Visiting Assistant or Associate Research Professor of Building Construction
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, onsite,
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 offsite
construction systems and techniques. This is a visiting position with a term of three years
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.
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
Professional and/or applied research experience in wood construction, CLT, and/or other mass timber
Evidence of the capacity and potential to develop a successful, externally funded research program in
the field of mass timber and CLT.
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
A record of successful previous higher-ed teaching experience in architecture, engineering,
construction, or allied fields.
Evidence of successful multi-disciplinary research collaborations.
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
The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements for work in the
United States at the time this position is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed
term of employment.
Applicants must apply online at:
Review of applications will begin on August 15th, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled, or
Salary, Rank, and Length of Appointment
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
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
(https://cadc.auburn.edu/m-miller-and-frances-gorrie-construction-visualization-laboratory/). In addition,
the newly renovated three-acre Robins & Morton Construction Field Lab is available for hands-on
instruction, service learning, and research (https://cadc.auburn.edu/construction/aboutconstruction/
About the College: The College of Architecture, Design and Construction at Auburn, established in
1907, is the oldest in the Southeast and one of the oldest in the United States. It is comprised of the
McWhorter School of Building Science, School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture, and
School of Industrial & Graphic Design. The college is committed to collaboration across these
disciplines. For more information on the college see www.cadc.auburn.edu.
About the University: Auburn University, a land grant institution, is an R1 institution by the Carnegie
Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. It was chartered in 1856, and is located in Auburn,
Alabama. Auburn offers the baccalaureate in more than 140 areas, including exemplary programs in
architecture, agriculture, building science, business, engineering, forestry, industrial design, pharmacy,
and veterinary medicine. The institution currently enrolls more than 30,000 students. For more
information on Auburn see www.auburn.edu.
About the City of Auburn: Auburn University is located in Auburn, Alabama. Auburn is located in
eastern Alabama, 1-½ hours from Atlanta, Ga., 50 minutes from the capital, Montgomery, and 2 hours
from Birmingham. The Auburn School system is a recognized leader in education and is instrumental in
the growth of the city. The population of the county is over 165,000 people, and offers substantial career,
business, retail, and educational opportunities. Information on the school system is available
at www.auburnschools.org/ . More information is available from the Chamber of Commerce
at www.auburnchamber.com / and the City of Auburn at www.auburnalabama.org/.
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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