Master’s student research assistantship available at the University of Maine


A newly funded project will be starting soon at the School of Forest Resources, University of Maine. The project will support a Master’s student for two years on a research assistantship. The project will be focused on the production and property evaluation of a novel high density packaging material made with paper laminates and cellulose nanofibrils. The experimental work will involve laboratory experiments to produce paper laminates, traditional paper and composite material mechanical property tests, environmental durability assessment using dynamic mechanical tests run under various temperature and relative humidity conditions, creep/stress relaxation tests and modelling mechanical properties using the classical laminate theory.


An undergraduate degree in wood science, forest products, pulp and paper, chemistry, chemical/mechanical/materials engineering or other closely related disciplines is required. The ideal candidate is expected to have working knowledge of a variety of production and characterization techniques including but not limited to composite materials processing, mechanical characterization, viscoelastic properties and dynamic mechanical analysis. In addition, the ideal applicant is a team worker, has a high level of intellectual curiosity and can work independently. Good written and verbal communication skills are expected. GRE scores are required, international students must also have acceptable TOEFL scores or equivalent.


The position has an annual stipend of $30,000. In addition, half the Annual Health Insurance fee will be provided. All tuition and fees will be the responsibility of the successful candidate. Operating funds for conducting research and travel will also be available.

How to apply:

Send a Statement of Purpose with your C.V., degree transcripts, recommendation letters and GRE and TOEFL scores to:

Mehdi Tajvidi, Assistant Professor of Renewable Nanomaterials,