Department of Wood Science & Engineering
Oregon State University
119 Richardson Hall
Corvallis, Oregon 97331-5706

Faculty Position The Department of Wood Science & Engineering seeks a creative and innovative faculty member for a position as Assistant Professor of Architecture and Wood Design. The position will become available July 1, 2015. This is a 9-month, tenure-track position. The incumbent is encouraged to increase his/her base appointment/salary by seeking supplemental funding through other activities outside of their approved position description.

Responsibilities Research and Creative Work: Candidates are expected to pursue a well-defined research and creative practice agenda with a commitment to sustained inquiry into emerging issues in the field. These may include, but are not limited to applications of new wood products, innovative design, design of mass timber buildings, development of specialty products and building elements, innovative uses of mass timber products and promotion of an understanding of renewable materials in buildings.

Teaching: The teaching responsibilities of the position include approximately three courses per year, two undergraduate and one graduate, distributed over three quarters. The successful candidate will have the freedom to design their coursework in cooperation with the department head.

Service: Candidates are expected to connect with their professional community and serve on committees at the College and Department levels as needed.

Salary Minimum starting salary is expected to be $70,000/year

Qualifications We are seeking individuals with the ability to collaborate across disciplines to bring the tools of architecture to bear on research questions regarding wood design, engineering, and applications for new products. The successful candidate need not have any background in wood science, although knowledge of recent developments in the field of engineered wood products and their applications is preferred.

Minimum Required Qualifications

Professional degree in architecture and an advanced degree which may be in architecture or a related field.

Demonstrated ability or significant potential for teaching in classroom, outreach, or other settings, and developing and leading a research program relevant to architecture and wood design.

Demonstrated ability or significant potential to collaborate with people in other disciplines.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

Preferred Qualifications

PhD in architecture or related field.

A vision for how to draw upon expertise in other disciplines to build an integrated research and education program that operates at the interface between architecture and wood science.

Ability to direct undergraduate and graduate students.

Potential for adjunct faculty status in the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts.

A strong commitment to the use of renewable materials in the built environment.

The Department The Department’s diverse faculty offers course work covering the full spectrum of renewable materials science, design, processing, and business. We are a collegial and energetic community that cares deeply about teaching, learning and supporting new research and practice.

The College of Forestry is developing a National Center of Excellence for Advanced Wood Products Manufacturing and Design, in collaboration with the OSU College of Engineering and the University of Oregon’s School of Architecture and Allied Arts. It will include construction of a new, state-of-the-art laboratory. This new center is expected to provide significant new research opportunities for the Department. We are a small program with a family-like atmosphere, where senior faculty actively collaborate with and mentor junior faculty. The Department is recognized as an international leader in wood science. Our faculty members come from a wide range of backgrounds, from basic sciences to engineering to business and this is reflected in the breadth of research they conduct (for more insight please see: The Department offers a BS degree in Renewable Materials and MS and PhD degrees in Wood Science.

OSU is located in Corvallis, a vibrant college town of 54,000 in the heart of western Oregon’s Willamette Valley. OSU is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

To Apply Applications should include a detailed cover letter outlining how the applicant meets the qualifications outlined in the position description, a vitae/resume, summary of research interests, statement of teaching interests and experience, names of 3-5 professional references, and e-mail/phone contact information. For more details please go to or view the posting and apply at posting. See full posting for details. Screening of candidates will begin December 1, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.