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Assistant Research Professor

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Posting Number:


Internal Recruitment :


Working Title:

Assistant Research Professor

Anticipated Hiring Range:

Commensurate Upon Experience

Work Schedule:

Monday to Friday 8 am to 5 pm, some nights and weekends. Frequent travel

Job Location:

RTP, Raleigh NC

Department :

Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources

About the Department:

The Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources has a wide variety of strengths in forestry and natural resources management, policy and economics, environmental science and technology, wildlife and conservation biology, tree improvement, silviculture, forest biotechnology, and international forestry. The Department has over 90 full time faculty and staff, and more than 750 undergraduate and 150 graduate students. Inclusiveness and diversity are integral to our mission and commitment to excellence in education, extension, and research. Faculty, staff, and students work together with business, industry, government, community groups, and non-government organizations to address a wide range of challenges facing our state and the world. These partnerships facilitate research and discovery, teaching and learning, and outreach and service. Additional information about the department can be found at

The College of Natural Resources (CNR) at North Carolina State University is a world leader in the sustainable use of natural resources. The college’s comprehensive approach to teaching, research, and service encompasses the many and varied ways in which people’s physical, economic, and social needs are met through the wise use of natural resources.

Essential Job Duties:

The Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources invites applications for a 12-month, professional track Assistant Research Professor.

The primary responsibility is performing and reporting national assessments of forest ecosystem health. To accomplish this, the incumbent will serve as a technical coordinator, editor, and have collaborative decision-making responsibility on technical and research aspects in the production of national forest health assessments.

The incumbent will

  • Prepare research proposals, work plans
  • Conduct research in a.) quantitative forest ecology b.)quantitative/qualitative indicators of forest health c.) applied statistics
  • Extending existing theory,
  • Developing and applying appropriate analytical techniques,
  • Testing hypotheses,
  • Reporting results in a suitable venue,
  • Implementing new findings in national assessments.

Other Responsibilities:

Secondary responsibilities of the incumbent include technology transfer, graduate student advising, and teaching a professional or technical course to be agreed upon with the Department Head.

Minimum Education and Experience:

  • Ph.D. degree in forestry, natural resources, forest ecology, forest heath or a related discipline.
  • Experience relevant to forest health or forest science.

Other Required Qualifications:

  • Ability to manage multiple tasks successfully
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Experience in team-oriented research groups, both as a team leader and a team member
  • Demonstrated ability to publish research in scientific journals
  • Proficiency in spatial analyses and experience with GIS software
  • Ability to apply various kinds of analyses to a variety of natural resources problems such as insect and disease distribution, fire, and land use.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proficiency or ability to gain proficiency in spatial analysis in ArcGIS Desktop or ArcGIS Pro.
  • The ability to work with a variety of forest health indicators including indicator development and working toward a goal of integrating indicators at multiple temporal and spatial scales.
  • Experience in writing proposals for external funding, managing budgets, and communicating effectively with both university and funding agency administrative personnel.

Required License(s) or Certification(s):


Valid NC Driver's License required:


Commercial Driver's License required:


Job Open Date:


Anticipated Close Date:

Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please include a cover letter, resume/CV, and contact information for professional references.

Position Number:


Position Type:

Non-Tenure-Track Faculty

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week):



12 Month Recurring

Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather:

Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events:

Non Mandatory - Emergency Event

Department ID:

150401 - For & Envir Res Acad Research


NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process are welcome to contact 919-515-3148 to speak with a representative at the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity.

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