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Welcome to the Department of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning. As a faculty and as a department, we have a strong committment to educating, mentoring and placing students. We are also extremely committed to enhancing the diversity within our department and college. We look forward to meeting with individuals from various backgrounds. We strongly encourage women and underrepresented minorities to consider the job listings below, and apply.

All successful candidates are expected to contribute to LAEP’s diversity and its collegial environment.

Graduate Research Assistant Positions

We are delighted to have several research positions opening this Fall 2020! These positions are part of nearly $4 million dollars that our department and colleagues have been awarded through grants in the past and current year. Please note that all applications for these positions will be reviewed by January 15th. Please send your interest to the faculty listed in the specific postings. Contacting us soon to let us know of your interest is highly recommended. We anticipate reviewing applications and providing a decision within a few weeks after January 15th. 

Environmental Planning and Spatial Cognition

Dr. Brent Chamberlain invites candidates for a fully funded Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistantship! This position focuses on identifying how environmental characteristics, landmarks and design of urban and natural places influence memory and wayfinding. This research is part of a three-year, $800,000 project funded by the US Army Research Institute, Behavioral and Social Science. This student will have the opportunity to lead a lab of multiple graduate and undergraduate students from landscape architecture, computer science and psychology, as well as working with a team of collaborators from the University of Utah. The research blends cognitive mapping, virtual reality, psychology and urban form into a study of spatial memory and urban design.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must meet the minimum qualifications for the department
  • Master’s Degree in landscape architecture, planning, architecture or related discipline

Preferred Qualification

  • Strong 3D visualization skills (sketchup, gaming engines)
  • Experience with experimental design
  • Background or capacity for data analysis and statistics

Funding:

  • 4-year years of $16,000 - $18,000/yr. DOE
  • Tuition and health care also covered
  • Funded travel to conferences and meetings
  • Position includes your own computer and more technology than you’d ever want!

Application and Due Date: ASAP

Questions about this opportunity? Contact Dr. Chamberlain: brent.chamberlain@usu.edu.
For a list of current and past projects, visit: laep.usu.edu/vivid (coming soon)
For more information about Dr. Chamberlain, visit: brentchamberlain.org

Urban Space Syntax: Measuring Health and Environmental Affect Using Mobile Sensors

Dr. Brent Chamberlain invites candidates for a Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistantship. This position focuses on conducting one or both of: 1) quantifying space syntax in urban environments; 2) conducting experimental studies to measure human stress in the urban environment. Previous efforts blended advancements in geospatial modelling with machine learning data analytics to explore linkages between urban form/design and physiological health.

Topics related to this position include:

  • Relating Urban Form and Human Health
  • Urban Design, Green Infrastructure and Stress
  • Smart and Connected Cities

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must meet the minimum qualifications for the department

Preferred Qualification

  • Degree in planning, psychology, architecture, landscape architecture, computer science or similar discipline
  • Master’s degree or Bachelor’s degree with undergraduate research experience
  • Training in quantitative research methods
  • Experience with GIS
  • Experience with statistical and data analysis

Funding (salary to be discussed):

  • Ph.D. Students: 2-year GRA (incl nationally competitive salary, tuition + health), additional years based on successful review and available funding.
  • Potential for TA funding also available in lieu or partial with GRA.

Application and Due Date: ASAP

Questions about this opportunity? Contact Dr. Chamberlain: brent.chamberlain@usu.edu.
For a list of current and past projects, visit: ksualive.com
For more information about Dr. Chamberlain, visit: brentchamberlain.org

Digital Technologies and Spatial Data Analytics

Dr. Keun Park invites candidates for a Master/Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistantship. This position is intended to be primarily skill-based within strong interests related to one of the following topics:

  • Spatial analysis, modelling, and visualization
  • Digital technologies (drone, VR/AR, sensor, image processing)
  • Observational research in public space
  • Built environment and health/travel behaviors

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must meet the minimum qualifications for the department

Preferred Qualification

  • Experience with GIS
  • Experience with data analysis and statistics
  • Strong 2D/3D visualization skills
  • Degree in planning, landscape architecture, architecture, psychology, geography, computer science, or similar discipline
  • Master’s degree or Bachelor’s degree with undergraduate research experience

Funding (salary to be discussed):

  • 1-year GRA (including health insurance), additional years based on successful review and available funding. In-state tuition rates will apply.
  • Potential for TA funding also available in lieu or partial with GRA.

If interested, please send a brief letter of interest (including your CV) to Dr. Park at keunhyun.park@usu.edu. Any questions are also welcome.

Due Date: ASAP

For more information about Dr. Park, visit: keunhyunpark.com

Planning Resilient Communities for People with Disabilities

Two fully funded Ph.D. positions in planning are available as part of a LAEP-led $2,500,000 award from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research. We are seeking students interested in joining a stellar team of faculty and students from multiple disciplines to develop a socio-ecological framework that aims to create more resilient communities for individuals living with disabilities. There are two distinct position offerings:

  1. Theory and Policy (Position #1): This position is oriented toward investigating and developing planning policies and strategies, coupled with best practices oriented toward individuals with disabilities’ activities of daily community living. The faculty leads for this project are Dr. Carlos Licon and Dr. Keith Christensen in collaboration with the Center for Persons with Disabilities.
  2. Geospatial and Analytical Modelling (Position #2): This position is oriented toward investigating models related to transportation, social networking, activities of community living, and geospatial science. This student will help oversee the integration of numerous planning models that will advance their computational skills and theoretical knowledge within community planning and scenario development. This study may also develop a user-friendly, online community planning tool. The faculty leads are Dr. Keun Park and Dr. Brent Chamberlain in collaboration with the Engineering College.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must meet the minimum qualifications for the department
  • Master’s or Bachelor’s (with stellar record)

Preferred Qualification

  • Position #1: Experience with planning theory and/or policy. Strong research skills in synthesizing literature and excellent written abilities.
  • Position #2: Experience with geospatial modelling, web GIS, and other planning-related models. A strong quantitative background with an interest in data analytics.

Funding:

  • 4-year at $15,000 - $17,000/yr. DOE
  • Tuition and health care also covered
  • Funded travel to conferences and meetings
  • Position includes your own computer

Application and Due Date: ASAP to facilitate our team planning

Questions about this opportunity? Contact the faculty leads listed above by visiting: laep.usu.edu/directory/faculty

 

About Logan:

USU is situated in on the hills of Logan, located in the center of beautiful Cache Valley with over 120,000 residents. The valley is surrounded by two National Scenic Byways, with Salt Lake City one hour south and innumerable world-class recreational opportunities. Two blocks from USU is the 2,500 sq.mi. Wasatch-Cache National Forest. Logan annually ranks in the Top 10 college towns, and among America’s safest small towns. Cost of living is low; the public transportation system is free, and students can qualify for a free bicycle. Welcome to your next great adventure!