Visiting Research Professor of Building Construction (Assistant or Associate)

Auburn University
Auburn, Alabama
Jun 07, 2021
Jul 08, 2021
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Job Description Summary:
The McWhorter School of Building Science at Auburn University seeks applications for a full-time, Visiting Research professor (Assistant/Associate) primarily focused on research of mass timber and cross laminated timber (CLT) construction, with a secondary focus on prefabrication and off-site construction systems and techniques. The appointment is for a research position that would include a limited teaching component, including the development of new courses related to mass timber. The hire would be made in conjunction with a similar position in the School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture (APLA). Both Schools are located in the College of Architecture, Design and Construction (CADC) at Auburn University. Respective candidates would be expected to encourage collaboration between the design and construction disciplines within the CADC. This is a three-year appointment, continuation of which is contingent on securing external funding for research related to mass timber.
As a public land-grant institution, Auburn University’s mission is based on instruction, research, and outreach that is engaged with the state's constituents and resources. More than 70% of the State of Alabama is forested, and 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, research efforts around mass timber have largely 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 built environment. Candidates for this position would be expected to investigate new opportunities for the procurement, assembly, and project delivery methods related to mass timber and CLT to better understand and enhance its regional and global economic, ecological, and social benefits.
The Robins & Morton Construction Field Lab at the McWhorter School of Building Science will be used for teaching and research for both undergraduate and graduate students. The lab features a high-bay facility with overhead hoisting capacity, as well as a variety of equipment, storage, and classroom facilities, all of which could be utilized in the applied research of mass timber, CLT, and other prefabricated building components.
The McWhorter School of Building Science offers bachelor, master, and doctorate degrees in Building Construction. The school has a long-standing partnership with the US Army Corps of Engineers to provide executive graduate education in construction management to professionals in the field. The School’s Center for Construction Innovation and Collaboration (CCIC) supports faculty research and serves as a liaison with industry. The School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture (APLA) is the counterpart school with which the tandem hire will be made; APLA has a 110-year history of educating professionals in the fields of architecture, interior architects, landscape architects, and environmental design. Collaborative opportunities for research between faculty and students in the schools are numerous and strongly encouraged.

Minimum Qualifications
• A graduate degree in building construction, construction management, architecture, engineering, or an allied field; or a relevant undergraduate degree in these disciplines and a graduate degree giving evidence of potential research productivity in a related field.
• Experience in the design and/or construction of projects featuring mass timber and CLT
• Evidence of the capacity and potential to develop a successful, externally funded research program in the field of mass timber and the secondary fields of building prefabrication and off-site construction relevant to the description above.

Preferred Qualifications for the position
• Doctoral degree in building construction or a related field
• 5 or more years of professional experience in the architecture, engineering, and construction industries and/or professional licensure
• 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 AEC or allied fields
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.
Auburn University is an EEP/Vet/Disability Employer.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Applicants must apply online at:
Required online submission materials include: 1) a letter of interest outlining the candidate’s research and pedagogical interests; 2) a current curriculum vitae; 3) relevant evidence of professional experience; 4) names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of three current references.
Review of applications will begin on June 28, 2021 and continue until the position is filled, or the search discontinued.
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