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All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.
*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.
USFS Office/Lab and Location: A research opportunity is available with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Pacific Northwest (PNW) Research Station. The appointment will be located at the US Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wisconsin.
Research Project: The purpose of this study is to develop or implement models to assess the pools and flows of harvested wood products (HWP) for West Coast states of Washington, Oregon, and California, and estimate potential “substitution” benefits of using wood instead of other manufactured products. In addition to being a substantial carbon pool on its own, use of HWP in long-lived manufactured products in place of manufactured materials that require more use of fossil fuels to produce (like concrete and steel) has the potential to reduce carbon flux to the atmosphere. Durable wood products can often be used for energy at the end of their useful life, creating potential carbon benefits by offsetting use of fossil fuels. “Mass-timber” (cross-laminated timber) construction is gaining importance in the U.S. and its adoption has wide-ranging ramifications. Expected outputs include analyses of HWP pools and flows under the different management and policy scenarios being modeled, and estimates of energy and product substitution benefits.
The selected participant will be collaborating with USDA Forest Service (FS) scientists to assemble, interpret and disseminate data and information to provide options and priorities for managing natural resources in a changing climate. In particular, the participant will interact with scientists at the USDA FS Forest Products Laboratory (also the University of Wisconsin community), who encompass a wide variety of disciplines while generally enjoying life in Madison, Wisconsin (i.e. recreational opportunities, cultural, etc.). The participant will also assemble technical information, perform analyses, contribute to technical reports, and provide leadership in writing peer-reviewed journal papers and other outlets.
The participant will have the opportunity to interact with scientists in other Forest Service research stations, and managers in the National Forest System and other land management agencies and entities. The participant may explore options for future job or educational opportunities and take advantage of additional training opportunities.
Mentor: The mentor for this opportunity is Richard Bergman (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor.
Anticipated Appointment Start Date: July 1, 2021. Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.
Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for one year, but may be extended upon recommendation of USFS and is contingent on the availability of funds.
Level of Participation: The appointment is full-time.
Participant Stipend: The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. The annual stipend will be $70,000. A health insurance allowance and travel/training allowance will also be provided.
Citizenship Requirements: This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents, and foreign nationals. Non-U.S. citizen applicants should refer to the Guidelines for Non-U.S. Citizens Details page of the program website for information about the valid immigration statuses that are acceptable for program participation.
ORISE Information: This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and USFS. Participants do not become employees of USDA, USFS, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.
Questions: Please visit our Program Website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email USForestService@orise.orau.gov and include the reference code for this opportunity.
The qualified candidate should have received a doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields. Degree must have been received within the past five years.