The forest products industry is one of the largest economic contributors to Mississippi, as well as in the United States. Employment in the furniture, lumber, wood products, composites, and paper sectors of the economy far exceeds the employment of any other manufacturing sector in the state. Mississippi's forest products industry recognizes the need for well-trained employees to help increase the conversion efficiencies and alter manufacturing processes to allow compatibility with a changing raw material base. While the industry is very large in terms of employment, value-added processing facilities number only a few thousand nationwide and a few hundred in Mississippi. Forest Products students are in demand with relatively high starting salaries and excellent opportunities for advancement. Currently, forest products students receive up to two job offers after graduation.
The mission of the Department of Sustainable Bioproducts is to enhance the intellectual, cultural, social, and professional development of its students by providing them with knowledge and skills needed to utilize and conserve diverse forest resources effectively. In this regard, the department's primary teaching responsibility is to provide high quality educational opportunities necessary to adequately prepare students for professional and scientific careers in forest products and wood science.
Assistant or Associate Professor Available
Wood Property Enhancement
Incumbent will participate in all aspects of the Department of Sustainable Bioproducts research, teaching, and service programs. Incumbent will develop and conduct a program of research in forest- & bio-products / wood science and technology with an emphasis on research and development in wood durability, protection, and preservation. Additional emphasis may be placed on areas such as development and adoption of sustainable building products and practices, certification/certified wood products, CLT durability, imports and exports, and/or other means by which local, regional, and national firms improve economic competitiveness. Read more.