Associate Professor-Senior Lecturer-Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Stellenbosch University, Department of Forest and Wood Science

Professor/Senior Lecturer in Forest Operations and the Supply Chain (Ref. AW03/003/0119)

A position of Associate Professor / Senior lecturer in Forest Operations, specialising in Supply Chain Management, is now open within the section Forest Engineering of the Department of Forest and Wood Science at Stellenbosch University. The vacancy is for a permanent, full- time position and remuneration will be scaled to the level at which the appointment is made. The Department of Forest and Wood Science forms part of the Faculty of AgriSciences at the University. The Department carries out high quality research and education at an international level and collaborates with society and industry to develop a bio-economy where forest materials are the core resource.

The South African plantation-based forest industry sustainably harvests 18 million m3 annually from a resource base of 1.35 million ha. Of this, roughly 4.5 million m3 is structural wood harvested from softwood pines and the balance from short rotation Eucalyptus pulpwood stands. Some of the challenges faced by the industry to remain internationally competitive are shorter rotation lengths resulting in diminishing tree sizes, rapid mechanisation of forest operations (which until recently were largely motor-manual based), worker health and safety concerns, and an increasing demand for both high quality and cost effectively delivered wood products.

A major opportunity for the industry, in conjunction with Stellenbosch University, is the integration of the forest supply chain from the perspective of forest operations. This is now possible through rapidly increasing digitalisation throughout the forest value chain and the availability of “big data”. The access to big data is particularly relevant to supply chain optimisation, optimised forest operations, systems production development, and logistics. For this reason, the Forest Engineering section has focussed its overarching research and education drive in this direction.

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Land Use Manager - Weyerhaeuser - Coos Bay, OR

This Land Use Manager position is based out of Coos Bay, Oregon and is an integral part of the leadership team responsible for the forestry, engineering, and harvesting in the South Oregon Region. This is a full-time, exempt position, reporting to the South Oregon Region Manager. The Land Use position is responsible for management of safety, environmental stewardship, local realty transactions, easements, leases, permits, recreational users, neighbor and community relations, and asset security. Coordination with all other forest management operations is paramount (i.e. forestry, engineering, and harvesting).

  • Safety – Actively participate in health and safety programs including near miss reporting. Apply laws and safety regulations to active operations and address safety issues appropriately (unsafe acts, PPE, etc.).
  • Environment – Actively participate in maintaining the Company’s Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) certification. Regulatory knowledge and application of State and Federal Regulations that pertain to forest management.
  • Key Functions – Negotiates and administers forest land use agreements (easements, rights of way, cost-share road agreements, leases and permits). Manages local land and timber acquisitions, disposals and exchanges. Leads resolution of land use issues including ownership disputes, trespasses, condemnation actions and damage claims. Represents Weyerhaeuser in public forums, community outreach and government agencies as needed. Supports Company environmental goals and strategies. Works with diverse community and stakeholder groups on access and sensitive issues. Maintain positive public and neighbor relations. Works closely with Corporate Staff groups (Land Title, Legal, Minerals, Tax and Real Estate Services) to manage local land use issues. Manages the Specialty Forest Products business to generate revenue from minor forest products, telecommunication sites, firewood and miscellaneous permits and leases. Identifies and evaluates new revenue opportunities and improves effectiveness of current product lines. Coordinates with other Land Use Professionals to standardize and improve land use and revenue-generating processes across Western Timberlands.
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Harvest Manager - Weyerhaeuser - Coos Bay, OR

Weyerhaeuser - Western Timberlands has an opening for a Harvest Manager with our Coquille area operations team. This role is an integral part of the leadership team responsible for the forestry, engineering, and harvesting on our Coquille forest area assets, based out of Coos Bay, OR. This is a full-time, exempt position, reporting to the Coquille Area Team Leader.

This role is primarily responsible for contract harvesting operations including the management of safety, environmental stewardship, quality, production, and costs. Coordination with all other forest management operations is paramount (i.e. forestry, planning, road constructions and engineering).

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Professor of logistics in forest value chains, SLU - Umeå, Sweden

The research area is logistics in forest value chains, with the raw material producer in focus. Examples of important sub-areas are, but not limited to, supply chain design, production planning (forest operations planning), transports, inventory management and information technology.

Duties

The professor shall, within the subject area:

  • develop and lead internationally recognized and successful research activities
  • develop and lead education at all levels, including doctoral education
  • supervise PhD students
  • collaborate with other researchers within and outside SLU
  • develop and maintain regional, national and international networks within the research community, industries/businesses and society at large
  • communicate research and its results
  • actively seek external research funding at the regional, national and international levels
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