Assistant Professor - Forest Biometrics with an emphasis on Quantitative Spatial Ecology - Washington State University in Pullman Washington

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Washington State University

Pullman, Washington

United States

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Detailed Job Description

The School of the Environment (SoE) within the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) and the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) at Washington State University (WSU) is seeking a dynamic, motivated, problem-solving leader to join an extraordinary team of scientists and experts in forest based ecological communities at the landscape scale. As an integral part of this team, we are looking to fill a 9-month, tenure-track (assistant rank), teaching and research position to begin August 16, 2016, or as negotiated, at the Pullman, Washington campus. The successful applicant will develop an internationally-recognized teaching and research program focused on forest biometrics with a strong emphasis in quantitative spatial ecology and applied ecological modeling.

This position is directly responsible to the SoE Director.

The successful candidate will develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses that advance the school’s re-emerging forestry program by introducing students to modern statistical, geospatial and computational tools. Teaching duties will include undergraduate courses in advanced biometry relating primarily to forests but including other plant communities. In addition to classroom instruction, the person hired will successfully mentor M.S. and Ph.D. graduate students. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a dynamic, extramurally funded, internationally recognized research program, with publications in high-impact peer-reviewed journals, focused on the Spatial Ecology dimensions of Forest Biometry and consistent with the missions of the WSU CAHNRS Office of Research. Additional program responsibilities include participating, as appropriate in committees, instruction, and other activities of the SoE, CAHNRS, CAS and WSU, and outreach to relevant stakeholders.

Required Qualifications

• Earned Ph.D. at the time of hire, in a discipline related to forest biometrics with an emphasis on quantitative spatial ecology.

Preferred Qualifications

• Strong knowledge of Geographic Information Systems, including remote sensing techniques.
• Demonstrated ability in general and spatial statistical analysis techniques and their application to forest ecosystem problems.
• Strong knowledge of SAS, R, and other data analysis tools.
• Knowledge of the application of forest biometry to both forest industry needs and ecosystem management challenges.
• Record of research accomplishment as demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications and extramural grantsmanship.
• Demonstrated ability and/or potential to successfully teach and mentor students at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
• Demonstrated effective oral and written communication skills.
• Demonstrated ability to develop collaborations with colleagues within and outside of the home School and Colleges, helping to integrate the School of the Environment into university-wide focal areas.
• Ability to work and communicate with a variety of constituencies, including governmental agency representatives, industry and persons of diverse cultures and backgrounds.
• Demonstrated experience in student mentoring.

Monthly Salary

Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Additional Information

The School of the Environment (SoE) is a new, innovative, interdisciplinary, academic unit at WSU that brings together the natural and social sciences to focus on Earth, ecosystems, and sustainability. SoE is committed to providing the state, region and nation with solutions to a wide range of pressing environmental problems associated with human impacts on natural resources and the Earth’s ecosystems. We work to discover basic, fundamental understandings of how these systems work, and then we apply these discoveries as solutions to pressing societal problems. In this way we hope to both educate the next generation of informed citizens and environmental leaders and assist with the creation of a more sustainable society and planet. SoE is jointly administered by the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences and the College of Arts and Sciences.

The Forest Biometrician position is part of a multi-year series of new hires that will contribute to interdisciplinary collaboration across the breadth of the new School of the Environment, which has identified the following thematic areas around which to build: 1) “Water: Connecting Earth and Life," 2) “Global Change: Sustaining Healthy Landscapes and Communities,” and 3) “Earth System Dynamics.”
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The College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) at Washington State University is an expansive and diverse college that includes 16 academic units, 4 research and extension centers distributed across the state, 13 subject matter centers, and one tribal and 39 county extension offices. CAHNRS fosters disciplines that serve at the interface of scientific discovery and its application to the advancement of society and improvement of the human experience. Our mission is to provide global leadership in discovering, accessing, and disseminating knowledge that contributes to producing a safe, abundant food and fiber supply; promotes the well-being of individuals, families, and communities; enhances sustainability of agricultural and economic systems; and promotes stewardship of natural resources and ecological systems. In all dimensions of our mission, we strive to embody the signature “World Class, Face to Face” motto of Washington State University. CAHNRS personnel embrace the opportunity to fulfill the university’s land-grant mission by making groundbreaking research discoveries, by utilizing innovative approaches to teaching and learning, and by delivering relevant, progressive extension programs that synergistically generate outcomes that enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Washington State, as well as for people around the globe.

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The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) at Washington State University offers academic programs in social and natural sciences, mathematics, humanities, and fine and performing arts. The college is uniquely positioned to pursue liberal, broad-based learning, in which inquiry and teaching proceed in tandem. Our mission is to challenge our students and ourselves to think rationally, critically, and creatively for lifelong engagement in our human and natural worlds. We apply diverse perspectives to understand and transform the world, enrich lives, and meet societal needs. We are committed to outreach that promotes the common good and that empowers local, state, national, and global communities.

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Founded in 1890, Washington State University is a comprehensive land-grant university with teaching, research, and extension missions, and one of two research universities in Washington State. WSU is organized into ten academic colleges, the Honors College, and the Graduate School. It has an enrollment of more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on four campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, and Vancouver) with approximately 20,000 students located on the main campus in Pullman, WA. WSU ranks among the top 60 public research universities and is a Carnegie I, Doctoral/Research Extensive University. WSU strongly values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students and seeks to ensure a welcoming community for all.

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Pullman offers a friendly, small-town atmosphere with a high quality of life and connected community. Located 80 miles south of metropolitan Spokane, Pullman is also a quick drive away from the scenic Idaho panhandle and Moscow Mountain. The rolling hills of the Palouse offer a wide range of outdoor activities and a true four-season climate. The area provides ample opportunity to enjoy the cultural and academic hub of both Washington State University and the University of Idaho, in the neighboring town of Moscow, Idaho. Additionally, Pullman has an excellent public school system and was recently ranked by Bloomberg Business as the best small town in Washington to raise children.

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WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy action, including partner accommodation and NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation programs (

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or

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Employment Type:Faculty
Degree Required: Doctorate
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Assistant Professor
Type of Faculty:Tenure Track
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:Research University
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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