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Assistant Professor, Spatial Ecology and Ecosystem Management

Duke University
Durham, North Carolina (US)
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Oct 9, 2022

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Job # 22644

Assistant Professor, Spatial Ecology and Ecosystem Management at the Landscape Scale

Division of Environmental Sciences and Policy, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University

Job Location: Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, Durham NC


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Anticipated start: July 1, 2023


WHO WE ARE: Our Goals and Values

The Division of Environmental Sciences and Policy is home to faculty in both the natural and social sciences. Division faculty are at the forefront of generating new disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge on scientific, management, and policy aspects of a range of environmental topics. The Division values engagement with governments, private companies, nonprofit civil society organizations, and local communities that promotes more sustainable use of environmental resources. It also values diverse ways of knowing, understanding, and learning. Its excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, staff, and students who share a commitment to these values.


The Nicholas School is committed to supporting the ‘whole person’, whether faculty, staff, or student. This includes addressing the broader needs of faculty, including dual career couples and primary care givers. Qualified individuals who have had non-traditional career paths, taken time off for family reasons, or achieved excellence in careers outside academia are encouraged to apply. Financial and in-kind resources are available from the University, the Nicholas School and the Division to pursue activities that help accelerate our efforts to achieve our diversity, equity, and inclusion goals. Examples of ongoing programming may be found at DEI_Nicholas School.



The Division of Environmental Sciences and Policy invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in Spatial Ecology and Ecosystem Management at the Landscape Scale, with a primary research focus on the effects of and adaptation to climate change. The position will be in the general area of spatial or landscape ecology applied to ecosystem management at watershed to regional spatial scales, focusing on forested ecosystems. The successful applicant will have a foundational grounding in ecology and be adept at applying and developing advanced technology, data analytics, and mathematical or statistical modeling for research and teaching. The successful applicant will be expected to establish a widely recognized, externally funded research program. The position will be based on Duke University’s main campus in Durham, North Carolina.


The successful applicant will contribute enthusiastically to teaching and advising and to appropriate service activities in the University and the applicant’s professional field. Teaching will consist of 2.5 courses per year, to be assigned by the Division chair, and will primarily serve the Nicholas School’s professional Master of Environmental Management (MEM) and Master of Forestry (MF) degree programs. Course subjects will complement the School’s existing ecology and geospatial/data analytics course offerings. The successful applicant will also serve as a coursework advisor and Master’s Project advisor for students in the MEM and MF programs. Participation in doctoral student training will be through the Division’s Environment Program and the Duke University Program in Ecology.


This position is part of a cluster hire in climate change at the Nicholas School of the Environment. The other hires will be in the School’s Division of Earth and Climate Sciences and Division of Marine Science and Conservation.



Basic qualification

Ph.D. or equivalent degree, received no later than June 2023

Preferred qualifications

Applications should demonstrate exceptional research performance and plans for developing innovative and ambitious externally funded research programs that will advance knowledge on spatial ecology and ecosystem management at the landscape scale, with relevance to climate change and focused on forested ecosystems. Applicants should have postdoctoral experience and show potential to become outstanding teachers and advisors and to integrate elements of diversity, equity, and inclusion into their academic portfolio.



·A one-page cover letter that highlights the applicant’s primary reasons for interest in the position and principal qualifications for it.

·A current curriculum vitae.

·A two-page statement of research accomplishments and interests within the context of knowledge frontiers in the applicant’s discipline, including information about existing or planned research funding.

·A two-page statement on teaching and mentoring philosophy that includes concrete examples of how the applicant has put their philosophy into practice.

·A one-page statement describing contributions to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), including information about understanding of DEI topics, record of activities to date, and ideas for advancing DEI as a faculty member at Duke.

·Up to three representative publications.

·Names and contact information for a minimum of three references.


The search committee will begin reviewing applications on December 15, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.


Questions regarding this position can be addressed to the Search Committee Chair: Dr. Dean Urban, Division of Environmental Sciences and Policy, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University;


Duke is one of America’s leading research universities. Located in Durham, North Carolina, it is positioned in the heart of the Research Triangle, which is ranked annually as one of the best places in the United States to work and live. Duke has more than 15,000 students who study and conduct research in its 10 undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools.


Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.


Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. For the complete Duke University nondiscrimination and affirmative action policies see:


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