Assistant or Associate Professor of Forest Genetics / Tree Improvement and Director of the NC State University Cooperative Tree Improvement Program

Position Description: The Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources at North Carolina State University invites applications for a 12-month, tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor in Forest Genetics / Tree Improvement and to serve as Director of the Cooperative Tree Improvement Program (TIP). Leadership of the Cooperative as Director will comprise 35% of the total primary responsibility of this position, and will include a supplement to the 12-month base salary. Providing outreach and extension to TIP constituencies (workshops, field visits, and guidance concerning tree improvement to TIP members) are critical functions of this position. We are seeking a motivated, innovative scientist with a vision for leading the TIP into the future.

Duties and Responsibilities: Duties include directing and maintaining a vibrant Cooperative Tree Improvement Program (35%); developing a strong, externally funded research program in forest genetics (35%); advising and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students and teaching graduate and undergraduate course(s) (25%); and departmental service activities (5%). The exact teaching assignment is negotiable, but likely to include one undergraduate course in tree improvement and one graduate course in forest genetics. Demonstrated potential for productive collaboration with faculty within the Department and other scientists associated with TIP is expected.

The successful candidate must have excellent communication skills and interest in working with a wide range of individuals and organizations including students, faculty, forest landowners, consultants, forest industry, other forest industry cooperatives and public agencies.

The successful candidate should have experience in personnel supervision and team development. He/She will be expected to supervise and assist in the professional development of team members. The candidate will foster strong positive relationships with TIP members and other collaborators. Extensive travel in the southern US, and occasionally internationally, is required.

Qualifications: Candidate must have a PhD degree in forest genetics or related fields. Experience with forest tree breeding and knowledge of plantation forestry are desirable.

To Apply: Each applicant must apply electronically at

Review of applications will begin February 5, 2018 and continue until a suitable candidate is selected.  Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a cover letter describing the applicant’s teaching experience and philosophy and research interests, and the names and contact information for three references. Official transcripts will be required of all finalists who will be interviewed for the position.

For more information, contact: Dr. Fikret Isik Search Committee Chair, 919-449-6891  or S. Tom Gower, Department Head, 919-515-3873,

The Department, College, University, and Tree Improvement Cooperative : The Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources ( has 41 tenure-track and tenured faculty, and 15 full time teaching and research faculty (non-tenure track) with a wide variety of strengths in forestry and natural resources management, tree improvement, silviculture, policy, and economics, environmental technology, fisheries and wildlife, forest biotechnology, international forestry, biodiversity, conservation and restoration ecology, and geographic information systems. The Department offers undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees, and currently has approximately 650 undergraduate and 150 graduate students. Active research programs within the Department generate about $6 million annually in extramural funds. North Carolina State University is one of the nation’s leading public land-grant universities with a total enrollment of approximately 34,000 students. The university is located in the capital city of Raleigh ( and Additional information about the department and university can be found at and

The Tree Improvement Cooperative has 38 members that include forestry companies, forest management consultants, forest landowners, public forestry agencies, forest tree nurseries, and others interested in tree improvement and southern pine plantation management. Members of the Cooperative develop the genetic material that has been planted on approximately 740,000 to 865,000 acres per year making the NCSU TIP the world’s largest tree breeding program. The Cooperative’s approach includes a mix of applied tree breeding research, fundamental research, graduate education, technology transfer, continuing education, and consulting. TIP currently has 6 full-time team members, 8 graduate students, and an annual budget exceeding $1 million. See  for additional information about the Cooperative.

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.


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