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Assistant Professor (Tenure-track), Polymer Chemist

Assistant Professor (Tenure-track), Polymer Chemist

School of Packaging, Michigan State University

The School of Packaging ( in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University (MSU) is seeking qualified applicants for an Assistant Professor position in Polymer Chemistry/Synthesis. This is a nine-month, tenure-track position with research/teaching/service (50%/40%/10%) assignment. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an externally funded research program with a focus on using renewable materials to produce polymers for packaging applications with an emphasis on novel feedstocks such as carbon dioxide, insects, and plants to provide novel bio-based packaging materials with enhanced functionality and improved sustainability.

As the premier Land Grant University, MSU has strong interrelated programs across the spectrum of food, health, and sustainability and is committed to linking food, environment, and human health. The School of Packaging (SoP), founded in 1952, is the leading institution in packaging education and research. As the only university offering a Ph.D. program in packaging, the School of Packaging at MSU attracts students from a variety of disciplines around the world. The school is poised for significant growth that will support MSU goals.

The strategic plan of the SoP has identified Packaging Materials and Sustainability as one of the three key platforms that form the basis for its research, teaching, and outreach missions. This position is a key part of an initiative on assuring quality, safety and nutrition in packaged foods and preventing loss. The other strategic platforms are Food, Health, and Biomedical Packaging and Packaging Distribution and Value Chain. We anticipate several faculty hires in the next few years.

The incumbent will be expected to develop a nationally and internationally recognized research program in polymer synthesis. Research should use both basic science and applied approaches while addressing the issues and opportunities facing the packaging and polymer industry. MSU encourages collaboration between faculty and opportunities exist for collaboration with the faculty from the Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Composite Materials and Structures Center, Department of Chemistry, among others. The highly collaborative and productive faculty at MSU provides a very positive environment for professional growth.

The successful candidate must demonstrate interest in and promise of excellence in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in polymers. The initial teaching assignment will be an undergraduate course (packaging with plastics) offered twice per year. In addition, the candidate will establish an innovative research program, secure competitive grants, publish in high quality refereed journals, advise and mentor students, provide service and leadership in professional societies, and establish strong ties with industry.

Candidates must have the following qualifications: (1) a doctoral degree in Polymer Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Packaging or a closely related field; (2) demonstrated capacity to conduct independent research; (3) the ability 2

to work collaboratively with research teams; and (4) excellent oral and written communication skills. Records of impactful research, publication, and research funding commensurate with experience are important selection criteria.

Qualified applicants should submit a letter of application, a current curriculum vitae, a summary of research accomplishments (1 page maximum), a discussion of future research directions if chosen for this position (1 page maximum), a statement of Teaching Philosophy (1 page maximum), and the names and email address of three references, online at Select Faculty/Academic Staff and apply to posting #2852.

Review of applications will begin on March 14, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. The University actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.

Doctoral or Masters Student Recruitment-Fall 2016

Doctoral or Masters Student Recruitment-Fall 2016

Forest Products Marketing & Business Development

School of Renewable Natural Resources

Louisiana State University Agricultural Center

 For FALL 2016, The Louisiana Forest Products Development Center at Louisiana State University is soliciting graduate research applications for either a M.S. (2 years) or Ph.D. (4 years) degree candidate to work with Dr. Richard Vlosky, Director, Louisiana Forest Products Development Center and Crosby Land & Resources Endowed Professor of Forest Sector Business Development.

The Forest Products and Business Development Program offers a multi-disciplinary approach that provides students an opportunity to develop practical skills and academic depth in a variety of areas of specialization. The research area will depend on the interests of the successful candidate. Preference given to: IT applications to the forest sector/eBusiness, certification, supply chain management efficiencies from the forest to finished products, wood-based biofuels-bioprocessing markets/marketing, innovation, and forest-based economic development/policy.

Graduate Research Assistantship

Graduate Research Assistantship: One Ph.D. graduate assistantship is available starting in Fall 2016 at Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources, University of Georgia.  Research will concentrate on timberland investment evaluation incorporating biophysical and financial risks.  Student will be responsible for organizing and analyzing data, preparing technical reports, and drafting peer-reviewed publications.  Student also will serve as teaching assistants for finance and economics classes at Warnell School and/or Terry College of Business.


Position Title: Economist

Location: Portland, OR (downtown)

Reports to: Director of Economics Research

FSLA: Exempt


The primary responsibility of the Economist is to conduct applied economics research on a range of topics related to plantation forestry in developed and emerging market countries in support of the company’s investment and forest management activities.


 Provide regular forest products price and market analysis based on independent and third-party research for a range of products including traditional forest products (e.g., logs, lumber, panels, pulp) and biomass

 Maintain a database on product prices, consumption, production and trade in all regions of interest to GWR

 Conduct independent economics research, analysis and modeling of topics related to GWR’s investment strategies, including land and product markets, international trade, portfolio design, silvicultural activities, etc.

 Participate in professional activities that support GWR’s mission

 Present analytical results to investors and at professional conferences

 Prepare GWR research publications including white papers and research notes; contribute to the quarterly newsletter

 Write occasional papers for peer-reviewed journals when circumstances warrant


 Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and collaboratively with the Director of Economics Research and with other forestry investment professionals including biometricians, quantitative silviculturalists, acquisitions and portfolio managers

 Utilize resourceful thinking, responsible decision making and problem solving skills

 Perform multiple tasks in an environment of changing priorities

 Capable of analyzing forest product markets outside the U.S., with the possibility of some international travel


 Master’s degree or Ph.D. in economics, resource economics, forest economics, finance or statistics

 Three to five years of experience in forest or agricultural economics

 Excellent quantitative skills with a focus on econometric modeling and statistical analysis

 Proven ability to apply analytical skills to forestry or financial economics, market analyses estimating forest product supply/demand functions, and/or price forecasting

 Experience using Stata or similar statistical software; knowledge of @RISK or other stochastic simulation software desirable

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 Excellent oral and written communication skills

 Knowledge of Spanish, Portuguese or Polish desirable


GreenWood Resources, Inc. (GWR), was founded in 1998 and is a global timberland investment management company that acquires, develops, and manages sustainable, short-rotation hardwood in addition to more traditional hardwood and softwood timberland assets. GWR specializes in creating value through the integrated deployment of improved plant material and intensive silvicultural management strategies to create attractive risk-adjusted returns in selected regions of the world. The firm’s focus on the science and technology of tree breeding and growth distinguishes it from other timberland investment management organizations. GWR’s core competencies include capital management, superior plant material, tree improvement methodologies, tree farm operations, and sales and marketing. These skills are uniquely integrated to produce superior, risk-adjusted returns for investments in forestry. The company’s strategy meets the growing demand for sustainably harvested trees and provides responsible environmental stewardship for renewable forest resources. Today, GWR is a subsidiary of the leading financial services provider, TIAA-CREF, and the firm has more than 100 professionals with offices and field locations in North America, South America, Central Europe, and Asia. GWR currently manages approximately $1 billion of assets or commitments.


Please submit CV, cover letter and writing sample on our website or email to:

Mimi Henninger, Director of Human Resources

GreenWood Resources, Inc.

Application Deadline: March 20, 2016

For questions about the position, please contact Gwen Busby, Director of Economics Research at or +1 971 645 4462.

This position description is not intended to be and should not be construed as an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, skills or working conditions associated with this position. While this description is intended to accurately reflect the position’s activities and requirements, GreenWood Resources, Inc. reserves the right to modify, add or remove duties as necessary.