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Assistant/Associate Professor - Forest Genomics/Biotechnology
Auburn University

Date Posted Jun. 6, 2022
Title Assistant/Associate Professor - Forest Genomics/Biotechnology
University Auburn University
Auburn, AL, United States
Department Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Environmental Sciences/Ecology/Forestry

Job Description Summary
The College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment (CFWE) at Auburn University is looking to expand the forestry faculty and invites applications for a 9-month, tenure-system position at the Assistant/Associate Professor rank in Forest Genomics/Biotechnology (65% research, 35% teaching) to start as early as spring 2023, although start date is negotiable. We seek exceptional applicants who use genomic or biotechnology approaches to understand and potentially mitigate current and future forestry challenges. We are particularly interested in candidates focused on forest responses to stress including climate change, altered pests/pathogen-tree host interactions, landscape fragmentation and deforestation, as well as altered rain and fire regimes using genomic analyses and/or candidates who use genomic and biotechnology approaches to improve tree growth and development for pulp, wood, and energy products. We are especially interested in applicants whose research encompasses, or can be applied to, forest ecosystems found in the southeastern U.S.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate for this position will be expected to develop 1) an internationally-recognized research program by publishing in high-quality peer-reviewed journals and obtaining extramural research funding and 2) interdisciplinary and multisectoral collaborations with research teams on campus and beyond with a broad range of expertise. Teaching duties include a total of 2-3 undergraduate and graduate introductory and/or subject matter specialty courses in forest genomics. Responsibilities also include recruiting and training graduate students, undergraduate mentoring, and College, University, and professional service.

Minimum Qualifications
A PhD in forestry, biology, or a related field at the time employment and expertise in the field of forest genomics or biotechnology, especially in relation to addressing current and future challenges faced by forests. Experience working with interdisciplinary teams and a proven track record of publishing in high-quality peer-reviewed journals is required. Evidence of successfully obtaining research funding is highly desired. The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States at the time of appointment and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment. Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills are required and a commitment to inclusion and diversity is essential.

Desired Qualifications
A demonstrated record of scholarly publication, extramural funding, and teaching at the university level is highly desirable. To be considered for the Associate Professor level, candidates must provide examples of unique and significant contributions in research and teaching as well as convincing evidence of emerging stature as a regional or national authority in their field.

Special Instructions to Applicants
Applicants must complete the on-line application at the link provided to include a complete biographical resume, transcripts, statement of teaching and research philosophies, statement detailing diversity and inclusion in teaching and research, and the names and contact information of three references. The review date will begin August 15, 2022 and will continue until a suitable candidate has been identified. For additional information contact: Dr. Heather D. Alexander, Chairperson, by email at

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