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Assistant Research Professor - Biocarbon
Auburn University

Date Posted Jan. 17, 2023
Title Assistant Research Professor - Biocarbon
University Auburn University
Auburn, AL, United States
Department Biosystems Engineering
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Professor
    Assistant Professor
  • Bioengineering (all Bio-related fields)

Job Description Summary

The Department of Biosystems Engineering of the College of Agriculture at Auburn University is seeking applications for the position of Assistant Research Professor in Biocarbon. This faculty position is a full-time, twelve-month, non-tenure track research appointment renewable annually contingent upon satisfactory performance and funding. Full-time positions are eligible for benefits, including health insurance. The projected start date is May 16, 2023. 
Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be responsible for developing a bioprocess engineering research program focused on capturing nutrients and emerging contaminants from water and soil bodies using biocarbon/biochar. The candidate is expected to engineer biocarbon for targeted applications relevant to agriculture sustainability. In addition, the successful candidate will mentor biosystems engineering graduate and undergraduate students and produce scholarship through recognized peer-reviewed outlets, secure extramural funding to support his/her research program from external sources such as USDA-NIFANSF and other related federal sponsors, and from relevant industries in Alabama and across the country. 

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum qualifications are an earned Ph.D. from an accredited institution in biosystems, biological, agricultural, environmental, or closely related engineering disciplines by the expected position start date. Candidates should demonstrate research experience in the area of bioprocessing especially thermochemical conversion of biomass and biochar production from agricultural and forest materials, and also documented evidence of the ability to conduct research and ability to work with faculty and students across multiple disciplines. The candidate must possess excellent interpersonal communication, and organizational skills. The incumbent must meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the term of employment. 

Desired Qualifications

Demonstrated record of securing extramural funding and documented academic and or industrial experiences in bioprocess engineering, ecological engineering, biobased products engineering, and similar topics beyond Ph.D. work. 

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants must apply for the position by visiting the link and attach the following: 1) a cover letter that addresses the experience pertinent to all of the position responsibilities, 2) current curriculum vita, 3) copies of ALL academic transcripts, 4) a one to two-page statement of research philosophy and 5) Statement on Diversity. When prompted during the on-line process, please provide names, phone numbers and email addresses of three professional references. Only complete applications will be considered. To ensure consideration for the position, applicants must apply by February 28, 2023. Position may remain open until it is filled. Questions concerning the position should be directed to: Dr. Sushil Adhikari, Search Committee Chair, email:
The College of Agriculture is committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). Our goal is to equip students and employees to achieve their full potential by supporting a diverse and inclusive culture that is welcoming and respectful. In your application packet, please include a diversity statement addressing how you have supported DEI in the past or your ideas of future support. Additional information about the college’s DEI goals and objectives can be found at the following link: Diversity Inclusion Plan / Auburn University College of Agriculture 

The University: Auburn University is an R1: Doctoral University and one of the nation’s premier land, sea and space grant institutions with an enrollment of 30,000 graduate and undergraduate students. The University is located in the city of Auburn in east-central Alabama approximately 100 miles southwest of Atlanta, GA and southeast of Birmingham, AL and is about 60 miles northeast of the state capital (Montgomery). Auburn has a highly ranked public-school system, a vibrant economy and an excellent quality of life. Auburn University is ranked in the top 50 public universities for its undergraduate programs. Interested applicants are encouraged to visit for more information. Auburn University is understanding of and sensitive to the family needs of faculty, including dual-career couples”
The Department: The Department of Biosystems Engineering consists of 17 fullā€time faculty who solve problems in biological systems through innovative engineering research, teaching and extension activities. The Department offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Biosystems Engineering with 205 undergraduate students and 30 graduate students. Recent construction projects have resulted in over 50,000 square feet of new laboratory, classroom and office spaces in the department. More information about the department and Auburn University can be found at at respectively.

Auburn University is an EEO/Vet/Disability Employer

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