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
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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.

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Anticipated Appointment Date:

January 1, 2020

Tenure Track Status:

12-month non-tenure track position

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Incumbent will participate in the targeted research project of developing carbon-based nanomaterials from biomass and their applications in water purification and high-performance composites. The carbon-based nanomaterials include graphene, carbon nanotubes, and metal–organic‐framework‐derived carbon-based nanomaterials. Candidate must have a strong understanding of structure and chemistry of lignocellulosic materials. Emphasis will be on designing and developing of thermal conversion process for the production of carbon-based nanomaterials from biomass including forest bioproducts and agricultural residues. The preferred candidate will have experience in electron microscopies, thermal analyses, x-ray spectroscopies (XRD, XPS) for nanomaterial characterizations. 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 non-governmental organizations, etc. are expected. The candidate is also expected to co-supervise undergraduate and graduate students in the laboratory, as well as develop and write new research proposals to obtain external research funding.

Minimum Qualifications:

A Ph.D. from an accredited institution of higher learning in Wood Science/Sustainable Bioproducts or related fields (e.g. materials science or chemistry)
Strong understanding of structure and chemistry of lignocellulosic materials
One year of postdoctoral research experience in the fields of material science, particularly biobased materials or nanomaterials
Strong communication and writing skills.
The ability to work cooperatively among a diverse population of students, faculty, staff, in our Department and University.
Salary is negotiable and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in chemical vapor deposition (CVD) methods for carbon-based nanomaterial production
Nano-scale analysis and materials characterization experience including SEM, HRTEM, XPS, and XRD
Experience in grant writing and proposal preparation experiences

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Incumbent should have experience in water purification through filtration and/or batch absorption methods. 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 have experience in structure and chemical analyses of lignocellulosic materials.
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.

Instructions for Applying:

Applicants must apply online at 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 three 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 October 20, 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.

Restricted Clause:

Position is contingent upon continued availability of funding.

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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