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Assistant Professor -Forest Science and Climate Change - Environmental Science, Policy, & Management

Position overview

Anticipated start: July, 1 2022

Application Window

Open October 27th, 2021 through Monday, Dec 13, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Position description

The Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (ESPM) at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor nine-month faculty position in the area of Forest Science and Climate Change.

ESPM is a multidisciplinary community of scholars and Cooperative Extension Specialists from the biological, physical, and social sciences and the humanities who conduct research, teaching, and outreach to advance scientific understanding and develop solutions for the world’s pressing environmental problems. ESPM is home to a top-ranked Ph.D. program in environmental science, environmental studies and ecological/evolutionary biology. Our undergraduate students have a choice of vibrant majors that span the disciplines in the department.

We value diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) as exemplified by the following principles of community: we accept the intrinsic relationship between diversity and excellence in all our endeavors; we embrace open and equitable access to opportunities for learning and development as our obligation and goal. ESPM recognizes that DEI must be integrated with strategies that address the critical environmental challenges facing humanity, including climate change, food security, natural resource access and management, biodiversity, environmental health, land use decision-making, and maintaining sustainable living conditions. Financial and in-kind resources are available to pursue activities that help accelerate our efforts to achieve our equity and inclusion goals. Successful candidates for our faculty position will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to equity and inclusion through their research, teaching, and/or service.

Forested ecosystems are central to the defining environmental challenge of the 21st century: climate change. Forest area is likely to shrink in the coming decades due to economically-driven land conversion, drought, and wildfires. The changing climate’s effect on forested ecosystems has had tangible and serious impacts. If humanity is to avert the worst impacts of climate change, critical decisions must be made in the coming decade on how to best manage these ecosystems to mitigate carbon emissions while meeting other societal needs for healthy forests as we move towards a nearly carbon-neutral economy.

We seek applicants whose research addresses varied aspects of Forest Science and Climate Change. This innovative research will include field-based studies on forest ecosystems. Findings are to be communicated to policy makers, managers, colleagues and the broader public to further collaborative efforts.

Anticipated teaching duties may include an upper-division class in applied forest ecology, teaching at the UC Forestry Field Camp program, collaboration with other campus and statewide programs that focus on forest and climate science broadly, and additional teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels in relation to department needs.

ESPM is committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual career couples and single parents. We are also interested in candidates who have had non-traditional career paths, who have taken time off for family reasons, or who have achieved excellence in careers outside academia.

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Applicants for this position must hold a Ph.D. (or equivalent international degree) or be enrolled in a Ph.D. (or equivalent international degree) granting program at the time of application.

Preferred qualifications

The ideal candidate will:

  • Hold a Doctoral Degree (or international equivalent) in the general disciplinary areas of Forest science and/or climate change. The degree may be in the fields such as, but not limited to forestry, ecology, environmental sciences, or geography.
  • Demonstrate evidence of strong research productivity, potential for funding, and a commitment to excellence in teaching and research mentoring of undergraduates, graduate students, and post-docs.
  • Possess strong analytical skills, conduct innovative, basic and/or applied field-based studies, communicate their work effectively to a broader public, and work with other researchers from diverse disciplines.
  • Demonstrate evidence of their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in ways that align with UC Berkeley’s mission (see:

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research - Statement describing your current and proposed research.

  • Statement of Teaching and Service - A description of prior teaching experience, teaching philosophy, and future teaching interests, as well as a statement of prior and proposed academic, professional and/or community service experience.

  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to

  • Publication One - Copy of a publication such as journal articles, book chapters, or other appropriate products.

  • Publication Two - Copy of a publication such as journal articles, book chapters, or other appropriate products.

  • Publication Three - Copy of a publication such as journal articles, book chapters, or other appropriate products.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required

Applicants should arrange to have 3-5 letters of reference submitted via this web portal. It is preferred that letters of reference be uploaded by the final date to apply.

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Campus Information

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values at UC Berkeley. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and academic and non-academic staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our academic positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity, inclusion, and belonging.

The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

In searches when letters of reference are required all letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letter.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.)

Job location

Berkeley, CA