Director of the Alabama Center for Paper and Bioresource Engineering - Auburn University in Auburn Alabama

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Auburn University

Auburn, Alabama 36849

United States


Detailed Job Description


Director of the Alabama Center for Paper and Bioresource Engineering

Research or Tenure-Track Assistant/Associate/Full Professor

Samuel Ginn College of Engineering

Department of Chemical Engineering

Director of the Alabama Center for Paper and Bioresource Engineering:   The Auburn University Department of Chemical Engineering invites applications for the position of Director of the Alabama Center for Paper and Bioresource Engineering. Depending upon experience, qualifications and interest, the successful candidate may be appointed to either a tenure-track (Assistant/Associate/Full Professor) or non-tenure track (Assistant/Associate/Full Research Professor) position in Chemical Engineering.

The Alabama Center for Paper and Bioresource Engineering, which is hosted within the Department of Chemical Engineering, provides training, education, technical resources and cooperative industry-academic research in areas of critical importance to the success of the pulp and paper industry and allied biomass based industries.   Researchers from this multidisciplinary center are engaged in a comprehensive program to realize the highest possible sustainable value from our nation's forest-based biomass including biorefining and bioenergy, advanced materials, and sustainability.

Auburn University was chartered in 1856 and is the land-grant University for the State of Alabama.  With more than 25,400 students and 1,196 resident faculty, U.S. News and World Report ranks Auburn University as 36th among public universities in the country.  Auburn offers baccalaureate degrees in approximately 150 different disciplines in 64 academic departments.  The Graduate School provides master’s level programs in 130 different areas and doctoral programs in 96 fields.  The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering has an enrollment of almost 5,000 undergraduate and over 800 graduate students in 9 departments.

The director will play a key role in pursuing the missions of the Auburn Pulp and Paper Foundation and will provide leadership to the pulp and paper research and manufacturing community. The director is expected to lead research and education in the pulp, paper and biorefining engineering areas and allied disciplines.  The director is responsible for the research and educational programs of the center at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.  The academic rank for this director and associated faculty position (tenure-track or non-tenure track) will be commensurate with the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience.

Desired Qualifications:  The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to excellent administration and leadership in research, teaching, and outreach. Experience within the paper and bioresource arena is desired. Requirements include strong analytical skills, supervisory experience and a talent for team building and organization. Additionally, the candidate will have a strong record of scholarship, an ability to attract and sustain externally sponsored research funding to support their research program, effectively teach undergraduate and graduate courses, and mentor graduate and undergraduate students.

Rank and salary are commensurate with experience and qualifications. 

Minimum Qualifications:  The candidate must have a Ph.D. (or equivalent experience) in Chemical Engineering, other engineering or forest products related disciplines. Excellent communication skills and a high level of personal motivation is required. The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment.

Review of applications will begin October 1, 2014, and will continue until a candidate has been identified.  Applicants should include a description of their leadership experience, research and education plans/accomplishments as part of the their application.


Auburn University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other classification protected by applicable l

Keyword Phrases

  • Bioresource Engineering
  • Advanced Materials
  • Pulp and Paper
  • Allied Biomass Engineering
  • Biorefining
  • Bioenergy
Employment Type:Faculty
Degree Required: See Job Description
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Professor
Associate Professor
Assistant Professor
Type of Faculty:Tenure Track
Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Type of School:Research University
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
Cover Letter