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Assistant Professor of Multifunctional Landscapes

Pennsylvania State University
State College, Pennsylvania
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Jan 15, 2022

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Assistant Professor of Multifunctional Landscapes

The Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Multifunctional Landscapes. This is a tenure-line position with a 75% research and 25% teaching appointment. The position comes with a competitive start-up package and salary based on 36-weeks of service annually, which can be supplemented with additional salary up to a total of 48 weeks from external competitive grants and contracts and/or from endowment funds.

The successful candidate's research will focus on balancing various human needs (e.g., food, water, energy, lumber, recreation) with the needs of fish, wildlife, and other non-human species (e.g., habitat, sufficient water, healthy soils) at landscape scales. While any area of landscape-scale research will be considered, some areas of particular interest include managing landscapes to optimize the water-energy-food nexus, designing landscapes that maximize carbon storage and serve as buffers against natural disasters (e.g., fires, floods), and using land-sharing and land-sparing strategies to conserve fish and wildlife habitat while meeting human needs for agriculture. Teaching responsibilities will include an undergraduate course in Remote Sensing and Spatial Data Analysis and a graduate course in the candidate's area of expertise. This hire is part of departmental effort to build expertise in Biological Solutions to Climate Change, which seeks to make ecosystems more adaptive and resilient in the face of environmental change, and to mitigate and reduce the worst impacts of climate change for humanity.

Qualifications. Individuals must have a Ph.D. in Geography, Forestry, Ecology, Landscape Architecture, Engineering, or related field with degree requirements complete by the application date. A strong publication record is required, as is evidence of (or potential for) extramural funding from local, federal, and international agencies that support research on landscape ecology and design, or natural solutions to climate change. The ideal candidate will work at regional, national, and/or global spatial scales using tools in remote sensing, GIS, mobile platforms (planes, drones, gliders, etc.), spatial statistics, and/or landscape modeling. The position is open to those who study any type of ecosystem; however, those with emphases on forested and agricultural systems will receive preference. The ability to engage professionally with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students across the University is required.

Application. Candidates should apply for job REQ_0000023417 at In addition to applying online, candidates should forward the following application materials to Mary Jo Schillings at (1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) names and contact information for three references, (4) three representative publications, (5) a statement of research experiences/future interests, and (6) a statement of teaching pedagogy/interests. Applicants should provide evidence, either woven through their application materials or as a separate diversity statement, of a commitment to fostering diversity, equity, inclusive excellence, and belonging and of engagement which creates an inclusive environment in their classroom, department, and the University. Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.

Applications are due by February 1st, 2022.

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