The Michigan Technological University (MTU) School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science (SFRES) is seeking outstanding and motivated applicants for a 3-year Graduate Research Assistantship at PhD level to study lignocellulosic biomaterials, focusing on lignin utilization and biomass-based carbon. The assistantship includes full stipend and tuition. Applicants must have strong background in organic chemistry and polymer science. A degree in chemistry, applied chemistry, chemical engineering, and research experience in renewable biopolymers is preferred. Preference will also be given to applicants with a Master’s degree. The applicants must be willing to collaborate with others and able to work as a team ...

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The 1st International Conference on Timber Structures is being organised by the Wessex Institute in collaboration with the Technical Centre of Wood Industry in Belgium. Rapid advances have recently been made in the development and processing of innovative ecologically friendly wood products. A wide range of new structural shapes can now be fabricated and used to construct buildings and bridges which have minimal impact on the environment. Wood is particularly attractive since it is renewable and has no carbon footprint when it is harvested in a sustainable way. Timber structures are ecologically sound and comparatively low cost. The material lends ...

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The Forest and Wildlife Research Center/College of Forest Resources, Mississippi State University is seeking to fill a 12-month, Tenure-track, fulltime, Assistant/Associate Professor Position with research, teaching and service responsibilities in the Department of Sustainable Bioproducts. Particular consideration will be given to candidates with expertise and high potential in fundamental aspects of adhesion technology which may include resins, coatings, polymers, engineered composites, polymer chemistry, or similar field. The successful candidate 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 scientific discipline such as polymer science, ...

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Franklin International, world class manufacturer of Titebond products, is looking for a full time Technical Service Representative. This position is responsible for serving as a technical expert with regard to the use and application of Franklin’s products and supporting internal and external customers. Fundamental Job Tasks: >Enhances customer satisfaction by partnering with customers to develop solutions to problems. >Gathers and interprets information from technical data, experience, and co-workers to better answer questions and formulate answers. >Expands technical knowledge by product testing, researching, training, and interaction with technical staff members. >Uses test equipment to collect information on properties and performance of ...

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As the RNRF Board Member for SWST, I attended the RNRF Congress on Congress on Harnessing Big Data for the Environment at the American Geophysical Union Conference Facility in Washington, DC, December 5-6, 2016. The Congress brought together 54 attendees from federal agencies, associations, institutes, academia, and private companies. The subject, “Big Data”, was defined as data sets that are too large and too complex to be processed by traditional applications. Thirteen experts gave excellent talks on a variety of aspects about big data. They explored opportunities to use big data for decision-making in natural resource management and environmental policy, ...

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Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (CB2) provides undergraduate students a chance to participate in industry-directed fundamental research opportunities in the fields of bioplastics and biocomposites. The students will gain hands-on experience with synthesis, processing, and characterization of biobased plastics and composite materials. During the program, the students will participate in a series of bioplastics short courses, have responsibility for an independent research project performed with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, and engage with leading industry experts from the Industrial Advisory Board of the CB2.   For more information click REU flyer-Summer2017

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