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    This position is located at the USDA Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) in Madison, Wisconsin and is the Project Leader of the Fiber and Chemical Sciences Research Work Unit, Wood, Fiber and Composites Research Division. Our mission is to develop more efficient, environmentally benign and resource-conserving processes for the conversion of wood to fiber and chemicals.

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    • Conducts personal research inbiorefinery, pulp and paper, cellulose nanomaterials, and/or wood chemistry, formulating research plans, conducting and directing research activities, and reporting research results.
    • Has responsibility for overall guidance of the unit?s research and supervises a multidisciplinary research team consisting of five scientists and 6 support personnel.
    • Acts as the primary liaison between industry, the Forest Service, and the research unit, and must remain aware of changing needs and goals among the varied constituents.
    • Accounts for the present and future needs of relevant wood chemistry industries but also for new arenas of wood utilization.
    • Provide technical and general guidance, advice, and consultation to research scientists during the planning, execution, and evaluation of research.
    • Represents the FPL and Forest Service at national and international scientific conferences.
    • Consults with and advises technical representatives of Government, industry and the general public on problems as they relate to wood chemistry based industrial processes
    • Approximately 30% of this employee's time is spent on technical and administrative supervisory duties.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional overnight travel 3-4 times per year to other Forest Service offices or field locations and to attend other professional meetings.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/539608000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.