The Forest and Wildlife Research Center/College of Forest
Resources, Mississippi State University seeks to fill a 12-month,
non-tenure track, full time appointment for an individual with
research responsibilities in the area of lumber and forest products
standards and evaluation as well as wood durability and
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One of three departments in the College of Forest Resources, the
Department of Sustainable Bioproducts activities include
undergraduate/graduate instructions, research and service programs
in natural resources.
Area of Specialization:
Lumber and forest products standards and evaluation
Anticipated Appointment Date:
October 1, 2022.
Tenure Track Status:
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Incumbent will participate in targeted research programs in the
area of lumber and forest products standards and evaluation. The
successful candidate is expected to conduct independent and
extramurally funded research in softwood and hardwood lumber
valuation and improvement, lumber standards, composites, engineered
wood, durability, or some combination thereof. Based on funding
availability, candidate may also be expected to contribute to
departmental research, teaching, and service program. Incumbent
will work with 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
The successful candidate for this non-tenure-track, full-time, 12-
month appointment, must possess a Ph.D. from an accredited
institution of higher learning in Wood Science/Forest
Products/Sustainable Bioproducts, forestry, or an allied
ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):
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. Industrial/commercial experience in
forest products/wood technology, testing and evaluation, wood
protection, durability, production, manufacturing, standards, grant
writing, manuscript writing and publication, national or
international professional experience.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Incumbent should be adept with current forms of computer
applications such as MS Office, Bluehill testing software, various
statistical software packages, neural networks, 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
Working Conditions and Physical Effort
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, wood
treating, outdoor activity at durability test plots / field sites,
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.
Instructions for Applying:
Link to apply: http://explore.msujobs.msstate.edu/
Applicants must apply online at www.jobs.msstate.edu by attaching
the following as a PDF: cover letter, research plan, curriculum
vitae, copies of transcripts of all degrees, and the complete
contact information for at least two professionals who can provide
letters of reference. Applicant should redact their social security
number if it appears on their academic transcript prior to
submitting it online. Incomplete applications will be ineligible.
Screening of applications will begin July 1, 2022 and continue
until the position is filled. Skype/video conference Interviews may
be requested. Anticipated hire date is October 1, 2022.
NOTE: Official transcripts of all degrees will be required upon
June 16, 2022.
Position is contingent upon continued availability of
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants
will receive consideration for employment without regard to race,
color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age,
sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender
identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status
protected by applicable 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.
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