A postgraduate research opportunity in forest resource economics is available with the U.S. Forest Service Research and Development (USFS R&D), in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. The participant will conduct research into the structure and spatial arrangement of timber markets throughout the United States and develop models to predict the harvest potential of standing timber. Harvest potentials depend on (1) the spatial distribution of processing facilities that utilize timber material of various qualities, (2) the delivered prices of timber products, and (3) harvesting and transportation cost functions that define the costs of delivering material to processing facilities. The research will involve developing data sets to define these three components of the problem and estimating statistical models of timber sale feasibility and timber supply. The ideal candidate would have an understanding of production economics, natural resource economics, and spatial analysis tools.
This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and USFS. The initial appointment is full-time for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of USFS and is contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. The participants do not become employees of USFS, ARS, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits.