Assistant/Associate/Professor of Practice

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

Position Function:

The Forest and Wildlife Research Center/College of Forest Resources, Mississippi State University seeks to fill a 12-month, non-tenure track, full-time, time-limited appointment for an individual with research responsibilities in the area of area of wood protection and preservation.

Salary Grade:  UC

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

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:

Wood protection and preservation.

Anticipated Appointment Date:

May 16, 2024. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Incumbent will participate in targeted research program in the area of wood protection. The successful candidate is expected to conduct independent and extramurally funded research in protection and preservative treatment of wood products, engineered wood, and mass timber. 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, wood protection standards, 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 contribute to 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 Department of Defense, industry, other universities, government and nongovernmental organizations, etc. are expected. Written reporting, web-based communication, and domestic travel will be required.

Minimum Qualifications:

Terminal degree in appropriate discipline or equivalent professional achievements.

Preferred Qualifications:

10 or more years of industrial/commercial experience in wood protection, preservative standards, products/wood technology, testing and evaluation, durability, production, manufacturing, 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, outlook email, 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.

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 sample handling and preparation wood treating, outdoor activity at durability test plots / field sites, material procurement, office work, and domestic travel. May require lifting up to approximately 40 pounds on an intermittent basis.

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

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 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 April 19, 2024 and continue until the position is filled. MS Teams/Skype/video conference Interviews may be requested. Anticipated hire date is May 15, 2024.

NOTE: Official transcripts of all degrees will be required upon employment.

Screening Date:

April 19, 2024, until filled. 

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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