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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  jmorrell@usc.edu.au