Job Opportunities

From the forest floor to the factory floor, the FBRI team seeks talented faculty, staff, post doctoral assistants, graduate students, undergraduate students and even high school students. Equipping and preparing the next generation of researchers who will create a sustainable bio-economy is an essential part of FBRI’s mission.

FBRI’s work is actually a collection of related research projects that have a common goal: creating a sustainable bio-economy. We have opportunities for faculty, laboratory technicians and assistants, graduate students, and undergraduate students. Opportunities vary with various grant budgets and research projects needs. Please review our listings.

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Forest Products Laboratory Researcher to be located at UMaine

Job Title:  Interdisciplinary: Res Mat Engineer/Res Chemist/Res Forest Prod Tech
Department:  Department Of Agriculture
Agency:  Forest Service Job Announcement Number:  16-RES-161250DP-IC

OPEN PERIOD: Tuesday, October 27, 2015 to Tuesday, November 10, 2015


A career with the Forest Service will challenge you to manage and care for more than 193 million acres of our nation’s most magnificent lands, conduct research through a network of forest and range experiment stations and the Forest Products Laboratory (FPL), and provide assistance to State and private forestry agencies.

This position is with the USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory’s Engineering Composites Science Research Work Unit, and is located in Orono, ME at the University of Maine Campus. The selectee will be expected to use material science approaches to optimize processes, improve efficiency, and exploit opportunity for new advanced bio-based composites. This researcher is expected to:

Use material science approaches to optimize processes, improve efficiency, and exploit opportunities for new advanced bio-based composites.

Initiate and follow an integrated and multi-disciplinary approach that includes a reassessment of some of the following research areas:

1.) evaluating characteristics of lignin as a residual material and relate characteristics to the process from which it was derived; 2.) characterizing the small diameter and other forest thinning materials and engineering them into forms suitable for composites; 3.) determining the effects of processing conditions on the morphology and properties of cellulose nanofibers and their composites; 4.) determining which tools and characterization techniques are best suited for evaluating the properties of composite raw materials; 5.) developing composite processing methodologies that best uses constituent materials; 6.) developing models relating materials, processing, and performance; 7.) extending fundamental knowledge of the mechanisms of wood composite failure to ensure long-term durability (i.e., fire-, decay-, insect-, creep-, fatigue-, moisture-, and UV-resistance); 8.) developing, manufacturing, performance, and design standards for wood-based composites; 9.) evaluating the physical and mechanical properties of cellulose nanocomposites, especially for use in novel and advanced applications; 10.) improving the forest sustainability and reducing environmental impacts; and 11.) exploring new applications and transfer technology.

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Forest Service Expert

The USDA Forest Service is working with the University of Maine, through Forest Bioproducts Research institute (FBRI) and Advanced Structures and Composites Center (ASCC), to station a new Forest Service expert in Orono, ME.

This position is with the USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory’s Engineering Composites Science Research Work Unit, and is located in Orono, ME. The selectee will be expected to use material science approaches to optimize processes, improve efficiency, and exploit opportunity for new advanced bio-based composites. The position is responsible to integrate other specialists in materials science, chemistry, biological science and engineering into a cohesive, highly focused research team.

This is a research position and is classified under the scientist career plan. Research scientists have open-ended promotion potential. Research accomplishments and their impact on the duties and responsibilities of positions are evaluated periodically. The grade level is limited only by the individual’s demonstrated ability to perform research of recognized importance to science and technology. Final grade level may be determined by a peer review panel.

Job Announcement Number: 15-RES-28079DP-JM

OPEN PERIOD: Thursday, February 26, 2015 to Thursday, March 12, 2015
SERIES & GRADE: GS-0806/1380/1320-12/14

Analytical chemist December 2013

The University of Maine Forest Bioproducts Research institute is seeking to fill the position of Analytical Chemist. The Analytical Chemist will be responsible for analytical testing for various projects, maintaining equipment and supplies, training and assisting others, and safety and housekeeping for the analytical lab. The Analytical Chemist will review and report testing results, and maintain data records. The Analytical Chemist will also aid faculty members in initiating new test methods. The successful candidate will have at least a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry, and a minimum of 5 years of analytical chemistry testing. The successful candidate should have past experience that shows the ability to handle multiple projects and deadlines, and the ability to work in a team environment or independently. The successful candidate will have demonstrated success in repairing and starting up HPLC and GC instruments. Experience with training others and in managing a lab safety program is preferred. The successful candidate must have the ability to travel, typically requiring a driver’s license, and must successfully pass a pre-employment physical. The initial appointment will be for 9 months with continuation dependent on funding and successful performance. To apply, send a resume, letter of application, and the names and phone numbers & email addresses of three references to, or: Search Committee, Forest Bioproducts Research University of Maine 5737 Jenness Hall, Room 213 Orono, ME 04469. Review of applications will begin on January 10, 2013.

The University of Maine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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