Koç University, College of Social Sciences and Humanities

Position ID:Koç University-CSSH-POSTDOC1 [#13687]
Position Title: GEOMATICS Research Fellow / Postdoctoral Researcher for the ERC project UrbanOccupationsOETR
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Istanbul, Istanbul 34450, Turkey [map]
Subject Area: Administrative / Computer and Information Sciences
Appl Deadline:2019/09/30help popup finished (2019/05/07, finished 2020/04/05, listed until 2019/09/30)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

GEOMATICS Research Fellow / Postdoctoral Researcher for the ERC project UrbanOccupationsOETR, Koç University, Istanbul

We seek to hire an experienced researcher for geospatial data analysis and spatial statistics (a geospatial expert, a geomatic engineer, a cartographic engineer, a geographer, an archaeologist, a soil scientist, or a person with a recently completed PhD in one of these or a related fields) to be the lead spatial data analyst for an ERC funded research project Industrialisation and Urban Growth from the mid-nineteenth century Ottoman Empire to Contemporary Turkey in a Comparative Perspective, 1850-2000 (urbanoccupations.ku.edu.tr) at Koç University, Istanbul.

Payment: Salary will be determined upon capabilities and experience of the researcher, yet it will be competitive compared ERC funded projects elsewhere, with additional side benefits provided by Koç University. Duration: It is a two-year appointment (01.10.2019 - 30.09.2021). Deadline: Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Start date: October 1st, 2019 (preferably)

The UrbanOccupationsOETR is a multi-disciplinary digital humanities project with an international team focusing on geospatial analysis of economic and demographic data. We are extracting, curating, and analysing spatially coded data on economic and population geography for Southeast Europe and Anatolia. Historical maps are important data sources which we use, therefore we are expecting to have a research fellow who could also help the team with automatized and customised feature extraction from historical maps using computer vision and machine learning techniques.

In addition to data extraction and data curations the fellow will be given tasks in subprojects of our research effort such as: - devising multi-modal historical transport networks on DEMs - geo-sampling methods using historical connectivity, soil, ruggedness and remote sensing data - geospatial predictive modelling.

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate holding a PhD Degree in a related field. The successful candidate should have strong analytical skills, is expected to be proactive, self-driven with strong problem-solving abilities and out-of-the-box thinking. Knowledge of GIS based systems and programming (e.g. R, Python) are required. We are expecting to publish our research outcomes at the highest scientific level and to develop international multi-disciplinary collaborations. The successful applicant should be able to work both individually with discipline and contribute to the teamwork.

The required criteria and documentation to apply for the position: • Proven accomplishment and having potential for further advancement in the field of geomatics and geospatial data analysis • Excellent command in spoken and written English • A detailed motivation letter (max 3 pages) • Curriculum vitae (including detailed knowledge on skills and experience, max 3 pages) • Names of two possible referees

Please send application materials electronically in one file to: mkabadayi@ku.edu.tr

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Koc University,
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Sariyer, İstanbul

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