Forest Bioenergy Research Assistantship in the Forest Operations Research Lab
A fully paid, three year doctoral Research Assistantship is available immediately (as soon as Spring, 2015) in the Forest Operations Research Lab at the University of Idaho, working on forest bioenergy. This research is part of the Bioenergy Alliance Network of the Rockies (BANR) project, a US $10 million dollar research grant funded by the US Dept. of Agriculture. International students and women are encouraged to apply. At least one degree in Forestry, Forest Operations , or Forest Engineering is preferred. The successful applicant will work closely with another MS student at the University of Idaho, and as part of a team of researchers from the University of Montana, USDA Forest Service, Colorado State University, and University of Wyoming. There are substantial opportunities to develop equipment and logistics studies on the UI Experimental Forest, at the UI Forest Operations Research Lab, and on field sites chosen for this project.
There is flexibility in developing research questions at this stage, but dissertation work must focus generally on forest operations aspects of harvesting beetle-killed timber resources to produce bioenergy in the Northern Rocky Mountain region of the western United States. This is an exciting place to study forest operations, with a mix of ground and cable systems in use and almost 2 billion board feet of timber harvested annually non-industrial private, industry, state, and federal timberlands. Additionally, the student will serve as Teaching Assistant for an undergraduate-level forest operations course for one semester during his or her degree.
Dr. Robert Keefe will serve as Graduate Advisor. Dr. Keefe is the Forestry Program Lead and manages the 10,000 acre University of Idaho Experimental Forest. During your graduate experience, you will have the opportunity to assist with harvest planning, helping to implement stand-level experiments with various faculty, prescribed burning, and other forest management activities.
Assistantship: A full out-of-state tuition waiver and graduate stipend is available.
To apply: Students interested in applying should contact Dr. Robert Keefe, Assistant Professor of Forest Operations, by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions as soon as possible. Please attach a copy of your CV. The names of three references and GRE scores are also required for application to the Graduate School at the University of Idaho.