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University of Wisconsin–Madison

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University of Wisconsin–Madison



Apply now(opens in a new window) Job no: 268951-FA
Work type: Faculty-Full Time, Onsite
Location: Madison
Categories: Faculty

Job Summary:

The Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology invites applications for a tenure track, nine-month Assistant Professor Faculty position specializing in forest ecosystem ecology. The incumbent must have an interest in collaborating across disciplines, securing extramural funding, partnering with natural resource agencies, and achieving national and international research prominence.

The successful candidate should have a background in the field of forest ecosystem ecology, preferably with a focus on energy and material (e.g., water, carbon and nutrient) transformations and fluxes within and across biotic and abiotic ecosystem components. We are interested in hiring an individual that blends state-of-the-art measurement methodologies and modeling to address critical and timely issues such as forest ecosystem responses to the intertwined changes in climate and atmospheric chemistry.

We are seeking candidates trained in ecology and dedicated to applying their skills to make a difference for the environment and natural resources. They will create a vibrant research program, mentor undergraduates, graduate students and trainees, teach and make meaningful contributions to our department's teaching mission, and engage with natural resource decision-makers. The Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is internationally known for its research, teaching and outreach, and we are eager to welcome a new colleague to work and collaborate with us.


Develop and carry out a vigorous externally funded research program, and publish in high-quality peer-reviewed journals. The focus of that research program is the choice of the successful candidate, and flexible as long as it pertains to forest ecosystem structure, composition and/or function. Examples of research topics include forest functional responses to various change agents, but we welcome applications from ecosystem ecologists focused on a wide range of research questions. The successful candidate will be expected to secure extramural funding. Research collaborations with other faculty in our department and across campus are encouraged.

Teach graduate and undergraduate students, commensurate with college expectations and consistent with the teaching loads of the department. Mentor students and promote their development and success in a collaborative environment. The incumbent will contribute substantially to instruction of at least one core course in our undergraduate Forest Science curriculum. They will also teach a second course that advances the broader instructional mission of the Department of Forest & Wildlife Ecology and College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Course topics will depend on interests and Department needs. This second course should focus on the candidate's area of expertise.

Contribute to outreach and service functions of the department, college, university, and professional societies.

Contribute to programs aimed at increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion within the department, college, and university. Promote an inclusive and diverse climate within our campus and associated communities.

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion


Terminal Degree
PhD in ecology, biology, environmental science or closely related field required. Specialization in the area of forest ecosystem ecology is preferred.


The incumbent will have completed a PhD by the position start date. PhD in ecology, biology, environmental science or closely related field required. Specialization in the area of forest ecosystem ecology is preferred.

Successful candidates will have a record of or demonstrate potential for:
i) Publications in peer reviewed journals
ii) Graduate student training/mentoring
iii) Teaching and curriculum development
iv) Writing extramural grants
v) Contribution to the outreach and service functions of CALS
vi) Promoting an inclusive and diverse climate within our campus and associated communities

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:


Anticipated Begin Date:

AUGUST 21, 2023


ACADEMIC (9 months)

Additional Information:

The UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is committed to maintaining and growing a culture that embraces diversity, inclusion and equity, believing that these values are foundational elements of our excellence and fundamental components of a positive and enriching learning and working environment for all students, faculty and staff.

We seek candidates who embrace diversity in the broadest sense and strive to provide a supportive environment for faculty, staff, and students. Our curiosity, creativity, and drive make us a top program nationally and internationally. Our Department is a campus hub for applied ecology, spatial analysis and remote sensing of ecosystems, and the social sciences related to natural resource management and conservation. Our Forest Science program was ranked #1 in the nation in 2020 by the National Research Council. Learn more about us at

About the community: Situated on the isthmus between Lakes Monona and Mendota, UW-Madison and the Madison area are renowned for vibrant culture, scenic beauty, abundance of recreational and entertainment opportunities, exceptional K-12 schools, friendly feel and high quality of life. We are an equal opportunity employer and will equally consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. A criminal background check will be required prior to employment. Unless confidentiality is requested, information regarding applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality.

How to Apply:

Apply online at "Jobs at UW" ( under job number 268951. Applications must be received through UW Madison's online application system.

To begin the process, please click "Apply Now".
Applicants should upload the following information as a single PDF document:
1) Cover letter
2) Curriculum vitae
3) Name and contact information for three references
4) Two-page statement of research interests and future research plans
5) Two-page statement of teaching philosophy, approach, and experiences

Applications received by December 7, 2022 will be assured full consideration; review of applications will continue until a suitable candidate is identified.


Sonia Parker
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE for further information.

Official Title:

Assistant Professor(FA040)



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The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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