Monthly Archives: January 2016

Two Ph.D. Assistantships in Renewable Materials and Bioenergy



The West Virginia University’s Renewable Materials and Bioenergy Research Center is seeking
applicants to fill two Graduate Research Assistant positions in: (1) Advanced Biomass Logistics,
and (2) Lignocellulose-based Products. Both positions will be available in August, 2016.

We are looking for motivated applicants with good work ethic, who are interested in
participating in multidisciplinary research projects.
1. Advanced Biomass Logistics

MS in forest management, forest or agricultural engineering, or related sciences with

Demonstrated knowledge in computation, modeling, and statistics

Experience in life cycle analysis and techno-economic analysis

Strong communication skills

2. Lignocellulose-based Products

MS in applied chemistry, wood science and technology, chemical engineering, or

Experience in thermochemical conversion and carbonization of lignocellulosic

Demonstrated knowledge of materials characterization methods, including TGA,

Knowledge of statistics and experimental design

To Apply

Email the following documents in one single PDF file to Professor Jingxin Wang: (1) cover
letter, explaining your qualifications, your research interests, and relevant prior experiences; (2)
CV, and (3) transcripts of your undergraduate and graduate courses. If you have your TOEFL
(foreign students only) and GRE scores, please include them as well. Reviewing process will
begin immediately and continue until suitable candidates are selected. The selected candidates
must submit their official application to WVU Office of Graduate Admissions & Recruitment

For more information, please email Dr. Jingxin Wang,, or call at
(304) 293 7601.
strong background in operations research and economics
materials science

Division of Forestry and Natural Resources

Phone: 304-293-2941 322 Percival Hall

Fax: 304-293-2441 P.O. Box 6125 Morgantown, WV 26506-6125 Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution

The 2017 IUFRO All-Division 5 (Forest Products) Conference will be held in Vancouver, Canada from June 12th to 16th, 2017

The 2017 IUFRO All-Division 5 (Forest Products) Conference will be held in Vancouver, Canada from June 12th to 16th, 2017. The Conference is organized jointly by IUFRO Division 5, the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia, FPInnovations, and the Society of Wood Science and Technology. In recognition of the pressing global need for the forest sector to be a leader in sustainability, diversification, and innovation, the theme of the 2017 IUFRO Division 5 Conference is: Forest Sector Innovations for a Greener Future.


This Innovation/Sustainability theme will form a unifying basis for the week-long Conference and will guide the agenda through a series of plenary sessions that will catalyze discussion on what the future forest products sector might look like. Each morning will feature two keynote presentations; one a research-based talk featuring a prominent academic, the other a more pragmatic, real-world talk featuring a prominent practitioner from industry, government, civil society, or an indigenous community. The plenary topics include:


Forest Sector Innovation; How can innovative forest sector based environmental and social approaches assure a greener future for our global society?

Innovations in Forest Products and Services; How will fibre and forests be used in the near- and long term (focus on bioenergy, biomaterials, biofuels, biochemicals, carbon and non-timber forest products)?

Innovations in Wood Building and Design; What will the next generation’s needs for shelter and buildings be and how will they be met?

Innovations in Forest Management, Policy and Markets; Will there be enough biomass and sustainable products to support the growing global population?

Innovations in Business Models and Management: What will the businesses of forestry look like in the near and long-term?


Please find the link to the website for the conference here: The Call for Technical Session Proposals is now open (Deadline March 30, 2016)!


Interdisciplinary: Res Mat Engineer/Res Chemist/Res Forest Prod Tech, GS-0806/1380/1320-12/14


A career with the Forest Service will challenge you to manage and care for more than 193 million acres of our nation’s 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.

It’s 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.

This is an interdisciplinary position and may be filled in any of the job series/position titles listed. In addition to the specialized experience requirements, applicants must submit proof that they meet the educational requirements for at least one of the series described in the announcement. Applicants may only be appointed to job series/position titles for which they meet all experience and educational requirements.

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.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Less than 10%


  • No


  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.