Academic / College and University, Analysts, Data Science/Mining, Decision Analysis/Science, Operations Research Professionals, Programming, Risk Analysis, Supply Chain, Systems Analysis
The Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University (CSU) and the Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) of the U.S. Forest Service are preparing to hire a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join the research team of the Mid-Atlantic Sustainable Biomass for Value-added Products Consortium (MASBio), which is the newest Coordinated Agricultural Project funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (https://masbio.wvu.edu/home). Researchers and industry partners participating in MASBio are working to deliver a sustainable and economically feasible industrial production system for innovative bio-based products manufactured from forestry and agricultural biomass feedstocks.
This Postdoctoral Research Associate will join the team focused on biomass harvest, logistics and supply chain management, and will work directly with engineers and scientists at CSU, RMRS, West Virginia University (WVU), Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and others to conduct research and development activities in this field. Specifically, the person will be responsible for leading the development and optimization of advanced regional multi-feedstock biomass supply chain models to reduce feedstock costs and improve environmental outcomes.
CLOSE: Rolling, until the position is filled; before August 15th 2021 for full consideration
DURATION: At least 18 months with opportunities for extension (as funding allows), starting as soon as possible but no later than November 1, 2021.
DUTY STATION: The preferred location is the RMRS Forestry Sciences Laboratory in Missoula, Montana, or the RMRS Headquarters Office in Fort Collins, Colorado. Other strategic locations, such as co-locating with other MASBio partners in Morgantown (WV) or Syracuse (NY), may also be considered, but assignment to a duty station other than Missoula or Fort Collins will be highly dependent on the candidate. The position requires some travel and is eligible for some remote work under established telework guidelines.
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The RMRS-CSU team is leading efforts to model and optimize regional multi-feedstock supply chains that reduce risk and meet woody and herbaceous biomass procurement requirements for large industrial facilities. Primary feedstock supplies in the mid-Atlantic study region include woody residues from logging, milling and urban forestry activities, as well as switchgrass and willow feedstocks grown on marginal agricultural sites and reclaimed surface-mined lands. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will lead the design, development, optimization and dissemination of feedstock supply models for the MASBio region. Multiple integrated supply chain scenarios, informed by commercial partners representing diverse biproduct conversion pathways, will be evaluated with a focus on minimizing gate costs while maintaining feedstock quality and a continuous strategic supply throughout the year. Models will explicitly quantify and incorporate uncertainty and spatial and temporal variability in feedstock supply that can intensify risk, as well as metrics of environmental benefits and costs. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will also cooperate with other MASBio team members who are responsible for techno-economic modeling of these large bioproducts facilities and life cycle assessment of the products they produce.
For more information about the position, please contact Dr. Nate Anderson, Research Forester, U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (970) 219-2659; for CSU contact: Dr. Yu Wei, professor, Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship, at email@example.com.
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REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: A PhD in engineering, natural resources, economics, computer science or related field. Demonstrated proficiency in statistics, mathematics, programming, modeling or other quantitative field that can be used in operations research, management science and supply chain modeling.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Relevant experience in operations research, management science or an allied field, with proficiency in supply chain management, systems analysis, spatial optimization, risk analysis, and/or model-oriented computer programming. Expertise in quantitative techniques and software that can be used to model supply chains and associated risk in a systems framework will also be preferred.
Additional Salary Information: Depending on qualifications
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