Current Open Positions in GIBD

Graduate Students

We are looking for highly motivated students with a great passion for geospatial big data research, starting in Fall 2023.

The students will be expected to work with an interdisciplinary team to conduct cutting-edge research on geospatial big data analytics by leveraging and/or developing advanced spatiotemporal analysis methods and computing algorithms/tools for applications in disaster management and public health.

The students will be supervised by Dr. Zhenlong Li and will also join the Big Data Health Science Center at USC, a campus-wide interdisciplinary enterprise that conducts cutting-edge health research and discovery, offers professional development and academic training, and provides service to the community and industry.

If you are interested or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Li at

More about our Graduate Admissions can be found at

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (closed)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Geospatial Big Data Analytics for Health Science

The Geoinformation and Big Data Research Laboratory (GIBD) at the Department of Geography, University of South Carolina (USC) seeks a full-time Postdoctoral Research Fellow to participate in two National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded Big Data research projects in HIV and COVID-19 research. Health is intrinsically linked to geospatial context—where and how people interact with natural, built, social, economic and cultural environments directly influences human health experience, decision, outcome, policy-making and planning. Emerging sources of geospatial big data, such as data collected from remote sensing, social sensing, and health sensing (health wearables) contain rich information about the environmental, social, population, and individual factors for health that are not available in traditional health data and population statistics. Along with innovative spatial and computing methodologies in GIScience, geospatial big data provides unprecedented opportunities for advancing the health science and practice of public health.

The ideal candidate will be expected to work closely with Dr. Zhenlong Li and other team members in GIBD and USC Big Data Health Science Center (BDHSC, to conduct cutting-edge and innovative interdisciplinary research on geospatial big data analytics (e.g., analyzing massive social sensing data and healthcare records) by using/developing advanced spatiotemporal analysis methods, statistical and predictive models, and computing algorithms and tools in the intersection of GIScience, data science, and health science. The primary responsibilities of the post-doctoral fellow include, but are not limited to, literature review, data management and analysis, preparation of manuscripts, grant writing, and other related tasks. We are seeking highly motivated candidates with long-term interest in a research career in an academic setting.


Minimum Qualifications: The applicants must have a doctoral degree in a GIScience, health science, spatial data science or other relevant discipline, by the time of appointment.

Preferred Qualifications: Research experiences and interests in geospatial big data, social media data analytics, deep learning, geospatial artificial intelligence (GeoAI), spatial computing, and infectious diseases analysis and modeling such as HIV and COVID-19 are preferred.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: Big data analysis (including artificial intelligence and machine learning), quantitative methodology, strong analytic skills, ability to take initiative and work independently and collaboratively, high standard of work ethic, effective oral and written communication skills, and proficiency in programming and analysis software such as Python and GIS.

Application Instructions

Candidates should submit a cover letter, current CV and three references to Dr. Zhenlong Li ( Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Desired start date: September 1, 2021. Initial appointment will be one year with the possibility of renewal contingent on the performance and funding availability.  More details about this position can be obtained from Dr. Li at

Official Job Posting:

We always welcome motivated students who are interested in geospatial big data analytics, spatial computing, social media data mining, artificial intelligence (GeoAI), and other related research fields. If you are interested in learning more about or joining GIBD, please contact Dr. Zhenlong Li (

For prospective graduate students, please visit the Department of Geography’s website or contact the Graduate Director Dr. Kirstin Dow ( for detailed information on our graduate programs. The Department of Geography at the University of South Carolina is ranked among the top departments in the discipline by the National Research Council, and has a strong record of success in graduate placement in private- and public-sector careers as well as in the academic sphere. More about our department research can be found here.

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