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    This position is located the USDA Forest Service, Research Work Unit (RWU) FS-FPL-4851 (Economics, Statistics and Life Cycle Analysis Research) located at the U.S. Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wisconsin. 

    For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Richard Bergman at 608-231-9477 or e-mail rbergman@fs.fed.us.

    This is a research scientist 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 will be determined by a peer review panel. The purpose of the initial review panel is to determine the grade level upon entry into a position.

    Candidates being considered for this research position should provide a list of publications for which you have been an author, co-author, or contributor.  If providing curriculum vitae, please incorporate all resume requirements identified in the REQUIRED DOCUMENTS section of this announcement, or submit a supplemental resume which includes all information required in addition to the curriculum vitae.

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    Duties are listed at full performance level.

    The Research Work Uunit mission is to provide economic information, analysis, and projections indicating how and why the markets and technologies for wood products change over time, implications for natural resources management, and selected broad environmental and social impacts; and to enhance the integrity and efficiency of the Forest Products Laboratory’s research efforts through development, evaluation, and application of modern statistical methods; and to provide life cycle analysis of the environmental impacts of wood-based products and uses.

    The seven research problem areas assigned to RWU-FPL-4851, include: (1) applying statistical methods to enhance the quality of FPL's wood utilization research and economics research, and (2) developing new statistical tools and evaluating existing tools, (3) analyzing and modeling impacts on forest product markets of structural changes, technology changes, and policy changes, (4) understanding effects of production capacity trends, market trends and technology changes in wood industries and end use industries, (5) developing basic information about nationwide forest product market trends and timber uses, (6) providing knowledge about economic feasibility of new technologies for converting wood into new or improved wood products, and (7) evaluating the environmental impacts of wood-based product production and use including carbon mitigation benefits. A continuing complementary mission of the unit is to evaluate the forest sector role in sustainable management of natural systems.

    The statistical portion of the mission is specifically addressed in problem areas 1 and 2. The statistics team members provide professional support to other subject-matter specialists by developing experimental designs for research problems, providing statistical analysis of experimental results, aiding in the interpretation of experimental results, helping to write the statistical sections of research papers, and providing statistical review of manuscripts. The team is responsible for: (1) initiation, planning, and execution of statistical and/or probabilistic research needed to solve forest products utilization problems, (2) research in partnership with other subject-matter specialists, which includes developing experimental designs and interpretation of experimental results throughout the research programs of the laboratory and (3) providing scientific and technical consultation, guidance, and assistance to the Director's staff, project leaders, and scientists on the application of statistical and mathematical methods.

    The scientist’s work will focus on studies primarily under problem areas 1 and 2 of the unit.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Travel may be required 3 to 4 times a year for training or meeting attendance.

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    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

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    United States Citizens

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    1529 Mathematical Statistics

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