Assistant Professor Position: Forest Ecology and Biology, Mississippi State University

Responsibilities: Responsibilities will include participation in the department’s teaching program, research and service activities. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and teach both undergraduate and graduate courses in forest ecology/biology, and may be asked to contribute to teaching in the Department’s new undergraduate major Natural Resource Environmental Conservation. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an extramurally funded research program. Appropriate areas of research expertise could include, but are not limited to: fire ecology, restoration ecology, landscape ecology, quantitative ecology, or environmental impact assessment/mitigation. Opportunities exist to collaborate with the USDA Forest Service, state agencies, forest industry, and other southern forest landowners and managers in research efforts.

The Department of Forestry: The Department of Forestry is one of three departments in the College of Forest Resources and the Mississippi Forest and Wildlife Research Center which is a separately funded state agency. Departmental activities include undergraduate and graduate instruction, research, and extension programs in forestry and natural resources. The Department has excellent facilities in Thompson Hall on the campus of Mississippi State University. In addition, the Department’s activities are supplemented by the John W. Starr Memorial Forest, an 8,200-acre research and teaching forest. The Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge and the Tombigbee National Forest are both within easy commute of the university and are also commonly used for teaching and research activities.  Mississippi State University is a Carnegie Very High Research Activity institution and a land grant university which includes the Mississippi State University Extension Service. The university is located in Starkville, a beautiful college town in northeast Mississippi.

Qualifications: Ph.D. degree in Forestry or a closely related field is required. All but dissertation (ABD) applicants will be considered. Preferred qualifications include a record of scholarly publication, demonstrated potential to secure extramural funding, and experience in teaching at the university level.

Application Procedure:  Screening of applicants will begin December 1, 2014 and will continue until a suitable applicant is found. Applications must be made on the Mississippi State University Employment opportunities website  (PARF Number 8378). Applicants should also send (in a single pdf) a letter of application, curriculum vita, copies of transcripts (for all degrees), a brief statement of research and teaching interests, and complete contact information for three professional references to:

Dr. Scott Roberts (email:
Chair, Forest Ecology/Biology Search Committee
Department of Forestry
Mississippi State University
Mississippi State, MS  39762-9681

Mississippi State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion,national origin, gender, age, disability or veteran status.

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