State University of New York
College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Departments of Sustainable Resources Management and Chemical Engineering
July 7, 2022
The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) in Syracuse, NY is initiating a faculty cluster in the Bioeconomy, Climate and Renewable Energy (https://www.esf.edu/hr/clusterhire/). The cluster will enhance SUNY ESF’s leadership role in addressing these topics at state, national and international levels. We are hiring five tenure-track positions in two departments: (1) Chemical/Bioresource/Agricultural Engineering in Dept. of Chemical Engineering - (https://www.esf.edu/pbe/), and (2) Natural Resource Economics, (3) Landscape Modeling, (4) Soil Carbon Scientist/Modeler (5) Carbon in the Built Environment, in the Department of Sustainable Resources Management (http://www.esf.edu/fnrm). The successful candidates for these positions are expected to participate actively and sustainably in this interdisciplinary Bioeconomy Cluster initiative, with participation in this Cluster included as an important criterion in performance evaluations.
The bioeconomy is central to the US and global economy’s shift from a reliance on fossil fuels to an economy where biological resources and processes are the foundational component and mechanism of solutions to address multiple grand challenges including climate change, food security, energy independence and environmental sustainability. The bioeconomy also is an essential component of New York state’s plans to aggressively reduce GHG emissions across its economy as mandated by the state’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act of 2019 (CLCPA). SUNY ESF recently launched two new institutes focused on solving challenges in this space. The Climate and Applied Forest Research Institute (CAFRI) is a transdisciplinary team of forest, energy and climate experts who provide policymakers and the public with science-based and practical solutions to address climate change. The Bioeconomy Research Development Institute (BRDI) focuses on systems analysis and support of bioeconomy development initiatives. Faculty involved in these institutes and other related bioeconomy research are working closely with New York State (NYS) agencies on the development of the plans to implement the CLCPA as well as collaborating with faculty at other universities, research institutions, national labs and companies.
Chemical / Bioresource / Agricultural Engineer (Dept. of Chemical Engineering). Research will be focused on carbon capture and usage and thermochemical conversion pathways for biofuels and bio-based value-added products. This person’s expertise will allow the assessment of the potential of these critical assessment and development of natural climate solution pathways. Teaching will include three courses required for certification of the new Chemical Engineering undergraduate program, such as Chemical Kinetics; Chemical Engineering Product Design; Chemical Reaction Engineering. & Safety. Required Qualifications: PhD in chemical, bioresource, agricultural engineering or related field. Preferred Qualifications: Track record of publications in high-impact journals and successful grant writing. Demonstrated capability as a teacher and mentor of both undergraduates and graduate students. Commitment to diversity and inclusiveness in research, teaching and service activities.
Natural Resources Economist (Dept. of Sustainable Resources Management). Research primarily focused on the valuation of local, state and regional workforce development and related cross-sector economic impacts of a growing bioeconomy. This person will also be able to value environmental co-benefits or ecosystem services with a focus on the benefits of climate risk mitigation. Teaching will include (1) Intro to Economics, (2) a new campus-wide Environmental Economics course, and (3) an economic input-output modeling course. Required Qualifications: PhD in agricultural, natural resource, environmental or forest economics or related field. Preferred Qualifications: Track record of publications in high-impact journals and successful grant writing. Demonstrated capability as a teacher and mentor of both undergraduates and graduate students. Commitment to diversity and inclusiveness in research, teaching and service activities.
Landscape Simulation Modeler (Dept. of Sustainable Resources Management). Research in landscape simulation is essential to understand the impacts and cost-benefit tradeoffs for the bioeconomy’s rapid expansion under a range of future social and ecological scenarios. This person will leverage extensive geospatial data developed by CAFRI and others, using models such as LANDIS-II, Century, DayCent, InVEST, agent-based modeling, etc. Teaching will include (1) two undergraduate courses: Intro to Geospatial Information Technology; and Advanced Topics in GIS, and (2) a graduate course in Advanced GIS or a new course in Cloud-based Geocomputing or Landscape Ecology. Required Qualifications: PhD in landscape modeling, geospatial analysis, geography or related field. Preferred Qualifications: Track record of publications in high-impact journals and successful grant writing. Demonstrated capability as a teacher and mentor of both undergraduates and graduate students. Commitment to diversity and inclusiveness in research, teaching and service activities.
Soil Carbon Scientist/Modeler (Dept. of Sustainable Resources Management). Research focused on soil carbon storage and cycling across the landscape including forest and/or agricultural soils, including measurement and verification of the impact of management activities on soil carbon sequestration and storage. Teaching responsibilities include (1) a new campus wide undergraduate class Introduction to Climate Change, (2) forest or ecosystem above and below ground carbon measurement, and (3) accounting and spatial distribution of soil carbon. Required Qualifications: PhD in soil science, forestry, natural resources or related field. Preferred Qualifications: Track record of publications in high-impact journals and successful grant writing. Demonstrated capability as a teacher and mentor of both undergraduates and graduate students. Commitment to diversity and inclusiveness in research, teaching and service activities.
Carbon in the Built Environment (Dept. of Sustainable Resources Management) Research focused on the building sector’s embodied and operational emissions, which represent 40% of national GHG emissions, including assessing and modeling the sector’s embodied carbon storage potential and developing science-based solutions for buildings’ operational energy performance. Teaching includes (1) two courses required for Construction Management program certification (e.g. CME 304: Environmental Performance Measures for Buildings, CME 305: Sustainable Energy Systems for Buildings, CME 332: Mechanical and Electrical Equipment), and (2) a course in building energy modeling and system management (e.g. Passivhaus). Required Qualifications: Building science background with PhD in Construction Management, Engineering, or Architecture or related field. Preferred Qualifications: Track record of publications in high-impact journals and successful grant writing. Demonstrated capability as a teacher and mentor of both undergraduates and graduate students. Commitment to diversity and inclusiveness in research, teaching and service activities.
Application Procedure: Application materials are required to be submitted on-line at http://www.esf.edu/hr Applications should include: (1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a 1-2 page statement of research interests and experience (4) a 1- 2 page teaching statement and (5) a 1 page statement addressing how the candidate will contribute to SUNY ESF’s Inclusion Diversity and Equity goals. References will be requested if you are selected as a finalist.
Application Deadline: Applications for all positions will be accepted until the position is filled. For optimal consideration applications should be submitted by Monday September 12, 2022 for Chemical / Bioresource / Agricultural Engineer, Monday September 19, 2022 for Natural Resources Economist, Monday September 26, 2022 for Landscape Modeler, Monday October 3, 2022 for Soil Carbon Cycling/Modeler, and Monday October 10, 2022 for Carbon in the Built Environment.
Founded in 1911, the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) is the nation's oldest and most respected school dedicated to the study of the environment, developing renewable technologies and building a sustainable future. ESF is a specialized college within the 64-campus SUNY system, and a Carnegie R2 “High Research Activity” Institution that consistently earns high rankings in high rankings in US News and World Report, Forbes, Peterson's Guide, The Washington Monthly, Princeton Review and other national college guidebooks. In 2021, it was rated as the #1 Forestry Program in the country by Study.com.
With a total enrollment of about 2,200 undergraduates and 400 graduate students, combined with the immediate proximity of Syracuse University and Upstate Medical University, ESF provides an intimate, small-college atmosphere within a vibrant, large-university setting. ESF’s extended campuses include more than 25,000 acres of forest properties, both close to Syracuse and across the Adirondack Park, that provide numerous opportunities for experiential coursework, research, and public outreach.
The college is located in Syracuse, New York, a dynamic and diverse community with plentiful natural, cultural, and civic opportunities. “The Places Rated Almanac” ranks Syracuse among the top 10 percent of "Best Places to Live." Located on the eastern edge of the Finger Lakes, Syracuse is within a five-hour drive of New York City, Toronto, and the High Peaks Region of the Adirondack Mountains. SUNY-ESF is one of eight colleges and universities located in Onondaga County. The Syracuse University campus is immediately adjacent to SUNY-ESF, and SUNY Upstate Medical University is located within easy walking distance.
The SUNY-ESF campus provides a rich array of curricular and co-curricular experiences with our main Syracuse campus just southeast of downtown Syracuse and our regional campuses stretching from southern Onondaga County to the Adirondacks. The Syracuse area, home to our main campus, is home to many cultural events, museums, state and local parks and numerous festivals throughout the year along with a growing downtown in the city of Syracuse. Onondaga County provides a variety of neighborhoods that include urban, rural and suburban with strong schools, affordable housing and supportive communities.
Central New York is also home to numerous hospitals and medical facilities including SUNY Upstate Medical University, the St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, the VA Hospital of Syracuse and Crouse Hospital, each of which provide unique specialty areas that support the needs of the community. Whatever one’s interests are, one is sure to find a great community not just at ESF but in the surrounding areas as well.
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