Assistant Professor – Department of Biology (Forest Macrosystem Ecology)

West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia
October 14 2019
Job Number: 13196
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Macrosystem Forest Ecology: To strengthen an existing focus on ecological research, West Virginia University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in the Department of Biology ( to begin August 2020.  We seek an individual who uses a combination of empirical and advanced analytical techniques, and who can leverage “Big Data” (e.g., NEON, FIA, NADP, ForestGEO, or AmeriFlux data) to link changes in tree species composition with the resulting impacts on forest ecosystem function.  Requirements include a broad biology background with a PhD or equivalent degree in biology or a related field, a strong record of scholarly publications, strong interdisciplinary skills to develop an externally funded independent research program, openness to collaborative research, ability to contribute to the department’s undergraduate and graduate teaching and research missions, and excellent written and oral communication skills. 

WVU is located in Morgantown which has been ranked among the 2019 top 100 places to live (,and which lies in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains where there are ample opportunities for forest research and outdoor recreation. We are a comprehensive land grant university enrolling about 27,000 students on the Morgantown campus in over 100 degree programs.  Our Carnegie Classification is R1 (Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity).  For more information about WVU and the city of Morgantown, WV:  The Department of Biology offers a diverse, productive, and well-funded research environment that is highly supportive of new junior faculty.  Existing departmental strengths include molecular genetics, behavioral neurobiology, genomics, and ecology. 

To apply, please visit, navigate to the position title listed above, and upload a single PDF file including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, up to three representative publications, a statement of future research plans (3 page maximum), a teaching statement (1 page maximum), a description of your potential to further our progress in building a diverse and inclusive academic community (which will be evaluated without regard to your personal demographics) (1 page maximum), and contact information for three references. Review of completed applications will begin on December 2 and will continue until the position is filled. For more information about the position, contact William T. Peterjohn at

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation.  WVU is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.