[ECOLOG-L] Assistant Professor – Spatial Technologies/Biometrics

Faculty Position – Spatial Technologies and Biometrics

Department of Forestry

Mississippi State University


Position:  Assistant Professor, Department of Forestry, Forest and Wildlife Research Center, Mississippi State University

Qualifications: Ph.D. degree in Forestry or a closely related field is required. Training and experience in quantitative methodology at the theoretical and applied level of spatial modeling is essential. Preferred qualifications include a record of scholarly publication, demonstrated potential to secure extramural funding, and experience in teaching at the university level. All but dissertation (ABD) applicants will be considered.

Responsibilities: Responsibilities will include participation in the department’s teaching program, research and service activities. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and teach both undergraduate and graduate courses in geospatial modeling, spatial statistics, and forest/natural resource biometrics. Additionally, the successful candidate will be expected to develop an extramurally funded research program in the areas of quantitative and geospatial assessment of forest resources. Appropriate areas of research expertise could include, but are not limited to: Resource Inventory Analysis, Geospatial Modeling, Integrated Modeling Tools for use in Resource Assessments and applications to Silvicultural Decisions, etc. Opportunities exist to collaborate with the USDA Forest Service, state agencies, forest industry, and other southern forest landowners and managers in research efforts.

Rank and Salary: Tenure-track, full-time, 9 or 12-month appointment. Salary is negotiable and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The Department of Forestry: The Department of Forestry is one of three departments in the College of Forest Resources and the Mississippi Forest and Wildlife Research Center which is a separately funded state agency. Departmental activities include undergraduate and graduate instruction, research, and extension programs in forestry and natural resources. The Department has a Spatial Information Technologies Laboratory devoted to geospatial research in natural resources. This lab houses a dual server for large data storage and PC workstations that utilize a variety of image analytic tools and statistical software. In addition, the Department’s activities are supplemented by the John W. Starr Memorial Forest, an 8,200-acre research and teaching forest. The Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge and the Tombigbee National Forest are both commonly used for teaching and research activities and are within an easy commute of the university.

Mississippi State University is a Carnegie Very High Research Activity institution and a land grant university, which includes the Mississippi State University Extension Service. The university is located in Starkville, a beautiful college town in northeast Mississippi (www.msstate.edu/web/about).

Application Procedure:  Screening of applicants will begin mid-August, 2015 and will continue until a suitable applicant is found. Applications must be made on the Mississippi State University Employment opportunities website via the link:  https://www.jobs.msstate.edu (PARF Number 8895). Applicants should also send (in a single pdf) a letter of application, curriculum vita, copies of transcripts (for all degrees), a brief statement of research and teaching interests, and complete contact information for three professional references to:

Dr. Randall Rousseau (email: rjr84@msstate.edu)

Chair, Spatial Technologies and Biometrics Search Committee

Department of Forestry

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State, MS  39762-9681

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