Monthly Archives: July 2014

Richard Vlosky elected Vice-President of the Forest Products Society

Richard Vlosky, Director and Crosby Land and Resources Endowed Professor, Louisiana Forest Products Development Center, LSU AgCenter, has been elected Vice-President of the Forest Products Society. He will be officially installed at the Society’s 68th International Convention in Quebec in August. The Forest Products Society is an international not-for-profit technical association founded in 1947 to provide an information network for all segments of the forest products industry.

ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR – Forest and Natural Resources Certification and Sustainability

ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR – Forest and Natural Resources Certification and Sustainability
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources and
The Savannah River Ecology Laboratory
The University of Georgia

POSITION: Applications are invited for the position of Assistant Professor in Forest Certification and Natural Resources Sustainability. This is a full time, tenure-track, 12-month, 50% teaching, 50% research appointment. This position is a split appointment between the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (SREL) (50%) and the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources (50%) and is located at The University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. This position is part of an ongoing cluster hire in Natural Resources Sustainability led by the Warnell School, SREL and the Odum School of Ecology at UGA. We seek a scientist with teaching and research interests in forest certification and its links to natural resources sustainability and life cycle analysis.

QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates should have completed a Ph.D. degree in Natural Resources or a related discipline and have a strong quantitatively based research background in areas related to life cycle analysis and sustainability. Candidates must have an ability and willingness to teach introductory natural resource undergraduate classes as well as other classes related to forest certification and use of forest and natural resources to both undergraduate and graduate students, and to mentor undergraduate and graduate students. Evidence of research productivity and the potential to attract external research funding in the area of forest certification and use of forest/natural resources is required.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate is expected to provide leadership in the application, development and testing of quantitative and qualitative measures as applied to sustainable management/use of forest and other natural resources. The successful candidate will teach an average of three to four courses in the general areas of life cycle analysis and certification as applied to forest and natural resources. The successful candidate will also be responsible for developing a research program capable of attracting graduate students and significant external funding in the area of sustainable management/use of forest and natural resources. Candidates must be committed to collaborating with diverse groups within and outside of the university including students, faculty, state and federal agencies, commercial forest growers, private landowners, forest products manufacturers and other private sector entities. The successful candidate will advise undergraduate students, direct graduate students, serve on School committees, and participate in professional and/or scientific societies.
Savannah River Ecology Laboratory: SREL (www.srel.uga.edu) is a research unit of UGA located on the 300 mi2 Savannah River Site, a Department of Energy facility in South Carolina, 130 miles from UGA. With a staff of over 70 faculty, postdocs, research professionals, technicians, and graduate students, the laboratory pursues basic and applied research at multiple levels of ecological organization, from atoms to ecosystems. SREL also provides opportunities for graduate and undergraduate research training, and service to the community through environmental outreach. Throughout its 60+ year history, SREL has strived to acquire and communicate knowledge that contributes to sound ecological stewardship.

Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources: The tenure home of the successful candidate will be in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the main UGA campus in Athens, GA (www.uga.edu). UGA is a land/sea grant institution comprised of 16 schools and colleges. The Warnell School is a professional school with 63 faculty, 365 undergraduates, and 225 graduate students (www.warnell.uga.edu). The School offers Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral degrees in a wide array of natural resources disciplines. The School has a 740-acre forest <10 minutes from campus and 23,000 acres of forestland across the state for teaching and research. A research group of the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station (www.srs.fs.usda.gov/trends) is located on campus near the School.

THE UNIVERSITY: The University of Georgia (www.uga.edu) is a land grant/sea grant institution comprised of 16 schools and colleges. Enrollment is about 35,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and is located <60 miles northeast of Atlanta.

APPLICATION: To ensure full consideration, each applicant should submit their curriculum vitae, statement of teaching and research interests, official transcripts of all college-level work, names and contact information of three references, and reprints of selected publications by August 10, 2014. University policy requires all candidates to consent to a background investigation (www.hr.uga.edu). Finalists will be required to provide a signed consent form authorizing the University to conduct a background check. Actual background investigations will be conducted on a post offer/pre-employment basis. Send applications and inquires to: Dr. Jacek Siry, Chair, Forest Certification Search Committee, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602; jsiry@warnell.uga.edu; (706) 542-2686.

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Master’s student research assistantship available at the University of Maine

Master’s student research assistantship available at the University of Maine

Synopsis:

A newly funded project will be starting soon at the School of Forest Resources, University of Maine. The project will support a Master’s student for two years on a research assistantship. The project will be focused on the production and property evaluation of a novel high density packaging material made with paper laminates and cellulose nanofibrils. The experimental work will involve laboratory experiments to produce paper laminates, traditional paper and composite material mechanical property tests, environmental durability assessment using dynamic mechanical tests run under various temperature and relative humidity conditions, creep/stress relaxation tests and modelling mechanical properties using the classical laminate theory.

Qualifications:

An undergraduate degree in wood science, forest products, pulp and paper, chemistry, chemical/mechanical/materials engineering or other closely related disciplines is required. The ideal candidate is expected to have working knowledge of a variety of production and characterization techniques including but not limited to composite materials processing, mechanical characterization, viscoelastic properties and dynamic mechanical analysis. In addition, the ideal applicant is a team worker, has a high level of intellectual curiosity and can work independently. Good written and verbal communication skills are expected. GRE scores are required, international students must also have acceptable TOEFL scores or equivalent.

Assistantship:

The position has an annual stipend of $30,000. In addition, half the Annual Health Insurance fee will be provided. All tuition and fees will be the responsibility of the successful candidate. Operating funds for conducting research and travel will also be available.

How to apply:

Send a Statement of Purpose with your C.V., degree transcripts, recommendation letters and GRE and TOEFL scores to:

Mehdi Tajvidi, Assistant Professor of Renewable Nanomaterials, mehdi.tajvidi@maine.edu