The Division of Environmental Sciences and Policy of the Nicholas School of the Environment invites applicants for an Assistant Professor of the Practice of Applied Remote Sensing. This is a regular-rank Non-Tenure Track Faculty Position.

The successful candidate will join a dynamic team of faculty members dedicated to solving environmental science and management challenges in a multidisciplinary environment. This position will broadly focus on advancing environmental remote sensing techniques and applications to support our undergraduate, professional environmental management programs, and non-degree course offerings (https://nicholas.duke.edu/academics). This position will also support our certificate in geospatial analysis program. This position offers a unique opportunity to develop a practice collaborating with experts in growth areas such as remote sensing for environmental health; ecological resilience and climatic disasters; water resource management; biodiversity, biomass and carbon monitoring; renewable energy deployment and management; urban ecology and environmental justice and a host of other emerging applications. This position also provides the opportunity to make a significant impact in the field while expanding students' learning experiences and contributing to the university's commitment to innovation and academic excellence. This role is also aligned with the Duke University Climate Commitment (https://climate.duke.edu/) focus on environmental problem solving.

A pivotal aspect of this role involves providing visionary leadership in the application of remote sensing to environmental problem-solving, underpinned by excellence in practical research or industry engagement that resonates with audiences primarily composed of environmental scientists, natural resource managers and policymakers, and climate change experts. While thought leadership can be showcased through publications in academic journals, we also highly value other practice-oriented activities, including ongoing collaborations with environmental organizations and agencies, contributions to the development of environmental data standards, involvement in environmental research consortia and communities of practice, remote sensing training for professionals, and the development of industry best practices.


  • Develop and deliver high-quality courses in applied remote sensing, with a focus on image processing, emerging machine learning techniques, field data collection and geospatial analysis applications.
  • Serve as a mentor and advisor to guide students in the principles and practical applications of remote sensing across various disciplines, fostering a stimulating, supportive and inclusive learning environment.
  • Continually innovate and enhance components of undergraduate and graduate curricula, ensuring alignment with the latest advancements in remote sensing and geospatial analysis technologies.
  • Maintain an active personal research focus in the field of applied remote sensing.
  • Collaborate effectively with colleagues to contribute to the growth of remote sensing research and its integration into research programs in the Nicholas School and practical natural resource management applications.
  • Actively participate in the academic community by engaging in relevant service activities within the university.

Teaching Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching a portfolio of fundamental and application/field courses each academic year, totaling to the equivalent of 3.5 semester-long courses, and advising Master's Projects by students in NSOE's Master of Environmental Management and Master of Forestry programs

About Duke University

Approved by the Duke University Board of Trustees October 1, 1994, and revised February 23, 2001, the Mission Statement for Duke University reads as follows:

"James B. Duke's founding Indenture of Duke University directed the members of the University to 'provide real leadership in the educational world' by choosing individuals of 'outstanding character, ability, and vision' to serve as its officers, trustees and faculty; by carefully selecting students of 'character, determination and application;' and by pursuing those areas of teaching and scholarship that would 'most help to develop our resources, increase our wisdom, and promote human happiness.'

“To these ends, the mission of Duke University is to provide a superior liberal education to undergraduate students, attending not only to their intellectual growth but also to their development as adults committed to high ethical standards and full participation as leaders in their communities; to prepare future members of the learned professions for lives of skilled and ethical service by providing excellent graduate and professional education; to advance the frontiers of knowledge and contribute boldly to the international community of scholarship; to promote an intellectual environment built on a commitment to free and open inquiry; to help those who suffer, cure disease, and promote health, through sophisticated medical research and thoughtful patient care; to provide wide ranging educational opportunities, on and beyond our campuses, for traditional students, active professionals and life-long learners using the power of information technologies; and to promote a deep appreciation for the range of human difference and potential, a sense of the obligations and rewards of citizenship, and a commitment to learning, freedom and truth.

“By pursuing these objectives with vision and integrity, Duke University seeks to engage the mind, elevate the spirit, and stimulate the best effort of all who are associated with the University; to contribute in diverse ways to the local community, the state, the nation and the world; and to attain and maintain a place of real leadership in all that we do.”

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