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Assistant Research Professor

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 080500 - FWRC-Sustainable Bioproducts
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Faculty
Position Open Date:

Department Profile:

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:

August 16, 2019

Tenure Track Status:

12-month, non-tenure track position

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 required.

Minimum Qualifications:

The successful candidate for this non-tenure-track, full-time, 12- month appointment 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 field.
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.
Salary is negotiable and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

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.

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 other.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort:

Office, Laboratory, Classroom. 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, 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.

Position is contingent upon continued availability of funding.

Instructions for Applying:

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. Initial screening will begin in June 1, 2019, 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.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

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.

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