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Wood Scientist

Study of the physical, chemical and biological properties of wood to improve the quality and diversity of timber products.


  • Study the chemical and physical nature of raw timber
  • Develop technology and processes to create various timber products such as pulp, paper, composite products and construction products
  • Develop processing and handling technologies to maximise effective use of raw materials

Personal Requirements

  • communication skills
  • observational skills
  • enjoy science
  • problem solving skills
  • analytical skills
  • enjoy research
  • ability to work alone or as part of a team
  • aptitude for mathematics or physics


A Wood Scientist requires a degree in science or applied science majoring in wood science or chemical engineering, available at universities across Australia. Research scientist or academic will usually require a masters or doctorate degree in the specialist field.


Tertiary Education Providers

Charles Sturt University
University of New England
Sydney University
University of Newcastle
University of Wollongong
University of Western Sydney
Southern Cross University

University of Melbourne
La Trobe University

South Australia
University of Adelaide
Flinders University

Western Australia
Curtin University
University of Western Australia
Edith Cowan University
Murdoch University

University of Tasmania

University of Queensland
James Cook University
Central Queensland University
Griffith University
University of Southern Queensland

Australian National University

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