Assistant Professor Forest Biometrics – Virginia Tech

Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation
Teaching and Research Faculty Position, Forest Biometrics – Assistant Professor

The Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation at Virginia Tech invites applications for a 9-month, tenure-track, teaching and research position at the assistant professor level in forest biometrics. This position will support scholarship and teaching of forest biometrics, forest inventory, and sampling, as well as collaborative efforts in which these foundational concepts are connected to the science and management of forest resources.

• Teach undergraduate courses in forest biometrics, with additional opportunities to assist in teaching across a relatively broad spectrum of topics related to the forest biometrics discipline, e.g., field measurements skills, geospatial applications, growth and yield modeling, sampling, and experimental methods.
• Develop and teach graduate-level coursework in forest biometrics and analytics, focusing on advanced topics including forest growth and yield modeling, forest sampling and measurements, estimation and forecasting, and the integration of complex data sets into statistical, mathematical, and computer modeling frameworks.
• Develop a high quality and productive program of fundamental and applied research in forest biometrics and analytics with impacts aimed at the science and management of forest resources at local to global scales.
• Collaborate with faculty and agency/industry colleagues on regionally, nationally, and/or globally relevant research that is informed by research in forest biometrics.
• Provide outreach to private and public forest research and management concerns, forest landowners, industrial landowners, planners and policymakers, and/or science agencies.
• Support research and graduate education programs with external grants and contracts.
• Advise/mentor undergraduate students and supervise graduate students.
• Contribute to department, college, university, and external service/outreach.

• Required: Ph.D. with emphasis in forest biometrics, with strong promise for developing an outstanding program of teaching, research, and outreach.

• Preferred: Undergraduate degree in forestry or equivalent forestry experience/training.

Application process
Candidates must apply online at:
Search for job # 512257.
Application materials should include the following:
• Curriculum vitae.
• Cover letter expressing a statement of interest in the position.
• Separate statements regarding interest and personal philosophies associated with (1) inclusion, equity, and diversity; (2) teaching; and (3) research.
• Names, titles, and complete contact information for three to five references.
• An official transcript for highest degree earned is required prior to the start of employment for the selected candidate.
Questions and inquiries may be addressed to Dr. Randy Wynne (, chair of the search committee.
Application review will begin January 31, 2020, and continue until the position is filled.
Equal opportunity/affirmative action statement


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