Position – GIS Graduate Research Assistantship at University of Illinois Springfield

The GIS Lab at the University of Illinois Springfield (uis.edu/gis) is recruiting a MS or MA graduate student in Environmental Studies to conduct GIS and geospatial research. As the GIS Lab assistant, the student will provide GIS technical support to faculty and students on campus, as well as GIS users in the state agencies and local communities. The assistant will also have the opportunity to work with faculty members in the Department of Environmental Studies on habit suitability modeling for threatened and endangered species in Illinois. The graduate research assistantship will be available for two academic years starting from August 16, 2017. The assistantship will provide a tuition waiver, 9-month per year stipend (summer support is subject to funding availability), and research support.
Preferred qualifications for this position are:
Coursework and extensive use of Geographic Information Systems.
Strong quantitative analysis and writing skills.
Strong work ethic and keen attention to details.
Experience in or willingness to study environmental and ecological modeling.
Background in environmental studies, ecology, conservation, geography, or related field.

Interested applicants should apply through the UIS graduate assistantships website at www.uis.edu/graduateassistantships/. Copies of the following application materials should also be send to Dr. Shipeng Sun at ssun32@uis.edu via email using one single PDF file.
Cover letter addressing background, extent of qualifications, and research interest.
Resume, including contact information for three references.
Transcripts (unofficial or scanned copy acceptable).

Any questions regarding the position and the application could be directed to ssun32@uis.edu. The position is open until June 1, but the review will start on March 20. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply before March 15, the university deadline for first round consideration for graduate assistantships.

The successful candidate will be subject to the graduate admission procedure of the Department of Environmental Studies and the standard hiring procedure at UIS.

Shipeng Sun, PhD
Director | GIS Lab
Assistant Professor | Department of Environmental Studies
College of Public Affairs & Administration
University of Illinois Springfield
Springfield, IL 62703-5407
uis.edu/ens & uis.edu/gis