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Graduate Research Assistant-Master of Science LSU

Conditional upon grant funding, a graduate research assistantship will be available for a Master of

Science (MS) student in the Louisiana Forest Products Development Center, School of Renewable Natural Resources, Louisiana State University (LSU) to start fall semester 2017. The successful candidate will be involved in a cutting-edge project in the field of forest products marketing/business development with a focus on evaluation of market potential for Cross-
Laminated Lumber (CLT) and Massive Veneer Panels (MVP) in the Southern United States using Southern Yellow Pine. In particular, the candidate will investigate awareness, willingness-to-
participate, and markets for CLT and MVP from the perspectives of manufacturers, architects, builders, and building code policy makers. The MS candidate is expected to co-lead this study with Dr. Richard Vlosky, Director, Louisiana Forest Products Development Center. The successful candidate will be funded during the 2-year study period with a generous assistantship, plus paid tuition, fees and insurance. The candidate must:

• Possess an undergraduate degree relevant to the topic of the study, preferably in wood products.

• Previously attained and maintained a minimum GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale basis.

• Have an exceptional command of written and spoken English at the level of native speakers as this study involves interactions and meetings with populations mentioned above.

• Have a high level of organizational skills in order to co-lead this research.

• Coursework or experience in marketing or market research is highly desirable.

To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, unofficial transcripts, and the names and contact

information of two referees (name, title, email and phone number) by email as a single pdf file to Dr. Richard Vlosky at rvlosky@agcenter.lsu.edu. My phone number is: (225) 578-4527. These “unofficial” applications will be reviewed from April 20th, 2017 until June 15th, 2017. In order to save time and money, we will identify the best candidate who would then officially apply to the LSU Graduate School. See http://www.lsu.edu/graduateschool/ for Graduate School requirements and important dates.

LSU is committed to diversity and is an equal opportunity / equal access employer.

Assistantship-UGA

A fully funded three year position for an exceptional doctoral student is available at the Dwivedi Forest Sustainability Lab located at the University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. The incoming doctoral student will pursue research on ascertaining the extent of heirs’ property (inherited land passed on intestate, without clear title, typically to family members) and its impacts on minority forest landowners and their forest management practices in South Central Georgia. More details of the position are available at: http://forestsustainabilitylab.uga.edu/announcements.html. Interested candidates are encouraged to directly contact Dr. Puneet Dwivedi (puneetd@uga.edu) with a cover letter, curriculum vitae, transcripts, and writing samples before applying formally. Applications will be reviewed on first come first serve basis.

Professor and Director, Center for Renewable Carbon (CRC), University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture

University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture

Center for Renewable Carbon

Position Announcement:

Professor and Director, Center for Renewable Carbon (CRC)

Overview:

The Center for Renewable Carbon (CRC) is an interdisciplinary research and development unit in TheUniversity of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. Its mission is to advance the potential for non-food biomass to create new economic activity for the state of Tennessee and the Nation. The CRC team advances the science needed to develop new technologies that enable the expanded use of forest and agricultural biomass for sustainable materials, chemicals, fuels, and energy; trains the workforce needed by advanced technology industries; and transfers research advances to our stakeholders and partners involved in building a sustainable bioeconomy.

The Center comprises 10 faculty tenured in various departments and more than 30 staff, students, and research associates with skills in chemistry, material (wood, polymer, etc.) science, biomass analytics and statistics. This position will be housed in the appropriate academic department at UTIA for the successful candidate’s background and expertise.

Job Responsibilities:

• Provide leadership and vision to continue the success of this internationally-recognized research and development program.

• Interact with UTIA leadership team and coordinate with the dean to advance the mission and goals of AgResearch and UTIA.

• Manage and coordinate research, development, and outreach programs of the Center.

• Manage the Center’s business office and program support staff to ensure efficient and effective service, as well as policy compliance, to researchers.

• Identify and secure new sources of funding for innovative research to extend the Center’s impact in Tennessee and the Southeast, and elevate its national and international reputation.

• Improve research infrastructure and capabilities to advance competitiveness.

• Foster relationships and develop new opportunities for collaborative research initiatives in support of the CRC’s mission.

• Exercise fiscal responsibility and transparency with the Center’s budget and finances.

• Publish research results in high-impact journals, and present research and development at the Center to the broader scientific community at professional conferences.

Required Qualifications:

The successful applicant will have:

• An earned doctorate in a discipline related to sustainable use of agricultural and natural resources, or a discipline closely aligned with the CRC program.

• A proven track record in garnering extramural grant or contract funds, as well as management of sponsored projects.

• Experience developing partnerships with government agencies (state and federal), industry, and non-profit organizations.

• A strong publication record in high-impact, peer-reviewed journals.

• Excellent communication skills in written and oral English.

• Commitment to UTIA’s core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability.

Desired Qualifications:

• A proven record of participation and/or leadership in interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary research teams.

• A record of professional leadership activities, including team building skills, assessment of programmatic needs and priorities, strategic planning and implementation, and adapting to change in a multidisciplinary environment.

Application:

Interested candidates should send a letter of application, a curriculum vita including research publications and grant experience, names and contact information (including email address) of 3 references, and an official transcript showing PhD degree to:

Julie Carrier, Search Chair Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science

2506 E.J. Chapman Drive

University of Tennessee

Knoxville, TN 37996-4531

Inquiries about the position should be directed to: dcarrie1@utk.edu or 865-974-7305.

We will be reviewing applications on March 15, 2017, but the position will remain open until filled.

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status. Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville,

TN 37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the

Technical Service Representative

Franklin International, world class manufacturer of Titebond products, is looking for a full time Technical Service Representative. This position is responsible for serving as a technical expert with regard to the use and application of Franklin’s products and supporting internal and external customers.

Fundamental Job Tasks:
>Enhances customer satisfaction by partnering with customers to develop solutions to problems.
>Gathers and interprets information from technical data, experience, and co-workers to better answer questions and formulate answers.
>Expands technical knowledge by product testing, researching, training, and interaction with technical staff members.
>Uses test equipment to collect information on properties and performance of products and evaluates the test results based upon acceptance criteria.
>Fosters cross-training and product improvement by analyzing and reporting on information developed from customer contact and/or product testing.

Knowledge and Skills Required:
Technical BS degree (wood technology preferred) with 0 – 3 years of experience. Must have mechanical aptitude for designing, operating, and troubleshooting product dispensing, testing and processing equipment. Analytical skills necessary to identify and resolve problems, as well as superior communication skills are required. Travel is required 10-20% of the time.
Based in Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A., Franklin International was established in 1935 and today is among the largest privately held manufacturers of adhesives, sealants and polymers for commercial and industrial applications. Franklin integrates its core competency – emulsion polymerization – into a broad product offering, including glues, adhesives, hot melts, binders, sizing compounds and more. These products are distributed across six continents for use in construction, furniture manufacturing, millwork, paper converting, pressure-sensitive products and fiberglass reinforcement.

Franklin International is proud of our family-friendly atmosphere. We are small enough that people know your name, but big enough to have the resources available to do some amazing things within our industry. Our award-winning benefits program includes a wide range of benefits from medical, dental, and vision insurance to more unique options like a free on-site fitness center, nurse health coach, 529 Plan matching, and adoption support.​​ Our average employee tenure is over twelve years; learn why at www.FranklinInternational.com.

Assistant/Associate Professor Department of Sustainable Bioproducts, Mississippi State University

The Forest and Wildlife Research Center/College of Forest Resources, Mississippi State University is seeking to fill a 12-month, Tenure-track, fulltime, Assistant/Associate Professor Position with research, teaching and service responsibilities in the Department of Sustainable Bioproducts. Particular consideration will be given to candidates with expertise and high potential in fundamental aspects of adhesion technology which may include resins, coatings, polymers, engineered composites, polymer chemistry, or similar field. The successful candidate must possess a Ph.D. at the time of appointment, from an accredited institution of higher learning in either wood science/forest products/sustainable bioproducts or an allied scientific discipline such as polymer science, engineering, chemistry, physics, biology, or other as appropriate. Two years of experience is preferred in forest products/sustainable bioproducts or a related field with respect to proposing; securing extramural funding; conducting, producing, and publishing applied and basic research results. Primary responsibilities include: develop and conduct a program of research in forest products/sustainable bioproducts with an emphasis on research and development in adhesives technology, composites engineering, polymer chemistry, or related field; build a nationally recognized and extramurally funded research program; collaborate within the Department, College, and University as well as with external stakeholders such as industry, other universities, government and nongovernmental organizations; teach undergraduate and graduate courses as appropriate, advise students, assist in programmatic, curriculum development, and other departmental responsibilities as appropriate. The applicant must demonstrate strong communication skills and will be expected to develop a national reputation in sustainable bioproducts as well as maintain a focus on adding value to state- and regional-based stakeholders. Application Process: All applicants must apply on line at http://www.msujobs.msstate.edu/ , 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: k.davidson@msstate.edu ). Screening of applications will begin January 1, 2017, and continue until the position is filled. Skype/video conference Interviews may be requested. NOTE: Official transcripts of all degrees will be required upon employment.

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.More

Graduate Research Assistantship: Lignocellulosic Biomaterials

The Michigan Technological University (MTU) School of Forest Resources and Environmental
Science (SFRES) is seeking outstanding and motivated applicants for a 3-year Graduate
Research Assistantship at PhD level to study lignocellulosic biomaterials, focusing on lignin
utilization and biomass-based carbon. The assistantship includes full stipend and tuition.

Applicants must have strong background in organic chemistry and polymer science. A degree in
chemistry, applied chemistry, chemical engineering, and research experience in renewable
biopolymers is preferred. Preference will also be given to applicants with a Master’s degree. The
applicants must be willing to collaborate with others and able to work as a team member.

To apply, create one single PDF file including: (1) cover letter; (2) curriculum vitae; (3)
unofficial transcripts of undergraduate and graduate courses; and (4) contact information of three
references. International applicants whose first language is not English must include unofficial
GRE and TOEFL scores. In the cover letter, please explain your qualification, research interest,
and research experience related to this position. Please name the PDF file with your last name
and email it to Dr. Xinfeng Xie (xinfengx@mtu.edu). In the email subject line type “Re:
Lignocellulosic Biomaterials Assistantship”. Reviewing of applications will begin immediately
and continue until the position is filled. Desirable candidates will be invited to submit their
official applications to MTU Graduate School.

Please contact Dr. Xinfeng Xie (xinfengx@mtu.edu), Assistant Professor of Forest Biomaterials,
for more information.

The student will be based in Houghton, Michigan within MTU SFRES. MTU is located in
Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula on the south shore of Lake Superior, an excellent place for
outdoor adventure. Houghton, Michigan is a safe and friendly community
(see www.mtu.edu/international/admissions/community/ for more about life in the area).

Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist

University of California, Berkeley
Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist – Forest Products and Woody Biomass – Environmental Science, Policy & Management
Recruitment Period
Open date: August 5th, 2016 Next review date: September 15th, 2016
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee. Final date: December 1st, 2016
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.
Description
The Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at the University of California, Berkeley seeks an Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist in Forest Products and Woody Biomass. This position is a full time, career-track appointment. The general disciplinary focus of this position is the sustainable use of forest and wood resources. Priority issues include life-cycle assessments and carbon cycles of forest products including wood-based bioenergy, efficiency and conservation in forest products and bioenergy technology, and the impacts of utilization on community development, economic, and environmental concerns. The CE Specialist in Forest Products and Biomass will develop and promote methods for efficient and environmentally acceptable utilization of wood resources and woody biomass and analyze the impacts of forest management practices and utilization on the ability of the state to meet its greenhouse gas emission goals.
The issues addressed by this position are of importance in every county in California that has a forest base, an existing or potential wood manufacturing industry, or an interest in biomass (including urban woody waste) and bioenergy; that is, every county in the state. The client base for this position includes public and private forestland owners and managers, county-based Cooperative Extension personnel, energy and forest product companies, as well as public agencies involved in climate change policy development, waste management and forestry issues. Interest in this position is from the following University of California units: UC Berkeley Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy Management, UC Davis Biological and Agricultural Engineering, California Biomass Collaborative, UC Center for Forestry, the UC Center for Fire Research and Outreach, the UC Davis Energy Institute, and the UC Berkeley Energy Bioscience Institute. In addition, the need for this position is recognized and supported by many of the ANR County based CE Advisors, especially those with a notable economic forest base.
Justification: California manages one of the nation’s largest forest resources, is a leading manufacturer of lumber and wood products, and is the leading consumer of wood-based products in the US. The dense urban population centers and agricultural industries in California also produce vast quantities of woody biomass residues that is an underutilized energy and economic resource with important climate change implications.
This specialist position fills a critical need and provides an opportunity for UCANR leadership and collaboration with many universities and public agencies in the globally important issues related to sustainable manufacturing and use of products from a renewable resource that has a competitive greenhouse gas advantage over fossil fuel-based products. In addition, it addresses the potential opportunity to use small or cosmetically blemished biomass that is not sold as dimensional lumber but could be utilized in new engineered wood products. California has large volumes from densely packed stands of small diameter trees, drought-stressed and beetle-killed trees, chaparral, and other forms of non- commercial woody biomass in much of California’s timberlands and the wildland/urban interface. This woody biomass significantly adds to fuel loads that can be burned in catastrophic wildfires. This CE Specialist position will provide valuable support, information, analysis, and leadership to the CE Advisors, landowners, land managers, community leaders, planners and policy developers involved with maintaining a healthy forest products economy, managing the wildfire risk, and providing economic and operational guidance for forest-based communities. The position provides capacity to help develop strategies to grow productive forest and biomass-based communities, design intelligent waste management systems, and build a sustainable bio-based product and renewable energy industry relevant to much of the state. Expertise in wood properties, feedstock supply chains, and the forest products industry provided by this specialist will also support the advanced research in conversion of biomass resources to energy and fuel underway at UC Berkeley’s Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI) and the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI).
Extension: Extension activities expected of this position include the continuation of the successful outreach efforts of the existing forest product and woody biomass program started by the two retired CE advisors that include the following.
• Assist and collaborate with county-based extension advisors, especially those involved with natural resources related community and economic development, and public policy. Relevant topics include evaluation of local resources and feedstocks, appropriate technology, utilization of woody material from insect and disease outbreaks.
• Develop, implement, and facilitate statewide conferences and regional workshops.
• Participate in regional planning and economic development activities providing expertise in integrating bioenergy into manufacturing and value added processing.
• Provide leadership on statewide committees and workgroups involved with biomass and bioenergy issues, including the California Biomass Collaborative, the Biomass Working Group, and the Statewide Wood Energy Team.
• Expand on innovative extension delivery through the ANR websites and social media, factsheets, maps, interactive analysis tools, and ANR publications.
• Collaborate with AES and other UC faculty involved with bioenergy.
• Increase the knowledge base through collaboration with the major public, private industrial, and private non-industrial landowners of California.
• Provide expertise to policy-makers and legislators on forest products and bioenergy.
Research: Opportunities abound for applied research for this position. In the forest products area, important research topics include evaluation and clarification of climate benefits of using manufactured wood products instead of non-renewable, fossil fuel intensive products such as concrete and steel; evaluation of physical properties and utilization opportunities of under-utilized wood resources; and, economic impacts of technology and policy changes on the forest products industry. There is also considerable scope to promote the increased use of traditional and innovative wood products in buildings ranging from single family homes to large commercial and residential structures. In the bioenergy area important research topics include product life cycles, resource availability, greenhouse gas benefits, public benefits of using woody biomass, and economic issues related to sustainable biofuel production from wood. Substantial opportunity exists for applied research supporting the innovations in microbial technology at UC Berkeley’s Joint BioEnergy Institute and the Energy Biosciences Institute. The CE Specialist position will also have the opportunity to develop a research program that addresses cross- cutting issues related to the expansion in production of bio-based products (fuels, materials) including land use change, supply-chain logistics and feedstock economics, and life-cycle emission inventories and developing waste/residue utilization and climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies.
ANR Continuum: Collaboration opportunities for this Specialist include the AES faculty of the UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources and the Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, the AES faculty of the UC Davis Dept. of Biological & Ag. Engineering and Dept. of Plant Sciences, and the Natural Resource Advisors in counties with important forest-based economies, high wildfire risk, or with wood or biomass processing facilities. For example, within the past 6 years the ANR Woody Biomass Program (led by retiring Advisor Shelly) collaborated with County Advisors in 18 different counties to present 46 workshops reaching more than 2000 interested people and helping 18 small businesses, entrepreneurs, and non-profit community groups to secure more than $5 million in federal grants to help develop woody biomass and bioenergy enterprises. Heavily forested counties such as Humboldt, Shasta, Siskiyou and Tuolumne have been recipients of multiple workshops and expertise from the group.
With the 2004 closure of the UC Forest Products Laboratory, the retirement of UCANR Advisor Steve Quarles, and the pending 2014 retirement of UCANR Advisor John Shelly there is a critical gap in cooperative extension expertise in wood products and woody biomass utilization. The above two advisors developed and managed a well-respected, and nationally recognized, statewide program in wood products/woody biomass that successfully acquired more than $2.5 Million in external funds over the past 10 years to support research and outreach activities. The program has seen a growing interest in biomass utilization and is well positioned to leverage support in a range of utilization opportunities. Two of the strongest supporters of the program, the USDA Forest Service and Cal Fire (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection), are committed to supporting a UCANR Specialist position.
Support: Office space, administrative support, office supplies, internet and telephone access will be provided by the UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (ESPM) consistent with that provided to other faculty. Funding for research and program travel will be sourced from a variety of agencies that grant funds for forest product, biomass and bioenergy projects, as listed below. Existing grant agreements between the USDA Forest Service – Region 5 have some remaining academic staff funding currently used for an Academic Coordinator position that could assist the CE Specialist position described here.
Other support: The organizations that have funded the Forest Products and Biomass program are expected to continue. In addition the following organizations have provided input to and support this proposal: the USDA Forest Service, Cal Fire, California Energy Commission, California EPA Secretary for Climate and Policy, and the California Resources Agency Secretariat for Energy and Climate Change. Additional opportunities for financial support are through grants from the US Department of Energy, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer.
Location: UC Berkeley ESPM is a strong home for this position. UC Berkeley has a critical mass of faculty with expertise in forestry, forest products, biomass, and bioenergy issues. Locating the position within The College of Natural Resources faculty is also complemented by collaborative opportunities between CNR faculty and the internationally recognized bioenergy research at the Energy Biosciences Institute, and the Lawrence Berkeley, Lawrence Livermore, and Sandia National Laboratories.
The completion of all Ph.D. (or relevant terminal degree such as a Master’s in Architecture or Landscape Architecture) degree requirements except the dissertation is required at the time of application. The Ph.D. (or relevant terminal such as a Master’s in Architecture or Landscape Architecture) degree is required by the start date. The successful candidate will have a doctoral degree (or relevant terminal degree) in a discipline related to forest products and their uses. Preferred qualifications include demonstrated writing and public speaking skills to communicate to a diverse audience of professional and non-technical clientele, the ability to design and carry out high quality research in a discipline related to forest products, and the capacity to serve as a team member on interdisciplinary projects involving the life cycle of forest based products. The candidate should be able to work productively with diverse communities and stakeholders, and to build cross-disciplinary teams. Salary is commensurate with experience.
The Specialist will be expected to develop a nationally competitive research program and to obtain extramural grant funds. Meaningful engagement in University of California’s Agriculture and Natural Resource’s Strategic Initiatives and Program Teams is also essential for a successful program, see (http://ucanr.edu/About_ANR/What_is_ANR/) andhttp://ucanr.org/About_ANR/Strategic_Vision/.
To apply, please go to the following link: http://apptrkr.com/858430. Applicants should submit the following required documents online: 1) a cover letter, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a statement of research and extension interests and experience, 4) a statement of past and/or potential contributions to
diversity and inclusion, and 5) contact information for three referees who may be asked to submit a letter of recommendation. In addition, applicants are encouraged to submit pdf copies of up to three recent publications (optional). Each document should be submitted as a separate pdf file. Filenames should include the applicant’s last and first names. Letters of reference will be requested as needed for committee deliberations. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e. dossier service or career center) to the UC Berkeley Statement of Confidentiality (http://apo.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html) prior to submitting their letters.
This position will remain open until filled. The anticipated start date is after January 1, 2017. Please direct questions tomailto:espm_recruit@berkeley.edu.
The department seeks candidates whose research and service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion in education and outreach. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:
Job location
Berkeley, CA
Requirements
Documents
Cover Letter – File name should include applicant’s first and last name.
Curriculum Vitae – File name should include applicant’s first and last name.
Statement of Research and Extension Interests and Experience – File name should include applicant’s first and last name.
Statement of Contributions to Diversity and Inclusion – A statement of past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion. File name should include applicant’s first and last name.
Publication #1 – PDF copy of recent publication #1 (Optional)
Publication #2 – PDF copy of recent publication #2 (Optional)
Publication #3 – PDF copy of recent publication #3 (Optional)
References3 references required (contact information only)

Technical Services Manager, Wood Protection

 

TROY CORPORATION

 

Technical Services Manager, Wood Protection

 

OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

Evaluates and executes technical service and product development projects in 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

WORKS CLOSELY WITH:

Science & Technology, Marketing, Sales, and Operations

OFFICE LOCATION:

Florham Park, NJ

MEASURES OF PERFORMANCE:

  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

SUPPORTED BY:

Research Lab, Drier Lab, Science & Technology, and IT

 

SPECIFIC DUTIES:

  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. Conduct 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. Keep 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. Develop data for use in the preparation of marketing literature for the introduction and promotion of new or revised products.
  8. Prepare 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. Develop formulas, processes, techniques, and methods for solutions to technical problems affecting marketability of various products.
  10. Evaluate and select laboratory equipment in a cost effective manner that continues to satisfy customer requirements.
  11. Maintain 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. Confer with scientific and engineering communities regarding research of solutions to problems and prepares technical and laboratory reports for management review and evaluation.
  13. Collaborate with other Troy scientists to execute multidisciplinary projects leading to new or improved products and processes.
  14. Keep abreast of scientific and competitive information in order maintain state-of-the–art knowledge.
  15. Perform other duties and special projects upon request.

 

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Master’s 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.

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.

Wood Composites Technologist

TITLE: Wood Composites Technologist

DATE: September 2016

DEPT: Advanced Structures and Composites Center

REPORTS TO: Sr. Laboratory Operations Manager, Wood Composites Manager

Purpose: The purpose of this position is to conduct and manage the many wood-related projects in thelaboratory. To identify industrial partners in the composites industry, to develop proposals for federal,state and industry-funded R&D and demonstration programs in cooperation with industry partners, andto manage industry-cooperative R&D programs.

Background: Established by the National Science Foundation in 1996, the Advanced Structures andComposites Center is a recognized leader in the development of advanced materials in structural, civil infrastructure, offshore wind, defense, and boatbuilding applications. The Center is housed in a world-leading 100,000 ft 2 laboratory and typically employs 150-200 faculty, staff and students. The Center regularly conducts 100-200 active research projects at any point in time and has received numerous national awards of excellence for its research and development activities including from the AmericanComposites Manufacturing Association, SAMPE, SNAME, the American Society of Civil Engineers, theAmerican Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and the Federal Highway  Administration.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable pool of applicants has been received. To view a full job description and to apply for this position go to: https://umaine.hiretouch.com/job-details?jobID=36429&job=wood- composites-technologist and provide the following information:

 Cover Letter

 Resume

 The contact information of three (3) references

Salary is commensurate with knowledge, skills and experience of the successful candidate. This position is contingent upon funding and successful performance. Evaluation will take place in the initial six months of employment and annually thereafter in accordance with the UMPSA agreement.

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.

All UMS employees are required to comply with applicable policies and procedures, as well as to complete applicable workplace related screenings,

Graduate Research Assistantship Available

A graduate research assistantship is available to pursue a PhD in Forest Resources at the University of Maine. M.S. students will also be considered. The research topic is to study the Long–term Durability Evaluation of Structural Wood Plastic Composite Timber in Aquaculture Fish Cage Applications. UMaine researchers have developed a patented wood plastic composite (WPC) technology using an engineering thermoplastic (styrene maleic anhydride (SMA) copolymer) that is stronger, stiffer and less prone to creep than current WPC materials. There is a need for data on long term durability of the SMA-WPC composites since the fish cages are typically built with a projected twenty year service life. No durability data are currently available for the SMA-WPC composite technology. Over the life of the project , there will be an opportunity to participate in field work data collection at an aquaculture facility in Mexico (Baja California). The research assistantship pays $27,500 per year and half the cost of health insurance is also provided. Preferred starting date is August 29, 2016. Please contact Dr. Doug Gardner at douglasg@maine.edu. Graduate applications are available at https://umaine.edu/graduate/apply/