FOREST BIOMETRY AND NATURAL RESOURCE MEASUREMENTS ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

Location
Fort Collins, Colorado
Salary
Commensurate with education and experience.
Posted
Dec 02, 2016
Closes
Jan 31, 2017
Job Level
Entry level
Employment Type
Full time, Permanent
Salary Type
Salary

POSITION: The Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship at Colorado State University is seeking applications and nominations for a nine-month, tenure-track faculty position in forest biometry and natural resource measurements at the rank of Assistant Professor. Applications from those interested in the biometry, measurement and statistical analysis of forest and rangeland vegetation are especially encouraged to apply. Individuals with interest and expertise in areas such as forest biometrics, natural resource measurements, remote sensing, sampling, or a related field with a strong background in statistics and quantitative methods would complement the existing faculty expertise and interests in our department and the Warner College of Natural Resources. We seek someone to develop a nationally recognized, innovative, independent, and extramurally funded research program involving graduate and undergraduate students. We expect the incumbent to exhibit leadership in, and passion for, undergraduate and graduate teaching, student mentoring, and curriculum development in the Forest and Rangeland Stewardship Department. Applicants should clearly demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion in the department, college, and the university.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship at Colorado State University is an interdisciplinary academic program uniquely poised to advance education, research, and outreach in vegetation measurements and forest biometry. Existing programs of emphasis in the department include forest ecology, forest economics and management, forest fire science, vegetation measurement and biometry, rangeland ecology and management, resource policy and planning, restoration ecology, and geospatial sciences. The Warner College of Natural Resources is home to five academic departments and several centers and institutes such as the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute, the WESTFIRE Research Center, the Colorado State Forest Service, Natural Resource Ecology Lab, the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands and the Colorado Natural Heritage Program. These programs, institutes and centers provide a foundation for research, education and outreach in this field. Linkages across departments and colleges, and with federal and state land managers and research centers, form a broader interdisciplinary foundation for increased impact.  Strong relationships and partnerships with local, state and federal agencies foster significant applied research opportunities for the successful candidate. We expect the incumbent to foster ample opportunities for our students to become future leaders in the stewardship of natural resources.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The successful candidate will be expected to teach, conduct research, and contribute to the outreach and service of the institution and the professions we serve. In research, we expect the incumbent to conduct an extramurally funded and innovative research program (50%) focused on developing new understandings of forest biometry, vegetation measurement and sampling with extensions to natural resource inventory and monitoring across spatial scales. We also expect development of collaborative relationships with local, regional and national clients. Teaching responsibilities (40%) include instruction of F321 Forest Biometry, a core course in the undergraduate Forestry curriculum, and instruction of NR421 Natural Resources Sampling, a core course in the Natural Resource Management major and other majors from across the Warner College of Natural Resources. Teaching will also include developing a graduate course in the candidate’s areas of expertise. Service and outreach effort is (10%) also required and includes service to the department, college, and university, to academic peers, and to the natural resources profession.

QUALIFICATIONS

Required:

 

  1. Earned Ph.D. with disciplinary emphasis in forestry, applied statistics, or natural resource related field by the time of appointment.
  2. Demonstrated research expertise in natural resource measurements and analysis.

 

 

Preferred:

 

  1. Demonstrated expertise in quantitative research in forest biometrics and natural resource measurements.
  2. Demonstrated potential to develop a funded research program advancing new knowledge of forest biometrics.
  3. Research emphasis on forest or woodland ecosystems.
  4. Demonstrated potential to address new challenges in forest measurements at various spatial scales.
  5. Demonstrated potential to sustain an excellent publication record.
  6. Demonstrated commitment to effective teaching and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students.
  7. Demonstrated potential to successfully engage in outreach to managers, landowners, and other relevant stakeholders.
  8. Demonstrated commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusion.

SALARY:  Commensurate with education and experience.

POSITION AVAILABLE: August 2017

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

To apply, submit application material (cover letter, C.V., statement of research, outreach, & teaching interests, contact information for three referees, transcripts and up to three representative publications) to http://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/39851  by February 8, 2017, for full consideration. 

After notifying semifinalist candidates, application materials of the semifinalists, including letters of reference, will be made available for review by the faculty of the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship. References will not be contacted without prior notification to candidates. Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department's commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Questions concerning position contact:

Search Committee Chair: Yu.Wei@colostate.edu

DEPARTMENT AND LOCAL COMMUNITY

The Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship at Colorado State University is interdisciplinary with programs of emphasis in forestry, fire science, fire management, natural resource policy/planning, rangeland ecology, and restoration ecology. The Department’s faculty support the Warner College of Natural Resources and the University in fulfilling the Land Grant Mission in these programmatic areas. The Department offers undergraduate majors in Forestry, Rangeland Ecology, and Natural Resources Management in addition to master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees.  The successful candidate will also be eligible to advise graduate students in the University-wide Graduate Degree Program in Ecology (http://www.ecology.colostate.edu).  Faculty in the Department take advantage of great opportunities for collaboration across campus with faculty in a wide variety of programs, colleges and departments.  Additional information about the department can be accessed at http://warnercnr.colostate.edu/frs-home.

The city of Fort Collins is situated along the beautiful Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.  In addition to CSU, major employers in the community are Hewlett-Packard, LSI Logic, Intel, Agilent Technologies, Advanced Energy, Kodak, Anheuser-Busch, and Poudre Valley Hospital.  Numerous state and federal research agencies in Fort Collins contribute to the intellectual environment of the university and provide the successful candidate additional local collaborators.  These include the Colorado State Forest Service, US Forest Service – Rocky Mountain Research Station, US Forest Service – Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest/Pawnee National Grasslands, National Wildlife Research Center, USDA-Agricultural Research Service, National Park Service, Natural Resource Conservation Service and the Bureau of Land Management.  The University of Colorado in Boulder, Northern Colorado University in Greeley, University of Denver, and the University of Wyoming in Laramie, are all within a one-hour drive.  In addition to the many and varied cultural activities sponsored by the University, the community offers a center for performing arts, a symphony orchestra, repertory theater, choral society, and dance company.  The city operates numerous indoor and outdoor pools, several ice rinks, five public golf courses, and sponsors a wide variety of leisure-time activities.  Rocky Mountain National Park, Pawnee National Grasslands and Roosevelt National Forest are within 30 miles of Fort Collins.  Finally, Fort Collins is consistently identified as one of the best cities in the US to live in by various national media.

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.