Monthly Archives: February 2015

Interdisc Mat Eng/Chemist/Forest Products Techn

A career with the Forest Service will challenge you to manage and care for more than 193 million acres of our nations most magnificent lands, conduct research through a network of forest and range experiment stations and the Forest Products Laboratory, and provide assistance to State and private forestry agencies.

Its an awesome responsibility – but the rewards are as limitless as the views.

This position is with the USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory’s Engineering Composites Science Research Work Unit, and is located in Orono, ME. The selectee will be expected to use material science approaches to optimize processes, improve efficiency, and exploit opportunity for new advanced bio-based composites. The position is responsible to integrate other specialists in materials science, chemistry, biological science and engineering into a cohesive, highly focused research team.

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Zhiyong Cai at (608) 231-9446 or

This is a research position and is classified under the scientist career plan. Research scientists have open-ended promotion potential. Research accomplishments and their impact on the duties and responsibilities of positions are evaluated periodically. The grade level is limited only by the individual’s demonstrated ability to perform research of recognized importance to science and technology. Final grade level may be determined by a peer review panel.

Applicants being considered for this research position should provide a list of publications that you have been an author, co-author, or contributor for. If providing curriculum vitae, please incorporate all resume requirements identified in the REQUIRED DOCUMENTS section of this announcement, or submit a supplemental resume which includes all information required in addition to the curriculum vitae.

The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply.



Natural Resource Economist, Spatial Statistician

Seeking a post-doctoral fellow to work on spatially explicit land use modeling.  The scope of the work is regional in scope and will be especially well suited for someone with skills in spatial econometrics.


In particular, this position will study recent land use dynamics in the United States to examine the influence of demands for developed as well as all rural land uses along with the effects of biophysical factors including climate on land use conditions. The incumbent will work within an interdisciplinary team to examine the influence of future land use conditions on ecosystem service outcomes, including carbon, water, and wildlife habitat.


The position description can be found at:

Senior Chemist, Wood Protection

Position: Senior Chemist, Wood Protection
Location: Florham Park, New Jersey
Troy will consider sponsorship of international candidates.


The Senior Chemist, Wood Protection (Technical Services Manager) evaluates and executes technical service and product development projects in the area of wood protection for internal and external customers. Conducts applied research to produce new commercial products and new end uses of
experimental and existing products. Evaluates customer projects and provides solutions.
Accountable for leading the wood protection testing as well as the evaluation of various products to ensure compatibility with existing and new product applications. Maintains contact with customers’ scientific community in order to resolve inquiries in a cost effective and timely manner. Reports progress of research work and significance of the results to management.
REPORTS TO: Director, Wood Protection
1. Lead the testing and evaluations of existing and potential product applications in order to satisfy customer requests in a timely manner. Provide technical guidance to sales personnel so that customer applications can be better understood.
2. Conducts various competitive product comparisons and evaluations so that the marketing function can promote existing and/or new product applications in order to secure a competitive advantage.
3. Maintain communication as technical liaison with customers and potential customers so that product applications can be fully realized.
4. Based on applied research, establish or modify existing or new testing standards and methods so that customer applications testing can be conducted in a more profitable manner.
5. Lead and oversee the publication of accurate testing and evaluation of customer  applications.
6. Keeps abreast of scientific developments in order to provide the company with the best knowledge and information necessary to maintain the company’s competitive position.
7. Develops data for use in the preparation of marketing literature for the introduction and promotion of new or revised products.
8. Prepares summary tables with experimental results of experiments as well as monthly and other periodic reports on the results of all lab work being conducted
9. Develops formulas, processes, techniques, and methods for solutions to technical problems affectingmarketability of various products.
10. Evaluates and selects laboratory equipment in a cost effective manner that continues to satisfy customer requirements.
11. Maintains laboratory equipment and ensures that materials and equipment required are available. Ensures lab is stocked with adequate inventory of needed materials so no project is delayed due to lack of material or equipment.
12. Confers with scientific and engineering communities regarding research of solutions to problems and prepares technical and laboratory reports for management review and evaluation.
13. Collaborates with other Troy scientists to execute multidisciplinary projects leading to new or improved products and processes.
14. Keeps abreast of scientific and competitive information in order maintain state-of-the–art knowledge.
15. Performs other duties and special projects upon request.
Masters of Science in Forest Products/Wood Science or equivalent; or Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Products/ Wood Science along with minimum two years’ experience within the Wood Preservation or allied industry. Knowledge of laboratory and production equipment and laboratory skills required.
WORKS CLOSELY WITH: Science & Technology, Marketing, Sales, and Operations
SUPPORTED BY: Research Lab, Drier Lab, Science & Technology, and IT
1. Completion of projects on a timely basis 2. Timely and accurate solution of customer issues 3. Quantity and quality of new products developed 4. Quantity and quality of technical service projects that are completed that lead to product approvals
ADA ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS: Duties one through twelve
SUPERVISION GIVEN AND RECEIVED: Works under general management direction. Takes independent action and receives limited guidance on technical or professional aspects of job duties.
IND1 For internal use only: “Senior Chemist, Wood Protection,” “Senior Scientist, Wood Protection,” “Technical Services Manager, Wood Protection”, “Chemist, Wood Protection”, “Technical Specialist, Wood Protection”, “R&D Manager”, “Science &Technology Manager”

Renewable Materials and the Bio-Economy: SWST 2015 International Convention

Renewable Materials and the Bio-Economy: SWST 2015 International Convention

June 7-12, 2015

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Our moderators and workshop instructors hail from all over the globe, as do our speakers (light colored countries in the figure). Our sessions are summarized below.

  • Biomass chemistry for a greener environment
  • Design for environment: use of renewable materials
  • Wood-based green fuels and chemicals
  • Biomass energy: innovations, economic realities, and public perception
  • Nano to macro scale wooden composites
  • Timber physics from 1 µm to 10 m
  • Novel techniques for a new era of wood construction
  • Wood quality and improvement
  • Fiber properties chain: from cell wall to end products
  • Treatments and durability
  • Remember to prepare yourself for the nature and grandeur of the great American West
  • Early-stage researcher day
  • Mini-workshops, publishing in: Wood & Fiber Science & BioProducts Business
  • Poster session and student poster competition
  • Forest Products and Communities

Remember to prepare yourself for the nature and grandeur of the great American West!!

Save money by taking advantage of early bird registration – deadline is March 1!

Renewable Materials and the Bio-Economy: SWST 2015 International Convention

Parallel to the Friday SWST session is presentations from the International Union of Forestry Research Organizations, Forest Products Marketing and Business Management Research Group. The theme of the day is “Forest Products and Communities.” A team of three has organized the day, chaired by Paul Dargusch of University of Queensland. Rajat Panwar, University of British Columbia and Chris Gaston University of British Columbia/FP Innovations round out the team.

gastonPaul_Dargusch  panwar rajat

The day will begin with a framing keynote presentation by Rajat Panwar and Rob Kozak, University of British Columbia. The remainder of the day will include 18 different presentations with topics such as: GIS applications in marketing, supply chain mapping, lean thinking, illegal timber trade, and consumer reactions to wood in the built environment.

Early bird registration deadline is March 1!

Tropical Forest Foundation’s headquarters will cease operations March 31, 2015

Dear Friends of TFF,

After 25 years since its founding, the Tropical Forest Foundation’s headquarters will cease operations March 31, 2015.  The projects and outreach centers established by TFF in Brazil, Guyana and Indonesia will continue to operate independently.

An Ad-Hoc Committee chaired by founding chairman Thomas Lovejoy with the participation of other leaders involved in TFF from the early days was authorized to finalize the closing activities and ascertain that proper recognition is given to the wonderful accomplishments of the Tropical Forest Foundation.

We encourage you to read, and share with others, the attached statement of accomplishment, authored by Dr. James Bowyer (past chairman) with input from the Ad-Hoc Committee.  All of us can be very proud of TFF’s marvelous success and global impact on tropical forests worldwide.

TFF was founded through a concept reached by a Tropical Forestry Workshop held at the Smithsonian Institution in 1989.  This workshop led to a consensus that proper forest management is the key to protecting the future of these forests.  A copy of that consensus statement is attached.  It was adopted at the first TFF Board of Directors meeting in 1991 and the principles continue to hold true.

With thanks and good wishes to all who have supported TFF.

Keister Evans

Executive Director (1991-2010)

For more information:

Tropical Forest Foundation Headquarters to Close

Tropical Forestry Workshop Consensus Statement.1989

Agriculture Research Specialist UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY College of Agriculture, Food & Environment

POSITION TITLE: Agriculture Research Specialist, Primary Forest Products, Department of Forestry, University of Kentucky.

QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree suitable for the program areas. Experience in the primary hardwood industry preferred.

SALARY: This is a full-time appointment. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

LOCATION: This position will be stationed on the main campus of the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky, with a regional field office located at the Robinson Center for Appalachian Resource Sustainability located in Eastern Kentucky.

RESPONSIBILITES AND QUALIFICATIONS: The successful candidate will be expected to develop and participate in existing continuing education programs as well as provide one-on-one industrial/technical support. The focus will be to assess the needs of the primary forest industry from the forest through primary processing including drying. The successful candidate will develop education, training, support programs, and materials that provide solutions to real-world problems and help improve the forest industry’s competitive position. Potential subject areas include timber harvesting, log and lumber quality, sawmill operations, quality control, marketing, drying, safety, and certification. The individual is also expected to work as part of a Forestry Extension team that engages all sectors of the forestry and natural resource management communities, policy makers, the general public, and youth. The Department of Forestry maintains a high degree of interaction with the forest products industry and aligned agencies and organizations and opportunities exist for partnering and obtaining external funding and in-kind services to develop and implement programs. The position requires in-state travel and strong communication and interpersonal skills to deliver programming and promote necessary collaboration within and outside the University.

The Department of Forestry is one of fourteen academic departments in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Departmental activities include undergraduate and graduate instruction in forestry and natural resources, research, and Cooperative Extension Service programs encompassing a wide range of forestry and natural resource management interests. The Department has significant off-campus resources available to support its mission including the nationally recognized Wood Utilization Center and Robinson Forest, both located at the Robinson Center for Appalachian Resource Sustainability in eastern Kentucky. For information about the Department of Forestry and the University of Kentucky, see and For information about living in Lexington, see

To apply for job # RE02188, submit a UK Online Application at If you have any questions, contact HR/Employment, phone (859) 257-9555 press 2. Application deadline is April, 24, 2015. If you have any questions, contact HR/Employment, phone (859) 257-9555 option 2 or email Upon offer of employment, successful applicants for certain positions must undergo a national background check as required by University of Kentucky Human Resources. Questions can be directed to: Mr. Bobby Ammerman, Phone – 859-257-9511 ext. 256, Email –

The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment is an equal opportunity organization and welcomes applications from women and minorities.

Faculty Position in Forest Operations School of Forest Resources University of Maine Orono, ME

The School of Forest Resources (SFR) at the University of Maine is seeking applications for an academic-year, tenure-track Assistant Professor with research interests in the field of forest operations. The appointment will be 50% research and 50% teaching.


Research: The successful candidate will be expected to develop a nationally recognized, externally funded research program that emphasizes the planning and control of forest operations and forest operations management. Results from this research are expected to be published in leading peer-reviewed journals and other outlets.
Teaching: The successful candidate will be expected to (1) teach undergraduate course(s) in the SFR (one of which will be forest operations planning), (2) develop one or more graduate courses in his/her area of expertise, and (3) participate in cooperative efforts with other faculty in support of the three week undergraduate field exercises held each May and with faculty in other departments of the College of NSFA (4) serve as an advisor to both undergraduate and graduate students.
Service: The successful candidate will be expected to pursue public service activities, such as providing assistance to industrial and non-industrial landowners, representatives from the forest products industry and government agency personnel, and serving on campus committees and professional organizations.
Research, teaching, and service responsibilities are to be consistent with the University of
Maine’s Land Grant mission.


A Ph.D. with at least one degree in Forest Resources, Forest Engineering or closely allied field is required by date of hire. Additional experience in engineering, forest products, or a closely related field is highly desirable. Expertise and experience should include teaching and research in forest operations planning, with particular emphasis on timber harvesting, forest roads construction and wood procurement operations is desirable. Knowledge of forest resource business practices of both large-scale industrial and small-scale non-industrial forestry operations is desirable. A demonstrated commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, and a proven ability to obtain extramural research funding and publish in leading peer-reviewed journals is desired.


The University of Maine ( has the oldest continuously accredited 4-year
Undergraduate Forestry program in the U.S. and is located in Orono, a small college town bounded by the Stillwater, and Penobscot Rivers. The campus is eight miles north of Bangor, a commercial center for Maine and the Maritime Provinces of Canada. The Bangor Region is centrally located in the state,providing nearby access to mountains, forests, parks, rivers, lakes, and the coast. The School of Forest Resources administers programs leading to baccalaureate degrees in Forestry; Forest Operations, Bioproducts & Bioenergy; and Parks, Recreation & Tourism. The School also is closely aligned with the Advanced Structures and Composites Center, The Forest Bioproducts Research Institute, and the Center for Research on Sustainable Forests. Detailed information about programs and faculty is available at


Review of applications will begin April 1, 2015 and continue until position is filled.
Anticipated Start Date: Position available September 1, 2015 or commensurate with applicant’s availability.


Applications and required documents will be made online through the following website . Required documents will include cover letter outlining teaching and research philosophy, resume/CV, transcripts of all academic work, and the names and addresses of three references. Incomplete applications cannot be considered. Appropriate background checks will be required.

For further information or questions, please contact Dr. Douglas J. Gardner, the Chair of the Search Committee, at

On January 1, 2011, UMaine became a tobacco-free campus. Information regarding UMaine’s tobacco-free policy is online at

The University of Maine is an EEO/AA Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Thomas M. Maloney Graduate Scholarship

This year we lost our good friend Tom Maloney after a long and courageous battle with cancer.  Everyone who knew Tom is saddened by this passing of a truly great man.  After consulting with Tom’s family, we all agreed that an endowed scholarship would be a fitting tribute to honor Tom’s commitment to education as we know he would be pleased to help deserving graduate students working in the field of wood composites and engineering.  It is our intent to create the Thomas M. Maloney Graduate Scholarship with a goal of raising at least $100,000 for this endowment.  If you would like to donate to the scholarship, use the contribute button below.  All donations will be acknowledged by the WSU Foundation and communicated to the Maloney family. To learn more about Tom’s career, please click here.  Thank you for considering this request in memory of Tom Maloney.