Precision Forestry Research Chair – Northern Hardwoods Research Institute Edmundston, New-Brunswick, Canada

Employment Opportunity: Precision Forestry Research Chair

Northern Hardwoods Research Institute

Location: Edmundston, New-Brunswick, Canada

The Northern Hardwoods Research Institute (NHRI) is a component of Université de Moncton, Edmundston Campus (UMCE) and results from a partnership among the forestry industry in New Brunswick, UMCE, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and the government of New Brunswick. The NHRI was created to carry out applied research to improve knowledge related to development of hardwood forests for the benefit of the forestry sector.

The Northern Hardwoods Research Institute (NHRI) invites applications for a New Brunswick Innovation Research Chair in Precision Forestry. The Institute seeks an individual with a PhD obtained within the last ten years, an outstanding research program, and an established record of attracting competitively awarded research funding, including Canadian Tri-Agency or similar national or international funding.

The successful candidate will conduct research in the area of precision forestry and build capacity to inform both Industry and government on how to leverage technology to better manage hardwood forests.. The Chair will serve as a node to develop an interdisciplinary research network that will train highly qualified personnel by collaborating directly with multiple industrial partners, with the Université de Moncton’s forestry school and with other established research organizations within New Brunswick as well as nationally, and internationally. The candidate will have demonstrated competency and experience in economics of natural resource management, remote sensing, use of unmanned aerial vehicles, geomatics, spatial analysis, growth and yield modeling, value chain optimization, multi-scale planning and the use of on-board-computers in harvesting equipment. The candidate will also be expected to develop collaborations between multiple stakeholders and be driven by the desire to solve real problems for the forest industry. The new research program will be multi-jurisdictional and cover the three main research areas of the NHRI: 1) Resource characterization and modeling; 2) Hardwood silviculture, development, growth and yield; 3) Forestry operations, utilization and processing.

All activities conducted through the chair will under the guidance of the NHRI Director and board of directors.

The purpose of the New Brunswick Innovation Research Chair Initiative (NBIRC) is to foster greater collaboration between the private sector and academia. Each of these chairs will be exclusively focused on research to help private sector companies develop new and improved products and services from intellectual property existing in companies, from intellectual property existing in knowledge institutions or from new intellectual property developed by the research chair and his or her team. These research chairs will collaborate with private sector partners to help them solve technology related issues within their products and services. This research chair is for emerging national and international researchers with

strong ties to industry, recognized as exceptional by his/her peers, and committed to holding the chair for at least five years.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Date of Appointment: as soon as possible but no later than April 1st 2016 but with considerations upon the availability of the successful candidate Deadline for Applications: February 26, 2016 Contact:

Gaëtan Pelletier

General Director

Northern Hardwoods Research Institute

Université de Moncton, Campus d’Edmundston

165 boulevard Hébert

Edmundston, New Brunswick E3V 2S8 Canada

PH: (506) 737-5050 ext. 5460

E: gaetan.pelletier@umoncton.ca

Applicants shall provide a detailed curriculum vitae, academic credentials, representative publications, a research plan, and at least three confidential letters of reference.

We thank all applicants for their interest in applying for this position and advise that only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. Short listed candidates will be expected to provide copies of credentials at time of interview. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

January 19, 2016