Assistant Professor in Forest Landscape Management
School of Forest Resources
The School of Forest Resources, University of Maine, is seeking an Assistant Professor to develop a leading research program addressing the long-term effects of management and natural disturbance on forested landscapes, supply of forest products, and the forest-based economy in Maine and the Northeastern region; and to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in forest landscape management.
RESPONSIBILITIES: This is an academic-year, tenure-track position with responsibilities of 60% research and 40% teaching.
Research: The successful candidate will develop an externally funded and nationally recognized research program analyzing the effects of forest landscape dynamics under current and projected management practices as well as natural disturbance patterns on future forest conditions, supply of forest products, and the forest-based economy. The candidate’s research is expected to complement ongoing research in The University of Maine’s School of Forest Resources (http://forest.umaine.edu) and Center for Research on Sustainable Forests (http://crsf.umaine.edu).
Teaching: Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate courses in Forest Landscape Management & Planning (SFR 477), coordinating the Capstone Project Course (SFR 489), Field Practice in Forest Resources (SFR 300), and a graduate and/or upper division course in the candidate’s field of expertise.
As the State’s Land Grant University, service and outreach to the region’s stakeholders is also expected.
QUALIFICATIONS: A Ph.D. is required by date of hire in forest management, landscape ecology, forest modeling, forest economics, silviculture, ecosystem modeling, or a closely related field. Preference will be given to candidates with an undergraduate degree in forestry. Applicants must demonstrate expertise with forest stand simulators and spatial modeling software (e.g., FVS, ArcGIS, LMS, Spectrum, RSPS/Woodstock/Stanley, etc.). Experience with tradeoff analysis, valuation, harvest scheduling, risk management, and/or financial analysis is highly desirable. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated success in obtaining extramural research funding, publishing in leading peer-reviewed journals, participation in interdisciplinary collaborations, and delivering effective classroom instruction. A proven ability to effectively communicate with students and professional colleagues is essential.
BACKGROUND: The University of Maine is a Land Grant and Sea Grant university. The School of Forest Resources awards Bachelor of Science degrees in Forestry; Forest Operations, Bioproducts, & Bioenergy; and Parks, Recreation & Tourism; as well as Master of Science, Master of Forestry, and Doctoral degrees in Forest Resources. Detailed information about the programs and faculty is available at www.forest.umaine.edu. The School is closely aligned with a Center for Research on Sustainable Forests (http://www.crsf.umaine.edu). The School also manages 13,000 acres of forestland, including the 4,000-acre Penobscot Experimental Forest jointly managed with the USFS Northern Research Station.
The University of Maine is located in Orono, a small college town bounded by the Stillwater and Penobscot Rivers. The campus is just eight miles north of Bangor, one of the largest cities in Maine, and serves as the commercial and medical hub for northern Maine. The Bangor Region is centrally located in the state, providing nearby access to mountains, forests, rivers, lakes, major parks (Baxter State Park and Acadia National Park), and the Atlantic coast. Orono is a 4-hour drive from Boston, 4.5 hours from Quebec City, and 45 minutes from Bar Harbor.
APPLICATION: To apply, submit an application letter with specific information about disciplinary focus, professional activities and other information relevant to meeting position qualifications, including curriculum vitae; copies of academic transcripts; names, addresses & telephone numbers of three references; copies of research publications and course teaching evaluations (if available) to:
Dr. Jeffrey Benjamin
Selection Committee Chair
5755 Nutting Hall
School of Forest Resources
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469-5755
Phone: (207) 581- 2727; FAX (207) 581-2875
Incomplete applications cannot be considered. Appropriate background checks also will be required. Review of applications will begin February 28, 2013 and continue until a qualified pool of applicants is identified. The starting date for this position is September 1, 2013.
The University of Maine is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
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