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Assistant Research Professor Mississippi State University

Assistant Research Professor

Position Announcement

Department of Sustainable Bioproducts, 

Forest and Wildlife Research Center, College of Forest Resources

Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine

Mississippi State University

The Forest and Wildlife Research Center/College of Forest Resources, Mississippi State University is seeking to fill two time limited, 12-month, non-tenure track, full time appointments for individuals with research responsibilities in the area of lumber and forest products standards and evaluation. Consideration will be given to candidates with expertise and high potential in fundamental aspects of 1. Natural Resources: Lumber standards, statistical distribution analyses, evaluation, testing, and sampling (Job#495498) and 2. Material Science: Non-destructive evaluation and testing, (Job#495504).

The successful candidate must possess a Ph.D. at the time of appointment, from an accredited institution of higher learning in wood science/forest products/sustainable bioproducts or an allied field.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:

Incumbent will participate in targeted research program in the area of lumber and forest products standards and evaluation. The successful candidate is expected to conduct independent and extramurally funded research in 1. lumber standards, statistical distribution analyses, evaluation and testing, 2. non-destructive evaluation and testing, sampling, interpretation, softwood and hardwood lumber valuation and improvement, and/or solid and composite products characterization and development. The candidate may also be expected to contribute to departmental research, teaching, and service program. Incumbent will work closely with the forest products industries, associations, organizations, other universities, and federal laboratories in the region, and the nation to assist in researching and developing basic and applied technology. Incumbent will be expected to build a nationally recognized and extramurally funded research program. Active and collegial collaborations within the department, college, and university as well as with external stakeholders such as industry, other universities, government and nongovernmental organizations, etc. are expected. Leading and participating in plant visits, short courses and workshops may be required. Written reporting, web-based communication, and domestic travel will be required.

Desired qualifications: 1. trading, import/export, statistical design and analyses, testing and evaluation, and 2. Non-destructive testing and evaluation, in addition to, industrial/commercial experience in production, manufacturing, standards, grant writing, manuscript writing and publication, national or international professional experience.

Knowledge, skills & abilities:  Incumbent should be adept with current forms of computer applications such as MS Office, Bluehill testing software, various statistical software packages, and others related to research, creation, and dissemination of scholarly outputs. Incumbent must be highly self-directed and willing to arrange, travel, and meet with other professionals in the U.S. at federal laboratory facilities, other universities, trade associations, or other.

Physical requirements will be consistent with those associated with the incumbent’s research program. It is anticipated that this may include lumber handling, testing machine fixturing setup, material procurement, wood working machine oversight and operations, office work, and domestic travel. May require lifting up to approximately 40 pounds on an intermittent basis.

Continued appointment based on performance and availability of funding

Instructions for applying:  All applicants must apply on line at , attach required documents (in one pdf file):  a Cover Letter, Resume/CV, Research Plan, transcripts of all degrees, and two letters of professional recommendation (option: the letters of recommendation may be sent directly to: ).

Screening of applications will begin June 1, 2017, and continue until the positions are filled.  Skype/video conference Interviews may be requested.

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

Mississippi State University is an AA/EOE.

World Wood Day 2017 held in Long Beach, California USA, March 21-26, 2017

The 5th World Wood Day (WWD) was celebrated on March 21st and continued until March 26th in Long Beach California, USA to raise public awareness and understand the importance of wood in our society. The previous four celebrations were in Tanzania, China, Turkey, and Nepal. About 600 people from 85 countries attended this event at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. I am standing next to one of the various large tree root sections which were scattered around the different activities in the Center to provide the proper ambiance for the various activities.

The overall theme of WWD 2017 was “Roots” to represent the use of wood in people’s lives, culture, and history. In keeping with the theme, WWD 2017 emphasized the wood culture of Native American people, who were the “roots” of civilization in the United States. The opening ceremony included Native American folk dancing with traditional musical instruments. Shown here are a father and son dressed in traditional festive clothing. Many Native American wood carvers and boat makers provided their expertise to the Celebration.

Besides the tree planting, a 2½-day technical symposium, furniture making, wood carving and turning demonstrations, a children’s program, a folk-art workshop, and a music festival; there were several special projects in architecture and design. One of these projects has many of the 135 wood carvers from 70 countries working in teams up to 4 to produce a relief carving on a large slab of wood. Three carvers are demonstrating one project shown in the picture bellow.

More details and pictures from these meetings and tours can be found at the World Wood Day 2017 websites  and

Howard Rosen

WWD Foundation, Chair

Fall 2017- Graduate Research Assistantship Announcement School of Natural Resources West Virginia University

An assistantship is available for a self-motivated graduate student (M.S. or Ph. D.) in the area of Biofuels and Bioenergy with focus on thermo-chemical conversion technology. The assistantship is available for 12 months beginning in the Fall of 2017. Further support will be provided based on the performance of the student. The student will work on a project related to production and characterization of novel bio-chars to be used for nitrogen and phosphorous capture from agricultural fields. Some research experience in related area of production and characterization of bio-chars and its use for nitrogen and phosphorous is highly desirable but it is not a requirement. It is expected that the applicants have an undergraduate (BS) and a graduate degree (MS) in wood science, agricultural and biological engineering, biochemical engineering, chemical engineering, or other related areas.

Stipend: This research assistantship includes a stipend according to West Virginia University guidelines and include a tuition waiver. The student is responsible for Davis College tuition and University fees.

Application: Please contact Dr. Kaushlendra Sing via email with your specific research interests, a copy of your transcripts, and a copy of your CV. Details of our graduate program including the application process and requirements can be found at:

West Virginia University: Ranked as R-1 research institution, West Virginia University is the state’s major research, doctoral degree granting, land-grant institution. It serves over 28,500 students in 184-degree programs offered by 15 academic schools and colleges.

The Program: The Wood Science and Technology program at WVU is one of four program areas in the Division of Forestry and Natural Resources. The program offers degrees at the Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral levels.



/ Kaushlendra Singh, Ph.D

Program Coordinator and Associate Professor (Biofuels and Bioenergy)

School of Natural Resources- Davis College

West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26506-6125

304.293.7643 (o)