Research Assistant Professor or Research Associate Professor

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Position Type:

Permanent Faculty

Working Title:

Research Assistant Professor or Research Associate Professor

Appointment Type:

Fixed Term Faculty


Full-Time Permanent

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Position Summary:

The Institute for the Environment (IE) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites applications for the position of either Research Assistant Professor or Research Associate Professor. The primary task of the position is to serve as the Director of the IE Highlands Field Site. This position is located in Highlands, NC. The Highlands Field Site (HFS) is co-located with the Highlands Biological Station (HBS) and is executed in partnership with Western Carolina University, where the successful applicant will have a secondary appointment. For more information on the HFS:

The Director of the HFS is responsible for all aspects and execution of the re-occurring Fall semester at the field site for UNC CH students and students from other institutions, including WCU. Tasks include: course development and instruction; collaboration with environmental degree programs at UNC CH to meet student needs; and collaboration with the Highlands Biological Station Director and staff, as well as with Western Carolina University. The Director will have the ability to shape the emphasis and capacity of the field site in collaboration with HBS as it evolves over time.

In addition to executing the field site, the Director is expected to build capacity around the HFS:
- Identify and pursue new opportunities to expand the reach of the HFS in numerous ways ranging from research to outreach.
- Build new research focus areas through grants and external funding, and develop sustainable nodes of research excellence.
- Develop and foster environmental partnerships within the Highlands Biological Station, Western Carolina University, and relevant regional partners.
- Participate in strategic planning to grow the HFS and associated efforts.

Educational Requirements:

Ph.D. in the field of Geospatial ecology, Remote sensing, Geospatial analytics, Geographical Information Systems, or similarly related field that emphasizes geospatial technologies to measure, assess, and understand human impacts on the landscape.

Qualifications and Experience:

A minimum of three years of demonstrated experience developing and managing research/education programs.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Special Instructions:

Please include the names, titles, and contact information including email address of at least three references.




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Posted: 4/29/2021
Application Due: 5/5/2021
Work Type: Full Time