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Regular Title Series Assistant/Associate Professor, Forest Ecology
University of Kentucky


Date Posted Nov. 5, 2021
Title Regular Title Series Assistant/Associate Professor, Forest Ecology
University University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY, United States
Department 81090:Forestry and Natural Resources
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
 
 
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Forest Ecology & Management
 
 

The successful candidate should demonstrate strong ability and experience conducting multiscale (e.g., organism, community, landscape) research in both applied and theoretical aspects of forest ecology. Areas of research pertinent to this position include, but are not limited to, empirical and mechanistic drivers of forest stand dynamics, ecophysiological responses of forest and urban trees to biotic and abiotic stresses and disturbances, process and function of forest ecosystems in the context of climate change, and patterns and mechanisms of forest biodiversity. Expected teaching responsibilities include courses in forest ecology that serve the department’s Bachelor of Science Forestry program and the department’s graduate program(s) in Forest and Natural Resource Sciences, including the recently implemented doctoral program. Additional teaching contributions may include undergraduate and graduate courses aligned with the successful candidate’s area of expertise such as dendrology, winter dendrology, forest fire, tree physiology, biometrics, and/or other introductory forestry and natural resources courses. The candidate is also expected to provide department, college, and university service and support aligned multi-disciplinary programs including the college’s Natural Resources and Environmental Science undergraduate program.

The position is 60% research, 30% teaching, and 10% service, subject to annual evaluation and modification. The successful candidate will be expected to enhance the department’s academic community and contribution to the institution’s land grant mission including building a nationally recognized research program, as demonstrated by success in acquiring extramural funding, publication in leading refereed journals, along with graduate student recruitment and mentorship. The department promotes an interdisciplinary environment with researchers in related fields fostering collaboration with departmental faculty in teaching and through research relating to diverse forestry and natural resource issues. This position is one of four faculty hires being undertaken by the department during the 2021-2022 academic year providing a unique opportunity to collaboratively strengthen the department’s long-term effort to enhance the ecological, economic, and social benefits of forests and related natural resources.

Interested applicants should attach the following documents: a letter of application (Cover Letter), curriculum vitae (CV), statement of research philosophy (Specific Request 1), statement of teaching philosophy (Specific Request 2), and unofficial transcripts (Academic Transcripts), names and contact information for three references (Specific Request 3). Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Jian Yang, Search Committee Chair, jian.yang@uky.edu, (859) 257-5820.

Given the COVID-19 pandemic, and the need to protect our university community including our students, staff, faculty and visitors, the University of Kentucky is requiring COVID-19 vaccination for all new hires prior to starting employment. Therefore, as of October 18, 2021, all new hires prior to their first day of employment must submit appropriate documentation showing, i) completion of the first vaccination against COVID-19, or ii) completion of the full vaccination series against COVID-19, or iii) approved exemption (medical contraindications or a sincerely held religious belief) through the formal exemption process from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement. For those employees who have completed the first vaccination against COVID-19 prior to their first day of employment, the second vaccination (if applicable) must be completed following the vaccination recommended schedule to be considered fully vaccinated.


 
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