Assistant Professor (Sustainable Packaging Systems) – Auburn University

The School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences (SFWS) at Auburn University invites applications for a tenuretrack position at the Assistant Professor level in Sustainable Packaging Systems. This full time appointment is
60% research, 35% teaching, and 5% service and has an anticipated start date of August 1, 2019, subject to

Packaging, forest biomaterials, and products combined is one of the top industries in the state of Alabama and
important to the region. In response to this demand, and in the spirit of the land grant mission, the SFWS has
recently developed a new undergraduate curriculum called Sustainable Biomaterials and Packaging
( This new 120-credit B.S. degree is an
interdisciplinary effort between the Colleges of Architecture Design and Construction, Engineering, Business,
Agriculture, and SFWS. In an effort to teach this new curriculum, the SFWS needs someone with a strong
packaging design and manufacturing background to train the 21st century student.
The interdisciplinary research in biomaterials and packaging across the Auburn campus is also distinct. The
Forest Products Development Center and/in SFWS has been working across campus to develop an
interdisciplinary pipeline that will provide natural resource based feedstock’s, plant based chemical building
blocks, and sustainable polymers to this packaging research program. To achieve this endeavor,
the FPDC works closely with other units and Centers including: School of Industrial and Graphic Design,
Departments of Materials Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Biosystems Engineering, and the Centers for
Polymer and Advanced Composites, Bioenergy and Bioproducts, and the Alabama Center for Paper and
Bioresource Engineering. Examples of ongoing research collaborations that the incumbent could collaborate
with includes: product design, lignin based hydrogels for dye removal, nanocellulose for polymers and films,
wood extraction of sugars for sustainable films, lignin containing nanocellulose, and thermal conversion of
lignin/wood into building blocks for epoxy, isocyanate, and phenolic polymers.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will develop 3 courses (2 undergraduate in packaging systems and 1
graduate level in area of research expertise) . The successful candidate will advance a research program in the
area of advanced packaging using industrial design, pulp & paper, materials science, engineering, chemistry,
and/or sustainability principals (or other relevant STEMbased areas). The research area of the candidate should
be such that they can secure resources, such as competitive external grants and industrial funding, to develop a
portfolio of funding streams that results in superior scholarship, graduate students, and peer reviewed

Rank and Salary: Tenure track, full time, 9-month appointment. Salary is negotiable and commensurate with
qualifications and experience.

Qualifications: A doctoral degree in Packaging, Agricultural, Natural Resources, Forestry, Pulp and Paper, Wood Science, Engineering, Industrial Design, or a closely related field at the time employment begins.

Applicants must complete the online application at this link: to include 1) a cover letter addressing the candidates
experience pertinent to the responsibilities of the position, including relevant industry experience 2)
curriculum vita 3) statement of research 4) statement of teaching potential and philosophy 5) copies of all
graduate level academic transcripts and 6) the names and contact information of three or more references.
Review of applications will begin 2/1/2019; the search will remain open until a candidate accepts appointment.
For additional information, contact Dr. Brian Via, Chair, Search Committee, phone 334-844-1088 or email or

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