Assistant Professor, Wood-based Composites and Adhesion Science – Oregon State University

Posting #P04820UF

The Department of Wood Science & Engineering (WSE) invites applications for a full-time or (1.0 FTE), 9-month tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Wood-based Composites and Adhesion Science.

This appointment consists of a balance of instruction/teaching, research/scholarship, outreach, and service responsibilities, and is expected to begin April 1, 2022. The new faculty member can supplement this appointment during the summer through opportunities related to the position duties (e.g., grants, contract testing, consulting, summer teaching, and international study abroad). The new faculty member will have many opportunities to shape, expand, and diversify the WSE’s reputation for excellence in research, undergraduate and graduate (masters and doctoral) instruction, and institutional and professional service. WSE Department seeks a diversity of perspectives, and welcomes applicants with a wide range of life and professional experiences.

WSE is one of the three departments in the top ranked College of Forestry in the US. The new faculty member will be responsible for delivering quality instruction within our undergraduate and graduate programs. The new faculty member will be expected to develop a program of distinction in research and scholarship within the broad area of composites and adhesion and contribute to the interdisciplinary nature of the WSE mission to discover the science, create the technology, and design the renewable materials, products & structures for future generations.

There are also opportunities to contribute to the College of Forestry’s evolving engagement in international teaching and research, its TallWood Design Institute (, and this person will play an important role with the NSF IUCRC Wood-based Composites Center. 

The incumbent will be responsible for technical and fiscal management of research projects and related grants, and may direct staff members as appropriate for research projects.  The incumbent will evaluate student performance in classroom and research settings, and may participate in decisions on awarding degrees.  As appropriate, he or she will collaborate with faculty, students, staff, and external partners and clientele.

About OSU:

Oregon State is an international public research university that draws people from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. As Oregon’s land grant university, OSU is committed to teaching, research, outreach, and engagement that helps build a future that is smarter, healthier, more prosperous, and more just. It receives the most research funding of any university in Oregon and is one of only two institutions in the country designated a land, sea, space, and sun grant university. The University serves more than 32,000 students through its main campus in Corvallis, its campus in Bend, known as OSU Cascades, and its nationally renowned Ecampus. It offers more than 200 degree programs and is home to top ranked programs in Forestry, Oceanography, Robotics Engineering, and Big Data. OSU’s main campus is located in Corvallis, a town of 53000, in the heart of Willamette Valley. Corvallis has been awarded a gold rating in bicycle friendliness by the League of American Bicyclists.

Position Duties:

30% – Instruction/Teaching:

Teach approximately three courses per year, including at least one graduate level course. Teaching assignments may be adjusted as the WSE Department’s needs, including on-campus and online (e-campus) instruction. Recruit, supervise, support, mentor, and serve as major advisor for MS and PhD students. Mentor undergraduate students and provide opportunities for their involvement in conducting research to help foster professional development and placement.

50% – Research/Scholarship:

Conduct research and scholarship that contributes to the WSE Department’s focus on advanced wood composites and adhesion science, as well as supports the composites and ancillary industries. Develop, manage, and maintain an active, externally-funded program of nationally and internationally recognized research and scholarship. Synthesize and communicate results of this research through outlets including refereed journals, books and book chapters, scientific meetings, and professional workshops.

10% – Outreach:

Provide technical assistance and training to stakeholders and clients by, for example assisting wood products manufacturing firms to assess and implement new technologies or developing and offering continuing education programs.

10% – Service:

Participate annually in departmental, college, and university level affairs and governance, including leadership in curriculum and program development. Service is also expected in support of industry, academic organizations, facilitating student-industry interface and other professional groups and associations.

Minimum/Required Qualifications:

An earned PhD by the time of hire focusing on Wood Science, Material Science, Polymer Science, Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering, or a closely related field. 

Demonstrated knowledge and experience to teach courses on wood-based composites and adhesion science.

Demonstrated commitment to student success.

Demonstrated potential to develop and manage an active research program.

Demonstrated potential to publish in scientific outlets.

Demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal History Check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq.  Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in youth programs may have additional Criminal History Checks every 24 months.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience developing and managing an active research program, including writing proposals for competitively funded grants and securing research funds.

Publications in outlets such as refereed journals, books, white-papers, and/or book chapters.

Experience in teaching/instruction specifically at the college level.

Experience with industrial partners/applications in the form of research or practice.

Experience presenting research findings at scientific meetings, professional workshops, and to the public-at-large

Lead collaborative projects/programs involving teams of faculty, students, and other stakeholders.

Active participation in professional organizations.

Effective interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal) enabling collaboration with a broad spectrum of students, teachers, researchers, and industrial professionals.

This position is located in Corvallis, Oregon.

To apply, go to and search for Posting # P04820UF.

For full consideration, apply by November 30, 2021. Posting closes on January 31, 2022.

OSU is an AA/EOE.

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