Assistant Professor of Forestry

Lexington, KY
Aug 10, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Department of Forestry at the University of Kentucky is currently seeking an Assistant Professor of Tree Physiology. This is a 12-month, tenure-track appointment with starting date no later than January 1, 2018. Responsibilities include approximately 70% research, 25% teaching, and 5% service.

The successful candidate will be expected to build a nationally recognized research program, as demonstrated by success in acquiring extramural funding, publication in leading refereed journals, and graduate student recruitment and mentorship. The candidate will work in an interdisciplinary environment with researchers in related fields and foster collaboration with departmental faculty in teaching and through research relating to diverse forestry and natural resource issues. Areas of research pertinent to this position include, but are not limited to, forest and urban tree response to biotic and abiotic stresses and disturbance including forest management practices, ecophysiology of forest production and water use, and adaptation to climate change. Expected teaching responsibilities include graduate instruction in the general area of tree physiology and genetics as well as undergraduate courses that contribute to the department's Bachelor of Science in Forestry degree program accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF).

Applications will be reviewed beginning November 1, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. To apply, please include the following documents:
• Letter of application (upload under Cover Letter)
• Curriculum vitae
• Statement of research philosophy (upload under Specific Request 1)
• Statement of teaching philosophy (upload under Specific Request 2)
• Unofficial transcripts (upload under Academic Transcript)

Please also include contact information for three references when prompted in the application. This information may be utilized to solicit recommendation letters from your references within the employment system.

Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. John Lhotka, Search Committee Chair,, (859) 257-9701. Please note that, to be considered an applicant, you must apply via the UK Jobs site.

Job Title
Assistant Professor of Forestry

Requisition Number

Working Title
Assistant Professor, Tree Physiology

Department Name

Work Location
Lexington, KY

Type of Position

Position Time Status

Required Education

Ph.D. degree in forestry, plant sciences, or related field and an emphasis on tree physiology with the integration of genetics.

Required Related Experience


Required License/ Registration/Certification


Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?

Preferred Education/Experience

Candidates are sought with a demonstrated expertise and ability to conduct research in tree and woody plant physiology. Preference will be given to candidates whose tree physiology research and/or experience integrates the influence of forest/tree genetics, environmental stresses, and climate. At least one professional forestry degree is preferred. Candidates who possess postdoctoral experience are also preferred.

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Academic Transcript
  4. Specific Request 1
  5. Specific Request 2
Optional Documents