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Assistant Professor and Extension Wood Products Specialist

Essential Job Duties: The Department of Forest Biomaterials at NC State University is seeking applicants for a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track Wood Products Extension and academic (teaching and research) faculty position. The preferred candidate will have knowledge/skills/industrial experience in one or more of the following areas related to Wood Products and similar fields:

  • Innovative techniques and methods for recycling wood-based materials
  • Markets for the recycling and/or reuse of wood products
  • Housing and/or wood product construction
  • Renewable/sustainable materials or green building technology
  • New building techniques and designs to facilitate deconstruction

The successful applicant will be part of an eight-person sustainability team (three Wood
Products Extension faculty and five Sustainable Materials and Technology (SMT) academic faculty). Major responsibilities include developing an innovative extension program for the wood products industry and teaching one undergraduate class per year in the Sustainable Materials and Technology program. The delivery methods of extension and educational materials could include workshops, seminars, webinars, demonstrations, case studies,
publications, etc. The incumbent will also be expected to generate contracts and grants to fund extension relevant projects that can support graduate students and expand the impact of their extension program.

Other Responsibilities: This is a split appointment position and the successful candidate will be expected to divide their time between extension and extension related research, teaching and service activities. It is expected that the major portion of the incumbent’s time will be spent on their extension program. Salary and start-up support will be commensurate with qualifications.

 

Minimum Required Education/Experience: A Ph.D. level degree in wood products, sustainability, engineering, environmental science/technology, or related area is required. The successful applicant must

have the ability and desire to develop and conduct an effective extension and education program in cooperation with faculty, staff, and industry. The candidate must be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing using innovative technology transfer techniques. This position will be based in Raleigh but the incumbent must be willing to travel throughout North Carolina

 

​The successful applicant must have the ability and desire to develop and conduct an effective extension and education program in cooperation with faculty, staff, and industry. The candidate must be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing using innovative technology transfer techniques. This position will be based in Raleigh but the incumbent must be willing to travel throughout North Carolina.

The ideal candidate will have knowledge/skills/experience in one or more of the following areas related to Wood Products and similar fields:

  • Renewable/sustainable materials or green building technology
  • Sustainability criteria as related to wood products such as Environmental Product Declarations or other certification processes
  • Wood products manufacturing processes and/or strategie

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  • Wood products/sustainable materials entrepreneurship

​How to apply: Application Procedure: A cover letter stating the applicant’s motivation for the application,resume, and contact information for three references are required. Transcripts will be required of the finalists. To be considered for this position, an on-line application must be submitted at https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/85349

Questions should be addressed to the Search Committee Chair:

Dr. Phil Mitchell
Department of Forest Biomaterials
College of Natural Resources
NC State University
Campus Box 8003
Raleigh, NC 27695-8003
919 515 5581

phil_mitchell@ncsu.edu

 

Review of applications will begin on June 1, 2017, and will continue until a qualified candidate is found. The anticipated start date is August 2017.​

Director of the Georgia Forestry Commission

Director of the Georgia Forestry Commission

The Georgia Forestry Commission is seeking applications and nominations for the position of Director of the Georgia Forestry Commission.  The Director is responsible for supervision of 650+ personnel with an annual operating budget of more than $60 million.  In addition, the Director serves as administrative officer and executive secretary of the Commission and represents the Commission in other forestry related organizations. The Georgia Forestry Commission traces its roots back to 1925 when the Georgia legislature created the Forestry Department to coordinate efforts to suppress wildfires.  Since then the Commission has evolved to touch all aspects of Georgia's vast forest resources.  The main office of the Commission is located in Macon, Georgia.  The Commission operates 128 offices across the state which includes 112 county protection units as well as an Urban Community Forestry Program, a Forest Products Marketing Program, a Nursery, and Air Operations.  The mission of the Georgia Forestry Commission is to provide leadership, service, and education in the protection and conservation of Georgia’s forest resources.

Candidates for this position should possess the following:

 Ability to develop and successfully communicate a vision of leadership in establishing and maintaining a successful top level forestry organization;

 Ability to work effectively with legislative and executive branches of state government;

 Demonstrated leadership and communication skills to work effectively with forest landowners, industry, the environmental education community, and a wide range of natural resource agencies and NGO partners;

 Demonstrated experience with budgetary development and management; and

 A Bachelor of Science degree in forestry or significant experience in forest management.

A degree in forestry is not required.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The application and nomination deadline is July 17, 2017 with interviews as soon as possible thereafter.  Complete applications in a single PDF file with a letter of application no more than three pages, a complete resume, and contact information for 3-5 professional references should be sent to the address below. Permission will be obtained from applicants before references are contacted.

GFC Search Committee

c/o Dale Greene, Dean

Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources

University of Georgia

Athens, GA 30602-2152

wdgreene@uga.edu

For more information about the Georgia Forestry Commission visit: www.gatrees.org

The State of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status.

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 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 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.

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: http://forestry.wvu.edu/graduate/doctoral-program/wood-science-and-technology

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. http://www.wvu.edu/

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.

Contact:

____________________________

/ 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)

Kaushlendra.Singh@mail.wvu.edu

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).