Assistant Research Professor

Penn State University

State College, PA, United States 🇺🇸

The Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for a non-tenure-track fixed-term faculty position in Fire and Natural Resources Management. The position will be filled at the Assistant Research Professor level on a 36-week academic year appointment, with 50% Extension and 50% research responsibilities. We are seeking an outstanding candidate with one or more degrees in forest resources management or a related field with a demonstrated interest in the effects of fire on the ecology and management of forests and associated natural resources. Forests, grasslands and other ecosystems in Pennsylvania contribute substantial economic, ecological, and societal value. Interest is increasing in prescribing fire in these valuable ecosystems to promote oak regeneration, create viable habitat for several wildlife species, prepare sites for planting, remove undesirable competing vegetation, accelerate nutrient cycling, and control certain insect pests, pathogens and noxious weeds. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a strong nationally recognized Extension program and to collaborate with Extension educators, faculty, and off-campus peers with a robust federally-funded applied research program on fire in natural resource management that supports their extension mission. Effort will include working with prescribed fire consortia, woodland owners associations, state and federal agencies, private industry, and other partners. The Extension program will use high educational standards including appropriate audience evaluation for program enhancement. The successful candidate will be expected to provide expertise and leadership as an active member of the Extension Renewable Natural Resource Unit, and to engage in extension activities that are consistent with the new Extension Business Model. This will include using and contributing to all capabilities of the “Atlas Platform” ( The candidate’s research program must address issues relevant to natural resource managers and engage graduate students. Candidates may contribute to instruction at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and enhance the Department’s existing curricula. The position will include other faculty-related activities of service to the department, college and university. A doctoral degree is required at time of appointment. Post-doctoral or academic experience and successful extramural grant writing experience are desired. The ability to communicate effectively, to provide leadership, to contribute to the land-grant mission of the University, and to relate to a diverse population of faculty, staff, students, and stakeholders is essential. Applications received by May 15 will receive full consideration, though review will continue until the position is filled. Candidates will need to provide a curriculum vitae, copies of transcripts, statements of teaching and research experiences and interests, up to three relevant publications, and a list of references. Questions can be directed to: Dr. Margot W. Kaye, Associate Professor of Forest Ecology,303 Forest Resources Building, University Park, PA 16802, 814-865-4841, [email protected]