Assistant Professor, Ecological Restoration

Virginia Tech Published: May 14, 2018
Blacksburg, Virginia
Job Type
Freelance / Limited Contract
Analyst / Research / Education /

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Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Overview

The new School of Plant and Environmental Sciences (SPES) in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at Virginia Tech seeks candidates to fill a 9-month tenure-track position in ecological restoration, Assistant Professor, Ecological Restoration. This position will have a primary appointment in research with a secondary appointment in teaching. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a successful extramuraly-funded research program focusing on the role of plants, soil and water ecology in the restoration, conservation and enhancement of ecosystems in built and disturbed environments.


  • The successful candidate will be expected to develop an extramuraly-funded research program in management of plant, soil and water ecology in the restoration, conservation and enhancement of ecosystems in built and disturbed environments; and to communicate research results by publishing in appropriate peer-reviewed journals and through other outlets.
  • The successful candidate will be expected to collaborate on research projects with on-campus SPES and other CALS faculty, including those located at Agricultural Research and Extension Centers, as well as with faculty in other Virginia Tech colleges and at other U.S. and international universities.
  • The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses in ecological restoration and related subjects as determined by the candidate and the SPES Director; and to advise graduate and undergraduate students.
  • Finally, the successful candidate will serve on School-, College- and University-level committees as appropriate.


Required Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. in restoration ecology, environmental sciences, environmental management, ecology or other closely aligned fields of study.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • A commitment to mentoring, diversity, and inclusion.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Post-doctoral research experience and teaching experience in an appropriate scientific field.
  • Demonstrable experiences or achievements in publishing refereed research manuscripts and grantsmanship.

To Apply

Please click "Apply" below to upload the following materials: 

  • Cover letter and statement of interest
  • Complete curriculum vitae
  • Statement of research interests
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Names, email, and other contact information of four professional references
  • Transcripts of all graduate course work

All inquiries should be directed to Dr. Carl E. Zipper, Search Committee Chair. Review of applicant materials will begin on 6/15/18. For additional information go to our website and search for posting #TR0180040.

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