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Assistant Professor of Forest Biometrics

Employer
University of Georgia
Location
Athens, Georgia, United States
Salary
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Jul 21, 2023

Job Details


Position Summary

This is a 9-month tenure track appointment with expected research (45%), teaching (50%), and professional service (5%) responsibilities at the Assistant Professor level in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia ( UGA ). This position will focus on the use of contemporary and advanced forest biometric methods to quantify and improve forest management through modeling, with an emphasis on pine plantations in the southern U.S. The candidate will use appropriate research methods to address diverse forest management, forest health, and carbon sustainability issues that are relevant to private landowners, forest industry, and governmental agencies. Candidates are expected to collaborate with the Plantation Management Research Cooperative ( PMRC ) and will have the opportunity to cooperate with the Southern Pine Health Research Cooperative ( SPHRC ) and the Wood Quality Consortium ( WQC ); these industry-supported cooperatives focus on pertinent research issues relevant to Georgia, the southeastern U.S., and internationally. The candidate will teach the core timber management course (with a computer lab), a graduate course in advanced forest modeling, and have the option to teach a course on the use of R in natural resources and/or aid with the undergraduate capstone course. Advising of undergraduate students and establishing and supporting an active, externally-funded graduate research program in forest biometrics are expected. Professional service relates to scientific societies, the peer review process, and service on Warnell and UGA committees.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Review of applications will begin on September 8, 2023 .
Candidates must submit a cover letter, CV, one-page statements of both teaching and research interests, unofficial transcripts of all college-level work, and names and contact information for three references. University policy requires all candidates to consent to and authorize a background investigation (www.hr.uga.edu). A background investigation and request of official transcripts will be conducted on a post-offer/pre-employment basis only. The preferred starting date is negotiable (January 1. 2024 preferred) but no later than August 1, 2024.For additional information contact the chair of the search committee, Dr. Bronson Bullock (BronsonBullock@uga.edu).

We strongly encourage and welcome applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and
underrepresented minorities.

Posting Details

Posting Number

F1707P

Working Title

Assistant Professor of Forest Biometrics

Department

Warnell-Sch Forestry & Nat Res

About the University of Georgia

Since our founding in 1785, the University of Georgia has operated as Georgia’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( https://www.uga.edu/ ). The proof is in our more than 235 years of academic and professional achievements and our continual commitment to higher education. UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA employs approximately 3,000 faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 40,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 10,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department

The Warnell School is a professional school with 69 faculty, 100 support staff, 325 undergraduates, and 220 graduate students ( www.warnell.uga.edu ). The Warnell School offers Bachelor of Science, Master of Forest Resources, Master of Natural Resources, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in the areas of Forestry, Fisheries & Wildlife, Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management, and Natural Resource Management & Sustainability. The School manages approximately 18,000 acres of forestland across the state in support of its teaching, outreach, and research missions.

Georgia is well-known for its quality of life, both in terms of outdoor and urban activities (www.georgia.gov). The University of Georgia (www.uga.edu) is a land/sea/space grant institution comprised of 18 schools and colleges. Athens is a vibrant community of approximately 150,000 people located less than 65 miles from Atlanta. UGA enrolls over 40,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.

College/Unit/Department website

Posting Type

External

Retirement Plan

Employment Type

Employee

Benefits Eligibility

Benefits Eligible

Underutilization

Advertised Salary

Anticipated Start Date

01/01/2024

Effective End Date (for Limited-Term postings)

Job Posting Date

07/21/2023

Job Closing Date

Open until filled

Yes

Location of Vacancy

Athens Area

EEO Statement

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (hrweb@uga.edu).

USG Core Values Statement

The University System of Georgia is comprised of our 26 institutions of higher education and learning, as well the System Office. Our USG Statement of Core Values are Integrity, Excellence, Accountability, and Respect. These values serve as the foundation for all that we do as an organization, and each USG community member is responsible for demonstrating and upholding these standards. More details on the USG Statement of Core Values and Code of Conduct are available in USG Board Policy 8.2.18.1.2 and can be found on-line at https://www.usg.edu/policymanual/section8/C224/#p8.2.18_personnel_conduct .

Additionally, USG supports Freedom of Expression as stated in Board Policy 6.5 Freedom of Expression and Academic Freedom found on-line at https://www.usg.edu/policymanual/section6/C2653 .

Position Details

Position Information

Classification Title

Assistant Professor

FLSA

Faculty Rank

Assistant Professor

Contract Type

Academic (9 mo.)

Tenure Status

Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications

Prior to appointment, applicants must have a Ph.D. in Forest Biometrics, Forestry, or a closely related field.

Additional Requirements

A strong research background in forest growth and yield modeling, biometric sampling and estimation that relates to forest dynamics.

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or Certification

The successful candidate must have a strong background in statistics and quantitative modeling to support land management decision-making systems for intensively managed plantation forests.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

Demonstrated multidisciplinary collaborative work is preferred, with expectations for similar continued efforts with faculty in Warnell, including the PMRC, SPHRC, and WQC, and across the University. Strengths in oral and written communication must be evident, and evidence of excellence in and commitment to teaching is preferred. Evidence of activities in research design, grant development, presentation of results at scientific meetings and publication of results in leading peer-reviewed journals or industry background are preferred.

Physical Demands

Is this a Position of Trust?

No

Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources?

No

Does this position require a P-Card?

No

Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position?

No

Is driving a responsibility of this position?

Yes

Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?

No

Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications)

No

Credit and P-Card policy

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website .

Background Investigation Policy

Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background investigation including, a criminal background check demonstrating your eligibility for employment with the University of Georgia; confirmation of the credentials and employment history reflected in your application materials (including reference checks) as they relate to the job-based requirements of the position applied for; and, if applicable, a satisfactory credit check. You may also be subject to a pre-employment drug test for positions with high-risk responsibilities, if applicable. Please visit the UGA Background Check website .

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Posting Specific Questions

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Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/CV
  3. Teaching Portfolio/Philosophy
  4. Research Portfolio/Philosophy
  5. Unofficial Transcripts
  6. List of References with Contact Information
Optional Documents
  1. Portfolio
  2. Media Portfolio
  3. Writing Sample
  4. Sample Publications
  5. Other Documents #1
  6. Other Documents #2
  7. Certification
  8. Unofficial Letters of Recommendation
  9. Public Svc/Extension Philosophy


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