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Assistant Professor in Forest Biogeochemistry - Department of Biology

West Virginia University
Job Location:
Morgantown, West Virginia


The Department of Biology at West Virginia University invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Biology with a specialization in Forest Biogeochemistry starting August 11, 2023. This is a 9-month, full-time, tenure-track position with full benefits. The successful candidate will strengthen the Department's existing focus on forest ecological research. We seek a scholar who uses empirical and advanced analytical techniques to investigate the role of microbes and/or trees in driving the response of forest biogeochemical cycles, particularly coupled carbon-nutrient cycles, to global change across multiple levels of biological organization ranging from genes to ecosystems.

The Department of Biology offers both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees and maintains approximately 650 majors annually. We also serve over 1000 students through non-majors coursework. We offer students areas of emphasis in Genomics, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Neuroscience, which are aligned with the Department's research foci. The Department of Biology has over 40 graduate students in M.S. and Ph.D. programs with a strong track record of students receiving prestigious Department of Education, National Institutes of Health, and National Science Foundation fellowships. In addition to our research and teaching greenhouse, The Department is home to the WVU Genomics and Bioinformatics Core Facility and the Earl L. Core Arboretum which includes an old growth forest preserve that supports research, teaching, and service. Our Ecology and Evolutionary Biology group has benefited from the proximity of world-class field sites including the Fernow Experimental Forest which has gauged watershed experiments, the West Virginia University Forest which has multiple manipulations of forest management, and the new Summit Bechtel Reserve where a new 20ha forest dynamics plot has been recently established.

WVU is a R1 research land grant university located within 90 minutes of Pittsburgh and 3.5 hours from the Washington/Baltimore area. Morgantown has been recognized as one of the most livable small cities in the U.S. There are extensive recreational opportunities, excellent public schools, and a supportive University environment in which to develop a visible and productive career. The WVU Dual Career Program is available to assist candidates with suitable employment opportunities for spouses or partners.

To apply, please visit WVU Careers, and individually upload a 1) cover letter; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) up to three representative publications; 4) a statement of future research plans (3 page maximum); 5) a teaching statement (1 page maximum); 6) contact information for three references.

The screening process will begin October 24, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. For more information, please visit our website,, or contact the chair of the search committee, Eddie Brzostek at

WVU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The university values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.


The successful candidate must have: 1) a PhD or equivalent degree in biology, ecology, or a related field; 2) a strong record of scholarly publications; 3) demonstrated ability to develop an externally funded, independent research program; 4) openness to collaborative research; 5) strong potential for outstanding contribution to the Department's undergraduate and graduate teaching and research missions; 6) ability to work across multiple levels of biological organization ranging from genes to ecosystems; 7) willingness to engage across disciplinary boundaries; and 8) excellent written and oral communication skills. The teaching load is 2 courses or course equivalents per semester. The successful candidate will be expected to teach classes that complement the Department of Biology's current offerings at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

At West Virginia University, we leverage our talents and resources to create a better future for our state and the world. As West Virginia's land-grant university, WVU has three campuses that touch each corner of the state. The WVU System includes 518 buildings on 15,880 acres, Extension Service offices in all 55 counties, ten experimental farms and four forests.

From the groundbreaking R1 research of our flagship campus in Morgantown to the career-oriented programs of WVU Potomac State in Keyser to the technology-intensive programs at WVU Tech in Beckley - the contributions of WVU employees directly impact the 1.8 million people of West Virginia every day, no matter their role or position.

Service, curiosity, respect, accountability, and appreciation are the core values that unite Mountaineers, inspiring one another to work tirelessly and support others as they seek to reach new heights. After all, when you're a Mountaineer, impossible is just another mountain to climb.

Creating an inclusive, engaged, and dynamic learning environment is core to WVU's academic mission. We welcome candidates who can contribute a range of ideas, approaches and experiences.

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West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.

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