Assistant or Associate Professor of Forest Ecosystem Sustainability


Cornell University


Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Start Date

Wednesday, January 1, 2025

Position: Assistant/Associate Professor, Tenure-track. 

Location: Ithaca, NY, USA. The academic home for this position is the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), housed on the Ithaca campus of Cornell University. 

Position Description and Responsibilities: 

We invite applications for a 9-month, full-time tenure-track position at the level of assistant/associate professor. The position will be 50% research and 50% teaching. The Department of Natural Resources and the Environment (DNRE) ( is a leader of sustainability science within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences ( at Cornell University due to our collective expertise in the environmental and social sciences and a strong program of transdisciplinary, engaged scholarship. We aim to build on this capacity by hiring a tenure-track assistant/associate professor whose work advances understanding of forest ecosystems. 

The successful candidate will establish an internationally recognized, externally funded interdisciplinary research program that advances theory, methods, and practice related to forest ecosystems. The position is premised on our department’s commitment to examining both ecological and social dynamics of natural resources. We seek applicants who investigate the direct/proximate drivers of forest ecosystem degradation related to natural disturbances, such as insect induced mortality, as well as anthropogenic forces, such as climate change and forest harvesting/management, as well as the implications of those changes in terms of carbon sequestration, displacement of people and communities, and/or ecological function. The research of the successful candidate is not limited to a particular scale, although we seek candidates with the ability to work across scales. The successful candidate’s program is also expected to include a field research component. Local on- and off-campus forest lands can be utilized for program research and teaching that are part of the Cornell Botanic Gardens ( and the Arnot Teaching and Research Forest ( In addition to the candidate’s knowledge and passion for trees and forests, experience with other diverse biophysical components of forest ecosystems are welcome. 

Outstanding research scholarship is expected, as is excellence in and commitment to teaching, translation of knowledge, and advising and mentoring of students. We seek colleagues with a record demonstrating success and promise across all these areas, and who will be supported by and contribute to a vibrant culture of inclusive excellence at Cornell. As such, candidates are expected to engage in service and leadership activities within their department, the college and university, and relevant professional societies. The successful candidate will teach two undergraduate courses (one of which will be in the area of forest ecology) that will strengthen the cross-college Environment and Sustainability (E&S) undergraduate major, and will develop one graduate seminar.