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Student Field Tech Mississippi 6/28/2021 +
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Organization:Mississippi State University

Location:Starkville, Mississippi

Job Description:

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to help with summer field work, with possibility of extension into fall, on a cross-disciplinary research project among forestry, soils, and wildlife disciplines. The incumbent will join a fieldwork team and assist as needed with field sampling and lab work. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, insect pitfall trapping, vegetation measurements, water quality and soil respiration evaluation, LiDAR data collection, and data entry.

Minimum requirements include characteristics like hard working, responsible, good communication skills, etc. Experience is not needed but evidence of the above characteristics from past job references would be great, especially in field conditions like Mississippi summers. Work hours are flexible ranging from a couple days per week to 40 hours per week during summer and pocket of day work during fall at $10/hour. A valid driver's license will be required considering state vehicle use. Applicants should contact Dr. Ray Iglay: ray.iglay@msstate.edu and include their resume, availability, and brief description of reasons for applying and how they meet the selection criteria.


Apply By:9/28/2021


Posted By: KBrasher

Graduate Research Assistantship Mississippi 6/25/2021 +
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Organization:Mississippi State University

Location:Starkville, Mississippi

Job Description:

The Department of Forestry in the College of Forest Resources and the Forest and Wildlife Research Center at Mississippi State University are seeking applicants for a funded M.S. assistantship. The successful candidate will work under the direction of Dr. Shaun Tanger and Dr. Eric McConnell in the area of forest logistics, which includes topics related to timber production, timber procurement, forest operations, and economic development.

The anticipated research will seek to better understand wood supply logistics in the southern United States, with a focus on Mississippi. The study topic will focus on bridge infrastructure in Mississippi vital to the forestry sector and the student will have regular interaction the Mississippi Forestry Commission. The candidate will be expected to communicate his/her research results in writing through peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings, and/or Extension fact sheets and bulletins. Presentations at regional, national, and international meetings will also be required. Thus, applicants must be independent and passionate about furthering their education in forestry and or a closely related field.

The assistantship is available beginning in August 2021 for the fall semester or January 2022 for the spring semester. The 2-year position includes a stipend ($18,000 annually), tuition waiver, and insurance.

Required qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree in forestry, natural resources, forest and/or bioproducts, or a related field, such as agricultural economics or agricultural engineering
  • Ability to meet all admissions requirements to the Department of Forestry M.S. program
  • Demonstrated excellence in English (written and oral) communication skills
  • Valid driver’s license

Preferred qualifications:

  • A background or strong interest in seeking solutions to economic, management, and policy issues affecting natural resources
  • Interest or experience in using Excel or Google sheets, GIS, and Optimization tools to solve research problems
  • Experience conducting undergraduate research

Information about the Department of Forestry at Mississippi State University as well as admissions criteria can be found at https://www.cfr.msstate.edu/forestry/index.asp and https://www.grad.msstate.edu/. Interested candidates should contact Dr. Shaun Tanger by emailing your resume, and unofficial transcripts.

Successful applicants will be required to apply to the Graduate School at Mississippi State University. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The application deadline for 2021 fall enrollment is August 1 (domestic) and 2022 spring enrollment is October 1 (international) and December 1 (domestic).

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

Contact Information:
Shaun Tanger, Ph.D.
Center for Research and Education Center
Forest and Wildlife Research Center
1815 PoppsFerry Rd.
Biloxi, MS 39532

Office: MSU Coastal Research and Extension Center , Rm. C119
E-mail: smt489@msstate.edu
Phone: (228) 546-1014


Apply By:9/25/2021


Posted By: KBrasher

Wood Process Engineer Mississippi 5/20/2021 +
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Organization:Masonite Corporation

Location:Laurel, Mississippi

Job Description:

Job Description and Responsibilities

  • Champion for the development and improvement of the various door facing forming processes, both wood based and sheet molding fiberglass compounds at the Laurel, MS location.
  • Leverage skills and tools to eliminate waste, increase capacity, and drive cost out of the organization.
  • Serve as leader to validate and standardize processes, creating consistency in performance
  • Must use expertise and analytical skills as the backbone to successfully launch, and land new product introductions and strategic process improvement projects.
  • Actively supports and assists with execution of safety initiatives within the plant. All Masonite employees are expected to be leaders in safety performance.
  • Responsible for systematically identifying and implementing improvement initiatives.
  • Drives continuous improvement projects from inception to completion, including sustainment measures.
  • Utilizes Lean tools to eliminate waste, increase capacity, and drive cost out of the process.
  • Facilitates process improvement events with plant operations teams in alignment with Operational Efficiency objectives.
  • Facilitates raw material qualification events in conjunction with Masonite research and plant operations teams.
  • Orchestrates process validation projects.
  • Acts as a crucial link in capital project pipeline development with accurate data capture and thorough analysis. Also responsible for development of process specifications and identifying critical to quality parameters.
  • Provides data analysis and technical support to manufacturing and quality functions.
  • Develops process documentation including work instructions, control plans and visual aids
  • Provides process related training to operations personnel to enhance troubleshooting skills
  • Works with equipment suppliers, Quality Managers, and other technical staff to stabilize and control manufacturing processes if they waver.
  • Once experienced, will serves as the process expert within the manufacturing areas.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Wood Science, Mechanical or Chemical Engineering, or Polymer Science.
  • 5+ years’ experience in driving continuous improvement in a complex manufacturing environment performing Process/Manufacturing Engineering or equivalent experience.
  • Experience with compression molding tooling production and maintenance a plus
  • Experience with wood based panel production a plus o SPC Experience is a plus
  • Lean Six Sigma fluency a plus.
  • Statistical data analysis skills and technical report writing skills
  • Demonstrated ability to drive change
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative on a wide range of project activities and situations.
  • Ability to effectively communicate and interact, both verbally and in writing, with all levels of a manufacturing organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage workload with flexibility and close attention to detail.
  • Must be self-motivated and able to work autonomously.
  • Computer proficiency including MS Office. AutoCAD proficiency a plus.
  • Minitab and SAS software knowledge is a plus.
  • PLC programing and Pi Process Book knowledge is a plus.


Apply By:8/20/2021

Mailing:

Dennis Farrell, Technical Manager at 601-422-2295

Al Pascual, HR Manager, 601-606-9090


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Ph.D. Biometrics Graduate Research Assistant Mississippi 5/18/2021 +
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Organization:Mississippi State University Department of Forestry

Location:Starkville, Mississippi

Job Description:

Ph.D. Assistantship: Habitat Suitability Modeling for Bottomland Hardwoods Species at Mississippi State University

Deadline: 6/30/2021 – 12:00pm

Employer: Mississippi State University (Dr. Joshua J. Granger)

Job Field: Other

Job Type: Assistantship

Location: Mississippi State University (Starkville, MS)

Job Description: The Ph.D. student would work with Dr. Joshua Granger and the researchers from the College of Forest Resources at MSU and others from around the Southeast to explore habitat suitability modeling techniques for economically and ecologically important bottomland hardwood species within the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley (LMAV). This area once supported an estimated 24 million acres of bottomland hardwood forests but the anthropogenic shifts in land use have resulted in a net loss of more than 75% of these floodplain forests. Since the late 1980s, significant efforts from national and state conservation easement programs have been invested into restoring the LMAV region. Afforestation has primarily been through artificial regeneration methods such as direct seeding and planting of bareroot seedlings. Unfortunately, these efforts have often resulted in inadequate seedling survival and growth due in part to an inability to consistently match the correct species to an appropriate planting site. Without reliable, predictable, and scale-appropriate information that matches species to optimal habitats, the afforestation and reforestation efforts of land managers and conservation agencies will continue to be suboptimal. Therefore, there is a critical need for the advancement of techniques for modeling species’ habitat requirements and predicting future stand success.

The selected candidate would develop a dissertation focused on modeling and contrasting important bottomland hardwood species’ habitat requirements and forecasting future stand productivity. Given the nature of this project, the candidate would have project-specific deliverables that must be fulfilled but would be given wide latitude to pursue an array of independent research questions. It would be expected that the candidate would publish peer-reviewed manuscripts, with manuscripts ready for publication prior to graduation, and they would be required to present their research at several professional venues. The candidate will also work closely with stakeholders to disseminate findings.

Qualifications:
Minimum qualifications:

  1. M.S. in forestry, quantitative ecology, wildlife ecology, or related fields.
  2. Knowledge of GIS/geospatial analysis in R, general statistics, and modeling.
  3. Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to work in an interdisciplinary research group.

Highly Desirable:

  1. Record of peer-reviewed publications
  2. Spatiotemporal modeling experience (e.g., spatial statistics, time series, programming)
  3. Experience working with and managing large heterogeneous data sets

Salary: Competitive stipend with tuition waiver


Apply By:8/18/2021

Email:joshua.j.granger@msstate.edu

Mailing:

Mississippi State Department of Forestry


ATTN:  Dr. Joshua Granger


PO Box 9681


Mississippi State, MS 39762-9681


Posted By: Dr. Johsua Granger

Graduate Research Assistant Mississippi 5/11/2021 +
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Organization:Mississippi State University Department of Forestry

Location:Starkville, Mississippi

Job Description:

The Silviculture Lab in the Department of Forestry at Mississippi State University is seeking applicants for a funded M.S. assistantship. The successful candidate will work with Dr. Adam Polinko on research topics broadly focused in silviculture and/or stand dynamics.

Candidates that are creative, independent and passionate about silviculture, forestry or ecology are encouraged to apply. The position will likely involve long days in the field as well as behind a computer. Master’s Assistantships are 2-year positions and include stipend ($15,000 annually), tuition waiver and insurance. The start date of the position is Fall 2021.

Required qualifications:

• A bachelor’s degree in forestry, biology, ecology, natural resource management or related field

• Ability to meet all admissions requirements to the Department of Forestry M.S. program

• Demonstrated excellence in English (written and oral) communication skills

• Valid driver’s license

Preferred qualifications:

• Enthusiasm for problem solving and data analysis.

• Interest or experience in programming languages such as R and/or python.

Information about the Department of Forestry at Mississippi State University as well as admissions criteria can be found at https://www.cfr.msstate.edu/forestry/index.asp and http://www.grad.msstate.edu/.

Interested candidates should contact Dr. Adam Polinko by emailing a letter of interest, your CV, undergraduate transcripts, and contact information for two references using the information below. Successful applicants will also be required to apply to the Graduate School at Mississippi State University. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

Contact Information:

Dr. Adam Polinko

Assistant Professor

Department of Forestry

Mississippi State University

E-mail: adam.polinko@msstate.edu

Phone: (662) 325-3510

Required Education:

A bachelor’s degree in forestry, biology, ecology, natural resource management or related field

Skills:

• A bachelor’s degree in forestry, biology, ecology, natural resource management or related field


• Ability to meet all admissions requirements to the Department of Forestry M.S. program


• Demonstrated excellence in English (written and oral) communication skills


• Valid driver’s license

Salary:

 Master’s Assistantships are 2-year positions and include stipend ($15,000 annually), tuition waiver and insurance.


Apply By:8/11/2021

Phone:662-325-3510

Email:adam.polinko@msstate.edu

Mailing:

Mississippi State University


Attn:  Dr. Adam Polinko


PO Box 9681


Mississippi State, MS 39762-9681


Posted By: Dr. Adam Polinko