. Interested applicants please contact Dr. Andrew Joyner at  Applications received by February 1, 2016 will receive full consideration.  For information about the Department of Geosciences go to

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