The School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, College of the Environment, University of Washington, invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor (0116) of Forest and Wildland Soils. This is a full-time (9-month, 100% FTE), tenure-track appointment. We seek an applicant with expertise and familiarity with forest and wildland soils, and whose interests will support, build, and complement the goals of the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. Scientists must have previous interest and experience in the biological components of the soil and to provide field-based teaching at the graduate and undergraduate level. This position would support programs and centers in restoration ecology, forest ecology, biogeochemistry, urban horticulture, landscape ecology, resource management, conservation, Northwest Environmental Forum, Sustainable Forestry, the Stand Management Cooperative and other academic and research programs at the University of Washington. The successful applicant will be required to teach a large undergraduate introductory soil class, a graduate soil class in their area of expertise as well as support related courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. The anticipated start date for this position is Summer 2017.
Our school, established as one of the first natural resource programs in the country, has been creating futures since 1907. On July 1, 2009, the College of Forest Resources became the School of Forest Resources within the University of Washington's new College of the Environment, and on January 1, 2012, the school became the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (SEFS).
The College of the Environment and SEFS (http://www.sefs.washington.edu/) are dedicated to creating a climate of engagement, actively enlarging the boundaries of diversity, and highlighting the crucial roles that underrepresented groups play in experiencing, documenting, understanding, and solving environmental challenges.
The University of Washington is ranked as one of the world's preeminent public universities recognized for its academic and research impacts regionally and globally. The University is ranked No. 15 in the world in Shanghai University's 2016 rankings and No. 25 in the Times Higher Education world rankings. Each year, UW educates >54,000 students with >27,000 faculty and staff supporting these academic activities. The research funding received by UW exceeds $1.3 billion annually. The human and other resources available at the UW rank among the very best of any research and teaching institution worldwide. Seattle is consistently rated as a best place to live and work, currently #7 by U.S. News and World Report. All UW faculty engage in teaching, research, and service. The UW offers a wide range of professional development and networking opportunities for junior faculty and a comprehensive benefits package, including access to campus child-care and health/vision/dental plans for spouse, qualified domestic partner, and/or dependents. The University of Washington, a recipient of the 2006 Alfred P. Sloan award for Faculty Career Flexibility, is committed to supporting the work-life balance of its faculty.
Our undergraduate program is one of the most rapidly growing in the University, with 467 undergraduate and 135 graduate students. The College of the Environment includes scientists and students working on projects ranging from the deepest trenches in Earth's oceans to projects characterizing the surface and stratigraphy of Mars, and everything in between. The School of Environmental and Forest Sciences has its roots as a forestry program, but today hosts faculty and students that broadly address natural resource and environmental issues from global change to human dimensions to nanotechnology. Our programs include students of many ethnic and cultural backgrounds in a truly international university setting. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply for this position.
Requirements for application include an earned Ph.D. or foreign equivalent in soil science or a related field conferred by the start date. Also required are the following:
- Demonstrated interest or experience in innovative university-level teaching and student mentoring as evidenced by previous teaching.
- Demonstrated record of securing, or evidence of the potential to secure, external funding to support research as evidenced by previous participation in writing research proposals.
- Demonstrated research experience in soil science, with familiarity of forest and wildland soils, as evidenced by publications in the peer-reviewed literature.
- The successful applicant is expected to establish a collaborative, externally funded and nationally recognized research program as well as contribute to graduate and undergraduate teaching, advising, and mentoring that support diversity and inclusion. All UW faculty engage in teaching, research, and service.
Applications must be submitted as a single PDF to SEFSjobs@uw.edu with Forest and Wildland Soils in the email title. This file must contain:
1) cover letter
2) curriculum vitae
3) statement of research interests and plans (2 pages)
4) statement of teaching interests and outreach (1 page)
5) names and contact information of at least 3 professional references
Review of applications will begin January 15, 2017. For questions about this position, including potential disability accommodations, please contact Rob Harrison, Search Committee Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-674-4827.
University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.