The School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences research faculty actively seek undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral candidates to assist with the school’s diverse research programs. Currently available positions are included in the below directory which is updated frequently, but may not be inclusive of all opportunities.

For other opportunities not posted, please consult with a faculty member most aligned with your research interests or inquire with Audrey Grindle, Graduate Student Coordinator, for further guidance at 334-844-9250 or via email her at apg0008@auburn.edu. Future students may also wish to consult the Texas A&M Jobs Board for positions that may not yet be included within the school’s directory.

The School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Educational Institution.

Post-Doctoral Fellow in Wild Pig National Damage Assessment

The School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University is seeking a qualified individual for a postdoctoral Fellowship to provide leadership and support for the National Damage Assessment Program (NDAP) of the USDA’s Feral Swine Eradication and Control Pilot Program at Auburn University, in Auburn, Alabama. The NDAP is a joint damage assessment program among principal investigators from Auburn University, Texas A&M University, and Colorado State University and funded through a grant by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

The Feral Swine Eradication and Control Pilot Program (FSCP) was established by the 2018 Farm Bill in response to the threat feral swine pose to agriculture, native ecosystems, and human and animal health. The USDA NRCS and USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) have been directed to work cooperatively in pilot areas to study and assess the nature and extent of damage caused by feral swine, remove them, and restore the land. The USDA NRCS funded approximately 34 pilot projects in 12 states (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas) during 2020-2021 with state and NGO project partners within each state to address this mission. The purpose of the National Damage Assessment Program is to coordinate the collection of standardized damage data and information on the reduction of feral swine damage to agriculture among all project partners through implementation of the Feral Swine Eradication and Control Pilot Program.

The NDAP provides training to project states on data collection, collates survey data collected by partners, and analyzes data for reporting, research, and publication purposes at a national/project-wide level. Quantitative survey data, monitoring outcomes, and case study data will be collated into final products showcasing FSCP outcomes following feral swine removal and implementing restoration on the impacted lands. The person selected for this position will work under the supervision of the Auburn University academic partner on the campus of Auburn University to provide support and leadership for NDAP project partners. Specifically, this position will work with project partners to ensure timely and accurate data collection, collate outputs from other monitoring activities occurring within pilot projects, and develop semi-technical products to communicate the outcomes of the NDAP. This position will work closely not only with project partners in each of the FSCP states, but also with the other academic partners of the NDAP, NRCS Outcomes Team, and the USDA APHIS National Feral Swine Damage Management Program. In addition to these responsibilities, there is considerable opportunity to analyze and publish previously collected datasets.

This is a 24-month, limited-term, non-tenure track position and is funded by the School of Forestry and Wildlife Science through a grant from the USDA NRCS for up to two years. Continued employment is contingent on the availability of funding and satisfactory performance.

Candidates must possess a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in wildlife, biology, or a closely related field at the time appointment begins. The successful applicant will demonstrate commitment to timely completion of deliverables, ability to communicate science to non-technical audiences, ability to work collaboratively with project partners from various agencies, and aptitude for publishing in peer-reviewed journals. Excellent written, quantitative, and interpersonal communication skills are required.

In addition, the candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment.

Applicants must complete the online application at this link:
https://www.auemployment.com/postings/24256 to include a letter of interest, Curriculum vitae, names and full contact information of at least three professional references, and unofficial transcripts (transcript should show conferral of Doctorate degree and date of conferral.)
Review of applications will begin August 6, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.
More information about the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences can be found at https://sfws.auburn.edu/.  Further questions about the position should be addressed to Dr. Mark D Smith (mds0007@auburn.edu; 334-844-8099).

Graduate Research Assistantship (MS) – Headwater Wetlands

A graduate student is sought to evaluate the impacts of land use on headwater wetland functions along the Alabama coast. The student will work with a multidisciplinary team to assess wetlands and help develop landscape models to estimate changing wetland functions across a two-county region in coastal Alabama. Other research elements related to the project will be developed by the student and advisor. The student will be advised by PI Chris Anderson (https://auburnwetlands.weebly.com/).

Desirable background and skills include: i) field experience in forested wetlands, ii) exposure to wetland functional assessment tools, and iii) work/course experience in GIS. Prospective students should be highly motivated, demonstrate good communication skills (written and oral), and be willing to conduct extensive field and remote sensing work. A B.S. degree in environmental science, ecology, or natural resources is required. Preference will be given to students with a competitive undergrad GPA (>3.3) and experience related to the desirable background and skills.

If interested, please email a letter of interest, resume/CV, and transcripts (unofficial copy) to Dr. Chris Anderson at andercj@auburn.edu.

Location: Coastal Alabama

Salary: Research assistantship includes tuition waiver and stipend (2-years at $18,000/yr)

Start Date: 1/05/2022

Last Date to Apply: 11/15/2021

Graduate Research Assistantship (PhD) – Coastal Wetland Ecology and Modeling

A PhD student is sought to conduct research as part of a multidisciplinary study examining wetlands in the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta in south Alabama. The project will examine forested wetlands and supporting conditions across a tidal gradient and their connection to Mobile Bay. The student will work with our team to develop predictive wetland-hydrologic models based on machine-learning approaches. Other research elements related to the project will be developed by the student and advisors. The student will work with labs lead by PIs Chris Anderson and Latif Kalin (https://latifkalin.weebly.com/).

Desirable background and skills include: i) field experience in forested wetlands, ii) exposure to machine-learning or other environmental modeling approaches, iii) experience operating a motorboat, and iv) demonstrated abilities to manage and analyze large datasets. Prospective students should be highly motivated, demonstrate good communication and analytical skills, and be willing to conduct extensive field and modeling work. An M.S. degree in environmental science, ecology, aquatic science, or natural resources is required. Preference will be given to students with experience related to the desirable background and skills. If interested, please email a letter of interest, resume/CV, and transcripts (unofficial copy) to Dr. Chris Anderson at andercj@auburn.edu.

Location: Coastal Alabama

Salary: Research assistantship includes tuition waiver and stipend (PhD: 3-years at $25,000/yr)

Start Date: 01/05/2022

Last Date to Apply: 11/15/2021

Two Graduate Assistantships (MS) in Climate-Vegetation-Water Interactions modeling

The Climate, Water, and Society Lab at Auburn University (http://wp.auburn.edu/thecwslab/) has opening for multiple master-level graduate research assistantship positions in Climate-Vegetation-Water interaction modeling to work on an interdisciplinary project involving remote sensing of vegetation, climate modeling, and groundwater trends and variability. These positions will be supervised by Dr. Lana Narine (Remote Sensing), Dr. Sanjiv Kumar (Climate Modeling), and Dr. Ming-Kuo Lee (Groundwater). The groundwater position is already filled, and we invite new applications for climate modeling and remote sensing positions. The specific aims of the project include: (1) effects of climate change on groundwater trends and variability in the tri-state region of Alabama, Georgia, and Florida, (2) vegetation-climate interaction modeling using National Ecological Observatory Network data at Talladega National Forest, AL, and Community Land Model version 5 (CLM5) (3) Develop high-resolution vegetation and irrigation information using satellite observations, and machine learning. The positions are funded for two years by the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station Award for Interdisciplinary Research. Prospective candidates should be highly motivated and have a strong background in one or more of the following areas: remote sensing of the environment, climate modeling, hydrology, and groundwater modeling. Prior experience working with climate/hydrology/remote sensing modeling is a plus. Interested candidates should email a cover letter stating their research interests, CV, unofficial university transcripts, TOEFL/GRE scores (if applicable), and three references’ names and contact information to Dr. Sanjiv Kumar (szk0139@auburn.edu) for climate modeling position, and Dr. Lana Narine (lln0005@auburn.edu) for remote sensing position. The expected start date for the position is January 2022. Application received before October 1, 2021, will receive the highest consideration.

Prospective candidates should be highly motivated and have a strong background in one or more of the following areas: remote sensing of the environment, climate modeling, hydrology, and groundwater modeling. Prior experience working with climate/hydrology/remote sensing modeling is a plus. Interested candidates should email a cover letter stating their research interests, CV, unofficial university transcripts, TOEFL/GRE scores (if applicable), and three references’ names and contact information to Dr. Sanjiv Kumar (szk0139@auburn.edu) for climate modeling position, and Dr. Lana Narine (lln0005@auburn.edu) for remote sensing position. The expected start date for the position is January 2022. Application received before October 1, 2021, will receive the highest consideration.

Location: Auburn, Ala

Salary: $18,000/year

Start Date: 01/03/2022

Last Date to Apply10/01/2021

Research Associate/Fellow in Climate‐smart Forestry

Job Description:

The School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University is seeking a qualified individual for a research associate/fellow position to work on climate‐smart forestry topics at Auburn University, in Auburn, Alabama. This is a  joint research and outreach program initiated by the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences and forest sector partners.

Carbon released into the atmosphere is becoming more influential to global climate change as population grows and the use of fossil fuels increases. Forestry can mitigate warming by managing for carbon sequestration through forest management and forest products utilization. As interest in forest‐based natural climate solutions expands rapidly, we need to scientifically define the parameters of climate‐smart forestry, understanding the range of management practices that lead to positive climate outcomes. This joint research program is designed to utilize and establish the fundamental science needed to answer critical questions regarding the adaptation of desired forest management schemes and the use of forest products to mitigate global climate changes. The contribution of forests and forest‐based products to mitigate global climate changes will be comprehensively investigated.

The research associate/fellow will be responsible for (1) conducting a comprehensive literature review of the science to summarize where the science is presently and identify gaps and needs regarding forest management schemes towards climate mitigation, contribution of forests and forests–based products to mitigating climate change, Life cycle analysis (LCA) based carbon stocks/flows, and carbon markets and incentives in forests of the Southeastern United States. Further, based on identified gaps and needs, the successful candidate will (2) develop applied research to build the scientific knowledge and infrastructure for society, business enterprises, and policymakers to recognize the significance of the forest ecosystem, forest management, and the forest sector supply chain to climate change; (3) better understand how to transfer the credit of carbon sequestration by the forest ecosystems to downstream forest‐based products users, clients, and customers with associated incentives for implementation of beneficial forest practices or positive outcomes towards defined climate/forest carbon sequestration objectives. Drawing on this information, the successful candidate will (4) develop a range of outputs (such as fact sheets, peer reviewed articles, and position papers) for the benefit of forest managers, landowners, business enterprises, and policymakers.

This is a 24‐month, limited‐term non‐tenure track position and is funded by the School of Forestry and Wildlife Science and external sources for up to two years. Continued employment is contingent on the availability of funding and satisfactory performance.

Minimum Qualifications:

Candidates must have a robust understanding of forest ecosystems, private forest management, forestry practices, forest products and their implications for carbon sequestration and storage, especially as they relate to the Southeast United States. A graduate degree (MS and/or PhD) with adequate and relatable experience in forestry science, climate science, sustainability, wood science, or a closely related field at the time appointment begins. The successful applicant will demonstrate commitment to timely completion of deliverables, commitment to the publication of results in highly reputable peer‐reviewed journals, and strong potential to work collaboratively with multiple stakeholders on a highly visible  research topic. Excellent written, quantitative, and interpersonal communication skills are required.

In addition, the candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment.

Desired Qualifications:

Previous experience with forest management, life cycle assessment, carbon measurement and sequestration, forest economics and policy, and climate change is desirable.

Special Instructions to Applicants: Applicants must complete the online application at this link:
https://www.auemployment.com/postings/24913 to include a letter of interest, Curriculum vitae, names and contact information of three professional references and transcript (transcript should show conferral of MS or PhD degree and date of conferral.)

Review of applications will begin November 15, 2021, and continue until the position is filled.

More information about the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences can be found at https://sfws.auburn.edu/. Further questions about the position should be addressed to Dr. Daowei Zhang (zhangd1@auburn.edu or 334‐ 844‐1067) and Yucheng Peng (yzp0027@auburn.edu; 334‐844‐1089).

NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program on Climate Resilience (MS and PhD)

The School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences is pleased to announce we are accepting applications for the National Science Foundation Funded Research Traineeship (NRT) Program on Climate Resilience for Fall 2022

We are seeking students who:

  • Desire to possess the skills in an array of scientific careers
  • Want to engage with interdisciplinary research in a transformative graduate program
  • Are interested in conducting research relating to climate change resilience
  • Want an internship with top stakeholders that need their help
  • Desire to increase communities’ resilience to climate change

This NRT program aims to:

  • Train scientists and leaders to build resilient communities that can effectively prepare and respond to damaging hazard events in the southeastern United States
  • Support MS and Ph.D. students conducting research within an integrated and multidisciplinary framework
  • Help students better understand, predict, and communicate the resilience of natural, social, and built environmental systems.

NRT Trainees will be required to:

  • Complete coursework (15hrs/PhD; 9hrs/MS), attend workshops, participate in a 5-day immersion experience, complete program evaluations, attend project meetings and public outreach events, an annual conference,
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  • Complete their degree program concurrently, as such their participation is expected throughout their degree enrollment.
  • Either be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to qualify for the funded positions.
  • Meet all program expectations, whether funded or unfunded trainees

NRT Funded Trainees receive:

  • A $34,000 stipend annually for up to two years
  • Auburn’s graduate out-of-state tuition fellowship and in-state tuition waived
  • A portion of their student fees paid each semester while a funded participant
  • Eligibility for financial support from their home department in lieu of NRT funding (all trainees, including unfunded)

For details about the trainee positions within the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, contact Dr. Susan Pan at panshuf@auburn.edu.

For more information about the NRT program, & TO APPLY check our website at http://aub.ie/nrtprogram

Virtual Info Session: Oct 13th or Nov 10th at 4 pm CT via Zoom at https://auburn.zoom.us/j/85639944123