Assistant Professor Position: Environmental and Forest Science, University of Washington

The University of Washington is seeking to enhance its capabilities in the area of biologically mediated ecosystem disturbances. The School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (SEFS) within the College of the Environment (CoEnv) invites applications for a full-time (100% FTE) 9-month tenure-track faculty position to begin Autumn 2014. The position is at the Assistant Professor level and has a 40:40:20 split between research, teaching and service.

The School of Environmental and Forest Sciences resides in the newly formed College of the Environment, which fosters collaborations between the faculty, staff, and students engaged in the study of environmental sciences, engineering, and the human dimensions of environmental challenges. This position will offer opportunities for interaction with researchers in a wide range of disciplines, including foresters, ecologists, biologists, geologists, oceanographers, hydrologists, economists, demographers, and policy analysts. SEFS faculty engage in undergraduate and graduate teaching, research and service. A willingness to work collaboratively with faculty and to mentor students from a wide range of disciplines, cultures, economic means, and academic backgrounds is essential.

Requirements: An earned doctorate, or equivalent, in the ecological, biological, or
forest sciences is required. Postdoctoral research experience is highly desirable. Candidates must demonstrate outstanding potential for high impact research as judged, in part, by their success in obtaining research funding and/or publication record on disturbance regimes driven and/or mediated by insects, disease, and other biota. Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated capabilities in interdisciplinary work and quantitative analysis, including modeling ecosystem responses to biologically mediated disturbances.

The successful candidate will be expected to engage in high-quality/high-impact, leading edge research and teaching in the traditional classroom and online and must be committed to teaching and mentoring UW’s diverse student population. At the undergraduate level teaching possibilities may include such topics as identification of ecosystem-disruptive agents, protection of urban and forest ecosystems, and the dynamics of ecosystem disturbances. Instruction at the graduate level will include developing a course within the area of expertise of the candidate and seminars directed towards such diverse SEFS interest groups as Sustainable Forest Management, Forest Ecology, Landscape/Restoration Ecology, Forest Soils, and Wildlife Science.

The successful candidate is expected to develop a strong research program that will focus on the roles of disturbance-generating organisms, including insects and fungi, in forest and urban ecosystems, including the roles of native and invasive organisms associated with climate change. The successful candidate is expected to continue to contribute to the UW role as an important regional and global center for the study and dissemination of information on biologically mediated disturbances and a collaborator with disturbance research being done in state and federal agencies. Collaborative research and outreach with external land management agencies, tribes, and private ownerships will be an important activity associated with this position.

About the University: The University of Washington is located in the greater Seattle metropolitan area, with a dynamic, multicultural community of 3.7 million people and a diversity of ecosystems from mountains to ocean. A recipient of the 2006 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Faculty Career Flexibility, and a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award to increase the participation of women in academic science and engineering careers, the University of Washington is committed to building an environment that supports a culturally diverse faculty, staff and student body.

To Apply: Applications should include a cover letter describing their expertise and experience, curriculum vitae with a complete list of publications, a statement of research, teaching, and outreach interests, names and contact information for at least three (3) professional references, and copies of up to three (3) peer reviewed publications. In addition, applicants should arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent on their behalf. Applications must be submitted to Please contact Frank Greulich, Professor and Search Committee Chair, at (206) 543-1464 with questions or for additional information.

Deadline: Review of applications begins immediately, and priority will be given to applications received by October 15, 2013. The process remains open until the position is filled.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.

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