Auburn University is a premier public land-grant institution organized into 12 academic colleges and schools. It is a top 50 ranked public university in the Nation and ranked 1st in Alabama in the U.S. News and World 2022 Report. For 2022, 24,931 undergraduates, 6,985 graduate, and professional students were enrolled. The University is nationally recognized for its commitment to academic excellence and community engagement, its positive work environment, flourishing student life programs, and beautiful campus. Auburn maintains high research activity levels and high standards for teaching excellence, offering Bachelor’s, Master’s, Educational Specialist, and Doctoral degrees in agriculture and engineering, the professions, and the arts and sciences. 1,443 faculty members offer more than 200 educational programs. The University is located in the city of Auburn in east-central Alabama approximately 100 miles southwest of Atlanta, GA and southeast of Birmingham, AL and is about 60 miles from the state capital city of Montgomery.
The College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment is a national and international leader in forestry, wildlife, and natural resources programs and the flagship for these programs in Alabama. Alabama’s forests account for approximately 71% of the land area in the state. Much of this timberland (88%) is owned by non-industrial forest landowners. These landowners look for ways to improve their forest management for multiple benefits and to position themselves to benefit from forest certification and other incentive programs.
Description: The College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment (CFWE) at Auburn University invites applications for an Assistant Professor in forest operations with an expected start date of January 2024. This is a tenure-track, 9 - month appointment, with 45% research and 45% teaching, and 10% service. We seek exceptional applicants with knowledge and experience in the areas of harvesting practices, optimization, supply chain logistics, safety, transportation, Best Management Practices (BMPs), and general forest operations practices. Applicants with knowledge of forest engineering principles, technology and equipment used in timber management, especially harvesting, and the ability to analyze efficiency and costs of forest operations are desirable.
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 3-4 undergraduate and graduate introductory and/or subject matter specialty courses per year in forest operations. Responsibilities also include recruiting and training graduate students, undergraduate mentoring, and College, University, and professional service.