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Graduate Research Assistant (MS or PhD position)

Mississippi State University

One graduate research assistantship is available for a Master of Science (MS) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) student in the Department of Sustainable Bioproducts at Mississippi State University (MSU). The successful candidate will be involved in a multidisciplinary project in the field of timber engineering with a focus on durability of mass timber structures. The candidate will be involved in the design of cross-laminated timber (CLT) wall envelope system against environmental and biological degradation. The successful candidate will be funded during the study period (i.e. 2 years for MS degree and 3 years for PhD degree) with an assistantship, plus tuition, fees and insurance.


Junior Chair « Bois » E2S UPPA / CD40 (2019-2024)
« Development of wood, wood composites and natural fibers quality in relationship with agro industrials co products valorization »

In the framework of the E2S UPPA project, the Landes Department Council and the Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour (UPPA) have decided to join forces to set up one junior chair focused on the development of wood and wood composites quality in association with wastes valorization of agro industries.

Recruitment project is linked with one favorable economic activity. Wood, agro and green chemistry industries employs around 11000 peoples in the Landes Department. These sectors have globally one turnover progress of 20% since the last 10 years.

The recruitment of a young phD candidate specialized in applied chemistry with good knowledge of physics and process engineering will permit to strengthen the existing team.



Assistant Professor Biomass Degradation/Preservation
Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering
University of Minnesota, St Paul, MN, USA

The University of Minnesota’s Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering is a multidisciplinary department composed of engineers and scientists. We are seeking a suitable candidate to fill a 9-month tenure-track Assistant Professor faculty position in biological degradation of bio-based materials and bioresources with 50% research and 50% teaching responsibilities. Our department integrates engineering, science, technology, and management for sustainable use of renewable resources and enhancement of the environment. Microbial pathways to deconstruct plant cell walls have long been studied in a pest management context, particularly in wood durability, but these pathways are increasingly being studied in nature and harnessed for bioconversion of plant biomass. This has diversified the organisms being studied, including both fungi and bacteria, and broadened definitions for bio-based resources and materials. Bio-based resources include wood, agricultural crop residues, and other waste or recalcitrant biomass. Bio-based materials include forest products, bio-based composites, and polymeric lignocellulose derivatives. This faculty member will help Minnesota maintain its strong leadership position in the discovery, development and application of renewable resources and sustainable technologies to meet society’s needs while enhancing the environment in Minnesota and beyond.


Graduate Studies in Timber Durability in Australia

The newly established Centre for Timber Durability and Design Life is seeking students interested in pursuing MSc and PhD degrees. The Centre will address a number of areas including understanding durability of wood-based materials, enhancing building performance models, developing quality systems for treated wood and exploring new options for enhancing durability.  The Centre is a collaborative effort between the University of the Sunshine Coast, the University of Queensland, and Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and is located in Brisbane, Australia one of the world’s most livable cities.  Students should have a background in biology, chemistry, material sciences or civil engineering. Knowledge of wood is helpful, but not essential. Excellent written and spoken English language skills are essential.  Students will be enrolled at either the University of the Sunshine Coast or the University of Queensland, depending on the area of specialization. Qualified students will receive an annual stipend, full medical coverage and fee tuition.  For further information, contact Jeff Morrell at