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Visiting Research Professor of Building Construction (Assistant or Associate)
Auburn University

Date Posted Apr. 20, 2022
Title Visiting Research Professor of Building Construction (Assistant or Associate)
University Auburn University
Auburn, AL, United States
Department McWhorter School of Bldg Sci
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Professor
  • Construction Engineering/Management
    Civil Engineering

Job Description Summary
Auburn University is an R1 ranked public land grant institution with a mission based on instruction, research, and outreach that is engaged with the state’s constituents and resources. Auburn is in Alabama, where more than 70% of the state is forested. The wood products industry figures prominently in the state’s economy and cultural memory. Alabama is a national leader in the production and innovation of engineered wood products, including mass timber. To date, Auburn’s research efforts related to mass timber have mostly been the purview of the engineering and forestry disciplines; however, there is an imperative for applied research that demonstrates the deployment of this material system in the design and construction of the built environment.

The McWhorter School of Building Science at Auburn University seeks applications for a full-time, on-site, Visiting Assistant/Associate Research Professor primarily focused on research of mass timber and cross laminated timber (CLT) construction, with a secondary focus on wood-based prefabrication and off-site construction systems and techniques. This is a visiting position with a term of three years (renewable).

The selected candidate will work closely with a team of mass timber design researchers within the College of Architecture, Design, and Construction (CADC). The appointment would include a limited teaching component, including the development of new courses related to mass timber. The candidate is also expected to establish active collaboration with researchers from the College of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences and the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering in order to pursue multi-disciplinary externally funded research grants. Several lab facilities and centers across campus may be available for research, including the Robins and Morton Construction Field Lab, the Auburn University Structural Testing Laboratory, and the Forest Products Development Center.

Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications. This non-tenure track position has funding available for a three-year appointment. Continuation of employment will be based on (1) satisfactory annual reviews during each of the first three years of employment, and (2) the attainment of sufficient external research funding related to mass timber.

Further information on the requirements of a research faculty member (including description of Assistant vs. Associate ranks) can be found in the Auburn University Faculty handbook located at

School Description: The McWhorter School of Building Science (BSCI), established in 1947, is the second oldest construction education program in the United States. BSCI maintains a proud tradition of practical and professional construction education, offering an undergraduate degree in Building Construction, a master’s degree in Building Construction, and a PhD in Building Construction. BSCI is an active member of the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) and is fully accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE). For more information see

The School is a part of the College of Architecture, Design and Construction. The School has 20 full-time faculty members with a student population of about 600. It has six named professorships and one endowed chair, all generously supported by alumni. The School has more than 4,000 alumni, including many who lead the industry in Engineering News Record’s top ranked firms.

The McWhorter School is housed in the dedicated 36,000sf LEED® Gold rated M. Miller Gorrie Center that was the result of industry and alumni generosity and leadership.
The M. Miller and Frances Gorrie Construction Visualization lab was completed in 2019 to provide an interactive virtual teaching and learning environment to the faculty and students (…). In addition, the newly renovated three-acre Robins & Morton Construction Field Lab is available for hands-on instruction, service learning, and research (…).

Minimum Qualifications
· A graduate degree in building construction, construction management, architecture, engineering, wood science, or an allied field; or a relevant undergraduate degree in these disciplines and a graduate degree giving evidence of potential research productivity in a field related to the position at the time employment begins.
· Professional and/or applied research experience in wood construction, CLT, and/or other mass timber products.
· Evidence of the capacity and potential to develop a successful, externally funded research program in the field of mass timber and CLT.

Desired Qualifications
· Doctoral degree in building construction or a related field.
· 3 or more years of experience in wood science, CLT, and/or mass timber research.
· 3 or more years of professional experience in wood, CLT, and/or mass timber construction.
· Experience related to wood-based prefabrication and off-site construction systems and techniques.
· A record of successful extramurally funded research and publication of research with national-level recognition.
· A record of successful previous higher-ed teaching experience in architecture, engineering, construction, or allied fields.­­­
· Evidence of successful multi-disciplinary research collaborations.

Special Instructions to Applicants
Required online submission materials include: (1) a letter of interest outlining the candidate’s proposed research plan; (2) a current curriculum vitae/resume; (3) statement or portfolio of relevant professional and/or research experience; (4) names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of three current references.

For additional information contact:
Dr. Wesley Collins, Associate Professor
Search Committee Chair
McWhorter School of Building Science
316 M. Miller Gorrie Center
Auburn University, AL 36849
Tel: (334) 844-5987

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